Our Burning Man camp, Playa Bike Repair, is presently open to new members.
We are located at 9:00 Plaza, just a few blocks from the esplanade. The plaza is filled mostly with Burning Man service camps, including Pancake Playhouse, Ice 9, and Medical. We love our neighbors; they support us and vice versa. It's relatively quiet but great music is only a few minutes away, at Duck Pond and District.
Our Philosophy is simple. If a bike is broken, we will show the owner how to fix it. Afterward, we ask the owner to help the next person. We strive to create a caring, nurturing environment for people needing their bikes repaired, and a comfortable, friendly place for Burning Man mechanics.
Most of our mechanics come from other camps at Burning Man, and drop in for a few hours each day. A few stay longer. Some never leave. Yes, really. We provide bike stands, shade, and tools. People donate alcohol, bikes, food, and spare parts. Most camp members love bicycles, ride or race, and have some mechanical aptitude. Others simply love mechanics.
• 2 art bikes
• 2400 square feet of shade with mesh floor (to catch MOOP).
• Commercial kitchen with 6 burners, 2 ovens, 36" griddle, 3-basin sink.
• 1000 gallons of fresh water
• 500 gallon gray water tank
• Chill areas with mist system
• 4 JBL EON 15 speakers
• Arguably some of the best music on the Playa.
• Electricity via "The Grid."
• Transport via semi-trailers
We ask campmates to commit to working four 4-hour shifts (16 hours total) during the week.
In addition, depending on staffing, we may ask campmates to contribute to one of the following: Pre-playa prep in SF; Set up at Burning Man; Dismantle at Burning Man; or Post-party clean up in SF.
We have a commercial kitchen, built into one of our 48' semi-trailers. Campmates can use the kitchen to prepare anything, anytime. The camp provides four simple but delicious dinners, Wednesday through Saturday at Sunset (approximately 7:30 pm).
Other vital info
Our campsite at Burning Man is spacious, provided everyone carpools and drives a reasonable vehicle. Most of us arrive via car, pick up truck, or cargo van. We will set up one 20x60 shade tent; if you put your backpacking tent underneath, you'll be quite comfortable. We don't really have space for mobile homes, RV's, or trailers (other than trailers we use to haul bikes).
Playa Bike Repair - Camp Membership
$150 Bona fide mechanic, living on bike shop wages
$200 Basic Membership without meals
$250 Membership + Meals (Dinner Wednesday through Saturday)
$350 Membership + Meals (Dinner Wednesday through Saturday) + loaner bicycle
Your support funds Playa Bike Repair. Thank you!