The Hammer And Cyclery story



Hammer And Cyclery was just a conversation in 2009. We brought our first tools to the Playa in 2010. Two of us drove 50 bicycles out to the Playa from Minneapolis and joined DropIt LikeIts Hott Spot on Edinburgh and 3:30. This was our test run to work out the kinks. The bikes did fabulously, but we did have three or four renters that had a very hard time finding us.

In 2011 we became our own camp and the effort was Christened Hammer And Cyclery. We drove 200 bikes across the country to 3:30 and Anniversary and I must say it was a smashing success. We learned a lot (don't even try to put up a shade structure in the wind) and we still have a long way to go, but our supporters gave us overwhelmingly positive feedback and we have been adding bikes to the effort ever since.

We are a growing camp with 38 members last year, but our team worked on more than 3000 bicycles for the Burning Man community and, more importantly, participants left Hammer And Cyclery with a little bit more knowledge about their ride and how to keep it rolling in one of the most punishing environments.

We had five professional mechanics, half a dozen apprentice mechanics, and many volunteers covering our eight hours of open operations every day (which invariably turned into nine hours, then ten hours, and so on), but we have always enjoyed a near constant supply of volunteer citizens playing nurse to our doctors as they wait for their bike's turn for attention. Hammer And Cyclery really is a community effort.







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

2011





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). ...





HAMMER AND CYCLERY
4:00 and Ceremony
Open Daily 10am-6pm
Saturday Aug 26 - Monday Sept 4

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