Some of the bike shops in the area really know how to take care of Burners. Some sell used bikes, some only new bikes. Some offer rentals, repair services, or storage, and some accept donations post-event!
Below is a detailed explanation of what each organization offers; click here to download the quick reference guide summarizing all of this info!
Reno Bike Project
635 E 4th street, Reno NV* | (775) 323-4488
Reno Bike Project (RBP) sells recycled bikes intended for the playa starting at $60. These bikes have at least one gear, one brake, and tight bearing surfaces. RBP also offers a full range of accessories and services, including last minute repairs for people rolling through Reno and bike assembly for people who want to ship their bike to Reno. You can reserve your playa bike online, and they accept bike donations post-event at their shop. RBP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community bicycle shop and resource for the Truckee Meadows area committed to creating a nationally recognized, cycling-friendly community through education, cooperation and advocacy. Sales from Burning Man bikes support programs such as the community bike shop, youth riding and programs, and more. More info: http://www.renobikeproject.com
*Note: They’ve moved one block east, to 635 E. 4th street, with less parking, and more space for bikes!
Playa Bike Repair
On playa (9:00 Plaza)
Playa Bike Repair is the largest bike camp at Burning Man. Each year, over 4,000 burners use their services for emergency, on-playa repairs. Since 2011, they’ve repaired over 20,000 bicycles (for FREE). Additionally, you can rent your own playa bike from them online and pick it up on playa at the 9:00 Plaza anytime from 11 AM – 6 PM daily during the event. Your rental helps fund free bike repair during event week. To reserve a bike visit: http://playabikerepair.com/products/burning-man-bike-rental
Hammer And Cyclery
On Playa (3:30 & G)
Rent a playa bike online, and pick it up at the Hammer And Cyclery camp on playa anytime from 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily during the event. The rental fleet is comprised of bikes specifically selected or custom built for Burning Man, and supported by a full service on-playa bike shop. They also have a bike lock lending library in case you forgot yours! You can donate bikes at the end of the event to both Hammery And Cyclery (3:30 & G), and their sister camp Stars And Bikes (5:30 & L). They only accept donated bikes that are brought to Burning Man by the donor or the donor’s campmates. Approximately 2 out of 3 donated bikes will be shipped to Gambia in West Africa, and the rest will be re-rented at Hammer And Cyclery the following year, or scrapped if the bikes are determined to be unusable. For more info: http://www.HammerAndCyclery.com/
Black Rock Bicycles
7875 North Virginia Street, Reno NV
Operated by Burners, Black Rock Bicycles has bikes for rent and purchase. They also have accessories, including lighting, el-wire kits, baskets, car racks, bells, locks, baskets, trailers, tubes and decor. Black Rock Bicycles has started a new program that will allow you to store your bike in an enclosed storage area for an entire year. You can buy a new bike from them, art it up, personalize it, ride it during the Burn, return it, have it cleaned and put in their storage. A portion of the profits is given back to the community (specifically the Reno Sparks Gospel Mission and the Lions Club), and they also donate bicycles to local events. See http://www.blackrockbicycles.com/ for info, reservations and contact info.
Kiwanis Bike Program
145 Catron Drive, Reno NV
Our friends at the Kiwanis Bike Program sell affordable used bicycles starting at $50 and accessories, including lights, el-wire kits, baskets, car racks, locks, seat covers, and bells. You can reserve your bike online. They also have a limited selection of $60 burner bikes available for walk-in purchase at their Reno location. These are first come, first serve, as long as supplies last. You can also donate your bike to them post-event at 4 convenient locations:
- The Kiwanis Reno Shop: 145 Catron Drive, Reno NV
- Reno-Tahoe International Airport: 2001 E Plumb Ln, Reno NV
- Reno Wholefoods: 6139 S Virginia St, Reno NV
- Save Mart: 525 Keystone Ave, Reno NV
If you return your bike to Kiwanis, they’ll refurbish and reuse it for kids! You can also store your bike with them until next year’s Burn for $60. All funds support bike repairs, bike donation and bicycling education for kids in the Reno area. Purchase and reserve a bike now while supplies last. For more information, visit https://www.kiwanisbikes.org/burning-man.html. Email questions to email@example.com.
Burner Bikes LLC
400 Main St, Gerlach NV
Just 8 miles from the Burning Man site, Ralph and Barrie are renting very affordable ($70.00 including sales tax) used cruisers in good condition again this year. You can reserve a bike and coordinate with them now for a pick-up time in Gerlach on your way to the playa. They also have bike baskets and locks available for sale, and you will be able to return your bike to them in Gerlach after Burning Man. Best to reserve one now while they last! To do so, and for further information, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Bike Relief
On Playa (4:45 & I)
Art Bike Relief is a burner-based community project of Disaster Hack, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps developing countries heal and grow after major disasters. They rent bicycles on playa that can come with a can of spray paint, el-wire/colorful lights, lock, and headlight. They offer bike delivery to the BM airport, on playa pickup, tall bike rentals, and art bike kits to help you do Burning Man in style while making a social impact. The funds raised from the art bike rentals fund the work they do in other countries. To learn more, get involved, join their camp, or rent a bike, visit http://artbikerelief.disasterhack.org.