Playa bikes for Africa

Every year the Playa is littered with junk bicycles after Burning Man. While not as bad as an oil spill, bikes are MOOP that can't be simply tossed onto a burn pile. They have to be picked up with DPW vehicles, stored while determining if any of the bikes are stolen, hauled off of the Playa, and so on. Abandoned bikes make this process exponentially more cumbersome.

In 2016 we started Stars And Bikes to tackle this problem. Stars and Bikes is a Bike Drop at 5:30 and L in Black Rock City. We collect bikes from Burners as they leave town. Last year we sent 700 bikes to Africa from Black Rock City. This year we are aiming for more!

Find out about our year-round efforts at

Hammer And Cyclery and Re-Cycle, Inc share no official affiliations with Burning Man or Black Rock City, LLC.


Burning Man on bikes

In Burning Man's own words, "having a bicycle at Burning Man is crucial." But what kind of bike to bring? How do we park bikes at our theme camp? Do I always need to lock my bike? Yes. ...

Bicycle survival guide for Burning Man

Bicycle travel is the most practical way to get around. The Playa is not like a soft sandy beach. It is more akin to a well trodden dirt road and it makes for a surprisingly good cycling surface. ...

On-Playa bike repair

Somebody you know is going to have a problem with their bike. Bring some basic tools and become familiar with some common problems that can arise in one of the most punishing environments your bicycle will ever endure. ...

Learn to ride a bicycle

This is your chance to taste the freedom that bike riders have been enjoying for more than a hundred years. ...

A tube change on the Playa

So your bike has a flat tire. You're out on the Playa, hundreds of yards from anyone that can help. Don't worry, you can handle this. ...

Burning Man Yellow Bikes

A Yellow Bike is a bicycle that has been given to the public. Anyone can grab an unoccupied Yellow Bike, take it to their destination of choice, and leave the bike in an obvious place for the next rider. ...

Cleaning your bike after Burning Man

Mix up a solution of water and vinegar (half and half) and use a spray bottle to apply the mixture to your Playa bike (and anything else you want to use next year...or next week, like your lock). ...

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Open Daily 10:30am-5:30pm
Saturday Aug 29 - Monday Sept 7, 2020

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