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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.


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]
2013 BURNING MAN BIKES! Tuesday, July 30th, 2013






Burning Man Bikes $60 – 
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. No Reservations, First Come Only 

RBP will have roughly 400 Burner Bikes ready to go and we sell them on a first come, first serve basis.

Our shop will be open special hours as follows:

8/23/13 – 10am-6pm
8/24/13 – 10am-6pm
8/25/13 – 10am-8pm
8/26/13 – 10am-8pm
8/27/13 – 10am-5pm

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

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 RBP (775) 323-4488 or email Or just come by the shop 541 E. 4th St. Reno, NV 89512


Bikes, Hours and Supplies for Burning Man Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Greetings Burners,

Our extended hours during Burning Man are:

8/22-8/27  9am-8pm

If you need a bike for Burning Man then RBP is your stop. We will have over 600 bikes available this year as well as a ton of accessories to keep you looking good and riding safe including baskets, seat covers, lights, EL wire kits and more. We will also be adding additional hours in the week prior to the event to try and accomodate everyone, so keep an eye on our website for more details.

Remember we don’t reserve bikes, they are sold on a first come basis only, so get here early or send your friends to grab a couple.

Have a great burn and we hope to see you soon!

Canfest this Saturday! Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Local, national and international breweries will attend CANFEST to show off their artisan canned beer

We found a perfect opportunity to blend two things we love most, bikes and brews, at the third annual Canned Beer Festival this weekend. Volunteers from RBP will be helping out at CanFest at the Reno Ballroom (address: 401 N. Virginia St.) this Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 starting at around 4:30.

If you haven’t done so already bring a bike down to the shop, the first 50 people to donate a bike will receive a $10 discount ticket to the festival. Hurry! We don’t have many tickets left!

Thanks to all the folks who already donated bikes, we’ll see you on Saturday!

Remember ride your bike to the event and we will keep it safe for you in our Bike Valet set up inside.

ALSO- On Saturday bring a bike to donate! We will still be accepting bike donations at Canfest! 

Canfest was started in 2009 by Buckbean Brewing Co., a local brewery. They wanted to spread the word about the delights of canned beer to the public who might be wary of beer in a can because it brings back memories of college parties littered to the ceilings with Keystone Lite cans. Yuck. However beer can still be delicious if served by can, and if you’re skeptical ride down to this event to taste for yourself.

Tickets are $25, or $5 for designated drivers, at

Need more details? Holler at 775-323-2977

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Ladies’ Night Group Ride Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Hey Gals,

The one and only Lyndsey Langsdale is out of town this week, so we’re mourning her absence with a fun LADIES ONLY group ride. If you’ve never been to a Ladies’ Night this is a great opportunity for you to meet some of the foxy ladies who regularly attend our fun Tuesday night workshops. It’ll be a nice and social get together, we’ll probably ride for about an hour or less.

Kids are totally welcome! We will be riding on the safer, more quiet roads in downtown Reno.


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.
Clips of Faith Coming to Reno August 6! Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Hey all,

clips of faith poster

Our long time partner and sponsor New Belgium has started a new tour call Clips of Faith. They are making a stop here in Reno at Wingfield Park on August 6. The event begins at 6:30 pm with all the proceeds from beer sales going to Reno Bike Project. We hope to see you all there.

You can find all the details here

This first-year festival will bring people together for a summer outdoor screening of collected amateur short films accompanied by some of New Belgium’s most esoteric beer offerings. The Clips of Faith Beer & Film Tour
( will screen in fourteen cities throughout the summer and fall of
2010, beginning in Madison, Wisconsin on June 16.

Each stop along the fourteen-city tour will feature an outdoor screening of the collected
films, a full tasting of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith beers.

All proceeds will benefit local bike non-profits. The series will run between mid-June and mid-October.

Entries range from kayaking buddies navigating grizzlies and whales on a paddling trip
from Alaska to Seattle, to an absurdist spaghetti western about a flat tire (and some
beer). There are visual odes to people’s love affairs with their bikes, assorted comedy
shorts, and thought-provoking environmental pieces.

To learn more about New Belgium’s Clips of Faith series, go to
The creative team at New Belgium Brewing reviewed and selected the winning films.
Three top winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to New Belgium.

Dan’s Night at AACT Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Come join us at the Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology for Dan’s Night. AACT is Washoe County School District’s new Career/Technical High School, and it is home to the BikeTech at School program. We will showcase the new 12 stand bike shop with Dan’s informal workshop. Dan will be busy with his expanding fatherhood, but Ed, Greg, MJ, and the gang will be there to help you with a wrench. If you would like to learn about your bike, or if you just want to tune it up for the upcoming spring riding weather, come on down between 6 and 8pm. AACT is located at 380 Edison Waybiketechatschool. Call Greg at 544-4511 if you have trouble finding it, and I’ll talk you in!

Chatting with Chelsea Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

100_5689A room full of Reno Bike enthusiasts, including Noah, Leah, Carrie, Earl, Merrie, and Mike from RBP, Terry McAfee of Nevada Bike Coalition, Janet from the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway, and others got a chance today to talk with Chelsea Clinton about issues and concerns we have about bike transportation. It was a nice chat. Chelsea insists that her mother has a lot of plans to make the world a better place for environmentally minded and active young people like ourselves.

It doesn’t seem like bicycle transportation is quite on the presidential political radar yet, but there’s still hope. Chelsea didn’t seem prepared for my question about dulling the pain of gas prices by avoiding using a car as much as possible. Rather she moved on pretty quickly to other energy related topics. Which is fine. There are big fish to fry, though transportation is much larger than just energy and pollution. And altering CAFE standards or upgrading government building efficiency over 10 or 20 year ranges is too little too late. You can’t dull the sting of change by waiting. That will only make it more expensive and more likely to be reversed…

If you’re of a mind to, please get out this Saturday and caucus. If not, make sure you vote next November.

Thank You, Chelsea, Emily and America for taking the time to talk bikes with us!


The Reno Bike Project does not endorse or support political parties or candidates.