Detroit is going mad with the way winter has dominated us.
Wall closing in.
There’s a way out.
Wheelhouse Detroit has decided to help shake the region out of the doldrums and make us focus on the upcoming spring and the bike rides that come along with it.
Located in a container in Eastern Market, Wheelhouse Detroit is rewarding those who can keep their eyes on the future sunshine long enough to trek through the cold with special deals. For the whole month of February all bikes are $50.00 off with anything else they sell marked down 20%. Any purchase more than $25 will even have the chance to be rewarded again. The buyer’s name will be put into a raffle for a free Detroit bike, which will be awarded in March.
The signature bike of Wheelhouse Detroit is the Detroit Bike … a A-Type commuter with three-speed internal gears, a lightweight chromoly-steel frame and a durable, matte-black powder-coat finish. Also available is the “A+” model, which has American made lights, lock, kickstand, mirror, bottle cage, and bell. Both versions are made right here in the Motor City. The A-Type goes for $550 and the more fully loaded A+ runs $700.
There are plenty of other items available and, while not all come from Detroit, most are made in America. Here are the items and where they are made:
- Wald baskets (KY)
- King Cage bottle cages, flask cages and bells (CO)
- Kabeltek lock cables (AZ)
- Wilson Bohannan padlocks (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 (OR)
- Panniers from Ironweed Bicycle Products (OR)
- Green Guru upcycled panniers and pouches (CO)
- Embroidered wool Walz Caps (CA)
T-shirts for Wheelhouse and Tour de Troit and pedal powered natural soaps are also available.
When the warm weather does finally return, tours and group bike rentings will be available. Booking has already started and has been suggested for schools, church groups and work groups. Bike rentals cost $10 per bike for two hours, providing you have an advanced reservation. However, discounts are available for schools or scouting groups.
Some of the most commonly sought out tours are Eastern Market, Belle Isle, architecture, and the Near East Side where you can see the Heidelberg Project, Lafayette and the whole RiverWalk. The tours start at $180 for six people and are all-inclusive.
The planning for the future goes beyond business as usual. Tours are being planned for the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Conference in May. The hope is to allow the guests experience as much of Detroit as possible during their bike tours. Included will be Ponyride, Green Garage, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and a sneak peek at Batch Brewing.
May 10 will be Cycle Into Spring. September 20 is the Tour de Troit. On June 15, July 20, August 17, and September 7 you can Bicycle By the Ballpark with the Detroit Tigers.
If you’re a cyclist … or a wannabe cyclist … you may want to take note of those dates.
Wheelhouse Detroit is located at Shed 4 at Russell St. at Davison St. It’s open Friday and Monday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, on Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm.
Wheelhouse’s RiverFront location will reopen March 14.