Grease Rag Ride & Wrench


We encourage and empower FTW (Femme/Trans/Women, Non-binary, Two-spirit) cyclists in a collaborative and fun learning environment through rides, discussions, shop nights and educational seminars in a safer space.

 

Grease Rag Open Shops are the hub of our activities and happen multiple times a month in Minneapolis and St. Paul (Minnesota). Find an open shop on the map (below) or explore the events calendar for all of our open shops and activities.

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

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

08 Aug
2017

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Cycles for Change Minneapolis is Moving

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Cycles for Change Minneapolis is Moving

Grand Reopening of Grease Rag Open Shop at Cycles for Change Minneapolis Is Nearing

As many readers know, Grease Rag has had a long Open Shop partnership with the community bike shop at 1915 E 22nd St - first when it was Spokes and then with Cycles for Change when the two organizations merged. With the help of many wonderful facilitators and mechanics, many a wheel was trued, headset adjusted, bike chain lubed, flat fixed, and much much more in that brightly painted little spot off Minnehaha Ave.

Times change, organizations grow, and bike shops move! Cycles for Change in Minneapolis is excited to be moving to a new space in Seward. As both a Cycles for Change staff member and a Grease Rag facilitator, I'm pretty excited for our new Grease Rag Open Shop home at 2010 26th Avenue South (on the corner of Franklin Ave and 26th Ave S).

It's been kind of tough having Grease Rag open shop closed so long but I think it will be worth the wait. So while we're closed, I thought I'd share a few photos of what it looks like to pack up a community bike shop and a sneak preview of what's happening in the new space.

So many used parts and wheels leads to boxes, boxes everywhere!

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Building walls and our new service counter at 2010 26th Ave S

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Time to do some unpacking!

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In addition to being in a new spot, Cycles for Change Minneapolis Grease Rag will be switching to Tuesday nights and expanding our hours to 5 - 8pm (more time to work on those tough to loosen bottom brackets or tricky to true wheels). Our first night in the new shop will be Tuesday, September 12th. I hope to see some of you there!

04 Aug
2017

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FTW Artist- BrieAnna

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Grease Rag has a great collection of buttons designed by local artists. Our mission is to support and uplift FTWs, and we like to commission FTWs to show off their talents and create buttons for us.

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Thank you so much for these awesome designs, BrieAnna!

These button are going to be featured during FTW Weekend, September 29-October 1. Will you be there to claim a button?!? 

Tell us about yourself!

I'm a person who likes art and bikes and being a goofball.

Why do you want to create art for Grease Rag?

I would like to design for GR because the events I've been to with Grease Rag have been the closest I've felt to being in a group of people without being judged. I can feel the love and It makes me feel super joyous.

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I love thess colorful designs and I am super excited to make them up for our #FTWweekend crew! Thank you, BrieAnna! 

Follow BrieAnna at cargocollective.com/brieannalindquist and bringodesign.com or instagram.com/brieannapumpkin

04 Aug
2017

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FTW Artist- Theresa Ptak

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Grease Rag has a great collection of buttons designed by local artists. Our mission is to support and uplift FTWs, and we like to commission FTWs to show off their talents and create buttons for us.

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These "bike camping" designs are going to be gifts to our campers at Grease Rag Group Camp 2017, and were designed by Theresa Ptak. They donated their time and talents, and we are so grateful!

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04 Aug
2017

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FTW Artist- Cori Lin

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Gratitude to Cori Lin for designing our latest Grease Rag Open Shop flyers!

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Cori is an illustrator and designer based in the Twin Cities, with lots of experience working with small community organizations.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a bi-cultural asian-american artist. I work in the social sector, the creative sphere, and the overlap between those spaces.  Whether I’m illustrating, designing, or coordinating non-profit programs, my focus is to bring POC and marginalized narratives to the center. I'm motivated by food, cultural ties, community and the intersections between. 

Why do you want to create art for Grease Rag?

My artistic work is guided by the same social justice principles that guide my social sector work.  I want to use my creative skills to platform and celebrate the voices of those marginalized or discredited by society.  Working with Grease Rag would allow me to contribute to a necessary and healing community space. 

Thank you so much, Cori! The flyers look spectacular. I love the representations of our community, and the cozy feel of the space you depicted. And I particularly love the illustration of the person with crocs. =]

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Follow Cori at corilin.co or on instagram.com/cori.lin.art

 

03 Aug
2017

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Grease Rag Group Camp 2017

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Grease Rag is all about community. Gathering together is a sacred act of power and love. And gathering together, outside under the Perseid meteor shower? What could be more special?

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Grease Rag Group Camp August 12-13, 2017

Deadline to register: August 8

Every year we host multiple bike camping trips. We try to do a lot, so you have to worry very little. We want our trips to be accessible to as many FTWs as possible! Inspired by this year's successful Beginner's trip, and the BIPOC Beginners trip, we wanted to host an FTW-only group camping retreat!

So what does that mean?

Low barriers!

Don't want to/can't bike? We have a vehicle to get you to the camp site. Don't want to/can't pay $20? It is a sliding scale of $0-$20 fee, with the cost of the trip being about $8 a person. You choose what you want to pay! Don't feel confident about your ability? You can do this! Our route is mostly flat, mostly on trails, at a casual pace, and we will have mechanical support on the ride. Don't have all the gear you need? We will hook you up with borrowed gear! Our community is mighty, and will provide us with everything we need.

Fun!

We will have a few ice breakers and casual get to know you activities before and after the ride. There will be games at camp, and nothing is more fun than being in the company of Grease Rag Friends! We will be taking care of the main meal and route planning and transporting gear so you all can focus on FUN!

Safer spaces!

We will have a quiet area of camp, designated people to help deescalate conflict, a safer spaces policy, and name tags with pronouns if people choose to share them. Any concerns or ideas on how we could make this a safer space? Hit us up!

Friendship!

Our goal for this trip is all of the things above, and to get to know each other better. We have space for 30 people on this trip. Not saying that I guarantee you'll meet a bff or anything... but the chances are good that you'll meet some rad FTWs you click with. Let's all be open to the experience of meeting new friends!

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Details about the trip

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