Reno Bike Project gets new home

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Reno Bike Project has been putting people on bikes for the last eleven years. The nonprofit's shop has been on Fourth Street in downtown Reno for the last eight.

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"We're a community bike shop; we're here to make sure that you can afford to own a bicycle," said RBP manager Kurstin Graham. "We do that through teaching you to be your own bike mechanic because bicycle repairs can be a huge expense."

The project continues to grow and next month it's moving to a new location on East Grove Street. The doors will reopen November 1.

"It's bigger and it's going to feel roomier," Graham said. "Here, we're elbow to elbow at times and we're doing our best to make sure that doesn't happen at our new location."

There are programs geared for all ages.

"Two of the programs that have really grown this year are the Biggest Little Commuter program, getting adults on bikes so they can get to work," Graham said. The other is our Major Taylor Ride club. That program gets Washoe County school kids on bikes and teaches them road and mountain biking skills."

The hope is to bring in some new faces and continue to welcome the ones that have supported the pink building on Fourth Street for years.

"There's a lot of memories here," Graham said. "Late nights, early mornings, blood, sweat and tears and lots of great customers coming through here with some fantastic stories. If the walls could talk - but we won't divulge any of those secrets."