The Beginner’s Guide to Buy Electric Bikes

The Beginner’s Guide to Buy Electric Bikes

Whether you want to conquer miles on the road, tackle steep and technical terrain off-road, or glide your way through town, electric bikes are making cycling more accessible. We often get asked how to buy an e-bike, and its obvious that their benefits are obvious. The electric bike buying process can be complicated by the technology they use.
DBusiness: High Gear

DBusiness: High Gear

When Zak Pashak prepared to open Detroit Bikes in 2012, he didn’t expect to find himself in Asia scouring for machines to build his two-wheel flyers. The irony was that many of the lathes, drills, and other tools he eventually secured were based off of American designs.

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Detroit Free Press: Detroit Bikes inspires episode of new Jeff Goldblum show on Disney+

Detroit Free Press: Detroit Bikes inspires episode of new Jeff Goldblum show on Disney+

Episode 7 of the series, "BIKES," premiers Friday and has Goldblum pedaling through the world of BIKES, "as he investigates this transportation transformation and the future of mobility. From witnessing jaw-dropping stunts of BMX riders to visiting the cutting-edge facilities of Specialized Bikes, Jeff investigates how this old mode of transport is heading in new directions. He commits himself to discover what bikes truly mean to their owners," according to a statement.  He visits Detroit Bikes and leaves with his own shiny new commuter bike

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NPR: For One U.S. Bike-Maker, Tariffs Are A Mixed Bag

NPR: For One U.S. Bike-Maker, Tariffs Are A Mixed Bag

Zakary Pashak is a rare breed. His company, Detroit Bikes, is one of the very few American bicycle makers. Most bikes come from China.

At times, Pashak endured ridicule at trade shows. "I'd get kind of surly bike mechanics coming up and telling me that my products stunk. There's definitely a fair bit of attitude in my industry," he says.

But last September, the industry's tune abruptly changed. The first round of U.S. tariffs, or import taxes, upped the cost of Chinese-made bikes by 10%, and companies saw Detroit Bikes as a potential partner.

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Forbes: Detroit Bike Promoting Urban Cycling By Revitalizing U.S. Bicycle Manufacturing

Forbes: Detroit Bike Promoting Urban Cycling By Revitalizing U.S. Bicycle Manufacturing

When Zak Pashak first got started with his launch of Detroit Bikes back in 2013, most of American bicycle production had been sent overseas. “My background had nothing to do with manufacturing,” he said. “I got into it because I believed in urban cycling.” The Detroit Bikes motto is, “We believe that streets are best explored on two wheels.”

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Mlive: Mission Point Resort rolls out custom-built, branded bikes on Mackinac Island

Mlive: Mission Point Resort rolls out custom-built, branded bikes on Mackinac Island

Early this summer, a line of 30 new, custom-made bikes rolled off a ferry and onto Mackinac Island. All sported woven baskets on the front and cross-stitched leather trim. And all were destined for Mission Point, underscored by the signature design of the resort’s Adirondack chairs decorating their fenders.

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Bicycling.com: Detroit Bike’s $300 Sparrow Is an Urban Singlespeed with Tour De France Cred

Bicycling.com: Detroit Bike’s $300 Sparrow Is an Urban Singlespeed with Tour De France Cred

Detroit Bikes has teamed up with famed custom bike designer Ben Serotta to offer a $300 city bike that is claimed to be durable, lightweight, and easy to maintain. A limited first run is available to pre-order on Kickstarter now, with delivery expected in June.

Each Sparrow is assembled in Detroit—the aluminum frame is welded overseas—with parts that Detroit’s team deemed hassle-free and built to last. With a claimed weight of 22 pounds, it’s of the lightest bikes in its category (so says Detroit’s representatives). The Sparrow ships direct to the consumer and arrives 95 percent assembled with the tools required to finish the job—a five-minute job according to Detroit’s representatives.”

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Parlez-vous Francais? - Detroit Bikes

Parlez-vous Francais?

Nice coverage from France. 
"Detroit Demain Ne Meurt Jamais" or translated to "Detroit Tomorrow Never Dies" mentions various projects in our city, including Detroit Bikes. 
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Detroit Bikes Offers Full Assembly Option To IBD’s - Detroit Bikes

Detroit Bikes Offers Full Assembly Option To IBD’s

DETROIT, MI (August 8, 2017) – Detroit Bikes, one of the last remaining full-scale bicycle factories in the U.S., will introduce a new line of bikes at this year’s Interbike that not only improves retailers’ margins, but also arrives in ready-to-ride condition. Retail prices range from $550 to $600.

