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The organization is built around the belief that the bicycle is the world’s greatest, most utilized mode of transportation and that every individual, regardless of age, gender, race, or class has a right to afford, maintain, and enjoy one.

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8th Annual Bike Swap


This year the Bike Swap will be held during RenOpen Streets on October 17, from 10-3. This is the first-ever Open Streets event in Reno, and we are so excited about the experience and about being a part of it! This is a great opportunity to get a used bike at a very fair price. Even if you’re not in the market, this is a great event for the whole family, with many a rare and interesting find to be seen. Have a bike to sell? We’ll do it for you while you wanter and participate in the event. Drop off your bike at our 4th St location anytime this month, or at the event between 8am and 10am, day of. The 20% consignment fee will benefit the Reno Bike Project’s education, advocacy, and outreach programs.

Interested in being an independent vendor at our event?  If you’re a shop, cycling club, or just have too much bike stuff in the garage, we’d love to have you at the swap. No consignment fee if you’re selling your own wares. Get in touch and we’ll sign you up.

If you have any questions please contact genevieve@renobikeproject.com


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Bike Accident Personal Injury Claims in Nevada

We were stoked to get this special guest article from Deanna Power of P. I. Law, who wrote, “it can be challenging to get to point A to point B safely, so I wrote this article on how bicyclists have the option to file a personal injury claim if a car hits them in Nevada. A lot of people don’t realize that they aren’t always liable for hospital bills when injured by a motorist so long as they were following local bicycle regulations.” Thanks to Deanna and her team for the resources they provide. Educate yourself by reading on!

Nevada’s roads are often traveled by bicyclists as well as motor vehicle operators. Although Nevada law doesn’t define a bicycle as a vehicle, cyclists are still afforded the same rights and responsibilities as any traveler on the road. As such, you must obey traffic laws, including those that apply to all vehicles as well as those that are specific to operating a bike on a public roadway.

Nevada Bike Laws

A personal injury claim can cover your medical expenses, property damage, and other compensation to which you may be entitled, if you’re involved in a bicycle accident in the state. The success of your claim can be affected by your adherence to general traffic laws and bike-specific laws.

  • Helmet Laws– Nevada has no state helmet laws for bike riders of any age, but wearing a proper safety helmet is strongly recommended by the Nevada Department of Transportation. For this reason, failing to wear a helmet can negatively affect your personal injury claim, especially if you suffer a head injury. The Duckwater Indian Reservation and the Reno/Sparks Indian Colony are the only areas in Nevada where wearing a helmet is mandatory.
  • Bike Lanes, Road Sharing, and Sidewalks – If a bike lane or passable shoulder is available, cyclists are expected to ride there. Bicycles are also permitted to ride with other traffic on public roadways when there is no shoulder or bike lane. Sidewalk riding is not forbidden by state law, but local ordinances may restrict it in some locations. Bicycles are even allowed on many of Nevada’s freeways and interstates, but there are areas where bikes are not allowed on these thoroughfares. Restricted areas are clearly marked with signage.
  • Passengers and Packages – One hand must always be on the handlebars, even if the rider is carrying a package of some kind. Passengers are only permitted if the bike is designed to safely accommodate them.

Motorists must provide cyclists the same considerations as any other vehicle on the road and must also ensure they give bike riders at least three feet of clearance when passing them on a two-lane road. If passing a bike on a multi-lane road, state law requires other vehicles give the bike rider a full lane of clearance. Failure to follow these or any other bike-specific or general traffic laws can lead to a motorist being found at fault for a traffic accident.

Bicycle Equipment Requirements

A lack of proper bike equipment can affect a personal injury claim. Likewise, a bike that is not in safe operating condition, like one with a broken chain or one with poor brakes, can compromise your claim as well. Failing to ensure regular bike maintenance may lead to you being found partially or entirely at fault for an accident in some cases.

Any bicycle on the road after dark in Nevada must have:

  • a white headlight,
  • a red, rear reflector,
  • and side reflectors.

