You can rent a bike for Burning Man but It Must be arranged outside of Black rock city.
Just because you are renting a bike do not assume you will not have any mechanical problems with the bike. Regardless of where you rent the bike you should bring…
- A spare inner-tube. Bring a 26 x 1.75 Schrader Valve tube and it will fit into most anything they rent you.
- Chain Lubricant. You will need it.
- Lights are a must. EL wire and Glow Sticks are not good enough Don’t be a Dark-Wad! These LED string lights are far superior in brightness and battery longevity. These Wheel Lights are the best for price, durability, style, and visibility. 5 Minutes to install but they are awesome!
- A lock. “Accidental Bike borrowing” Theft has become rampant. Don’t let it happen to you. Get a combo lock so you don’t have to carry and lose a key. You may need the lubricant for this lock once it gets caked with Playa dust.
- If you are not a cyclist and are concerned about saddle comfort for your “sensitive tissues” bring a seat cover.
The Only way to rent a bike for your Burning Man experience.
Despite what you may hear there is NOT any bike rental available inside Black Rock City. Reserve and pay for bike at a shop outside Black Rock City, pick it up enroute, then drop it off post Burn. The following list of shops and data are from the Burning Man Event Preparation pages. All shops listed are in the greater Reno, NV area.
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 sell various bike accessories such as lights, el-wire kits, baskets, car racks, locks, fat seats, and bells), and they provide bike repairs. Finally, Burners can store bikes with Kiwanis for next year.
Black Rock Bicycles
7875 North Virginia Street, Unit B – 775-972-3336 – (Northtowne)
Regular hours Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. Hours during Burning Man: Aug 21-25 8am-8pm, Aug 26-30 9am-6pm, and Aug 31-Sept 2 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The other option is picking one up at some local stores. Check out the Keystone, Plumb, and Pyramid Save Mart locations for further details.
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).
Reno Bike Project
541 East Fourth Street – 775-323-4488 – (Downtown)
Regular hours are Tue, Wed and Sat 10am-5pm, and Thu and Fri 10am-6pm. Extended hours during Burning Man —Sat and Sun Aug 23-24 10am-7pm, and Mon Aug 25 10am-6pm. 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.
Loop Cycles is affiliated with Bicycles For Humanity. They sell 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 you purchased 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. The various accessories available can be purchased on their website, including bike racks, front lights, el-wire kits, pumps, baskets, spare tubes and locks. Email email@example.com with questions.
622 South Virginia Street – 775-323-1809 – (Downtown)
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
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.
High Sierra Cycling
1141 Steamboat Parkway, Suite 920 – 775-852-8850 – (Damonte Ranch)
Open Mon noon-7pm, Tue-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Large selection of mountain bikes and cruisers and bike accessories.
The Bike Smith
900 North Carson Street – 775-883-3210 – (Carson City)
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm.
Wild Sierra Adventures
407 North Virginia Street – 775-323-8928 – 866-323-8928 -(Downtown)
Open daily 9am-5pm. Located inside the Silver Legacy at the Adventures Desk, offering bike rentals.