The new Assembly line of bikes will mirror Detroit’s current line, featuring wheels built in their factory in Detroit, Michigan, with assembly also being done there. The major difference with this line, aside from the more affordable prices and increased dealer margin, is that the frames, normally welded and painted in Detroit’s own factory, will be made to their specifications in Asia. Bikes will ship for free, and dealers need only turn the bars and tighten. The new line will also feature a totally new model, called Axel, which blends urban, mountain, and bmx styles.

“The new line leverages our U.S.-based facility, adding value for our retailers by reducing their labor costs, while reducing packaging waste,” said Zak Pashak, founder of Detroit Bikes. “We will ship five-packs of bikes to our retailers. They conveniently come off the truck and can go straight to the sales floor.”

Detroit Bikes’ 2018 Premium line, launched last fall, will continue to be available, and includes derailleur versions of their original A-Type and B-Type, as well as the fitness-oriented Cortello, and single-speed CX style C-Type.

“The Premium bikes all have frames made completely under our roof with American-made chromoly tubing, a higher level of components, including chromoly forks, nicer detail work, and our own powder coat finish,” said Pashak.

Mr. Pashak and his Detroit Bikes factory were recently profiled in Forbes and The New Yorker magazines, and were featured on Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” in July of this year. The factory also manufactures contract bikes for New Belgium Brewery and New York’s Citi Bikes bike share.

For ordering and more information, retailers can contact Detroit Bikes, 13639 Elmira St., Detroit, MI 48227, Email: info@detroitbikes.com, phone: 313.646.4109, website: www.detroitbikes.com.

Detroit Bikes is transforming America's car capital into a bike town - Detroit Bikes

Detroit Bikes is transforming America's car capital into a bike town

Natalia Angulo-Hinkson of Circa stopped by the Detroit Bikes factory to learn more about what we do, test drive our bikes and talk about manufacturing in the United States and specifically, Detroit. 

Henry Ford II is the head of assembly at Detroit Bikes. He has deep roots in the Motor City and his family is known around town as the "other Ford family" because at one point, at least 10 members of his family worked for the iconic car maker, he told to Circa.

A former banking professional, he lost his job after the 2008 Recession. For years after that, he gave bike tours to tourists and locals, which is how Ford found his way to Detroit Bikes.

"For years, we were known as the Motor City," Ford said. "With the resurgence of biking that's really exploded around Detroit, that name is transitioning to Bike City."

 

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Making Bicycles in Detroit Is an Uphill Ride - Detroit Bikes

Making Bicycles in Detroit Is an Uphill Ride

Detroit Bikes unveils limited edition DCFC A-Type - Detroit Bikes

Detroit Bikes unveils limited edition DCFC A-Type

Detroit, MI – July 15, 2016 –Detroit Bikes and The Detroit City Football Club have partnered to create a limited edition A-Type bicycle to celebrate the city’s rich history of both manufacturing and professional sports.

The new bikes are part of an annual tradition for Detroit Bikes and the Detroit City FC.

Each year the team presents a Detroit Bike to its MVP – a promotion inspired by the historic Chalmers Automobile Company.

In 1910, the Detroit automaker famously awarded cars to both, the Tigers’ Ty Cobb, and to Cleveland's Nap Lajoie for winning the batting title in 1910.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Detroit Bikes has accomplished as a manufacturer in this city,“ said Sean Mann, co-owner of the Detroit City FC. “We love their bikes and feel that they represent the best of what’s happening in Detroit.”

Fan voting for the Detroit City FC MVP will happen at tonight’s game versus the Michigan Stars at Kenworth Stadium.

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The individually numbered A-Types feature bold maroon and gold paint schemes and Detroit City FC decals.

They retail for $699 and are available at the Le Rouge Club Shop, at Detroit Bikes Dealers, and at detroitbikes.com.

About Detroit Bikes:
Founded in 2011, Detroit Bikes manufactures accessible, quality bicycles. Leveraging a rich tradition of skilled manufacturing and innovative design, the company operates a factory on Detroit’s west side with a capacity to produce more than 100 bicycles a day. Detroit Bikes’ signature production bikes include the A-Type city commuter and the B-Type step through and the new C-Type single speed.
For more information visit: http://www.detroitbikes.com/

About Detroit City Football Club:
Founded in 2012, Detroit City FC has established itself as one of the most talked about soccer teams in North America. Our club motto, Passion for Our City, Passion for the Game, evokes the three ideas the grassroots organization was built upon: to satisfy the demand for soccer in downtown Detroit, represent the city in a positive light, and build community through “the beautiful game." The team currently plays in the National Premier Soccer League.