Help us Celebrate our 10th Anniversary!

10th Anniversary Poster

10th Anniversary Fundraiser
Saturday May 16th, 7pm – Midnight
R Public House
1508 W Jarvis, Chicago

Join us in celebrating our first ten years as an educational bike collective! Come for music, merriment, mayhem, and memories from our past TEN YEARS!

You will hear local bands, will spin our rad prize wheel and get a chance to win great raffle prizes. Silent auction with awesome bike and non-bike goodies also awaits you!

Live Musical delicacies include:
Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies
Kaleb Toub Shafa
DJ set by DJ Roman

Join the Facebook event and invite your friends!

Resistance Coffee for May Day

coffee

Many of us at The Recyclery enjoy a hot, caffeinated beverage while we wrench on bikes. We also want that coffee to reflect our values of sustainability and social justice. That’s why pairing up with Resistance Coffee to offer a delicious roast. For over a decade, Resistance Coffee – Chicago’s only 100% fair trade, organic, liberation-oriented coffee roaster – has raised money for Chicago radical social change organizations.

For every pound of coffee you purchase a portion will go towards our work with youth! The coffee is family farmed on Mt. Elgon in Uganda, and is delivered by bike to your door. The process is simple. Just email mail@chicorycenter.org and say how much coffee you want, and it will be delivered to you! Generally but not necessarily on Fridays. You can pay by cash or by Paypal. You’ll also be able to pick it up at our shop starting in May. Grab some for your morning commute!

About Resistance Coffee

For over ten years Resistance Coffee has brought some of the finest fair trade organic coffee to Chicago, and raised funds for organizations ranging from Radios Populares, to Cafe Chicago to the Chicago Women’s Health Center and many many more.

Resistance Coffee started out roasting beans from Zapatista communities in resistance in Chiapas, but supplies got thin, so with great support from friends at Just Coffee up in Madison, we switched to roasting the beans grown by the women of La FEM cooperative in Nicaragua. Supporting La FEM also means supporting Nicaraguan women’s ability to acquire and own land and thus take fuller control over their fates.

Now, we are roasting beans brought to us by Chicago’s own Crop to Cup, which works to address critical gaps and to eliminate exploitative middlemen in the coffee supply chain.

 

No Volunteer hours this Friday, April 24th – come to the concert instead!

For the last Friday of the month and we are in preparation for music show, right here at our shop!

Come perform, come listen, come hang out!

Friday 4/24 will be our 3rd Music Night at The Recyclery! (7628 N Paulina)
*FEATURING*

Jed
Mark Van Dyk
Nate Maldonado
Open Mic 7-8
Featured Artist 8-9
Donations appreciated! All donations go support The Recyclery and to support the Featured Artists!

Extra Bike Sales in May

red trek

To better meet the spring demand for bikes, we’ll be holding extra bicycle sales in May! In addition to our regular Saturday 10am-noon bike sales, this May you can peruse and purchase our used bikes Wednesday evenings 6pm-8pm. Most bikes range from $130-$300. We offer a variety of bicycle styles and prices. All bikes are repaired by a Recyclery mechanic and sold as is. You can also purchase new accessories like locks, lights, and helmets. Your purchase keeps a used bike running and funds our educational programs.

May and June Classes

We have two upcoming classes–one Tune-Up and an Overhaul. There is a discount for moms taking the Tune-Up class on Mothers Day!  Pay and register here.

If the class is full or you want to know about future classes, subscribe to our email list and check the box for info on classes.

Tune-Up Class
May 10th & 17th
Sunday 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. In honor of Mother’s Day, all moms get $10 off. Costs $75 or $65 for mothers.

Overhaul Class
May 28th – June 24th
Sunday afternoons 2-5pm

Our six-week overhaul class taught by Froilan. 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.

April and May Classes

We have two upcoming classes–one Tune-Up and an Overhaul. There is a discount for moms taking the Tune-Up class on Mothers Day!  Pay and register here.

If the class is full or you want to know about future classes, subscribe to our email list and check the box for info on classes.

