Holiday Gift Guide: Kiddo

One of the best things about riding a bike as an adult is that it reminds you what it's like being a kid. So bike-related gifts are a no-brainer for the kids in your life!

  1. Dimension and Sunlite Streamers - Add some swingin’, swayin’ sparkly flair to your kids’ bike. Remember how much we used to (okay, we still do) love ‘em? Some things never change. $5.99-$6.99

  2. Giro Helmet - Protect those growing noggins and help your kids look cool while doing it. Pictured is the Giro Scamp. Also available: Infant and youth helmets in all sizes by Bell and Triple 8; everything from birds to robots! $30-$4

  3. Tire Sparx & Stem Sparx - Simple way to add visibility and fun to any bike. Lights attach directly to valve stem and light up with motion. Tire Sparx available in green, blue, red, red/white/blue. Stem Sparx create 6 different light patterns. $9.99-$18.59

  4. Sunlite Squeeze Horns - Awesome way to let someone know that you’re behind them on the Riverwalk; Available in Aliens(pictured), Sharks, Lions, Parrots, Cows, Tigers, Turtles, Whales, Gators, and even the almighty T-Rex! $9.99

  5. Trick Topz Valve Caps - Another great way to give any bicycle personality. Available in Skulls, Soccer Balls, Grenades, Dice, and more! Makes great stocking stuffers. $7

  6. Peterboro Basket Co. - These tiny baskets are designed and perfect for kids bikes. This New Hampshire company has been crafting the world’s finest handmade baskets since 1854. You’re definitely getting what you pay for. $3

  7. Dimension Bells - A unique staple to any bike lovers stocking; these bells all have their own individual tone and come in an array of exciting items. Soccer Balls, Baseballs, Hot Peppers, Hamburgers, Compasses, and Tea Pots, just to name a few. $6.99-9.99

  8. See ‘Em Mini LED Spoke Lights - Simple snap on and go design, easily replaceable batteries included, and waterproof. 4 included in one package $1

  9. Bluetooth Sonkia Bicycle Speaker - A cool techy gift that won’t break the bank and mounts to any size handlebars. Allows user to connect speaker directly to an mp3 player or phone. Also reads sim cards if ya have an old one lying around from your ancient phone and you want your kids to listen to audiobooks or your favorite 90s albums.  $35.99

  10. Oury Grips - Used by Pros and amateurs alike. Available in a rainbow of colors to fit BMX or any flat/riser handlebars. Made in the USA! $12.99-$14.99

  11. Training Wheels - Have a sweet hand-me-down ride  for your kiddo? Outfit it with a set of training wheels to give them that extra boost of confidence when first starting out. Available in 12”-20”. $15-$30

  12. Kryptonite Cable Combo Lock - A great way to introduce theft protection. 4 digit re-settable combination is perfect for locking up outside of the school or a quick run into the store for candy. $27.45

  13. Black Ops Dual Core & Knurled Pro Axle Pegs - Let’s be real, we all want pegs on our bikes to haul our friends around. If you didn’t have them on your 20” bike, you wanted them so, give the kids what they want. $12-$24

  14. Clean Motion Bike Vase - Awesome accessory for any bike. Flower included or you can use your own fresh cut! $9.99

Gift Guide: Everything Else Including Bikes!

We had a Dickens of a time narrowing down the hundreds of awesome products into our gift guide. Lots of stuff didn't make the cut, but will likely make some gift recipient out there somewhere very, very smiley. And as you probably know, a bicycle under the tree is a time-honored tradtion, and we've made it even more affordable for this to happen for ya.


All of our 2017 in-stock models and Used Bikes are currently 15%+ off through the Holiday. We carry Kona, Haro, Del Sol, Brooklyn Bicycle Co., and Opus. All Detroit Bikes in stock will be $500 with the exception of the C-Type Single Speed being only $450 (that’s anywhere from $150-$250 in savings! Come in today so we can help find the perfect bike for your loved one (in-seam measurement recommended for best fit) or for you!

We also carry an array of items and accessories not pictured in this guide including, trailers from Burley; Baby seats from Ibert and Topeak; Cycling apparel from Hamtramck local designer, William + Bonnie; Fenders from SKS; Saddles from Dimension, Selle Royal, WTB, Origin8, and Terry; Warm and toasty winter riding gear from WeatherneckBar Mitts, Pearl Izumi, Craft, Defeet, Walz Caps, and Michigan Made Turtle Gloves; Cycling inspired books from Microism Publishing; If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can have it special ordered and in your hands before Christmas!

