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Winter Fun-draiser Campaign Kickoff!

Our fifth annual Tailwind for Tools winter fundraiser is here! We’ve really come to like launching on Halloween and ending around Valentine’s day ❤

Last year was incredibly successful – we raised over $12,500!

Your generosity helped us sponsor more youth rides,  donate hundreds of bikes, inaugurate even more youth programming, and continue serving the Howard area community in Rogers Park.

2020 marks 14 years since The Recyclery was born in an Evanston basement. Our goal is $14,000 – in honor of our past 14 years! 

Please consider financially supporting The Recyclery’s educational programs this holiday season. Your gifts go a long way in helping The Recyclery serve our community’s cyclists. Our fundraising finale and Open House will be Valentine’s Day 2020 weekend. 

To learn more about this year’s campaign or track the progress, click here.

Special Bike Sale at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


Wednesday, October 2nd, 10 AM – 2 PM


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, Illinois 60201


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has partnered with The Recyclery this fall to bring low cost bikes to their students. All bikes are refurbished by professional mechanics, prices range between $150 and $300, most are around $200. 100% of your purchase supports the charity work of The Recyclery.

We will have bikes, locks, lights and helmets for sale.

Credit cards accepted!

Sale will be held on the front lawn. You’ll most certainly notice us 🚲

Spread the word, or invite your friends via Facebook!

Social Friday: Group Ride to Town Hall with Elizabeth Warren (D)

It will be a FUN-AND-NOT-TOO-LONG bike ride & opportunity to get to know one of the many candidates for Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2020 election – Elizabeth Warren at Chicago Town Hall with Elizabeth Warren.

Everyone is welcome to join the ride or join us there! Please RSVP here so we have an approximate head count! Will be leaving the shop at 4 pm sharp!

We will leave the shop at 4 pm and ride to Auditorium Theater downtown to make it on time for a 6:15 pm start.

Note, this does not demonstrate our political support to any particular candidate. This is a purely an educational field trip!

Say Hi to Our New Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Laura

The next time you’re in the shop, you may see a new lovely face around. It’s Laura /ˈlɑu̯rɑ/, our new volunteer and outreach coordinator.

Laura is a person who is driven to learn, motivated to teach, and meticulous in every project she take on. She is excited to join The Recyclery Collective because we share the same vibrant neighborhood, and are creating a wonderful space for collective action and community service. She is excited to meet all of us and start leading extraordinary collaborations with organizations and individuals alike.

Come say hi!

Our Mission

The Recyclery Collective is an educational bike shop that promotes sustainability by giving access to tools, skills, and opportunities for collaboration.

Our Vision

We envision a diverse, resilient neighborhood filled with knowledgeable, self-reliant cyclists.

Our Values

  • Collaboration: We create opportunities for people of all backgrounds to work, share, and learn together to support a practical form of transportation.
  • Social Justice: We provide tools and resources to empower underserved populations and nurture community leaders.
  • Ecological Sustainability: We encourage the mindful use of resources and promote cycling as a part of building more resilient communities.
  • Celebrating Everything We Do: We like to have fun while working hard to make bicycles and mechanics accessible.

Our Structure

The Recyclery is a 501c3 non-profit run primarily by volunteers. All major decisions are made by a quorum of collective members at a twice-a-month meeting. The Collective follows a consensus decision making model and is open to anyone willing to put in the time and effort to fulfill collective entry requirements. A few staff members are paid for administrative tasks, fixing bikes for sale, and teaching classes. Meet our collective and staff members here.

Our Support

The Recyclery is grateful for all the support we receive from the wider community.