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It is a bittersweet thing to announce that after many years of calling Downtown Reno home, Reno Bike Project is moving to a new location at 216 E Grove St., opening November 1. We came to 4th St. in 2008 at just two years old. Over the course of this residency, we’ve grown up and into our own; and have accomplished some pretty impressive undertakings.

First, some easy numbers: since we moved in, our shop, programs, and events have reached well over 72,000 people. We’ve refurbished and recycled over 7,000 used bicycles and over 40,000 used parts. Our staff have performed over 9,000 repairs, and customers have made thousands of repairs themselves, utilizing our public workstations for nearly 10,000 hours. Dedicated volunteers have contributed 10,000 hours of their own, and RBP has provided employment and professional development opportunities to 35+ individuals.

4th St. is where we developed many of the programs and practices we are best-known for today, including Dan’s Night and Ladies’ Night, community slow rides, Gratis days and mornings, the annual Bike Swap, quarterly Bicycle Repair Classes, the Biggest Little Commuter bicycle subsidy program, Major Taylor cycling education for youth, and much more.

In addition to the above, our presence has had further tangible effects on our neighborhood: as a prime example, three years after we banded together with other 4th St. businesses to demonstrate the potential of the 4th St. corridor with Positively 4th Street, one new business after another is opening its doors on our block; and construction on 4th St./Prater Way, due for completion early next year, will connect Reno to Sparks with enhanced bus rapid transit service, accessible sidewalks, safer two-way traffic, street trees, and bike lanes!

So while it is difficult to say goodbye to this place that we’ve grown so fond of, it’s awesome to look back and see all the good things our presence here has done. And it’s equally exciting to imagine the positive effects RBP is going to bring to our new neighborhood, south of Plumb. So what’s next for this organization? If the history from our first big move is any predictor, it’s going to be bigger and better than anyone can imagine right now.

RBP’s last day open on 4th Street will be Friday, October 20. After that we’re going to spend the next 10 days moving, and we are going to need all the help we can get. Seriously, all the help. To confirm any time you’d like to contribute between 10/21-11/1, please check in with Genevieve so we can tell you which location to meet us at any given time (and to be sure we’re working at the time you want to help). We’ll post daily updates to our social media platforms with day-to-day requests for help, so follow along there, or check in for times not posted about.

So long 4th Street, and hello Grove Street!

Let’s Go to Camp Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Reno Bike Project is hosting a cycling day camp for youth over Spring Break! We did this last summer and had a great time then, so we are excited to have your child in this Spring’s Major Taylor Ride Camp. This 5-day camp meets March 27-March 31, from 10-1 M-Th and 10-3 F. We will teach road safety, bicycle handling skills, basic mechanics, and more.

The Major Taylor Ride Camp is educational, enjoyable, and affordable! We realize there’s a bit of a gamble on the weather cooperating, but we will offer full refunds in the case camp is canceled due to atmospheric or ground circumstances. Follow the link for more information and to sign up now.

NYC Bike Share Update: “If anything they gonna decorate this motha f*#@a.” Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

NYC recently launched the largest bike share program in the world and it only touches a small centralized area of NYC. As we all know at RPB, access to bikes can greatly improve the lives of everyone… especially low-income individuals. While the bike share does not yet reach those who really need it, I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will one day soon. This clip perfectly highlights the paradox of the citibike share program.

P.S. Congratulations! We finally did it. “The bike lobby is an all powerful enterprise.”

P.S.S. Watch Citibike at work here:




Front Page News!! Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Front Page News!


Man, it’s nice to get some love from the media every now and then and today our event was posted on the front page of !! Pretty neat. Click HERE for the article and don’t forget to submit your artwork for the We HeART Bikes Art Show by March 29th! What are you creating this year? Bike sculptures? Bike paintings? Bike movies? Bike magnets? Bike embroidery? Bike portraits? We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

You can follow on twitter @thisisreno  or peep their website for all news RENO!

We HeART Bikes is coming! Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Get ready folks, our 6th annual We HeART Bikes fundraising art show is on Saturday! If you came to the event last year, you know what kind of fun, awesome, bike art party we can throw down.  We’re excited to see new faces and show off some great work by local artists. This is a family friendly event so please bring the kids!

