It is now officially summer in Metro Detroit. We need to take advantage of such things since we live in a place with a rather temperamental climate. I have a suggestion. Take in the warmth, sunshine and beautiful sites of the Michigan summer by going on a bike ride. You can do this by yourself, with a friend or by participating in an organized group ride/race.
This reminds me, there are bike shops galore in the metropolitan area. If you are in the market for a new bike, or you’re looking to buy a new bike for somebody, you have many options. Bike shops are also useful if you want to get some new equipment, need to get your bike looked at or simply have a question or two to ask experts.
Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, located at 163 W. 9 Mile in Ferndale, is a one-stop shop for all biking fanatics. This shop specializes in fixed gear and fixed gear freestyle bikes. With that being said, the selection of both new and used bikes is pretty diverse as well. Brands include Felt, Jamis and Pure Fix, among others. Hundreds of accessories are available here, giving you plenty of options for your bike. The staff is very well-versed and knowledgeable as they consist of bike mechanics, professional racers, BMX riders and more!
The Bicycle Doctor, 24436 John R in Hazel Park, is the place to go when you need your bike repaired. The “doctors” specialize in road bikes and bike fitting, but will try to fix most bikes and brands (call ahead to make sure). The shop caters to triathlons, touring, racing, mountain bikes and recreational riders. In addition to all the repairs, the store offers a great selection of bikes and equipment. In an effort to provide safety and education for those new to cycling, The Bicycle Doctor provides basic safety and riding tips on its website for new cyclists. Estimates are free and walk-ins are welcomed here!
American Cycle and Fitness has its main shop in Royal Oak, but has many others shops sprinkled around Metro Detroit, as well as a location in Okemos. If you are more on the cycling side of things and looking for a Trek bike, this is the place to go. With hundreds of Trek bikes and an entire line of accessories, you’ll have all you need whether you are an experienced cyclist or just starting out. The customer truly comes first in this shop, and ACF even provides tutorials on the website to help you out with any problems you may endure. For example, check out how to fix a flat tire, or how to reassemble a boxed bike.
Al Petri & Sons Bicycles has been servicing Downriver since 1946, with locations in both Woodhaven and Lincoln Park. This is a family-owned operation, currently being run by the fourth generation of the Petri family. Products range from small accessories to high-end bicycles. Bike brands include Trek, Sun, Giant, Schwinn and Electra. It is another great place to go to for bike repairs as well. Free estimates, walk-ins and tune up packages are all offered here. Bicycles and cycling knowledge, as well as great customer service, are all very abundant here.
Take advantage of this weather (you never know how long it will last) and get some exercise on a bike. You don’t have to train for the Tour de France, but biking is a great way to stay in shape and work on those calf muscles!