Gift Guide: The Impossible

Got an obsessive cyclist on your list that researches everything so thoroughly that you know you can't possibly choose the right thing? We got you.


Wheelhouse gift cards can be purchased in any denomination and used on anything and everything we have to offer. Need some service on your bike? Done. Bored on a Sunday morning? Join a tour, meet new friends, and learn a few things while you’re at! Want to ride your date on a tandem to Belle Isle? We got you. Need to purchase a new cassette or lights? We have options. We’ll hook you up with a free sticker and pin with every gift card purchase to make it even more personalized.

If you prefer to buy a gift certificate exclusively for rentals and tours, we have tour and rental gift certificates available through our website HERE. By using our online gift certificate form, you can designate the giftee's email address and even choose a custom delivery date. A unique code is sent that can be input into our reservation system for any tour or rental at the giftee’s convenience, rather than having to contact the shop to reserve with a traditional gift card.

Gift Guide: Adventurer

This is the guy or gal that puts more miles on their bike that you ever thought possible...typically in jeans and a hoodie. To this cyclist, we bring gifts that will make those miles even more pleasurable.

  1. Green Guru Townie Cooler - A great place to store some ice cold bevs or easy to grab tools right on your handlebars when you’re out riding 60 miles a day. Made in the USA out of upcycled materials. $38

  2. Ironweed Orpington - Handmade in Iowa City, this water resistant 100% cotton canvas front bag was designed with the Midwest in mind - more machine shop-esque than fashion top.  Best fitted on a front rack, this roomy bag is equipped with easy on and off side release buckles and has stainless steel D-rings. $105

  3. Cygolite Dash Pro 600 / Hotrod 50 Combo - Engineered for road cyclists, these lights enable an extra wide, long range beam to maximize line of sight, beyond its exceptional night capabilities. USB rechargeable; all weather conditions; 600 lumens; the perfect gift for any touring cyclist in your life. $59.95

  4. Dimension Compass Bells - Rings loud and clear with a built-in accurate compass (not completely accurate if you’re in an area affected by magnetic fields because, science). $6.99-$8.99

  5. Topeak Mini 18 Plus Multi-Tool - 1-piece super lightweight folding tool comes with 18 tools total: 2, 2L, 2.5, 3, 4 (2 each) 5, 6, 8, 10mm Allen wrenches, T25 Torx wrench, 15g/14g spoke wrenches, cast chromoly steel chain tool, super hard anodized aluminum tire lever, Phillips/Flat screwdrivers, steel bottle opener and chain tool with pin breaker. The real deal and a must for anybody commuting long distances. $32.95

  6. Topeak Road Morph G - A touring favorite, this light weight pump mounts onto any frame with its sexy butted aluminum barrel. With its fold-out foot pad, it is a true treasure to any road cyclist.

  7. Cateye Padrone Smart Cycling Computer - Upload your riding data with a press of a button. Bluetooth Smart technology enables riders to view calls, emails, texts, and ride data in real time on one of the largest cycling computer displays available. 1-month of premium Strava membership included with purchase. $90

  8. Nite Ize HandleBand - Universal phone mount that will fit almost any bar diameter and most smartphones. Bonus: it doubles as a bottle-opener! $23.99

  9. Park Tool SW-7.2 - Triple spoke wrench fits perfectly in your hand. Comes in handy when you’re busting spokes out on the road in the middle of nowhere! Just ask Dan. $8.54

  10. Zefal Raider Front Rack - More rack means more stuff you can carry with you on your trip! This ultra-resistant lightweight rack is a great starter and can accommodate up to 40 lbs of camp gear, beer, or whatever your heart desires. $49.99

  11. Saris Bike Racks - Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty; these car racks are not what you’ll find at a department store. Every single rack is designed to accommodate a specific vehicle for a superb and safe fit, this company truly stands behind their brand. Trunk, Hitch, and specialty racks start as low as $150

  12. Saris Bike Beam - Ever wonder how to carry a step-thru bicycle frame on a trunk rack and it not fall off on the highway because you rigged it? Here’s your answer! $40

Gift Guide: Noob

This buddy just got a bike this summer, so the best gifts ever will be geared towards gearing them up!

