About Reno Bike Project
We’re 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.
Reno Bike Project (RBP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community bicycle shop and resource, which advocates for a sustainable cycling community through education, collaboration, and accessibility for everyone in the Truckee Meadows.
How we’re working towards a sustainable cycling community
Making cycling more accessible to the public through recycling and recirculation of used bikes into the community at affordable prices.
Encouraging self-su ciency by holding bike mechanics workshops and by providing a space for community members to repair their own bicycles rather than incur maintenance costs.
Encouraging bicycle activism by promoting and producing cycling related events for a variety of audiences.
Advocating for cycling rights and cycling growth in the Truckee Meadows by working with public o cials and other organizations that are key players in transportation planning.
Keeping an open mind to all cycling needs and ideas and helping to facilitate positive growth.
Complementing other local groups to encourage youth safety and cycling-related arts and culture, and contributing to Reno’s continual growth as a diverse and vibrant community.
Meet Our Staff
We’re committed to getting more butts on more bikes more often!
Executive Director & Co-Founder
A native of Reno, Nevada, Noah Chubb-Silverman has been an avid bicyclist for most of his life, majorly influenced by competitive mountain biking and cycling since the age of 15. In 2001 he moved to Bellingham, Washington and it was there that he first became acquainted with a community bike shop named The Hub. Working as a volunteer at this shop while attending Western Washington University, he saw the impact that a small group of staff and volunteers can make towards helping people get onto bicycles. After graduating in 2005 with a degree in Industrial Technology, Noah moved back to Reno and drew from his experience in Washington to start the Reno Bike Project in October of 2006. He works hard to develop every aspect of the organization.
Joseph “Kyle” Kozar graduated with distinction from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006 with a dual B.A. in Journalism and Spanish. A native of Reno, Kyle has been an avid cyclist for over a decade and founded Reno Bike Project in October 2006. Since RBP’s inception, he has undergone additional business training and worked to improve every aspect of the organization from writing the initial business proposal to program development to branding and public exposure. In 2010 Kyle moved to New York City to study urban planning at the Pratt Institute, but he still makes time to help out whenever we need him.
Born and raised in Reno-Sparks, Shay is proud to call the Truckee Meadows home. Shay’s second passion (after bicycles) is language, which led to a degree in linguistics from UNR in 2016. Shay won’t correct your grammar, but they might critique your cable routing. You can find Shay in the Public Workstations or on public lands, pedaling around the Silver State.
JJ was born and raised in the Reno area. He started working on bikes when he was 16 and got into riding them at 18. JJ is also in school for a degree in Manufacturing at TMCC. He loves teaching the ways of fixing bikes and getting more people out on the trails.
Reborn in Athens, Georgia in 1994 when two folks pedaled into town from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and camped in his backyard. They told stories of their cycling journeys and from that point on it’s been 100% bicycle life: touring, road and cross country mountain races, wrenching, commuting, working as a bike messenger for 10 years, and going to bicycle mechanic and frame making schools. Chai bought his first car at the age of 48, to be able to get to trail heads better. He moved to Sparks in December 2017 and is enjoying all the sunshine that the desert life provides on daily bike rides.
Andy started riding bikes more seriously when he was too cheap to buy a parking pass while earning his degree in Linguistics from the University of Nevada. While biking is still his preferred way to commute around town, his favorite way to enjoy riding a bike is on dirt. He takes pride in being the slowest rider in any group and will often take breaks that everyone else deems unnecessary and pretend it’s because he’s identifying a plant or a cool rock he found. When not riding bikes, you will find Andy splitboarding, gardening, hiking with his dogs or just about anything else outside.
Also known as BicycleRay. Forever in love with bikes. Ray has been passionate about bikes and anything cycling related his entire life. He has been repairing bikes for forty years, twenty at a local bike shop. He did a lot of cross country mountain biking and racing. Ray has often volunteered at cycling events helping people with their bikes and mobile repair. He enjoys teaching others how to maintain and repair their bikes so that they will gain confidence, independence and hopefully consider biking more often.
David considers his life to be very blessed at this point. He was in the window cleaning industry for 33 years and loved it. Now to be able to work on bicycles which is another passion of his, bicycles are truly incredible and the icing on the cake is he gets to work for a nonprofit like Reno Bike Project, and be a part of something greater than himself.
Kayla is on our programs team. She’s a bike rider, dog mom, social worker, spreadsheet nerd and snowboarder. She’s not a native Nevadan but it’s been her home for a total of 21 years. Her favorite bicycle to ride is her tandem because it’s extra social and guaranteed to get some smiles. She’s stoked to be at the Reno Bike Project and can’t wait to meet all the new customers, members and volunteers. Next time you’re in the shop, pop into the office to say “hello!” or share a piece of random trivia.
Jack started working on bikes his freshman year of high school. Now a senior but studying Architecture at TMCC and he just want to help the public with all their biking needs.
Alex has been riding bikes for years as an alternative to public transit and cars, and believes in the bike as a truly liberating machine. Since joining the Bike Project Alex has loved learning more about bike maintenance and repair. They’re excited to pass on tips, tricks, and knowledge to any biker looking to learn.
Bike Education Instructor
Tom Chapel has spent a lot of time on his bike. Working as a bike messenger in Seattle for 10 years and then in Reno for 3 more, Tom has hours and hours of road time and experience. Not to mention some of the most beautiful bikes to ever grace the streets. He knows the rules of the road and understands that although intimidating and sometimes tricky, riding your bike is something special.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned,
brother you know you gonna get burned
if you don’t know where your love is at
Board of Directors
Learn more about our 2023 Board Members
Joe Brandl – Nevada Heart Surgeons
Dave Fiore – University of Nevada, Reno
Mike Scott – Retired, active volunteer
Marlowe Kulley – Mesa Rim Climbing Center
Scott Gibson – Regional Transportation Commission
There’s something about the bicycle that has, from its very beginnings, attracted an impressive mix of supporters. Today, the same eclectic mix of fans can be heard singing the praises of RBP, and for that we are forever grateful.
RPB is made up of far more than its staff and board and we are lucky to have volunteers of all shapes and sizes who give much more than their time and money. Our supporters give their skills, expertise, passions, a little space on their soap box, specialized services and anything else we need to keep the gears running smoothly. RBP is lucky and grateful to have so much support from the community and the list below is by no means comprehensive however we would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their support.
Want to Support RBP?
When you become an RBP member you will be supporting our organization and providing a means for us to continue pursuing our goal of making the Truckee Meadows one of the greatest cycling communities in the county.
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