91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
On this page you'll find all of our stories on the city of Detroit.Suggest a story here and follow our podcast here.

Manufacturing a commuter bike in Detroit

There are a couple of relatively new companies making bikes in Detroit.

Shinola makes them (along with watches, leather goods, and journals). Detroit Bicycle Company makes 'em.

So does Detroit Bikes. In fact, the company was started in 2011 by a Canadian man named Zak Pashak. Pashak wanted to invest in alternative transportation and in the city of Detroit (not to mention real estate was affordable). So he set-up shop on the west side and began to hire people from the neighborhood.

The company has about twenty employees and one of the company's goals is to hire people from vocational schools and high schools and help them develop a manufacturing skill set.

As for their product, the company makes a commuter bike in one style and in one color (black). It costs $550 and will be available at stores in the city and around the U.S. Launching parties are planned in mid-August in Detroit, Windsor, and Toronto.

The company's marketing director says the bike is "smooth and light," has good brake control (with both hand and peddle brakes), and can "zip around very fast."

Kyle Norris is from Michigan and spent ten years as a host and reporter with Michigan Radio, the state’s largest NPR-affiliate. He lives in Seattle and works as a substitute host and producer at KNKX.
Related Content