Bike Month Feature: RBP
In honor of May as Bike Month, check out this rad write up by Local Adventurer William Elbert about one of our favorite non-profit shops!
Reno Bike Project (RBP) is a locally owned, community driven bike shop and education center based on the mantra, “more butts on more bikes, more often.” That mantra is the guiding light for RBP, and it shows in everything from their passionate staff to constantly expanding community outreach.
One recent example of RBP’s outreach was their Freewheels 4 Kids program, where volunteers and staff worked together in an afterhours workshop fixing children’s bikes that were then donated to local kiddos! Whether you’re an experienced mechanic, or know nothing about bikes, there are always volunteer opportunities for everyone at Reno Bike Project.
In order to support these community activities and a growing team of staff, RBP relies on monetary or bike related donations. These donations are repaired and resold by experienced mechanics for a price anyone can afford. Visitors can choose to become RBP members to support their goals, and enjoy various benefits.
After hours photo source: https://renobikeproject.org/program/after-hours-workshops/. Some bikes I’ve personally built up from frames using secondhand components and help from the staff of Reno Bike Project.
Bicycle education is a huge part of RBP’s mission; providing a space where anyone can work on their bike with access to tools, and the helping hands of experienced mechanics. Along with accessible learning provided almost every day, after hour workshops teach specific skills or reach out to underrepresented members of our community. Reno Bike Project is an extraordinary resource for anyone looking to learn about bikes and make a difference in their community. Be sure to visit Reno Bike Project’s physical location at 216E Grove St. or their website, https://renobikeproject.org/ , for more information and how to get involved!
GUEST POST WRITTEN BY: William Elbert, our local go-to repair person for bike issues! To contact William, see his section of our website.