Grease Rag Ride & Wrench


We encourage and empower women/ trans/ femme (WTF) cyclists in a collaborative and fun learning environment through rides, discussions, shop nights and educational seminars in a safer space.

 

Grease Rag Open Shop events are the hub of our activities, and happen multiple times a month at various locations.  Find an event on the map (below) or explore the events calendar for all of our events.

Find a Grease Rag open shop night near you

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Connect to Grease Rag- Join the lively community Facebook group, organize and discuss Grease Rag on our Google Group, follow us @greaseragmpls

Still have questions about what we do and who we are?  Read our FAQ!

29 Jul
2015

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Your Donations Are So Cool

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Holey cow!

Photo cc licensed: Anne

Our annual fundraiser was a success!

THANK YOU

Spare Change Round-up

Spare Change Round-up participants- Sunrise Cyclery, The Hub Bike Co-op at Oak Street, Recovery Bike Shop, Spokes, Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee participated in collecting your spare change, equaling $324.56.

THANK YOU!!

Shade Party Online Fundraiser

We also did an online fundraiser to get a canopy for Grease Rag-

Craig Ruhland, Liz Brenner, Ashley Lyle, Nicole Weiler, Rachel Fletcher,Teri Shuraleff, Greta Alquist, Lucy Tobin, Rachel Wiken, Erin Durkee, Erin Marissa, Amy Andrzejewski, Justin Schuetz, JJ Profe Kahle, Tami Traeger, Amy Brugh, Jessica Nadeau, Paul Wichser, Victoria Malawey, Mike Migeel Jones, Marcus Johnson, and Linda Pate, anonymous donors- THANK YOU!!

Our goal for the fundraiser was $1000, and we all came up with $1612. Not bad, Friends. Not bad!  Thank you to everyone who boosted the signal on Facebook and Twitter, and has put in sweat equity to make this group keep on rolling.

Fundraiser Recap

Money is not the central focus of Grease Rag, but it sure does make things easier sometimes.  So we really appreciate the WTFs, and our accomplices who donated, and boosted the signal for our ask.

Grease Rag has always been loosely organized, non-hierarchical, and only exists because of the people who put in sweat equity, give dollars, or hype us to their friends. Teamwork.

The combined fundraisers brought in about $1950. We will be spending funds on a canopy, the birthday party, Pre-Babes Wanderabout, and we've already bought some cupcakes. Thanks for helping pad the coffers.

Shade Party Update

Coming soon!  Expect to see us at Powderhorn 24, Babes in Bikeland, and beyond!

Celebrate

Join us in celebrating our sixth birthday on 7/31.  We will meet at 6:30 at Rainbow Chinese on Nicollet, near our first open shop location at Sunrise Cyclery.  

RSVP: Blue Moon Birthday Bash!!  

It does not matter if it has been awhile since you came to an open shop. It does not matter if you have never been to an open shop. It does not matter if you live out of the area. If you are a WTF, and you feel included and you benefit from this community, you are a member of Grease Rag. We welcome you with open arms, and we hope that you will make it out to an event (or participate online!), or feel empowered to create your own events.

We will be spending some funds here.  Let's party. Together! Because that's what Grease Rag is so good at... getting together in supportive spaces and having a ton of fun.

Donating.  For procrastinators!

If you'd like to donate and missed the window- there will be a jar at the party, and we are asking that folks bring a food shelf item to the party on 7/31 to support the The Exchange Minneapolis.

The Exchange Queer Community Food Shelf is looking for all sorts of non-perishable food items (including gluten-free, nut-free and vegan options)! Popular items include proteins, snack items, fruit and items that can make a whole meal.
Drop off and Pick up hours include Thursday 12-2, Friday 4-6 and Saturday 3-5. After hours, items can be left by the front glass door next to Cafe Southside. A new additional drop off site has been added at Family Tree Clinic with hours Mon & Wed 8am-8:30pm, Tues & Thurs 8am-5pm and Sat 10am-2pm in the Rainbow box. 

