It's a new year and time once again to give a new look to this blog. New graphics and colors. Same bike writer!

This blog is created not only to track my own progress on my biking journey but it is intended to also assist others who have either osteo or rheumatoid arthritis or both like I do. I hope as you read about the progress I have made that it gives you inspiration and hope that you can overcome the dibilitating effects of these conditions.

If your doctor agrees that you should be capable of expanding your limits read on and don't be afraid, just listen to your body and give it challenges. Biking is a great non-impact form of exercise and greatly enhances flexibility and range of motion.

It's not a substitute for Doctor visits, taking your meds or otherwise getting off your health plan but it auguments what your Doctor does for you and can give you a better quality of life. Go for it!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bicycle Tourism In Detroit

As a companion piece to my last post this one details out tour operators in the city of Detroit.  Now that's not normally the first thing that comes to mind when contemplating new bike routes or places to ride but it's catching on as evidenced by the tour bookings at both of the places that operate tours.

The Wheelhouse in Detroit offers tours, bike rentals, sales, repairs and shop classes.  The are also distributors for Detroit Bikes mentioned in the previous post as well as other popular brands of bikes.  They are located right on the riverfront where the new River Walk is, close to Eastern Market and Belle Isle which are popular tours.  They offer different tours that are short or long, easy or tough and you can sign up for what suits your riding choices. Some tours are historical or art and architecture orientated with stops at historical sights,  public art and significant architectural sites.  There are recreational tourist type tours to Belle Isle and the Eastern Market which is like the most gigantic farmers market you will ever see and then some.  They have various neighborhood tours and even haunted tours in the fall season.   Since the tours are thematic and tours rather than rides there are frequent stops where the tour guide gives out facts and history of the sights you are visiting.  Tours can be booked on line and there is a calendar of the whole season of tours.  Custom and private tours are also available for a group.  A link to their site is here.

Motor City Bike and Brew Tours are very much just what they sound like.  Tours to famous old breweries, sites of former breweries and new micro breweries that are located right in downtown Detroit.  In addition to the brew tours they also do Historical Prohibition tours where you can see historical locations of bootleggers and rum runners along the Detroit River and other spots.  There are also Theater/Music tours that take you through the theater district both new and historical sites from the vaudeville era.  Most tours end at a brewery with a lunch and voucher for a couple of brews.  In addition to the bike tours they also do Bus and Walking brew tours in other parts of the state.   They have a limited number of bikes available for rental but it's mostly B.Y.O.B, in this case bring your own bike.  Private tours are also available in addition to their calendar date tours. A link to there site is here. A You Tube video from their website of a typical tour is included below.

A visit to one or both is going to be in order before this season is over!

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