The cycle savants behind Town N Country Bikes take pride in their vast collective knowledge of all things velocipede. In addition to carrying a full array of bikes and products from lines such as Specialized, Kink Bikes, and Fit Bikes, they offer upkeep and repair services to keep two-wheeled companions in excellent condition, as well as rent bikes. The staffers help riders of all stripes find their ideal bikes and accessories based on individual experience level and the number of buses they're able to jump over at once.
Town N Country Bikes also caters to wintertime sports. Technicians keep skis and snowboards in gear with waxing services, allowing alpine adventurers to plummet down slopes at maximum velocity, and edge sharpening, which helps them carve deep into the snow, control their speed, and swerve around yodelers.
RydeOn!’s Keiser stationary cycles may not cover much ground, but that doesn’t mean riding them can’t be part of a journey—one toward greater stamina and cardiovascular health. For confirmation, witness the center’s classes, during which the typical rider burns 450–600 calories and traverses 10–15 miles. To stave off monotony, certain classes add twists; the 90-minute Ryde Strong class bolsters endurance by adding hill climbs to the ride, and the Road Ryde class simulates outdoor cycling by recreating rolling hills and rapid descents. Classes take place under the direction of nine different instructors, each of whom has personally ridden a bike without training wheels, like, a million times.
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.
Originally founded in 2007, Grand Rapids Bicycle Co. has changed hands to the Smith family, which kicked off its new business with some shiny new digs. While Eric the mechanic continues to build frames and mend careworn rides, Jason helps customers pick out their new bikes before tweaking them with professional bike fittings. In addition to carrying a variety of brands—such as Felt, Jamis, and Burley—Grand Rapids Bicycle Co. also hosts group rides and supports local cycling events. Peddlers can find out about the latest happenings by viewing the calendar instead of taking a muddy tire to a fortune teller.
Central District Cyclery's technicians have only one thing on their minds: bicycles, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. When not tuning up cycles or renting them out from their shop, they hit the streets on their own two-wheeled mounts. They keep track of events for themselves and their customers, encouraging participation in everything from active commute weeks to straightforward races, in which you right straight forward and the everyone whose trajectory does not include a building wins.
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.