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.

Join the Recyclery for Films and Beer at Clips!

Clips Chicago

Friday, June 06, 2014
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Films Begin at Dark

Eckhart Park

In its fifth fabulous year, Clips Beer and Film Tour is a beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show that’s coming to 21 cities coast-to-coast, including Chicago! New Belgium Brewing will bring their most esoteric beer offerings – up to 18 varieties on tap! – and pair them with inspiring short films created by fans. And good news – 100% of the proceeds from beer sales benefit The Recyclery and Alliance for the Great Lakes.

No Open Shop Thursday, May 29th

There will be no Open Shop Thursday, May 29th. Sorry! We’ll be busy preparing for our June 6th fundraiser. Friday May 30 Volunteer Hours are also canceled, but you can join us at 4pm to distribute fliers. And of course, we won’t have Volunteer Hours on June 6th, because we will all be at our fundraiser.

Please do join us at the Chicago Clips Beer and Film Tour in Eckhart Park on June 6th at 7:30pm. See the Facebook and Chainlink pages for more details.

Cleanest donation

Phil Wood hand cleaner

What happens when our hands are cleaned with generic cleaner made from various petrochemicals? You know the feeling then you need to wash bike grease and dirt away after perfecting your trusted two-wheeler during one of our Open Shop times.

With the traditional hand cleaner, skin gets itchy and dry, and not even clean I should say. Additionally this thing is not very environmentally friendly so we decided to search for some alternatives.

You all might know Phil Wood and their superior hubs and bottom brackets but few of us have ever tried their hand cleaner.

Same here, at The Recyclery – previously we had no experience with Phil Wood’s 100% natural and biodegradable hand cleaner.

Apparently not only it is environmentally and skin friendly but equally important it works, leaving our hands shiny and clean.

After testing it we were hooked and now we are excited to share that great folks at Phil Wood & Co. (Thanks, LeRoy!) donated a batch of their amazing cleaner to our educational shop!

Stop by and we promise you – your hands will be clean even after working on the dirtiest bike in the world!

Phil Wood hand cleaner

May and June Classes

We have two upcoming classes–one Tune-Up and an Overhaul. Please note that the Overhaul dates are different than originally posted. Also, there is a discount on the tune-up for all mothers for Mothers’ Day. Pay and register here.

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Tune-Up Class: Discount for Mothers!
May 4 & 11
Sunday afternoons 2-5pm
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. Only $65 for all moms because May 11 is Mothers’ Day!

Overhaul Class
May 11 – June 15
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.

On April 25, NO Friday Volunteer hours – we are riding to a Critical Mass instead!

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That is right – this will be a last Friday of the month and that is our social time. No work –  just having fun. So no Volunteer Hours on Friday, April 25th.

Instead we decided to join this huuuuuuuuge bike ride, called a Critical Mass. For many of us this will be a first opportunity to participate this year, and we all are riding there.

To have it as spontaneous as possible we just say this:

Join us for a collective ride from our shop all the way to Daley Plaza. We are leaving at 4 pm!

To the rest of you, we will see you at our next volunteer hours on Tuesdays or Fridays!

The Recyclery presents A Sunday in Hell

As a part of our social Friday events, on Friday, April 11 at 7 pm the Recyclery presents you a classic documentary about one of the greatest professional cycling races. This will be held instead of our regular volunteer hours.

Movie night

One day professional cycling races are under way as a part of the Spring Classic series that are run in western Europe each year.

Arguably the most exciting of them are so called Cobbled Classics.

Paris – Roubaix also called The Queen of The Classics (other names The Hell of the North or Sunday in Hell) takes place in northern France, Paris and finishing on the Belgium frontier, Roubaix. First run in 1896, Paris–Roubaix is one of cycling’s oldest races. It is known for its many ‘cobbled sectors’ and is the most famous and usually the most dramatic of the spring classics.

This year the race is held on April 13 and to mark this on Friday, April 11 we are showing A Sunday in Hell, Danish documentary (director Jorgen Leth), a chronology of the 1976 Paris–Roubaix bicycle race from the perspective of participants, organizers and spectators.

The film captures not just the events of the 1976 edition but the atmosphere of a professional race.

Before lycra, before carbon fibre racing frames, before funny chemicals, there were the Belgians—the famed Eddie Merckx and his arch-rival Roger De Vlaeminck—who squared off against each other in this decisive duel. Leth captures every crucial moment of the race: the hopeful fools in the breakaway, the grinding mass of the peleton, the choking dust of the pavée, the fallen and bleeding by the roadside, and the final, desperate, sinew-wrenching sprint for la gloire. “– Adelaide Film Festival website.

It is a great race and great movie and we are delighted to have a possibility to share it with you.

Once again movie is shown at the Recyclery on Friday, April 11 at 7 pm. Everybody is invited!