Reno - Bikes and Bike Repair
Some of the bike shops in the area really know how to take care of Burners. Some sell used bikes, some only new bikes. Some offer rentals, repair services, or storage, even!
Black Rock Bicycles
7875 North Virginia Street, Unit B – 775-972-3336 - (Northtowne)
Regular hours Tue-Sat 11am-6pm. Burning Man season hours: Aug. 22-Aug 26 8am-10pm, Aug. 27-Aug 31 10am-6pm, Sept. 1-3 9am-6pm. Black Rock Bicycles offers a variety of affordable new and used bikes for rent or purchase with burners in mind. There are two different options to getting your hands one one of these great bikes:
You can either pick up/drop off a bike from their facility just north of Reno. You will need to reserve with them right away by sending an email to randy (at) blackrockbicycles (dot) com
Black Rock Bicycles also has various bike supplies (lighting, baskets, bells, locks, etc.) for playa bike life. And, to help make the journey to the playa easier, customers can ship their supplies to them 30 days prior to Burning Man, have them stored without charge, and pick the supplies up along with their bike on their way to the playa. They’ll also ship your supplies back to you after the Burn for the cost of the shipping (items must be boxed and ready to ship).
Kiwanis Bike Program
145 Catron Drive – 775-846-7146 – (Downtown)
Open 9am-9pm during Burning Man. Just north of downtown Reno, Kiwanis Bike Program is normally to benefit kids in-need in the community. However, every year they receive large numbers of bikes left on the playa each year, and end up setting aside and taking extra special care of a bunch of them for burners next year to purchase at very fair prices. They also provide bike repairs.
There are exactly only two ways at this date to purchase one of the bikes from these great folks: one way is to stop during the week of Burning Man at their shop; the other way is at the Save Mart supermarket located in the Keystone shopping hub. In either case, get em while they last!
Reno Bike Project
541 East Fourth Street – 775-323-4488 – (Downtown)
Regular hours are Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Extended hours Aug 25-26 10am-8pm, although you can call ahead for possible unusual-hours appointment. A used-bike seller and community bike shop operated by many burners, this is a great place to get a bike at a great price. Get em while they last! They also repair bikes with enough notice, and carry lights and lighting, baskets, racks, and bells. And they will take back bikes post-Burning Man.
Location TBD – 310-893-4096
Loop Cycles is a brand new and very interesting project operated by Burners and affiliated with Bicycles For Humanity. They are selling good and affordable bike cruisers online just to Burners, who will then need to pick up their bikes in Reno on their way to BRC. The bike is yours to keep. However — particularly for those who cannot take the bike back home with them after Burning Man – you can donate the bike back to Loop Cycles, and then all the bikes will be go to Bicycles for Humanity, who will ship them to Namibia, Africa, where they will be gifted to health care workers, students, or others who could use a bike in the community. You can also purchase various accessories on their website, including bike racks, front lights, el-wire kits, pumps, baskets, spare tubes, and locks. NOTE — Bike reservations end on May 1, 2014, and pickup location still to be determined — bike purchasers will be notified of location, and address will be added here as soon as it is determined. Check out their website for all the info and to order, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Great Basin Bicycles
8048 S. Virginia St – 775-825-8258 — (South Virginia – US395)
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. Specializing in fast and accurate repair, Great Basin does not have much in the way of used bikes, but does have new bikes at reasonable prices.
1620 Robb Drive – 775-747-2925 – (Robb Drive )
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Mostly high end road bikes and mountain bikes plus standard lighting and repair/maintenance supplies.
The Bike Smith
900 North Carson Street – 775-883-3210 – (Carson City)
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm.
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