Bicycle Store

The Illiterate Cyclist

Kooky Bicycle Service/Repair, Parts, Accessories, and SAG Support.

Building our area a better bike shop and cycling community one rickety step at a time.



Come Visit
(Calls Taken During Hours Listed, ONLY)

Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri (10-8)

Wed (Closed)

Sat (10-5)

Sun (11-5)

*Closed Thanksgiving Day.

**Note:  Motorized Bikes (Gas/Electric) are not welcome at the shop in regards to anything.  No trikes/recumbents for size limits and quality concerns.


A Little Background Noise

17 year Veteran of the Bike Industry going it alone to offer the Detroit Metro area and beyond the best and most comprehensive bike service I can. I have run many bike shops across the country, lead multi-store service departments, been a Rep in the Recumbent world (we're not talking about it), a wheel builder, suspension tech, Inside and Outside Territory Manager for a few bicycle parts distributors, a Dealer Account Coordinator for helping shops globally build their repertoire for their local consumer needs, a multi-time organizer of Cranksgiving events, and highly proud to be a SAG Mechanic and Donor for Make-A-Wish Michigan and the WAM300 ride. I have been across the country quite a bit, but the Detroit area is where I want to lay the groundwork for supporting our bike community with the best mechanical support they deserve. Please see my Services section to get a better grasp. Also, please follow my often maniacal ramblings on Instaham 



There Can Be Only One


Balthazar Impresario

What's in a name?

Seem's people are either offended by the company name, or find it goofy and get a bit confused.  But, there's a story in it all.  I had an idea about 10 or 11 years ago that if I were to open my own shop one day, it would more-so be in a larger urban area, catering to the Commuters and Fixter types (Bipster?).  A hip, eclectic shop that was at its core a 100% reliable service driven shop, with the parts and accessories an actual cyclist would want.  And maybe carry a small, unique bike brand or two, like State, Fairdale, or Pure Cycles.  At the same time, I read a book every other month.  So, why not incorporate a used book store into it?  Hence,  The Illiterate Cyclist.  A place an every-person could come and get their mental and physical fix!  Where are books?  Hey, things cost money! 

As Balthazar Impresario, one of the last of the great Stage Show Runners; here comes the curtain call, time to rattle the boards one last time.

Brands We Carry

Traveling With Freinds! Yay!


Soma Fab

Illiterate Cyclist approved!  Amazingly adaptable Tange steel frames for custom built gravel, cx, bike-packing, commuting, road racing, fixed gear, monstercrossing, and hardcore hardtail wants and desires.  Plus, a genuinly excellent parts and accs. catalog.


Velo Orange

Elegant steel frames for custom B-Road, Gravel, Sportif, Commuting, and Bike-Packer's boutique build dreams.  Plus, a huge line of amazingly crafted and well curated parts and accessories to spice up any bike.


Poseidon (Bikes)

Genuinely excellent and wallet friendly Monstercross, Road, Hybrid, Gravel, and Bike-Packing complete bikes...under $1000!



Milwaukee based.  Hip urban Single Speed and geared steel bikes, as well as one heck of a Gravel/Bike-Packing rig and Velodrome/Street-Shark Track Bike.  And plenty more accessories.


Boyd Cycling

A handcrafted revolution in cycling wheels.  South Carolina made, premium level carbon and alloy wheels for every venture and race scenario at killer prices.  Tinker Juarez and Gravel Cyclist approved!


Rolf Prima/Astral

Crazy light and strong paired spoke carbon and alloy wheels, and even more bestoke creations through Astral Cycling.  Handmade in Oregon, on White Industry hubs.  Gravel, Road, Track, Tri, Tandem, MTB...all with customizable color combos!


Bikes At The Store!

TIC Bike Shop is more of a specialist shop, than standard bike shop.  But, here are a few custom in-house builds and a few basics.  Custom builds and basic bikes always include a Free 1-Year Tune.


Velo Orange

Polyvalent (54cm)

$2450 (SOLD)

Bike-Packing, Commuting, and Gravel Monster.  Sensah SRX Pro 1x11 Groupset, Juin Tech R1 Hydro Brakes, Handbuilt Halo Vapour Wheels, and Tubeless Maxxis Race TT 27.5x2.2 Tires!

NS Bike Co

Surge Evo (Large)

For riders 5'8''-6'0" roughly.  Hardcore Trail Bike.  Spank/Halo Custom Wheelset, MRP 150mm Raven Fork, Magura MT8 Pro, X-Fusion Manic Dropper, Sensah SRX Pro 1x11, Tubeless Wolfpack Enduro 27.5x2.3 Tires...and SS Sliding Dropouts!