Tune-Up Class
May 10th & 17th
Sunday 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. In honor of Mother’s Day, all moms get $10 off. Costs $75 or $65 for mothers.

Overhaul Class
April 19 – May 24  UPDATE: Now May 24 – June 28
Sunday afternoons 2-5pm

Our six-week overhaul class taught by Froilan. 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.

Free Workshop: Cycling in Comfort

What: Free Workshop on Bicycle Fit
When: Friday, March 27th at 7pm
Where: Our shop at 7628 N Paulina St.

With the warming spring weather and the growing number of cyclists in Chicago streets The Recyclery presents you a workshop lead by a bike fitter with over 25 years of experience. It is happening Friday, March 27th at 7pm. This time we will be talking about bike fitting. That may sound fancy and complicated but it really is not. It is all about making your ride comfortable and pain free by adjusting some lengths and angles on the bike. Although many people don’t realize it, poor bike fit is often at the root of whatever complaint that may be keeping them from doing more cycling.

During the workshop you will be presented different types of bicycles and mistakes people tend to do when adjusting them. We will show you some tweaks and tricks you can make to feel comfortable on any of them. An improper bike fit can cause serious discomfort including things such as a numb bum, burning feet, stabbing knee or back pain, sore hands, achy shoulders and a stiff neck. There are more things you should know than only proper seat height!

Join us at the workshop and learn how to be happy and healthy on your bicycle.

Hope to see you there!

Become an Official Donation Drop-off Point

Become a Bike Collection Point

Here at The Recyclery we are always in need of used bicycles which we refurbish and give away for the people in need. In order to organize our bike collection process more efficiently we would need YOUR help. If you have space for up to 4 to 6 bikes – please consider becoming an official donation drop-off point.

HERE IS HOW SIMPLE IT IS:

  • Donors will get in touch with you and drop off donated bicycle themselves!
  • Wait until you have at least four bikes (the more the better!), if it is very urgent we can come and pick up even fewer bicycles!
  • Call The Recyclery shop (at 773.262.5900) and we will come to collect the bikes within one business day!

If you need time to think about this more, consider helping us out for a short period only at first! Maybe only for couple of months during this bike season! If you for any reason decide against being an official drop off point, just let us know, and we’d immediately stop referring bike donors to you.

Last year we gave away more than 100 bicycles! With your help we can increase this ever more! Get in touch with us at 773.262.5900 or info@therecyclery.org

Warm regards,
Tomas

NOW HIRING Bicycle Mechanic

The Recyclery Collective: The Recyclery Collective is an educational bike shop that promotes sustainability by giving access to tools, skills and opportunities for collaboration.
Job Description: The Recyclery Collective is hiring a bicycle mechanic to fix bicycles for sale. The mechanic will work 20-30 hrs per week with a semi-flexible schedule. Wages are flexible based on experience. Working with one or more collective members, the mechanic will be responsible for:
-Evaluating bicycle donations for repair or scrapping
-Making necessary repairs to used (sometimes abused) bicycles in a timely fashion, ensuring they meet The Recyclery’s standards
-Helping to transport bike donations
-Reporting work to the Collective
-Maintaining records of bikes fixed and repairs made
-Maintaining cleanliness and organization of our shop and storage spaces.
Schedule: This position will continue through September 2015 with a possibility of continuation. Hours are somewhat flexible, but the mechanic will need to work around our existing educational programs. Shop availability for staff mechanic is Mon 9-4, Tues 9-12, Wed 9-5, Thurs 9-3, Fri 9-5, subject to change.
Working with the Collective: The Recyclery is run by a Collective which meets twice a month to decide issues impacting the direction of the organization and operates using a consensus process. These meetings are unpaid, and while the mechanic will not be required to attend, attendance is strongly encouraged.
Necessary Qualifications:
-Minimum of one year’s mechanical experience (in bike shop or equivalent experience)
-Experience working on a wide range of bikes dating back to the 1970s
-Strong work ethic, ability to self-motivate, and a willingness to ask for assistance
-Interest in furthering the mission of The Recyclery and upholding our safe space guidelines
Additional Skills Preferred
Valid drivers’ license and ability to drive vehicle.