To those outside Detroit the idea of bike having a major presence in the Motor City would be laughable. They would be very wrong. In the past few years it has been building with a quite a bit of aid from Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop and Detroit Bikes.
The two will set up a permanent presence starting November 26 in Eastern Market while adding Eastern Market Corporation’s Thanksgiving Market to the partnership.
The Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop is the premier bike shop in the city and Detroit Bikes builds bikes in Detroit so it seems only natural the two would cash in on the city’s image of American made.
“We are excited to extend the cycling season with this unique collaboration between a retailer, a manufacturer and a neighborhood development agency,” says Wheelhouse co-owner Karen Gage. “Eastern Market is the perfect place to showcase the best in American-made and locally sourced bikes and bicycle products.”
The Bike Shop’s A-Type commuter will lead the way.
The minimalist bikes are made in a 50,000-square-foot factory on the city’s west side at 13639 Elmira Street. There the lightweight, three-speed bike with internal gears, a chromoly-steel frame and a matte-black powder-coat finish are cut, coped, welded and painted. All of this comes from a base of steel tubing.
In addition to the basic A-Type bike a special “A+ model” that will be offered. The A+ will include all the features of the basic but will also have lights, lock, kickstand, bottle cage and bell. The fully loaded model will continue the American-made theme with all of its extra features. The A+ will cost $700 compared to the A, which goes for $550.
In addition to the Detroit-made bikes there will be accessory brands available. These other brands include Wald baskets (KY); King Cage bottle cages, flask cages and bells (CO); Kabeltek lock cables (AZ); Wilson Bohannan locks (OH); Greenfield kickstands (NY); Walnut Studiolo leather accessories (OR); Detroit Cargo bicycle luggage (MI); Jogalite lights (NH); Park Tool bicycle-specific tools (MN); Trixie & Milo Fine Flasks bicycle-themed flasks (OR), and panniers from Ironweed Bicycle Products (OR) and Detroit Denim Co. (MI).
Once the bicycle boutique opens it will be located on Russell and Davison. The bike shop will be in a shipping container in Shed 4. It will be open Friday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The services will also go beyond just selling bikes. There will also be a drop off and repair service as well as bike rentals.
For more information contact Wheelhouse Detroit co-owners Karen Gage and Kelli Kavanaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.