If you’re on the road one half hour before sunrise or after sunset, you must use your safety light. Safety lights are also required during inclement weather or other conditions in which lighting is darker than average. Every bike on the road is additionally required to have functional brakes.

Fault and Personal Injury Claims

Nevada uses comparative fault when evaluating personal injury claims, which means that both you and a motorist can be found partially at fault for an accident. So long as you are less than 50% at fault, you can still file a claim in Nevada. Your settlement will be reduced by the percentage fault you share.

Example: Rick was riding his bike when he was hit by a car and suffered head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet, and he was texting while on his bike. Because Rick was distracted and didn’t properly protect himself, the jury found Rick 30% at fault for the accident. He was awarded $10,000 for his injuries, but his settlement was reduced to $7,000 to compensate for his negligence.

Filing a Bicycle Accident Personal Injury Claim

Initially filling a claim will start with a demand letter, which you write and send to the motorist’s insurance company. If your settlement request is denied, then you can take the claim to court.

Nevada bike accident personal injury claims are typically filed in the county in which the accident occurred. The county courthouse is the proper location for filing a legal petition for a lawsuit. Here are just few of Nevada’s county courthouses at which bike accident lawsuits may be filed and heard:

  • Churchill County – 71 N. Maine St, Fallon, NV 89406
  • Clark County – 200 S. 3rd St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
  • Douglas County – 1616 8th St., Minden, NV 89423
  • Elko County – 571 Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801
  • Lincoln County – 181 N. Main St., Pioche, NV 89043


This article was provided by Personal Injury Law and not by an attorney, and the accuracy of the content is not warranted or guaranteed. If you wish to receive legal advice about a specific problem, you should contact a licensed attorney in your area.


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What’s Up This Month?

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Member Newsletter

And find out about how you can get involved with us in this month’s

Volunteer Mailer


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Haute August Bikes

August turns Reno into Hot Rod Central for bikes as well as cars! Join other Reno Bike Project and bike enthusiasts from across the land for a cruise-in-force up Victorian Avenue to the Sparks Marina and back to Victorian Square.

As always:
1. Stay to the right & share the road
2. Leave nothing & no one behind
3. Stop at all reds & follow other road rules
4. Ride predictably & don’t show off
5. Encourage positivity & respect

This ride is all ages and we encourage families to bring their kids (they’ve got the sweetest bikes, after all!) Come on your flashiest/muscliest/most unique bicycle and be sure to shine your chrome! After we return to cinema there are plenty of local dining options and outdoor areas to hang out in with your bike gang (if you do not belong to a bike gang may we suggest joining or forming one during this ride). More details and RSVP here.



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Here to Burn (Burner Bike Information Master Post)


It is almost that time again—time for our largest annual fundraiser, the sale of Human Playa Vehicles (colloquially known as ‘Burner Bikes” but the kind folks at Burning Man prefer we avoid that nomenclature).

We currently have bikes available, and anticipate selling out on Sunday, August 30. If you get to Reno on Sunday please call us or come to the shop to confirm availability. 

If you are looking for general Human Playa Vehicle Information, please read our other FAQ located here.

We got all sorts of bicycles, bicycle accessories, and other accouterments for your Playa needs. Here is a quick rundown of all the goods we got to help you to get weird out in the desert.

1) Bicycles!

($60 and up)


It all starts here.

Our bicycles start at $60. They come with two pumped tires, at least one working brake and one working gear. Some come with more brakes/gears. Reno Bike Project recommends you purchase a bicycle before heading off the Playa. We also recommend that you purchase a bicycle before you purchase any accessories. You can buy all of the neat stuff you want, but without a bicycle, a basket just isn’t that useful.

We will also sell prefabricated “Burner Specials.” These bikes come ready made with a great assortment of our accessories, are typically a higher quality bicycle, and will make you the most sought after lad or lass or nonbinary term of endearment at the debutant ball. These will start at $100 and go up as we tack on more fun things to the bicycle.

