The Salt Lake Scene

The Recycled Bike

The Recycled BikeBicycles in Salt Lake are becoming increasingly popular. With the green lane in its second year and the rising change in weather, I see more pedaling commuters in the downtown district daily. As cycling increases, so does the desire to express individual style. I'm personally more attracted to a vintage bicycle. Yesterday, I was informed of a new, locally-owned bike shop that specializes in just that. Retro riders rejoice, I introduce to you The Recycled Bike, "a bike shop by the people for the people," as owner Matt May puts it.

Located on the Northeast corner of 9th East and 1st South,

Bike FloorThe Recycled Bike offers original vintage bicycles like nobody else I've seen. As I looked around the lot, I noticed bikes that reminded me of my childhood and some that may have reminded my parents of their childhoods. I noticed classic models like the Schwinn Varsity, Schwinn Corvette, a Black Phantom, cruiser-styled bikes from the 1960s, a Peugeot 10-speed with the original leather saddle, a Fuji fixie, several Black Phantoms, an original Krate-model bicycle, and so many more that I probably didn't know to appreciate.

One major problem with finding a shop that specializes in vintage bicycles is that overpricing is common. May seems to understand the need for a shop that caters to a particular lifestyle as well as a frugal budget. Pricing is very affordable. And Mr. May is often willing to work with his customers on pricing.

Nate McNeil is the mechanic behind the recycled work on the bikes. McNeil, a native of Alaska, has been in the Salt Lake area for five years. About a year ago, McNeil dropped into Matt May's shop and bought a bike. McNeil took the bike home and worked on it all night. He returned the next day with the same bike, only May hardly recognized it. It looked better, it ran better, and the following day, it sold for almost twice as much. Just like that, McNeil and May were partners. "Bikes work well at the ends of my hands," declared McNeil--humbly giving credit to the bikes and not himself.

In more terms of humility, May often contributes bicycles to the Salt Lake City Bike Collective. May firmly believes "if you contribute, the people will benefit."

Fuji FixieThe Recycled Bike has been open for less than two weeks. In its first five days of operation, it managed to move nearly 75 bikes. Whether you're trading, shopping, selling, donating, or just looking for a trip down bicycle-memory lane, you should stop by The Recycled Bike soon. When you do business with Recycled Bike, you contribute to the biking community. "We'll have 200 bikes soon, and we haven't even brought out our nicest classics," says May. At the end of our interview, May made it a point to mention that his six-year-old daughter also sells peanuts on the weekends.

May happily responds to bike requests and feedback at his shop and via email: