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What's the best bike to take to Burning Man?

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

If you're coming to Burning Man, one of the most important things to consider is what kind of bike to bring. It might seem like a no-brainer, but if you're not used to riding in sand and dirt, it's worth taking the time to do some research. In this blog post, we'll discuss the different types of bikes that are best for Burning Man, as well as some tips on how to keep them working throughout the week!

Top Choice: Beach Cruiser

Beach cruisers are a must out on the Playa. They are comfortable, easy to pedal, and can make it through the dirt with good tires.

Mountain Bike:

Mountain bikes are another good option for Burning Man. They're made to handle rough terrain, so you won't have to worry about getting stuck in the sand or dirt. Just make sure that you have good tires and that you're comfortable riding in sand and dirt before you commit to a mountain bike.

Tandem Bike:

Tandem bikes are a great option if you want to ride with a friend and socialize while you explore. They can be difficult to pedal in sand, but they're a lot of fun.

Adult Tricycle:

If you're not comfortable riding a bike, or if you want something that's more stable, an adult tricycle might be a good option for you. Not to mention, tricycles get a lot of attention and are a fun, unique ride to bring to the playa.


If you're really adventurous, you might want to try riding a unicycle. We don’t recommend your first unicycle ride to be out there, but if you’ve ridden one before and are comfortable, we can’t wait to see you on your one-wheel!

Bicycle Care Tips:

The first thing to keep in mind is that the playa is very hard on bikes. The heat, dust, and dirt will most likely ruin your bike. We don’t recommend bringing nice or expensive bikes to the playa.

That’s why BM Bikes offers Burning Man rental bikes! We’ll help you find the best option for your Burning Man experience and you can return it in any condition. This keeps your bikes available for future use and prevents bikes from becoming trash out on the playa.

No matter what kind of bike you choose, whether you rent or bring your own, here’s a few tips that will help you keep it in working condition throughout the week.

  • Wipe down your bike each day. This will help to keep the dirt and sand from building up and damaging your bike.

  • Lubricate your chain regularly. This will help to keep it from rusting, damage, and will prevent dust from building up.

  • Check your tires. This will help to prevent flats and make your ride more comfortable. We recommend at least one person per group bringing a hand pump in case your tire gets flat while you;re out there.

  • Bring extra bike tubes. In the heat of the playa, it’s common for bike tubes to get hot and burst. Pack extra tubes to use for bike tires while there.

Burning Man is an incredible experience, and having the right bike can make it even better. We hope that this blog post has helped you to decide what kind of bike is best for you. If you’re interested in renting a bike, call BM Bikes to reserve your ride today!

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