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 11am. Pick your “tour” / “wave” time at check-out.

  • Afterparty from 4-8pm featuring food, entertainment, 1 complimentary beer and a commemorative pint glass.

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

  • Routes stop at numerous participating bars for water, food specials & limited beer sampling along the way. Guests will receive beer sample vouchers valid for no more than 24 ounces while riding. Enjoy further sampling at the Gears & Beers Afterparty.
    Note: Secure bike parking will be available at each stop along the designated routes.

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.