Welcome to Reno Bike Project

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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RBP Is Hiring: Mechanics Wanted!

Reno Bike Project is currently accepting applications Mechanic Educators!

If you are someone with mechanical chops as well as great people skills, patience (but also good hustle), and compassion for others, look into a position as a Mechanic Educator in our community bike shop—full time preferred, part time available. Make daily substantial impacts on our community by educating and encouraging cyclists to be self-reliant, motivated, and knowledgeable.

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May 21 2 Comments posted by

4th St Shop Closed Until Further Notice

We wanted to let you all know that after Friday 9/6, our shop at 635 E 4th St will not be open to the public until further notice. Please visit our bike shop at 216 E Grove St:
Sunday—CLOSED
Monday: 10 AM—5 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM—5 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM—5 PM
Thursday: 10 AM—6 PM
Friday: 10 AM—6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM—5 PM
We are sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support!

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Post-Burn: Maintaining your Human Playa Vehicle

By shop manager, Kurstin Graham

What do you do with that playa-caked bicycle after the dust has settled? To stave off a high repair bill, we recommend you don’t wait 11 and a half months to tune it up.

First, pre-wash: Remove decorations and accessories. Re-decorating your bike from year to year is fun! The decorations often are in the way of tuning your bike. Evaluate your lights and remove batteries.

Then:

  1. Wash your bike: I start with a bucket of warm water and dish soap. Sometimes I get fancy and use car washing soap. I rinse the bike, top to bottom, then follow with a vigorous scrubbing top to bottom. Focus on brake and shift levers, underside of seat, headset, hubs, bottom bracket, gears, derailleurs, chain, pedals (all lubed parts that have caked playa dust on them). Rinse top to bottom. Repeat. I bounce the bike a couple of times, and then dry it with a rag.

  2. Clean, dry, and lube your chain: a little time here is worth it. Using a brush and a rag there should be no dirt on your chain. WD40 is a good solvent for drying your chain but you will need a lube on top of that dry, clean chain. Tri-Flow is a great all-purpose lube. Finishline 1-Step is also very good. All lubes are better than no lube. If this is too much, a new chain is $7-20, and KMC makes a variety of Rust Buster models.

  3. Replace cables and housing: gummed up cable systems are a common problem. Replacing or reducing the numbers of cables and housing on your bike is the solution. Replacement costs are $4-25 for basic cable kits.

  4. Overhaul bearing surfaces: since most cheap bikes do not have sealed bearings bottom brackets, rear hubs, front hubs, and headsets (listed in order of importance, vulnerability, and most common problem areas), they are vulnerable to dust, moisture, damage and failure. Re-packing these bearings with fresh grease is key. New bearings are $1-2 per race.

  5. Grips, Seats, Pedals, Tires: clean with an “Armour-All” type product. Evaluate for comfort and replace if needed.

  6. Freewheel: blast out with spray-lube, drip in something heavier such as Phil Wood Tenacious Oil, or replace.

Come see us in the Public Work Stations to check off the above list. While these are tips for post-Burning Man, as one who tours in Nevada, this is also my standard post ride tune to ensure my bike is ready for my next adventure.

See you out there!

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Sep 3 No Comments posted by

Grove St Closed Tomorrow (Sunday, 8/25)

216 E Grove St is closed tomorrow (Sunday, 8/25)! Thank you to our Reno community for your patience as we work through Burning Man! We’ll reopen for regular hours on Monday (10AM–5PM).
Our Burning Man shop (at 635 E 4th St) will be open 10 AM–8 PM.
If you’d like to volunteer, we’d appreciate any extra hands at 4th St tomorrow. Thank you, too, to anyone that’s donated some time thus far!

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Aug 25 No Comments posted by

Burning Man Hours!

Check our extended Burning Man hours at 4th St & reduced services at both shops!

Grove St: 
Public workstations & retail available; no bike repairs (can drop off though)
Friday, August 23: 10A–6P
Saturday, August 24: 10A–5P
Sunday, August 25: 11A–4P
Monday, August 26: 10A–5P

4th St: 
Our Burner Shop pop-up; no public workstations or non-burner retail/repairs
Friday, August 23: 10A–8P
Saturday, August 24: 10A–8P
Sunday, August 25: 10A–8P
Monday, August 26: 10A–8P

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Closed Sundays at Grovetown for the next two weeks

FYI! For the next two weeks (August 11th & 18th), we’ll be closed Sundays at Grovetown to accommodate Burner traffic at our 4th St Shop. Peep the schedule below:

216 E Grove St
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: 10 AM–5 PM 
Tuesday: 10 AM–5 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM–5 PM
Thursday: 10 AM–6 PM
Friday: 10 AM–6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5 PM

635 E 4th St
Sunday: 10 AM–5 PM
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10 AM–2 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM–2 PM
Thursday: 10 AM–2 PM
Friday: 10 AM–2 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5 PM

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RBP is closed for July 4

We’ll be back on the 5th.

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