Since May 2008, Wheelhouse Detroit has been offering its customers a healthy and highly efficient new way to see Motown, with guided bike tours traversing the terrains and trails of Detroit. More than 30 bicycle tours are scheduled for the upcoming months, with new tours regularly added. On the "East Riverfront/Downtown/Dequindre Cut" tour on Saturday, May 1, you'll pedal-push 10 miles through the eastern end of RiverWalk, cruising past Gabriel Richard Park, Lafayette Park, downtown Detroit, and the Dequindre Cut, with its bike trail bedecked in city-approved graffiti. The "Architecture" tour, held on Saturday, May 8, is led by architect Brian Hurttienne, who will guide the group through downtown Detroit to explore the relationship between architecture and urban planning, with discussions on famous buildings and the future of Detroit's architecture. Strap on your American-flag shower cap and your freedom flippers for the "Arsenal of Democracy" tour on Saturday, July 3, which examines Detroit's patriotic contributions during World War II with visits to auto factories that were used to assemble weapons for American troops.
Detroit Bike City promotes cycling in Detroit in myriad ways?from weekly group rides to bike expos and events that draw bike-lovers from across the country. In their store, they also sell apparel emblazoned with pro-bike slogans, for cyclists to sport around town. In everything they do, their mission is to encourage the growth of bike culture in the city.
The mechanics at Town N Country Bikes work on a steady stream of two wheelers, maintaining old rides, fixing flats, and helping customers find the perfect new bike for their body and lifestyle. Across their two locations, the showrooms are stocked with brand-new road, hybrid, and mountain bikes from brands that include Specialized, Fuji, and KHS, as well as a host of components to upgrade or alter existing cycles. Clients can drop in for tune-ups that range from basic fixes such as truing wheels and brake adjustments to more thorough tunes where cable housing is replaced with cable mansions.
At iSweat Studios, the sights and sounds of a night on the town power dance steps, boxing moves, and bicycle wheels. Three industrial workout spaces teem with graffiti murals, which summon sweat with sultry verbs such as “train” and “cycle.” Here, upbeat instructors lead varied workouts that battle boredom and fortify each major muscle group. In the cycling room, up to 25 students pedal Keiser M3 stationary bikes that monitor speed, heart rate, and distance traveled. Wheels and records spin in tandem during Cycle DJ classes, where live DJs craft soundtracks for rides packed with hills and sprints. Calming yoga poses and energizing salsa moves fill the iSweat room, where exercisers of all levels melt calories and stress. Brimming with kettlebells, battling ropes, and TRX suspension straps, a third studio hosts functional training workouts, which help exercisers build enough strength to arm wrestle the Statue of Liberty.
Since the 1960s, Skyline Camp & Retreat Center has established itself as a place that positively shapes lives and leaves visitors with lifelong memories. Situated along 156 acres of rolling hills and hardwood forests, camps and programs with many different focuses are held here for both kids and adults of all ages.
Camp Joy is one of those programs, specifically designed for adults over 35 with special needs in which participants enjoy outdoor fun, farm-animal interactions, and archery practice. Kids ages 12?15 interested in cooking can enroll in the Farm to Fork camp, which equips them not only with kitchen skills, but also gets them acquainted with gardening, sustainable practices, and why it's not a good idea to eat potatoes raw.
The Mind Body Studio's instructors believe that physical and mental balance can be achieved at varying speeds. From the slow, deliberate poses of hot yoga to the lively, energized dance steps of Zumba, their fitness programs forge an increased connectivity between muscles and minds. The certified instructors correct students' Pilates positioning aboard mats and Reformers, and Active Isolated Stretching sessions help them ease tension in connective tissues. The group and private classes accommodate guests of all skill levels.