October 2023 – Registration Open Soon!

Experience some of Detroit’s most notorious and interesting bars, watering holes, and breweries by BIKE!

Gears and Beers is a point to point tour of Detroit’s historic neighborhoods, notorious bars & watering holes, and popular up-and-coming destinations. Participants in the Gears & Beers Tour can learn about the Detroit’s rich history through the stories and urban legends surrounding many of the city’s landmarks.


  • Choice of self-guided or group tours. Beginning at 10am. Pick your “tour” / “wave” time at check-out.

  • Afterparty from 4-6:30pm featuring food, entertainment and a commemorative pint glass and free entry to the Boat House Beer Fest.

  • SAG (service & gear) provided by Downtown Ferndale Bikeshop.

  • Routes stop at numerous participating bars for water, food specials & limited beer sampling along the way. Beer samples (3 oz) of the featured beers are provided by the bars at their discretion. Beer and food specials will be offered along the way. Optional beer samples are available at the afterparty at the Boathouse Beer Fest.
    Note: Designated bike parking will be available at each stop along the designated routes. We always recommend locking your bikes.

Two ways to participate in the bike ride:

1 · Self-Guided/Self-Paced Tour:

Maps with self-guided tour information with a well-marked course along the way for those who want to go at their own pace and make their own personal experiences.
Note: The Ale Trail Route is only available as a self-guided tour.

2 · Group Pace Tour:

With the assistance of ride guides, you can bike in a larger group. Guided tours will start at specific times and leave from each pub at a designated time to keep the group on a fun-paced schedule. You can start or join a tour group at any time and decide to stay with the group or leave at any time! Specific tour times will begin at 10am and run every half hour until 11:30am.
Note: The Ale Trail Route is only available as a self-guided tour.


$50 – May 1 to July 31
$55 – Aug
1 – Sept 6
$60  – Sept 7 – Sept 24
$65 –
Sept 25 –  Sept 30
$70 – October 1st

Click HERE for Refund Policy.


Coming Soon!


Fully Marked 10-15/15-20/25-35 Mile Courses & Map
Self-Guided or Guided Tour Option
Limited SAG Support (Service & Gear)
Limited Beer Samples at Partner Bar Stops @ Bar’s Discretion
Beer & Lunch Specials Along the Way
After Party: Riders receive entry to the Boathouse Beer Fest w/ Live Band
Pizza After the Ride & Food Trucks On-Site to Purchase Food
Beer Sampling Available
Keepsake Photo Booth
Gears & Beers Commemorative Pint Glass

Interested in joining the ride CREW or getting more involved with Gears & Beers??
Volunteer for the event to make new friends, make a difference and enjoy some awesome perks!
There are a few options to become part of the Gears & Beers Event Team…  Welcome!!