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.

Bike!Bike! Trip 2014

bikebike gathering

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.

raccoon

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.

tall bike

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

third hand

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!

Make Earrings at The Recyclery!

make earrings

Come make earrings from bike parts and other odds ‘n’ ends!

Sunday, August 24th
1:00 – 3:00 pm

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.

  • If you’re 12 and under make two, take home one.
  • If you’re over 12 please make three, take home one.

What to bring: a hot glue gun if you have one, beautiful beads n things, puffy paint or nail polish, earring hooks too. Most importantly, of course, yourself!!!
We will provide: bike parts galore, earring hooks, wire, one hot glue gun, pliers

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

August Classes

We have two upcoming classes–one Tune-Up and an Overhaul.  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
August 20 & 27
Wednesday 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
August 10 – September 14
Sunday evenings 6-9pm

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 if you are not used to basic tool use and repairs like fixing a flat. Costs $180.

No Volunteer Hours on Friday, July 26. Join us on our ride to Millennium Park instead!

Tomorrow is a last Friday of the month, and we have another Friday Social Hours with The Recyclery.

Some of you will ride Chicago Critical Mass. For those who want to rest from the bikes we offer a group ride to Chicago’s great Millennium Park.

Friday, July 26 at 6.30p maestro Leonard Slatkin will conduct Shostakovich together with a Grand Park orchestra and Chorus. It is all free and weather should be kind to us.

You are very welcome to join us for a group ride to the Millennium Park. We will leave our shop on Friday, July 26 at 5p sharp. Do not forget a blanket!

July Tune-Up and August Overhaul Classes

We have two upcoming classes–one Tune-Up and an Overhaul.  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
July 2nd & 9th
Wednesday 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
August 10 – September 14
Sunday evenings 6-9pm

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 if you are not used to basic tool use and repairs like fixing a flat. Costs $180.