2) Lights ($8-$60)


Basic Illumination

What is the point of going out to Black Rock City if nobody can see your colorful expressive self at night? We sell a large selection of lights, to serve all of your Human Playa Vehicle needs.

At the lowest end of bicycle illumination, we have accessory lights. These affix to the spokes or valve stem of your bicycle to provide fun profile light shows.

  1. 1) Tire Sparx (fun lights for your valve caps) – $8
  2. 2) Stem Sparx – (a more elaborate version of fun lights for your valve caps) – $11
  3. 3) NiteIze SpokeLit (fun lights for your spokes) – $11

We also have Monkey Lights, by Monkeylectric, a programmable LED light array affixed to the spokes of your bicycle. We offer three tiers of Monkey Light. Prices are per wheel. Installation is $10/wheel or $15/set

Here is a demo of the M210 model:

  • 1) The budget conscious 4-LED M204. Comes with 5 themes.  - $24
  • 2) The flashy but not too much so 10-LED M210, with 19 programmable themes –  $40
  • 3) The ultimate M232, with 32-LEDs, 42 programmable themes, and the ability to channel the ghosts of famous rock and roll stars (feature removed after it was deemed 2spooky4public consumption).  - $60

Another reminder: These lights won’t help you see much ahead of you, or behind, but you’ll look sweet in profile.

If you are interested in seeing stuff and being visible at night, we also carry the following lighting solutions:

Being the talk of the playa is nice, but so is being a safe participant in the BRC cycling culture.

These lights help keep you visible from the front and the rear. As with most things, the more money you spend, the higher quality of a product you will receive.

  • 1) Kidzamo Beam Bugs – $6/each
  • 2) EVO  E-Tec Edge 2 Combo lights –  $10/pair SOLD OUT. BOLO FOR REPLACEMENT.
  • 3) NEBO 90 lm headlamp –  $20
  • 4) NEBO 75 lm Bike Light Set – $22 (Staff favorite!)
  • 5) taping a votive candle to your handlebar – cost of candle (we do not stock tape either)

3) Make it rad.

We care about making your ride as trick as possible.

You want a basket to hold your stuff while you ride? We got you. Need something to hold your beverage while you cover the four corners? Baby, we got you. Want a Bluetooth speaker to blast Electric Wizard’s “Dopethrone” while waiting out a dust storm? WE GOT YOU.

Baskets and racks are the best way to hold stuff.

  • 1) Bolt-on Wald Baskets, shallow and deep – $20 (These will not mount on a bicycle with front suspension)
  • 2) Lift-Off Wald Baskets – $30 (These will mount on a bicycle with front suspension)
  • 3) Wald rear rack – $18 (This will not mount on a bicycle with rear suspension)
  • 4) PlanetBike Eco Rack – $28 (This will not mount on a bicycle with rear suspension)

Bottle cages are the best way to hold liquid stuff

  • 1) Standard two bolt bottle cage, black or silver – $3
  • 2) Handlebar clamp bottle cage – $5
  • 3) Cantainer (can coozy for you handlebar) – $11

I don’t have some witticism for this, but all of these are pretty essential/neat items

  • 1) Locks. Because even the Playa isn’t free from the plague of bike theft – $8 to $30
  • 2) Fuzzy Seat Covers – $20
  • 3) Outdoor Technology Bluetooth Speakers (Two models: The combination flashlight, usb charger, Bluetooth speaker Buckshot Pro and it’s kid brother, the Bluetooth speaker, Buckshot).


Sadly, we can only go home once a year. While some of you might take your trusty steed back to the real world, most will not have that luxury. Fear not, friends. We, the kind folks of Reno Bike Project, have a home for your cherished Playa bike in the interim. Bicycles purchased from us (and even the bicycles not purchased from us) can be donated to our shop anytime we are open after the event has concluded.

We will not buy your bicycle from you.

Donation only.

No exceptions.

We will, however, give you a tax deductible donation receipt for your trouble.

Thanks for all your support, have a great burn.



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