Holiday Schedule

A bunch of our volunteers and staff will be traveling to be with family over the holidays.

We will be closed:

  • Thursday December 25th (Christmas)
  • Friday December 26th
  • Saturday December 27th
  • Thursday January 1st (New Years Day)

Bluesy Balkan Bears on Bikes

2pm-5pm Sunday, December 7th
$10 suggested donation, pay what you can.

Join us for The Recyclery’s first ever concert! A cozy Sunday afternoon gathering. Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies will play a set, followed by the debut of remarkable local trio, the Jovan Mihailovic Folk Orchestra, in two sets! Your ears will thank you!

Between the second and third sets we will have a presentation about environmental awareness by Rev. Dr. Terry Gallagher entitled “Can We Change Our Story.” It is a very dynamic and informative talk and we are thrilled that he is able to make it!

Invite your friends via our Facebook event page.

About the bands:
The Jovan Mihailovic Folk Orchestra features three virtuosic violinists including Jovan himself, an octogenarian renaissance man- a living archive of Balkan folk music. They will delight us all with astounding arrangements of folk music from Serbia, and neighboring countries. Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies plays original music that is folky, bluesy, and sublime.

About “Can We Change Our Story:”
Stories frame and even help to form our life paths. Rebecca Solnit, in her work The Faraway Nearby, expresses the power of stories:

“We think we tell stories, but stories often tell us, tell us to love or to hate, to see or be blind. Often, too often, stories saddle us, ride us, whip us onward, tell us what to do, and we do it without questioning. The task of learning to be free requires learning to hear them, to pause and hear silence, to name them, and then to become the storyteller.”

As we proceed deeper into the 21st century, evidence continues to accumulate which confirms that our modern society’s unsustainable path of consuming dwindling natural resources is destructive to the living systems of earth and harmful to the future of our children and grandchildren. In this presentation, we will examine some of the current stories of our society and ponder how a new story might help us re-imagine how we perceive the world, our place within it, and our highest priorities

The Jovan Mihailovic Folk Orchestra is:
Sam Hyson: Violin
Lucia Thomas: Violin
Jovan Mihailovic: Violin

Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies is:
Jerry Van Dyk (aka Medicine Bear): Guitar, vocals
Katie Bender: Violin, Vocals
Tzippora Rhodes: Accordion, flute, tin whistle, vocals

Rev. Dr. Terry Gallagher is a Climate Leader with The Climate Reality Project

Shop CLOSED Thursday & Saturday: But come to our Friday Workshop!

earrings

We’ll be closed Thursday Nov 27th and Saturday Nov 29th.

But join us 5-9pm Friday, November 28th to make bike-part earrings and sew balaclavas! You can make some to take home and more to donate to The Recyclery so we can sell them to raise money for our north store front mural.

What to bring: a hot glue gun if you have one, nice fabric scissors if at all possible, beautiful beads ‘n’ things, puffy paint or nail polish, earring hooks too, jewelry making tools, special polar fleece or other soft cozy fabric for balaclava. Most importantly, of course, yourself!!!

We will provide: bike parts galore, earring hooks, wire, one hot glue gun, pliers, sewing machines, lots of polar fleece, some sweet snacks, coffee and juice!

Come one come all! Little ones must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.

Invite your friends to our Facebook event!

November Tune-Up Class

Join our November Tune-Up Class!  Pay and register here.

We will have more classes starting in January. To get updates about future classes, subscribe to our class news list.

Tune-Up Class
November 16th & 17th
Sunday & Monday evenings 6-9pm

Our two-part bicycle tune-up class taught by Tzippy. This class will introduce you to basic bicycle maintenance. We’ll cover tool and component terminology, fixing a flat, chain maintenance, brake pad replacement, and basic shifting adjustments. Costs $75.

No Volunteer Hours on October 24th and 31st. Enjoy these events instead!

20141020Recyclery Halloween Decoration--3 (533x800)On October 24 and 31 there will be no Volunteer Hours.

On Friday, October 24 @ 7p, at the shop, we will be watching really scary movie! Well maybe just a little scary – it remains to be  seen. Nevertheless our bike repair stands are really nervous and are planing not to participate in the screening. More space for the rest of us! Everyone is invited!

On Friday, October 31, there will be the Recyclery Halloween Benefit @ Red Line Tap! Participate in Chicago Critical Mass and join us after for a Halloween Party. Check out our Facebook event page!

October & November Classes

We have three upcoming classes–one Tune-Up, an Overhaul, and an Overhaul class for Women and Trans folk.  Pay and register here.

If the class is full or you want to know about future classes, subscribe to our class news list.

Tune-Up Class
November 16th & 17th
Sunday & Monday evenings 6-9pm

Our two-part bicycle tune-up class taught by Tzippy. This class will introduce you to basic bicycle maintenance. We’ll cover tool and component terminology, fixing a flat, chain maintenance, brake pad replacement, and basic shifting adjustments. Costs $75.

Women & Trans Overhaul Class
October 15 – November 19
Wednesday evenings 6-9pm

A six-week overhaul class taught by Tzippy, Amy, and Andrea for women and transgender bicycle lovers. You’ll learn how to disassemble, reassemble, and adjust each major mechanical system of your bicycle week-by-week. We recommend the Tune-Up class before this one if you have never fixed a flat. Costs $180.

Overhaul Class
October 5 – November 9
Sunday evenings 6-9pm

Our six-week overhaul class taught by Pete. You’ll learn how to disassemble, reassemble, and adjust each major mechanical system of your bicycle week-by-week. We recommend the Tune-Up class before this one if you have never fixed a flat. Costs $180.

No Volunteer Hours on Friday, Sep 26th – Earring Making Workshop instead

Find Bike-Part Earring Making Workshop event on our Facebook page.

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Come make earrings from bike parts and other odds n ends!
Please make jewelry for yourself to take home and also to donate to The Recyclery so that we can sell them to raise money for our north storefront mural. Make as many as you like and keep them all or donate your beautiful creations for us.

What to bring: a hot glue gun if you have one, beautiful beads n things, puffy paint or nail polish, earring hooks too, jewelry making tools. Most importantly, of course, yourself!!!

We will provide: bike parts galore, earring hooks, wire, one hot glue gun, pliers and sweet snacks. Also you are welcome to contribute to snack table if you feel like it!

Come one come all! Little ones must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.

Bike!Bike! Trip 2014

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Bike!BIke! is an annual gathering of community bike projects.

Recyclery staff and volunteers joined a bunch of others for Bike!BIke! in Columbus, Ohio. Bike!Bike! is an international gathering of community bicycle projects similar to the Recyclery. It’s a great time to learn from each other, compare notes, and see what is going on in other parts of the bike world.

Nern gives us directions to the bike trail.

Nern gives us directions to the bike trail.

To get there, Tomas and Jesse packed up their bikes and took buses to Cincinnati. In Cincy, we stayed with Nern Ostendorf, director of the advocacy organization Queen City Bike. Nern started off at the Recyclery when it was in an Evanston basement, so it was great to catch up!

We met Darren and Taylor at Alex's place.

We met Darren and Taylor at Alex’s place.

Darren and Taylor joined us for the ride to Columbus. Former Recyclery mechanic Darren is now wrenching and probably planning a revolution from his new home in New Orleans. Taylor runs amazing youth programs at Philly’s Neighborhood Bike Works. They had stayed the night with Alex who was super friendly and provided us with tasty, cold beer.

bike path

We took the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

From Cincinnati we rode north along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. There is an impressive amount of Rails-to-Trails bike paths in Ohio. Our path was mostly flat, straight with trees — boring but pleasant. We ate lunch at a lovely picnic area and cooled off in the Little Miami River.

Yellow Springs

Biker Bob greeted us at Yellow Springs.

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Camping at Yellow Springs.

At Yellow Springs we met many friendly locals eager to share their cycling enthusiasm. Biker Bob seemed to be the local bike path caretaker. He told us about a “hellacious” music festival we’d be missing. Another character shared about his terrible touring experience with a mountain bike and a bag of charcoal. We camped at John Bryan State Park.

third hand bike coop

We made it!

We the following day we arrived at the Third Hand Bicycle Co-op! Third Hand folks did an excellent job of making sure everything ran smoothly and hosting several hundred attendees. The conference was packed with too much info to fully cover, but here are some highlights:

  • I attended a workshop led by some Bike Pirates on the need for Women and Trans shop times.
  • We checked out the tall bikes of the Righteous Mothers Bike Club.
  • Another workshop discussed the importance on keeping your hands off during Open Shop. Like many other bike projects, our primary goal is education and empowerment rather than the efficient completion of bikes.
  • Taylor shared about her work at Neighborhood Bike Works. I was impressed by their extensive  tiered levels of youth programming.
  • Bike!Bike! Zine!Zine!  was created. We’re excited about this collaborative media outlet for bike projects and co-ops.

The best part of Bike!Bike! is really just meeting so many inspiring people working for bike projects around the world! It’s great to feel that we are not the only ones facing challenges while working to better the world through used bicycles. There’s a lot of support out there and BIke!Bike! is a treasure of experience and insight.

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Tomas rode a tall bike at the Righteous Mothers Bike Club.

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Third Hand has a beautiful shop space!

people in a workshop

We shared experiences and learned things at workshops!

Bike-powered music.

We listened to music with a bike-powered amp and speakers.

A bunch of people on bikes.

Critical Mass in Columbus!

Next year’s Bike’!Bike! will be held Guadalajara, Mexico. Time to get out that passport!

No Volunteer Hours on Friday, August 29.

On Friday, August 29 there will be no Volunteer Hours – we will be at the Bike!Bike!, Columbus, OH.

Bike!Bike! is an international annual gathering organized by and for community bicycle projects. Some of us from The Recyclery will be there and we are looking forward to meet fine folks from all over the country who share similar passions and values.

The week will fly fast and regular Friday Volunteer hours will resume on September 5th.

Also our Tuesday Volunteer hours are happening as usual and you are welcome to help us out then!