Last year we brought you news of a program to do something useful that alsoaddresses the problem of
hundreds thousands of Burner bikes that get dumped on the Playa each year.
Well, good news, Burners: it worked. They sold 400 bikes to Burners and have shipped a container full of bikes to Africa. It’s great to hear about a Burner-generated initiative that is actually making a difference in the world.
With a little more support, something lasting can now be created to support the bikes and the lifestyle they enable.
Burner Lily says:
Last year we sold 400 bikes to Burners, and now we successfully have sent a container of pre-loved Burner Loop Bikes to Namibia which is a huge achievement! But to make this a real success story we need to complete our last stage of the project by offering crucial on ground support and empowerment over in Namibia next month.
We have launched a crowd funding campaign recently to raise money to achieve some awesome bike related projects like turning the shipping container into a bike workshop, building a BMX track, working with communities to understand their needs and improve the Loop Bike, and making a documentary to expose the need for mobility in places like this.
You can check out the campaign here:https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/loop-cycles-bikes-empowerment-to-people-in-need/x/9466290#home
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I bought a Loop bike last year and eagerly await news of how it’s being put to use in Africa (it’d be hard to miss with all the decorations I added). I found the bike easy to assemble and super easy to ride in BRC, with just the right gear, easy to use brakes, comfy saddle and useful rack. A lot of my friends have stored theirs in Reno for use this year and I’ll definitely be buying one if I go back. A great initiative and worthy cause to support for burners.
I brought three abandoned bikes from Burning Man to Canada, so far restored one to life and using it, the other two are being restored in the coming four weeks!
I am smiling sooooo big. I love burners and what they create. Keep it up you guys!
We bought 3 of their bikes last year. They had a couple of minor teething problems with them but nothing that wasn’t easily fixable. It’s a great project & I’d definitely buy another bike from them – way better than getting one from Walmart!!
In answer to the other comment, they cost $187 each including front basket (which was extra) & taxes. If I remember rightly & I mY be wrong they were manufactured in China, as are a lot of other bikes. This is what they say about them in their FAQs:
The Loop bike has been subsidized by Lekker Bikes and Bicycles For Humanity. With their help we have been able to create a good quality, custom designed bike for its 2 lives while still keeping it at an affordable price for you burners.
Check out their website – http://www.loopcycles.org/works/
I’m curious as to where these bikes are made, how they are sold to burners, and how much they sell for.