  1. Lights - Headlights and taillights are an important accessory that every bike rider should have (legally) on their steed. Be seen and be safe! Pictured above is Planet Bike’s Beamer 1 + Blinky 3 durable cycling safety set that you can snag for $30 with a lifetime warranty. We carry both headlights, tail lights, and sets ranging from $10-$139.

  2. Portable Pump - A must have for your tool kit on the bike. If you catch a flat, this (pictured) Crank Bros. Sterling Pump can and will be your best friend. We have an assortment of other portable pumps from Planet Bike, Zefal, and Topeak $24.99-$42.95

  3. Tire Levers - These trusty little levers will help you get them tight tires off without damaging your rim. $3.99-$6.49

  4. Multi-Tools - Perfect in any tool denomination for any biker! These mini multi tools range from 6-18 bike specific tools (e.g. allen wrenches, phillips/flat head screwdrivers, chain tools, etc.). $9.95-32.95

  5. U-Locks - Keep that bike safe! We highly recommend u-locks for urban and suburban riders alike. All of the u-locks we stock come with a theft insurance program that protects your investment anywhere from $500-$4500 with a simple registration on their websites. We carry Kryptonite and OnGuard locks ranging from $26.95-$143.95

  6. Saddle Bags - Commonly referred to as “Seat Bags,” these bags (that fit conveniently under your saddle) make carrying a mini tool kit easy and fun. We stock different brands to fit a ton of personalities: Green Guru, Timbuk2, Jandd, & Sherpani ranging from $16.95-$28

  7. Floor Pumps - Give the gift of less flats and an overall better riding experience! Pumping up is at least a once a week ritual if you plan on riding everyday. If you don’t bike daily and are more of a few times a month kind of rider, we recommend that you inflate before every ride. We carry Joe Blow, Topeak, Park Tool, and Pedros. $34.95-$49.69

  8. Helmets - Brains before beauty! We stock a helmet for everyone’s tastes in a range of different colors and styles (e.g. BMX, retro, sport). $28.99-$99.00

Holiday Gift Guide: Artsy

We've all got that friend or family member who looks effortlessly cool while pedaling around town. Their je ne sais quoi merits some additional style points this holiday season.

  1. Kryptonite Krytolok Series 2 Mini-7  - 13mm hardened performance steel shackle resists cutting and leverage attacks. Up to $1750 in theft protection when registered. Available in 4 fun colors: Pearly White, Merlot, Blue, and Orange. $42.95

  2. Bicycle Coloring Book - Cooler than your average adult coloring book, especially for bike lovers. Vol. 2 by Taliah Lempert $10

  3. Jodi Lynn Art Prints - Bicycle, Hamtramck, and Detroit inspired. Support a local artist this holiday season. $20

  4. Monkey Light M204 - 40 lumen, 4 LED, full color visibility. Depending on your mood, you can even switch the color theme with a simple click of a button. Made in the USA for all weather conditions backed by a 2-year warranty. $25.99

  5. Lightweights Power Reflectors - With 86 pieces in a set, you can design all sorts of patterns that are hardly noticeable until hit with a beam of light. $14.99

  6. Altro Sunglasses - Shades in all sorts of fun colors and styles with a lifetime warranty; polarized & non polarized available from $30

  7. Bring A Ling Bells - Locally produced with Detroit scenery. For every bell bought, $1 is donated to the Tricycle Collective which helps keep Detroit families out of foreclosure. Bell with a bang! $14.99

  8. Microism Publishing Magnets - For the fridge, for the tool box, for the car. These magnets are sure to attract and charm. $4.72

  9. Jodi Lynn Magnets - Not only does Jodi do prints, she also makes magnets! If your giftee is into old school cycling heros, you just found that one quirky one-of-a-kind gift. $12

Holiday Gift Guide: Party Biker

Some people know how to bring the party with them wherever they go. And some people do so on a bike, so offer kudos to your special unicorn with a gift that accessorizes their flair for life.

