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« Older Entries Here to Burn (Burner Bike Information Master Post) Tuesday, August 11th, 2015


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:

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.

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.

Bottle cages are the best way to hold liquid stuff

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


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.


Human Playa Vehicles Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The Dust Devil Church group at their 2012 summer camp, June 2012

Greetings all,

We bet some of you are going to Burning Man, and don’t want to walk around once you get there.
We propose you ride a Human Playa Vehicle (bike) for that really hot event in the desert we are your one-stop shop.
Here are all the details for getting a bike this year.

Hours will be as follows:
Friday 8/28 10am-6pm
Saturday 8/29 10am-7pm (or 8pm depends on how many people are still here)
Sunday 8/30 10am-7pm (or 8pm depends on how many people are still here)
Monday 8/31 10am-6pm

Some critical details/FAQ:

We will also be offering limited repairs during this extremely busy time , so please don’t expect us to overhaul your bike on the spot. Repairs will be limited to things like flat fixes and brake adjustments.

If you have questions please call us at 775.323.4488

Bikes for Burners 2014 Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Greetings all,
If you’re looking for a Human Playa Vehicle (bike) for that really hot event in the desert we are your one stop shop.
Here are all the details for getting a bike this year.
Hours will be as follows
Friday 8/22 10am-6pm
Saturday 8/23 10am-7pm (or 8pm depends on how many people are still here)
Sunday 8/24 10am-7pm (or 8pm depends on how many people are still here)
Monday 8/25 10am-6pm (If we sell out, we will close)
We dont rent bikes, only sell them.
Bikes are $60. We accept all bikes back.
We have many left, but don’t make reservations.
Additionaly we will be open Sunday 8/24 and probably Monday 8/25.
We just received a last minute load, so we dont expect to sell out until 8/25, though we aren’t sure when exactly.
You will need to call or come to the shop when you get to Reno to confirm availability.
If you are worried about bikes selling out prior to your arrival try contacting someone local to come and pick up bikes ahead of time.
We have a full selection of accessories including EL wire, lights, Monkey Lights, Racks, Baskets, Cantainers, bike racks for cars (rear hanging only) and more.
We will install all items for a price, which will be clearly listed.
We will also be offering limited repairs during this extremely busy time , so please don’t expect us to overhaul your bike on the spot. Repairs will be limited to things like flat fixes and brake adjustments.
If you have questions please call us at 775.323.4488
[googleMap name=”Reno Bike Project” description=”Reno Bike Project Community Bike Shop”]541 E. 4th Street, Reno NV 89509[/googleMap]
We HeArt Bikes Bicycle Art Show 2013 Friday, March 15th, 2013


Help us make KIETZKE the most bicycle friendly road in Reno! Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Calling all bicyclists to attend the Kietzke Lane Safety Management Plan Open House on February 21, 4-7pm at the Wooster High Gym. NDOT will be presenting their best options for improving Kietzke Lane and creating a safe, community street that connects neighborhoods in South Reno and improves travel between shopping, schools and work. This is a critical meeting to ensure that bicyclists and pedestrians demonstrate that all of the proposed improvements be kept in the plan.
These safety improvements include: Green bike boxes and bicycle signal heads at key intersections, buffered bikes lanes or cycle tracks, and possibly roundabouts at Plumb and 2nd Street intersections. Lastly NDOT is proposing to remove on-street parking and purchase right-of-way to allow space for the Complete Street components of wider sidewalks and bike lanes. This is one of the first times that this has occurred in Reno/Sparks, and it will set a precedent for safety planning and accommodating bicyclists in the community into the future. This project is also important because NDOT will consider relinquishing (trading) Kietzke to the City of Reno down the road, so we need to install these improvements now.
Please attend the Open House and submit comments supporting the improved safety proposals for Kietzke Lane. NDOT is depending on the cycling community to show support for these improvements and to show the governing agencies that we are committed to increasing the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians who will travel this corridor. The estimated cost for everything is $30 million, so they will have 3 levels of priority. We need to keep bicycling facilities at a Priority 1 or 2 to get them built within five years.
See you at the meeting!

Bikes and Brews Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Starting April 28th we will be having a bike social last Thursday of every month. There will be a raffling off a new Brooks saddle at every event and we’ll also be holding the ultimate “Fastestest Legs in the West” Goldsprints competition to see who really has what it takes to be the speed king of Reno. So come see us at the Lincoln Lounge last thursday of every month!

Who: You

What: Bikes and Brews Summer Goldsprints Series

When: Last Thursday of every month April – Sep. Drink specials and sign ups 5pm, races start at 6pm

where: Lincoln Lounge, corner of 4th and evans (down the street from aces stadium)

Why: well, you know.

Helmet Give Away Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The Reno Bike Project has forged a valuable partnership with Department of Public Safety to bring a safer cycling community to the Truckee Meadows. We have 240 red, white and blue stylish helmets in all sizes to distribute to the public. To get one all you have to do is show up to one of the RBP events or come into the shop, take a brief quiz and watch a short video on the importance of wearing a helmet and its yours! If you know someone that needs a helmet send them to us at the Reno Bike Project 541 E. 4th St. Reno, NV.

We heART Bikes at Northstar! Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The We heART Bikes show was a resounding success this year. We received over a hundred submissions from 44 artists (more than ever!), had over five hundred people attend the event, and we heard over and over during the show and after how impressed people were with the continuing quality of the art year after year. In all, we were able to raise over 4,000 dollars due to the immense level of community support!

Fortunately, we have an opportunity to put on a second show during the Tour of California. We will be holding the Northstar art show on May 14th and 15th in anticipation of the finish of the first stage. Let this be another CALL FOR ARTISTS!
50% of the proceeds of the art sales will go to the RBP.
Submissions should be received by Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 5 p.m. Please mail or deliver submissions to the Reno Bike Project at 541 East 4th Street, Reno, Nevada 89512 or to Northstar-at-Tahoe Events Office (located above security in the Village). Please call 775.323.4488 or 530.562.8048 for additional information.
Goodbye Helmets, Hello 2011 Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I know I have some vanities about helmets as well as some practical considerations and while I wear one regularly this video gives me a sense of hope for the future. (admittedly it’s highly unrealistic but I can dream right?)


Burning Man Bikes $60 – No Reservations, First Come Only! Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Yes that’s right, RBP is your one stop Burning Man Bike shop. Reno Bike Project sells Playa legal bikes for $60 each. These are tuned up bikes that mostly came from Burning Man. They range in size, style, and color, have at least one gear and brake, however most have both brakes and more gears. They are reliable and fixed up to last you through the week.

RBP will have roughly 200 Burner Bikes ready to go and we sell them on a first come, first serve basis.

We do not reserve them in advance.

We strive to accommodate everyone, however we usually sell out by Friday the week of the event. To get the pick of the litter get here early.

We will be open from August 24-31 to accommodate everyone.

Additionally, Reno Bike Project sells bike maintenance and comfort accessories, However we don’t have any art decoration supplies.

If you have any questions regarding Burning Man Bikes, Please call (775) 323-4488 or email Or just come by the shop 541 E. 4th St. Reno, NV 89512

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