Tue 10am – 5pm
Wed-Fri 10am – 6pm
Sat 10am – 5pm
541 E. 4th St. Reno, NV 89512
The bike shop is a 2,850 sq. ft. organized mess of used bikes, tools and people. It is open to the public 38 hours a week, Tuesday 10am – 5pm, Wednesday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. It includes a small entrance retail area displaying refurbished bikes, a small assortment of new and used parts and accessories, a small library, and an information table. Beyond that there are eight fully equipped workstations, specialty tools, large bins of sorted used bike parts, and lots of used bikes. As a community bike shop we have an open door policy where everyone is encouraged to come work, volunteer, or simply hang out. Further, we encourage people to take an active role, and be the change they would like to see. Because of this, the shop is colorfully decorated, ceiling to floor, with three and a half years of volunteer/employee input, ideas, and art.
All used bicycles and used parts are donated to RBP from the community. Some are refurbished and sold, some are stripped for parts, some are sold as they are, and some are given away. We believe everyone has a right to affordable, sustainable transportation and we strive to accommodate everyone who comes into the shop. If we cannot offer assistance, we gladly direct customers to other shops or organizations that can. Additionally, RBP carries a small selection of essential new parts and accessories, which are ordered from various wholesale distributors. On average, 50 to 100 people visit the shop everyday to purchase bikes or parts, fix their own bikes, get information on cycling in the area, or to visit and share ideas. The shop is closed to the public for two days a week allowing our mechanics time to catch up on building and repairing customer’s bikes without interruption. The following is a list of products and services offered in the shop:
- Refurbished Bikes—RBP sells fully refurbished bicycles of all types depending on what has been donated. These bicycles receive a full overhaul and roughly $100 in new parts (chain, tubes, tires, cables, etc.). Prices vary depending on the bike and labor put into it.
- Used Bikes—RBP sells bicycles as they are. These bikes are in some state of disrepair and generally need work, however they are checked over for frame damage and integrity by an RBP mechanic. Prices vary depending on the bike and its quality. Because all of our bike are donated we carry virtually every brand including, Giant, Specialized, Trek, Schwinn, Miyata, Nishiki, Suntour, Centurion, Cannondale, Peugot, Gary Fisher, Raleigh, Bianchi, Diamond Back, Univega, and many more.
- Kids Bikes – We usually have a large selection of kids bikes ranging from 12″ – 20″.
- New Parts and Accessories—RBP carries a small selection of new parts and accessories, mainly the essential parts that often need replacing: tubes, tires, chains, cables, lights, locks, pumps, patch kits, handle bar tape, etc. which are sold at market value. This inventory changes slightly depending on noticeable customer demand. We have the ability to order nearly any part and will at a customer’s special request.
- Used Parts—Some donated bikes have damaged frames or are unsafe to rebuild. These bikes are striped of all their reusable parts, which are then sorted and sold for $3-$15. Occasionally rare or very nice parts are donated, which are sold for slightly more.
- Repair—RBP provides full service repair priced on a sliding scale starting at a base price $50/hour. We give an estimate of the total cost of repairs when bikes are dropped off at the shop. We generally work on old/used bikes but we have the ability to work on anything. If we can’t work on your bike we will recommend you to another shop that will.
- Information—RBP believes that information is the cornerstone for growth. We provide knowledgeable opinions and advice for anything bicycle related as well as informational pamphlets and literature on bike mechanics, safety, riding, and entertainment.
- Bicycle Donations—RBP accepts unwanted and broken bicycles as well as parts, which can be considered a tax-deductible donation.
Public Work Space/Tools and Knowledgeable Help
- Do-It-Yourself – RBP encourages people to learn to fix their own bicycles in hopes of inspiring self-reliance and self-confidence. We facilitate this by providing eight fully equipped workstations during open hours that include: a repair stand, complete tool sets, access to specialty tools, rags, cleaner, and lubes. We ask for a $3 an hour donation for the use of public workspace and offer assistance to help teach customers how to repair their bicycles and properly use the tools. Come learn the joys of fixing your own bike.