New Albion (Soma Cycles)

Privateer (54/55cm)

Gravel, Commuter, Light Tourer, Jack of All Trades.  Origin8 Tubeless Wheels with Kenda Booster 40c Tires, Advent Wide Range Drivetrain and Raceface Crankset, PDW Donut Tape, Cardiff Leather Saddle.


2 Bikes Available

  • Pixel 7 ($500) 7speed Shimano Drivetrain - 58cm/Large

  • Comet ($650) Alloy/Carbon Track Racing Bike, but includes FX/SS and brakes for road riding - 56cm/Large


Summer of WAM Tune

Benefiting Make-A-Wish MI


- Meat N' Potatoes Tune w/ A Side of Good

- $100 (Split 50/50 with MAW through Aug)

With WAM being cancelled for the 33rd and 34th annual running's, due to Covid...the thousands of us Doner's, Sponsor's, and Wish granting rider's are doing what we can to work within a "Virtual" context instead of a massive 3 day tour.  Holding solo rides, small group rides, or holding our own 500 mile Team events on WAM Week in July, to garner donations for kids across the country that are fighting insurmountable health issues.  I'd typically, be the SAG Mechanic for this crazy grouping of cyclists, normally raising over $2 million a year...and then the World came apart.  

Need a Tune-Up, but want to help me make Wishes come true?


Repair Menu

Be it a proper bike tune-up, more singular and basic tweeks, custom wheel builds, suspension overhauls, and beyond; The Illiterate Cyclist has you covered.  Taking the Middle-Man out of the equation and by dedicating to the origins of a bike shop, The Service, allows me to offer you a better price, faster turn-around, and guaranteed, better results...because that's what I am known for.  

Disclaimer:  Motorized bikes not welcome, in regards to service or even general parts.  No warranties, refunds, guarantees of safety or functionality, and we retain the right to refuse work on any/all bikes purchased at Dept Stores.  Fake/Knock-Off Amazon/Wish style components will not be installed...TIC Bike Shop supports the actual Bike Industry.  

* 6/14/21:  Amazon/Wish/Alibaba/Ebay "Bikes" are not being accepted for service.  Only bikes purchased from bike shops (GT/Diamondback/Raliegh/REI/Novara included) or actual bike companies that are boutique/consumer direct (State/Bikes Direct/Intense/Pure/Canyon/YT/Yeti/Seven/Fezarri/Etc) will be serviced.

Bicycle Store

Meat N' Potatoes Tune ($70)

Everything You Need, Nothing You Don't

Gear Adjustments, Brake Adjustments, Wheel Truing, Bearing Adjustments Where Applicable, Bike Cleaning, Cable and Housing Lubrication, Lite Chain Cleaning and Lubrication, Greasing Of Touch-Points, and General Safety Check and Bolt Torque.  Parts extra.

Two Man Bicycle Store

Kitchen Sink Services

Ala-Carte Labor

  • Tire/Tube Change ($10), 

  • Front and Rear Gear or Brake Adjustment ($20) 

  • New Cable and Housing Install with Adjustment ($15 per Brake/Shifter)

  • Hub Overhaul Clean N' Grease ($20)

  • Bottom Bracket Overhaul or Install ($20)

  • Wheel True ($20) 

  • Custom Wheel Build ($60 per Wheel)

  • Hydraulic Brake Bleed ($20 per Brake)

  • Suspension Overhaul ($25Rear/$50Front)

  • Custom Bike/Frame Build ($140)

  • Accessory Install ($10 per)

* Ask about anything else not listed.

Man Holding Bicycle

Bits N' Bobs


  • Bought a bike online, and need to get it built, tuned, and prepped to be safe and secure...($60/Boxed Bike Build).

  • The Illiterate Cyclist is a new and growing business on a thread-bare budget.  We will be bringing in a good mix of parts and accessories to fill out the shop and offer the what's and wears you and your bike needs for your adventures.  As an actual cyclist myself, I assuredly stock products I can stand behind, and have product catalogs to get you so much more than you see.

  • SAG Support

    • Make-A-Wish Michigan's WAM300 Bike Tour

    • The Illiterate Cyclist's Cranksgiving

    • Monroe Cycling Club's Lake Erie Fall Classic

    • and beyond!  Contact me about your cycling event...if the cause is good, I'm likely interested!

***Bike's left after 30 days of completion (and customer contact) will be disposed of at Owner's loss.


Hip Hop Anonymous, Hiphopopotamus?

