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Burning Man 2017 is August 27-September 4.

If you don't know, now you know: the best way to get around the Black Rock Playa is by bike. And if you don't have one, you should reserve one soon. Reno Bike Project has hundreds of Human Playa Vehicles available every year, and is your one-shop stop for accessories and service.

RBP is a community bike shop, open year-round and serving the public with refurbished bicycles, used parts, new essentials and accessories, full service, and bike maintenance education 5-7 days a week. Support from the Burning Man community each year keeps our doors open through the slower winter season and increases our ability to deliver programs that benefit people in our region.

Get familiar with what we offer below, and keep scrolling for info specific to the upcoming Burn!

1) Find Your Bicycle ($60+)

Our basic Playa bicycles start at $60. They all come with two pumped tires, at least one working brake and one working gear. Some come with more brakes/gears. We recommend you purchase a bicycle before heading to the Playa. We also recommend that you purchase a bicycle before you purchase any accessories. If you purchase a basic "A La Carte" bicycle and some accessories, and you want us to install them for you, we can do that. The prices for all installations will be clearly listed.

In addition to "A La Carte" bikes, we also sell prefabricated "Burner Specials." The latter come with a great assortment of our accessories already set up for you, are typically a higher quality bicycle, and will make you the most sought after burner at the ball. These start at $80 and go up as we tack on more fun things to the bicycle. Once you have reserved a basic Playa bike, you can upgrade at our shop.

We don't rent bikes, only sell them. If you reserve a bicycle, we guarantee that we will have one for you, but specific bicycles are available on a first come/first served basis.

2) Illuminate Everything ($8-60)

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

At the cheapest 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.

   

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:

  

The above lights won't help you see much ahead or behind you, but you'll look sweet in profile. Being the talk of the Playa is nice, but so is being a safe participant in the BRC cycling culture. If you are interested in seeing stuff and being visible from the front and rear at night, we also carry the following lighting solutions. As with most things, the more money you spend, the higher quality product you will receive, the safer you'll be, and the better time you'll have.

   

3) Make It Rad (pricele$$)

We care about making your ride as trick as possible. You want a lined 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.

   

Bottle cages are the best way to hold liquid stuff.

  

Keep your pony, your pony.

    

Unclassified essentials:

    

Must-haves for your camp:

    

  • Chain lubricant - $5-7
  • Multitool - $16-30

 

4) Get a Fix

RBP is pleased to offer full service bicycle repairs along with a huge selection of new and used parts. After Friday, our public workstations will not be available due to increasing traffic. However, our mechanics will continue doing repairs (though if you want to be nice to us you won't show up Sunday at 7pm looking for a full refurb on the spot). Repairs are priced by individual service, instead of a flat rate model, keeping the price you pay down to what your bike needs only. The average cost for a tune-up last year was $60.

5) What About After the Burn?

Sadly, we can only go home once a year. While you can, of course, take your trusty steed back to the outside world, many won't have that luxury. We, the nurturing folks of Reno Bike Project, have a safe and loving home for your cherished Playa pony in the interim. Bicycles purchased from us (and even bicycles not purchased from us) can be donated to our shop any time we are open.

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.

6) What should I know specifically about 2017?

We'll have Playa bikes available on request starting in August. Most out-of-towners arrive and come into our shop the weekend before the start of the festival. To accommodate that crush, we hold extended hours at the shop and offer limited repairs during this extremely busy time.

Extended hours TBA

Some critical details/FAQ:

  • We Accept Cash, LOCAL Checks, Credit/Debit Card. We charge a 3% fee to run cards.
  • We don't expect to sell out until 8/30, though we can never be sure. So reserve your bike early, call about availability or come to the shop when you get to Reno. Our number is 775.323.4488.
  • If you have a question, please don't Twitter at us. We don't speak very good bird.
  • If you are worried about bikes selling out prior to your arrival, reserve and pay for one early.

If you have questions please call us at 775.323.4488

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