Leave your donated bicycle at Green Machine Cycles!

Yes, your donated bicycle will reach the Recyclery even if the Recyclery’s shop is too far North for you.

From now on you can drop off your donated bicycle at Green Machine Cycles at1634 W Montrose, in Chicago’s North Center/Ravenswood neighborhood.

green_maschine1 The Recyclery and Green Machine Cycles have recently partnered to expand the missions of both organizations. Green Machine Cycles is now a drop-off location for bicycles being donated to The Recyclery. You will still receive a tax deduction form for every bicycle you donate. There are no limitations on the kinds of bikes The Recyclery will accept.

Ezra Hozinsky, the man behind Green Machine Cycles, is a longtime Recyclery friend, supporter, and instructor. Therefore it was only logical for The Recyclery to approach him when contemplating expanding Bike Drop Off location partnerships.

Green Machine Cycles’s affordable and highly professional services are well regarded. Their emphasis towards sustainability in daily business practices is very dear to the Recyclery’s heart.

green_maschine2Green Machine Cycles provides sales of cargo-hauling, commuting, and touring bicycle solutions at a wide range of prices, as well as precise and timely repairs on all types of human-powered devices. Green Machine Cycles strives to make the most appropriate use of materials and energy at the shop, stocking products both for sale and use in-house that are energy efficient, respectful of natural and human resources, and geared toward the greatest longevity of use and ease of service.

February & March Classes

We have three upcoming classes–one Tune-Up, an Overhaul, and a Wheel-Building!  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
February 15th & 16th
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.

Overhaul Class
March 8 – April 12
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.

Wheel-Building Class
February 22, Sunday evening 5-7:30pm
February 25, Wednesday evening 6-8:30pm
March 1, Sunday evening 5-7:30pm
A three-session class taught be expert mechanic Ezra Hozinsky of Green Machine Cycles. We will cover spoke length calculations, lacing, advanced truing, and tensioning. Some wheel-truing experience is preferred. Check out a more detailed class description. Costs $120 plus the cost of materials (hub, spokes, rim).

Thank you Phil Wood for another donation!

Phil Wood did it again!

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Just about in time when we were finishing our hand cleaner, guys from the Phil Wood & Co. donated us another batch of their 100% natural and biodegradable hand cleaner!

It arrived today and our (and your) hands should continue to be clean.

Holiday Schedule

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

We will be closed:

  • Tuesday December 23rd – We are open for Volunteer Hours only. NO OPEN SHOP;
  • Thursday December 25th (Christmas)
  • Friday December 26th
  • Saturday December 27th
  • Tuesday December 30th – We are open for Volunteer Hours only. NO OPEN SHOP;
  • 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!

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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.