Build a Burner Bike
2nd and 4th Monday of every month - 7-9pm at Recovery Bike Shop
We're pretty sure this is the best idea ever. If you live near Minneapolis, we can gift you access to everything you need to build your own one-speed Burning Man cruiser bike. We will help you build one of our standard cruisers that we use for our rental fleet, or you can build something crazy with giant handlebars, mismatched wheels, and a tractor seat. Go nuts.
Our goal is to increase the collective bicycle repair knowledge in our camp and the wider Burning Man community. That's why Hammer And Cyclery exists. Plus, we get to hang out with cool people.
You also do not have to ride the bike you build. Feel free to come and build a Burner just to learn how. Build several. Build zero. In fact, you can just show up and hang out. Learn by osmosis. You don't even have to get your hands dirty! (You don't even have to be going to Burning Man!)
We're building every 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7pm.
If you're joining our camp in 2018 the camp will pay for your entire build and transport your bike to Burning Man (where it will live for the rest of its days). Otherwise, you'll pay for the parts ($200 would be a lot) and we'll cover everything else (tools and expertise).
It will probably take 3-4 Mondays to build your bike (depending on the level of nuts), but you don't have to be there every build day. We'll put your bike on a shelf and pick up where you left off when you return. This is not a structured class. You go at your own pace and get as much (or as little) help as you want. Whatever works for you and whatever helps get better bikes in the dust.
Incidentally, the other 2 Mondays of every month are Open Shop where people come to work on their own bikes with our tools and our help. Also free. Also time that could be dedicated to building your dream Burner bike. So come every Monday! (...unless there is a 5th Monday. Don't come then.)
Right now this is in test mode. So please be patient. We've never done this before and we're making it up as we go. We're still developing the format. So PLEASE reach out. We want to know what people are interested in. We want to know what works and what doesn't.
Hammer And Cyclery theme camp and Re-Cycle, Inc share no official affiliations with Burning Man or Black Rock City, LLC.
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HAMMER AND CYCLERY
(Playa address announced in July) Open Daily 10:30am-5:30pm
Saturday Aug 25 - Monday Sept 3