07 Jul
2015

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Happy 6th Birthday!

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Grease Rag is My Family

July 7, 2009: Durkee and Shayne had the first Grease Rag at Sunrise Cyclery. The plan was to do a slow ride, to fix our bikes, then watch a movie. The movie never happened.

That day, I met some people who would have a huge influence on my life, and I was able to invest in myself in a space where I've watched people explore their identities, build confidence and skills, and become leaders. Oh yeah, and we fix and ride bikes together sometimes. I look back at the past six years and they are FULL. FULL! Of friends, full moons, potlucks, camping trips, day trips, pizza parties, Pre-Babes, winter skill shares, craft parties, direct action... I could keep going, for at least six more years. 

If you hang out with Grease Rag, you hear this story a lot: Grease Rag saved my life. I needed to find a group that would accept and include me. I know this anarchist group project has been a family for other WTFs, too. Together, we have everything we need. I keep on meeting the raddest, kindest, most beautiful folks through this group. I never believed so many existed. And what are the chances they are all passionate about gathering around bikes? What a life-saving revelation.

Today at 7p the clock turns over into our seventh year (or 6th birthday, if you prefer), and I feel like it is a big deal. I know we have a lot of maturing to do, and the work will never be done, and that there are a lot of people that don't yet feel included. But I'm hopeful that we can keep this going for as long as people want and need it.

Happy birthday, Babes!

Join us for the Blue Moon Birthday Bash- 7 on 7/31. It will be a party, Grease Rag style! If you want to give to our online fundraiser, you can do that here.

THANK YOU for supporting our work.  With your dollars, with your volunteerism, with your knowledge, with your enthusiasm for this space.  Together, we have everything we need!

06 Jul
2015

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Raise the Shade- Support Grease Rag

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Grease Rag's mission is to encourage and empower WTF (women, trans, femme) cyclists in a fun and collaborative learning environment through supportive events like open shop nights, group rides, educational seminars, trips, and social events.  We are an entirely volunteer-run organization, fueled by enthusiasm and a drive to grow our community.  Grease Rag would like to make bicycling in the Twin Cities more inclusive of WTFs on bikes, especially focusing on including and building confidence in new cyclists, and cyclists new to bicycle mechanics.

Grease Rag is raising funds.  How can you help us get to our goal?

Spare change- Give at our open shop locations until 7/10

Grease Rag is currently doing our annual (yes, we only do one fundraiser a year) spare change round-up at our bike shop partner locations.  Bring your spare change, or round up at the register!  Every penny in the bucket goes towards fun and fabulous events, and making sure we never turn anyone away from an event, like bike camping, due to lack of funds.

But in addition to operating funds, we sometimes have one-time needs that come up.  We bought some cool vinyl banners for tabling and grouping up at events, but we would really like to get a nice canopy to lounge under.

SUMMER IS SCORCHING AND WE NEED SHADE!- Give money online: http://www.gofundme.com/GreaseRagShadePrty

Grease Rag has some events coming up : Hanging at Open Streets, picnics, Babes in Bikeland, Powderhorn 24, and SUMMER IS SCORCHING.  

The cheapest canopy we would get is $300.  A really nice canopy is $500.  Additional funds could be used to purchase a hammock, with extra funds going to our operating budget.  Shade party!

Thank you to everyone who is able to contribute a couple bucks.  We know you have fresh fruits and vegetables to buy, rent to pay, and season opera tickets to renew.  We know.  So we really, really appreciate your generousity.  There are even rewards, if you help us reach our fundraising goals.

Give the gift of nutritious food- The Exchange Food Shelf

Join us in celebrating our sixth birthday on 7/31.  We will meet at 6:30 at Rainbow Chinese on Nicollet, near our first open shop location at Sunrise Cyclery.  Blue Moon Birthday Bash!!  Please bring a canned good for The Exchange Food Shelf.