  1. Walnut Studiolo Six Pack Frame Cinch - Handcrafted out of American leather, this accessory makes it a cinch for your Party Biker to transport a 6 pack of their favorite suds. $36

  2. Outdoor Tech Turtle 3.0 - Small and powerful; waterproof (it floats!) and shockproof; this bluetooth speaker will be anyones new best friend. Did we mention it also serves as power bank and you can charge any micro usb device with it? $99.95

  3. Green Guru Townie Touring Handlebar Cooler - Transport your lunch or a 6-pack of cans in this insulated beauty made from upcycled bike tubes. $38

  4. Park Tool BO-2 - This bottle opener is built to perform under the most demanding conditions; a perfect complement to any tool collection. $6.26

  5. Monkey Light M232 - Stay visible and bring the party (thousands of patterns and 42 themes) to your next group ride. Waterproof, up to 20 hours of runtime, and 32 full color LEDs (200 lumens). Made in the USA and comes with a 2-year warranty. $59.99

  6. Microism Publishing Stickers - Get sassy and say it with a sticker! $2

  7. Cosmic Brightz - Stay visible and turn your bike into the disco. Available in green, blue, red, and pink. $12.99

  8. Microism Publishing Pins - A fun and silly way to express your feels. $2

  9. Bikase Superband - Transport anything on your bike from a speaker to a cell phone; a juice pack  or maybe a sausage; CO2 pump, light jacket, sunglasses; the possibilities are endless for only $19.99

  10. Walnut Studiolo Bottle Belts - Transport a bottle of wine or spirits on your top tube with these handcrafted leather belts. $36

  11. King Cage Oliver Flask Cage - Handcrafted in Colorado, we can't guarantee that these are legal but they’re definitely fun and will accommodate any 8 oz. flask. $22

  12. Trixie & Milo Stainless Steel 8 oz. Flask - Makes a great partner for the King Cage Oliver or your back pocket. $29

  13. Delta Cargo Net - Stretch web secures varied load sizes and hard to hold items. $8.99

Winter With the Wheelhouse!

We know that it gets tougher to put the medal to the icy asphalt for several months a year here in Detroit. We have put together a full roster of winter events to keep you engaged with cycling and hopefully get you to some more miles under your belt -- weather be darned!


Join us the first friday of each month for food, drink, tunes and the chance to support a charity partner! The hours are 5 to 8 pm. Hope to see ya!


We're gonna gather once a month on Saturday mornings for a two-hour no-drop ride. Pace, route and mileage will be dependent on who shows up and the weather. Stops will be similarly determined by the group that day. Flexible & Fun is the name of the game. 

Come equipped with at least one spare tube. Helmet recommended. Saturday mornings, 9 to 11 a.m.

DATES: November 11, December 9, January 13, February 17, March 10

Bicycle Maintenance 101

Want to gain confidence out on the road? Join us at one of our Flat Fixin' / Basic Maintenance sessions this winter.

First order of business is changing out a tube when you get a flat. Front or rear, single- or multi-speed...even internal hubs, we can work with you to get you to be an expert at getting back to rolling quickly.

Already know how to change a flat? Awesome. We can help you learn how to perform minor brake and gear adjustments!

We recommend that you bring your own bike to establish familiarity with your own ride, but if that is an issue, we got you covered!

These sessions are woman-led and absolutely free. Thursday nights, 6 to 8 p.m.

DATES: November 16 & 30, December 14, January 4 & 18, February 1 & 15, March 1 & 15.


We're open late on Thursday nights, and we invite you to come by with your project bike and tinker around with it in the shop. You can totally pick our staff's brain about what to do...but we won't do any of the work for you. This is all about learning and DIY. Tool loans within reason.

Thursday nights, 6 to 8 p.m.

December 7 & 21, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22.

America's Best Bike Shops 2017

We are excited to announce that we've been named one of America's Best Bike Shops by the National Bicycle Dealers Association for the third year in a row!

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What is so especially gratifying about this recognition is that the application process looks at advocacy efforts, customer service, operations, product selection, staff expertise and store appearance. The NBDA also uses secret shoppers via email, phone and in-person, which helps to keep us on our toes!

All the 2017 winners were celebrated at Interbike in Las Vegas at a reception. The very same day, Kelli was interviewed by WJR about the program. Check it out at the link below!

Safe Cycling Tips

Guest Blogger Alert! When a lawyer reaches out and offers to write a blog post for you about safe cycling, of course I said yes. Thanks for the cogent write-up! - Kelli

Top Do’s and Don’ts of Dangerous Cycling Situations

When you’re out on the road, it can be difficult in the moment to decide how you will handle a potentially dangerous situation. How do you avoid that car that just seemingly appears out of nowhere? Where do you go when you see that car turning directly in front of you? How do you avoid obstacles without swerving into traffic? How do you stay safe?

Before your next ride, try to prepare ahead of time by learning the top do’s and don’ts for the most hazardous cycling situations.


DON’T: Stall at the right of a car as you wait for the light to change. Not only does this keep you in the driver’s blind spot, but it can lead to a potential crash if they turn in front of (or into) your bicycle.

DO: Wait behind (not adjacent) to cars when you are in an intersection. This gives both you and other driver’s ample time to asses the situation.

DON’T: Assume that other drivers know you’re there, even when you’re riding through a crosswalk. Drivers on the other side of the street making left turns are especially prone to not seeing cyclists.

DO: Ride slowly around intersections. Try taking an earbud out or ditching the headphones altogether to be sure you are as alert as possible. Also, try to wear bright clothing during the day or reflective clothing at nighttime to make yourself as visible as possible to other drivers.

Unexpected Cars and Car Doors

DON’T: Hug the far right of the curb to stay entirely in your bike lane at all times. Especially when approaching hidden driveways or hard-to-see streets, this makes it difficult for your and other drivers to prepare.

DO: Play it safe and ride a bit further to the left than normal. This improves your line of sight and helps you see dangerous hidden drives before you ride through them. Also, look at a car’s wheels: If they’re turned toward you, the driver is likely about to pull out.

DON’T: Assume that parked cars are safe to ride by closely. Not only does this put you at risk for accidentally swerving into the car, but drivers may occasionally open their doors without seeing you, leading to a nasty crash.

DO: Regard even parked cars with caution. Try riding far enough away that even an open door would be too far to hit you. Even if this means riding in the car lane, it is better to be safe than sorry. The average car door is 5’ long, so if you ride 4’ away from parked cars, you should be safe.

Crosswalks and Sidewalks

DON’T: Ride against the flow of traffic. While it may seem safer to see oncoming cars, riding this way makes it difficult for cars that are turning to see you approaching a crosswalk. It also prevents you from turning right without dangerously crossing in front of other vehicles. And, in the majority of the United States, riding against the traffic flow is illegal anyway.

DO: Ride on the right side of the street, with the flow of traffic. This will keep both you and other drivers more aware of your presence. Just be sure not to cower to the right-hand side of the lane. This will allow motorists to assume they have plenty of space to pass you, when in actuality it’s nearly impossible to safely pass a cyclist in the same lane.

DON’T: Ride on the sidewalk. This limits your field of vision immensely and makes it difficult to see cars coming into crosswalks to turn. It also heightens your chance of riding hazards and limits maneuverability. 

DO: Ride on the street. This allows you to move more freely and see your surroundings better. In a pinch, the sidewalk can be used, but this should never be your go-to riding lane.

Weather Hazards, Potholes, and Obstacles

DON’T: Ride without planning your route ahead of time, especially when there is potentially dangerous weather. This includes anything from blizzards decreasing visibility, to black ice making roads slick, to high winds increasing the chances of debris and tougher riding.

DO: Use GPS, map programs, and weather alerts to guide your route. The best way to tackle these situations is typically to avoid them altogether. If weather hazards are possible, consider taking another mode of transportation wherever you need to go. If using your bike is necessary, be sure to ride with appropriate attire and prepare proper gear (high-grip tires, headlights, non-slip bike grips, etc.)

DON’T: Act too suddenly or rashly when faced with a pothole, a fallen branch, a traffic cone, or other unexpected debris. While swerving to avoid these objects is likely your instinctual reaction, this can put you at high risk for a crash if there are cars close behind. 

DO: Stop and walk your bike if there are too many unavoidable obstacles. If you know obstacles are coming, slowly correct your trajectory so you will be out of their way without suddenly swerving into traffic. If absolutely necessary, move to the sidewalk or swerve to the right to give yourself the lowest chance of a crash with other vehicles. 

There is no way to avoid a careless motorist, but if you keep some simple safety tips and techniques in mind, you will significantly lower the chances of getting in a crash.

*This article was provided by Personal Injury Help and was not written by an attorney. You should consult your city’s local cycling ordinances to ensure you’re always riding legally!