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It’s time again for the Wheelhouse bicycle brigade

If you’re a biker … the quiet, peddle kind, not the hot-muffler kind … you’ll be happy to know Wheelhouse Detroit is open again after the long winter hiatus.

Wheelhouse kicks off the 2012 season on April 14 with the very popular architecture tour led by local architect Brian Hurttienne. He’s is a wealth of knowledge. Want to know about some of Detroit’s hidden gems like the Freer House and Calvary Baptist Church? Join the tour. It’s a great way to learn about the city while enjoying a pleasantly paced bike ride.

The rest of April promises to be just as much fun.

On April 13 the Wheelhouse tour takes in Belle Isle with stops at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Conservatory and the Nature Center and then off to Eastern Market on April 21. That tour includes a ride through Lafayette Park and down the Dequindre Cut plus a slice or two of award-winning Supino Pizza. Public Art, Hamtramck and Auto Heritage wrap up April.

Close to 100 tours are on tap for this year including themed rides such as Public Art, Architecture, Urban Agriculture, Underground Railroad History and Automotive Heritage as well as neighborhood excursions into Corktown, Midtown, Indian Village, Hamtramck and Southwest Detroit.

‘Hopefully, this has given you a taste as to the depth of our tour offerings,” says Kelli Kavanaugh, co-owner of Wheelhouse. “We really try to provide expert commentary and unique experiences on each and every one and many visitors from out of town and Metro Detroit have commented on how much fun they had and how much they learned.”

Sign up soon. Tours are limited to 15 people. They start at $25 per person or $35 including bike rental.

Ready to explore Detroit on your own? Wheelhouse offers rentals of cruisers, hybrids, tandems, road bikes and children’s bikes and accessories. Rentals start at $15 per adult for two hours. They also offer 1/2-day, full day and multi-day options. Discounts are available for advance reservations made at wheelhousedetroit.com/ResSelectDate.aspx. Private group tours are also available. Check it out for family reunions, conferences or a pre-wedding excursion. To arrange, call 313-656-2453 or email at info@wheelhousedetroit.com.

Wheelhouse is located on 1340 E. Atwater Street, just 3 blocks east of the Ren Cen. We are easily reached via the People Mover’s Ren Cen Station. It’s a quick walk down the RiverWalk. If you drive, use the adjacent parking lot. It’s open Friday, Saturday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The seven-day-a-week summer schedule starts May 1.

For more information go to wheelhousedetroit.com/tours to read up on the schedule or download a one-page calendar here.

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