We've Gone To Thing Doing

Event stories, now that I've figured out how not to break the website, again.


WAM 300

Make-A-Wish MI:  Wish-A-Mile 300 Bike Tour (Rider Sponsor, Tour Mechanic, Donor).  

For the past 34 years, Make-A-Wish Michigan has had a Wish-A-Mile Bike Tour across Michigan the final full weekend of July.  Started as a challenge among a few riders in the 80's to raise funds to grant Wishes for children born with life threatening conditions; has now grown to a near 2000 rider strong group of people from across the country, raising on average $2.25 Million Dollars each year.  Normally, I would be the SAG Mechanic for the three day 300 mile tour from TC to Marshall, MI.  But, the World got flipped upside-down in 20'/21'....  Most riders have done smaller solo/virtual riders, or more singular rides with their respective Teams. Not to be undone, Monroe Wish Riders and local Gym Rats devised an advanced route to do the ride as planned, in legacy of the original riders and to keep the flame burning for the kids.  Adding two extra days with a Mackinaw starting point, we traversed MI to the Ohio boarder for near 500 miles in '20.  Unplanned, my new SAG Vehicle for the business blew up right before reaching Traverse City (picture of me catching the group riding into TC, and their first mechanicals).   Butts rubbed raw from heat and hills.  Shaky interactions with gun and knife toting Rednecks in otherworldly parts of the Country, getting runoff the road by reckless motorists and truck drivers, and Satanists with time to kill...this was the darkest of timelines.  I was even asked to hop on my bike and join the Team as we shot to the OH boarder.  In the end, Monroe Wish Riders neared $40,000 in donations to Make-A-Wish; and through my tune-up specials and Go-Fund-Me, I got to $1230 of my $1500 goal.    

For '21, we are bringing more of the WAM Family together, riding the more traditional route WAM Week.  And, a larger Heroes Hurrah event in Monroe Aug. 7 to recreate a semblance of what we wish would come back, and build on donations to offer real Wishes for the kids in need.



Global Bike Based Scavenger Hunt:  To Collect Food To Feed Those In Need.  

Sunday Nov. 21 (10am-1pm):  You (Yes, You!) are going to be rippin' up the streets on your bike and best portaging device.  Riders will be given a multi-choice list of non-perishables and essentials to help fight hunger and help those in need.  All goods will be donated to Gleaner's Food Bank of Michigan the week of Thanksgiving.  This is now a 20 year strong Gobal event, doing a heck of a lot more good, given the even greater struggles our communities have gone through during '20/'21.

Where:  Well, the bike shop, of course, at 10 am.  About $15-20 to buy "Cranksgatherings", and you can buy more as you desire.  Costumes welcomed, and some bonus elements...prizes at the end?!

Details to follow on Facebook.  


FB4K Detroit

Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) is a non-profit organization running in a handful of major cities across the US. The main objective is to collect and refurbish children's bikes (12-24" wheeled bikes) from Oct-Dec; and then donate those bikes through partner organizations to help provide bikes to those families and kids most in need for a healthier and happier childhood....right around the Holidays!

Bring your gently used kids bikes (or those needing a slight touch of TLC) between Oct-Nov. I'll do what I can with sprucing them up, and then deliver them to FB4K on the day's I'm closed (Wed). Very petite 26in bike's are OK, too.  I brought in 28 fully ready bikes with me in 2020, volunteer while I'm there over the three months, and we work as a collective to make them ready for the holidays.  Some 1700 were sent off to kids in need by the end of December 2020.  If you can change a tube, turn a wrench, or do some tlc; come join us at the new Piston Group home in Corktown. 

Click the logo to bounce to their site.


Gulable?  More of a Gula-Calf:  The Things I Get Roped Into.

Lake Erie Fall Ride (Sept. 18):  Hosted by Monroe Cyling Club.  An awesome "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" around Michigan's Cornerstone, Monroe.  Proceeds go towards ALS of Michigan (Lou Gehrig's Disease).  100 Mile Road/100K Road/100K Gravel/50K Road.  Great food, SAG Support (Me!), and free beer from Pavlov's Brewing.

'21 Registration

Jersey Pre-Order

Tour De Livingston:  Oct. 10 (Howell High School).  Now on it's 14th Annual Riding (2021), this is a day long Pick-Your-Own-Journey Bike Tour around Livingston County (Howell, MI).  Road and Gravel options, with many routes available, up to 100miles.  Proceeds going to support United Way of Livingston County, and those struggling in the region.  Pancake Breakfast!

Tour De Livingston


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