The Exchange Queer Community Food Shelf is looking for all sorts of non-perishable food items (including gluten-free, nut-free and vegan options)! Popular items include proteins, snack items, fruit and items that can make a whole meal.
Drop off and Pick up hours include Thursday 12-2, Friday 4-6 and Saturday 3-5. After hours, items can be left by the front glass door next to Cafe Southside. A new additional drop off site has been added at Family Tree Clinic with hours Mon & Wed 8am-8:30pm, Tues & Thurs 8am-5pm and Sat 10am-2pm in the Rainbow box. 

In Grease We Trust,
Grease Rag Ride and Wrench
www.greaserag.org

30 Jun
2015

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2015 Camping at William O'Brien- Low's recap

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This is a do as I do song:

I'm smart!

I'm strong.

I'm ready for whatever comes along!

I've got good friends,

We'll stick together until the end.

I like myself, I'm worth a lot,

and you can't tell me that I'm not,

cause you can't see inside of me,

SELF WORRRRRTH!

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I was lucky enough to join the Grease Rag camping trip to William O'Brien State Park this past weekend- this is the first year that I haven't been able to organize a Grease Rag camping trip, and it is also the first year I've gone on a trip that I have not organized.  This is the seventh year Grease Rag has been organizing fun, accessible, WTF-ortiented bike camping trips.

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Bike Beauties ready to ROLL OUT

Did you know...

...Anyone can organize a Grease Rag event? We all share the power and responsibility of organizing this group.

...Grease Rag does not turn anyone away from events like bike camping for lack of funds?  We have a scholarship fund for that!

...Grease Rag is RAISING FUNDS RIGHT NOW at our open shop locations?  Drop by and drop a dollar in the bucket!

...You can volunteer to lead your own WTF-oriented bike camping trip, ride, or event on the Grease Rag page?  Create something today- You have the power!

The opening to this post is a song Julia lead while we were standing around the picnic table.  One of the many "Grease Rag moments" on the trip was singing the song while one person held the front of Olivia's bike, two people lifted up the back, and another pedaled and adjusted the derailleur.  "Self Worth!"

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Low and Lisa climb a huge hill, photo by Lauren

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29 Jun
2015

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Another Bike Camping Trip in the Books

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I love Minnesota in the summer. I love it most of the year, but summer is really something special. In Minneapolis, we're flush with easy access to nature - parks, lakes, trails. But sometimes, you've got to get out of the city. 

For the past few years, Grease Rag has been hosting bike camping trips for WTFs to get out and explore on bikes.  This year, a group of 10 positive people headed east to William O'Brien State Park along the St. Croix River.  
 
We were a mix of experienced bike campers and newbies, musicians, climbers, and adventurers.  Some old friends, others meeting new folks for the first time.  The thing we had in common was a willingness to sign up for a camping trip advertised as not necessarily the easiest trip. It was going to be a longer and hillier bike ride than in years past.
 
But 10 people still showed up on Saturday morning!  We rolled as a group through Minneapolis and St. Paul to the Gateway trail, which lead us to Square Lake. Then just a few more miles, one big downhill into the river valley and back up again to the park.
 
We swam in the lake to wash off the sweat and grit. We built a fire, shared our enormous spread of food, and rewarded ourselves for a long, hard day.  Natalie brought along a guitar and taught us camp songs. Low packed a pie maker and fed us desserts all night and breakfast in the morning. We tried out new camping gear, shared our favorite discoveries, and bonded over adventure stories. 
 
Despite the heavy rains over night, we woke to sunshine and more camp songs. We packed up camp and headed back with smiles. The few mishaps and mechanicals on our route proved to be excellent skill share opportunities, thanks to the Grease Rag team work spirit. Even the thunderstorms that met us half way home couldn't dampen our camping afterglow. 
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