June is here, and with it wonderful weather for cycling...we hope! Keep reading for info about bikes, bike rides, bike tours and bike repair...You might call us single-minded here at the Wheelhouse.
The shop is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the following two exceptions: We are closed on Monday, June 24 due to the Fireworks and will be open holiday hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4.
As more and more people shop online and at big box stores, there is fear within the bike industry that the independent bike shop is an endangered species. Wheelhouse strives to offer a well-thought out selection of bikes and bike accessories about which our staff can knowledgably speak. We are confident that neither the world wide web nor Big-Marts can compete with us there. So shop smart, shop local, shop Wheelhouse!
We carry the following brands, all of which we believe to be of great quality and fairly priced: Sun cruisers, comfort hybrids & adult trikes; Origin 8 urban commuters & folding bikes; Kona hybrids & cyclocross; Brooklyn Cruisers; Continental, Kenda & Michelin tires; helmets from Bell, Giro, Lazer & 661; Michelin & Q tubes; auto racks from Saris (made in the USA!); bike racks from Topeak, Wald (made in the USA!) & Axiom; Park Tool floor pumps & tools; Knog & Planet Bike lights; bottle cages from King Cage (made in the USA!) & Dimension; Timbuk2 & Jandd bags; & locks from Kryptonite...plus pedals, bells, handlebar grips & tape; tubes; frame pumps; baske ts...whatever your cycling pleasure!
Investing in your bike by adding a rack or a basket, swapping out knobby tires for slicks or installing lights can make a huge impact in its functionality. Next thing you know, your butt is on a bike on the regular!
SALE! We're ready for all of our 2012 bikes to find good homes, so we are really slashing prices.
Origin 8 F1 single speed folding bike: REG $350 NOW $275
Dew Deluxe 49cm: REG $849 NOW $679
Civia Twin City single speed: REG $595 NOW $500
Wheelhouse's service feedback has been really great this year, between the efficiency of our new Point-of-Sale system and the excellence of the work that mechanic Dave Burke puts into every bike. So what are you waiting for? Bring that ride in for a tune-up that will get you back on the road in better shape than ever!
Our full menu of service prices can be found here. Please note that, in almost every case, service requires that you drop off your bike. We also offer Service Delivery! Yep, we can pick-up and/or drop-off your wounded cycle anywhere in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and the inner ring suburbs. For pricing, please visit our Service Page.
Tour season is in full swing! We pride ourselves on offering an authentic experience that will be informative to visitors and lifers alike. Oh yeah, and they are fun! Please scroll our Tours Page for details and to make reservations.
We also offer private tours, which are great as a corporate team-building exercise, staff outing, non-profit fund-raiser, conference activity or pre-wedding excursion. A downloadable PDF with more info can be found here.
We have expanded our rental fleet, adding more cruisers, some comfort hybrids, an adult tricyle and an additional kids trailer. Online advance reservations available for a 10% discount. Reservations are recommended, particularly on weekends, as we sometimes do run out of bikes at peak hours.
WEEKDAY WALK-IN SPECIAL: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a 2-hour cruiser rental is half-off, just $7.50. Fine print: cruisers only, no reservations, subject to availability.
GOT GROUP? We offer discounts to groups of six to 20 with advance notice and a deposit. More info available at Wheelhouse Group Rentals and Schools & Scouts. We can also deliver bikes to your event; inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's great to see so many health-oriented businesses sprouting up around town, and we are partnering with several of them for some fantastic fun-n-fit activities through the summer months. We have Wheelhouse Workouts every other Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., a free 12-15MPH ride; bi-weekly Endurance Thursdays, a free group ride that will be paced at 15-18MPH from 6-8 p.m. held in partnership with Detroit Endurance Lab; and a series of fitness tours with True Body Fitness. More info here.
Our Basic Maintenance Classes w/Fender Bender are back! This two-hour class will teach you some introductory mechanics like how to change a flat and will go over some basic rules of the road and commuting tips. Classes cost just $5 and include a patch kit. Dates for the rest of the year are Jun 27 - Jul 11 - Jul 25 - Aug 8 - Aug 22 - Sep 12 - Sep 2.
As biking becomes more and more visible as a form of transportation, more and more events are adding bike parking as an amenity, and we are happy to help out! You'll find us at Detroit City FC home matches at Cass Tech (next up: tonight vs. Zanesville FC at 7:30 p.m.) and Riviere 28's Soiree on the Greenway on July 18...more to come!
We are a proud sponsor of two upcoming rides that are raising funds for some deserving causes.
On June 22, suit up for the Fourth Annual Compuware Motor City Bike Ride, which offers 20-mile fun ride and a Metric Century (62-mile) option. The event raises funds for the Danialle Karmanos Work It Out Foundation in support of youth health and wellness. Find out more and register here.
The Second Annual SASHA Center Detroit Bike Tour Fundraiser is set for June 23 at noon. We'll take off from the Wheelhouse and enjoy a casual ride through the Greater Downtown area with stops at organizations that assist survivors of sexual assault -- key to SASHA's mission. It also includes a lunch stop at Goodwells! Find out more and register at their website.
Hope to see you soon and that you're having a great summer!
Thanks, Your Friends at Wheelhouse Detroit