Here are the details:

Where: The Holland Project Gallery 140 Vesta Street

When: Saturday April 28, Reception starts at 5:00pm, Live music and party starts at 9:00

Big thanks to New Belgium for providing beverages for this event!

flyer details

RBP Membership Program Friday, January 27th, 2012

Reno Bike Project Membership Program

Interested in taking your involvement with the Reno Bike Project one step further? Consider becoming an annual member!  Like many other non-profits our success is directly linked to the involvement of our volunteers and community support. We are proud to have an active and thriving volunteer program, but there are other ways you can show the love to RBP. We have several tiers of membership you can choose from.

Pedaler Member 25$

The first tier of membership includes a membership packet, which contains RBP stickers, a button, our informational pamphlet, a RBP water bottle and a membership card.  It will also subscribe you to the newsletter so you can stay informed on events and all things RBP related.

Commuter Member 100$

The Commuter Membership tier includes all the benefits of the previous tier as well as and 10 hours of free shop time per year. It is also renewable at half price with 20 volunteer hours in the shop or at events.

The Randonneur Membership 250$

The Randonneur Membership includes all the benefits of the previous two tiers as well as a RBP t-shirt and 10% off regularly stocked new and used items in the shop. You will also have access to 20 hours of free shop time per year and the Randonneur Membership is also renewable at half price with 40 volunteer hours in the shop or at events.

 Lifetime Member 2,500$

As a RBP Lifetime Member you will receive all the benefits as the other membership holders as well as free entry into all RBP events, a personalized head badge displayed in the shop and a free professional tune up every year for life (excluding parts).

Reno Bike Project (RBP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community bicycle shop and advocacy group committed to creating a nationally recognized, cycling-friendly community through advocacy, education, and cooperation in the Truckee Meadows

Kinetic Energy Assisted Bike Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Way cooler than bolting a two stroke lawnmower engine to your beach cruiser.

Via Science Friday.

Canfest: Best Beer Event of 2011 Monday, November 14th, 2011


Canfest was an amazing beer soaked extravaganza of fun, friends, mini-bikes and canned beer! We are so thankful to have been selected as the non-profit beneficiary of the event. Our volunteers were amazing and helped crack and pour countless beers, thanks so much friends you helped to make this thing possible!

Abbi PR did an outstanding job of  organizing the event. It went smoothly thanks to their hard work. Connie you rule! And, thanks to the many breweries who came to share their brews with all of us thirsty patrons. GREAT WORK! Here are some photos from the night…

Holly shows off her Canfest flair.

Volunteers Stephen and Jungle John pour some high quality IPA.

Jared and Johnny man the RBP tent and they have fun while they're at it!

Handmade RBP Ambassador name tag.

21st Amendment Brewery. Great beer!

Grown men racing mini-bikes.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers Mark and Anna.

The dream team of volunteers, Dan Ruby, Kira and Jared. You guys are great!

Brand new super fresh and fly Reno Bike Project Membership packets.

Buckbean's Noddy Girls Erin and Jill. Thanks Buckbean for all the work they did to put this event together.

Austin and Jeff. It ain't a beerfest without PRETZELS!

One of the raffle prizes was one can from every single brewery at the event. Awesome.

Volunteers Michael and Megan at the 21st Amendment Brewery from San Francisco. Delicious beer.

Noah and Anthony, doing something productive, like always.

Mini-bike races were hilarious.

Mrs. Kym Hiscox-Daggett shows off some fine American Coors.

Lindsey Pisani helping out at the RBP tent. We began our membership program at this event. It's a multi-tier program, membership starts at just 25$!

Thanks again to everyone who came out and supported RBP and enjoyed the Canfest!

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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Spokes A Gentle Push for Bikers, Not a Shove Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Interesting Debate about Helmet Laws.  That being said…don’t be stupid, protect your head!

New York Times

By SEAN PATRICK FARRELL  Published: October 14, 2011

NEXT summer, New York City plans to introduce its bike-share program, making two-wheeled travel possible for thousands more residents and tourists. Shared bikes, available at rental kiosks around the city, will have built-in safety features like a handlebar bell and front and rear lights that stay on all the time. But the bikes won’t come with one basic piece of protective gear: a helmet. Read the whole article.

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