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 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!

30 Aug
2016

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Pre-Babes Wanderabout 2016 Recap

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on August 30, 2016   comments 0

You never disappoint me with your beauty, Wanderers

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(Photo by Kat)

Ride Bikes - Slowly
Make Friends - Quickly
Learn * Teach * Trade Tips for Babes in Bikeland 10!

Pre-Babes Wanderabout is a WTF-only ride. (Women, Trans, Femme) No cis-males, or people that do not identify as WTF, please.

Pre-Babes Wanderabout is a slow, social ride. Conversational pace, NO ONE gets left behind. Come with an open mind. We'll help you talk to cool Babes you don't know yet!

Pre-Babes Wanderabout is a place to get more info about "alley cats," what to expect for Babes, and to connect with potential ride partners.

Pre-Babes Wanderabout is a safer space where all WTF identities are centered and respected. Please join with us in creating a safer space.

Did you attend the Wanderabout this year?

Please tell us what went well, and what could have been better!

Grease Rag made the Wanderabout possible

Anneka, Anne, Julia and I are so proud to use Grease Rag volunteers (JJ! Holly!) and re$ource$ to make this happen!  (We are donation based!  Feed the honey bear!)

Mod, my co-organizer for the Wanderabout for the past few years, told me that before the Wanderabout she kept hearing, "I ride my bike everyday & don't have friends that ride."  And AFTER the Wanderabout she kept hearing, "I had no idea this community existed. I'm going to ride everywhere!"  Magical.

The first Pre-Babes Wanderabout ride was in 2012. I wrote a blog post about it. 2014 was an amazing year. Last year's (2015) Wanderabout was magical.

Roll out together, arrive together!

68 riders came to Kenwood Park to share with each other!  When people arrived we handed out safer spaces flyers, and had people make name tags including their pronouns, if they felt safe doing so.  We do this so we can have a safe and respectful space, and to facilitate friendship!

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We gave an introduction to the evening, talking about what Grease Rag does (en español), what safers spaces are, and what the schedule was for the evening.  We had some experienced riders say a few quick words about their Babes riding styles, then the crowd self-selected into groups where the experienced riders lead skill-shares.  We didn't talk down to you, assume you know stuff, or blather on.  We ask you questions, and encourage people to share what they know!  Grease Rag style.

For all the Rookies out there... We love you!

If you have never ever in your life ridden your bike in any race ever... No triathalons, no alley cats, no velodrome:  YOU ARE A ROOKIE! And we celebrate you.

Read about how Holly gets up and gets it!

Check out this rookie knowledge from Lauren Haun.

This is what Jen brings on their ride.

Thank you to Sidhe for sponsoring

As a beautiful dragon tail group ride, we rolled out with the party bike in the lead, to our next stop.  Yoga, Sidhe beer, music, group photo, and friendship!

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Sidhe Brewing is pronounced SHE and is WTF owned and operated out of St. Paul. Kathleen, the owner, was BUMMED she couldn't sponsor Babes this year (we didn't do a beer sponsor bc of the venue) but is SO ENTHUSIASTIC about WTFs on bikes that we were able to get crowlers of their beer for the Wanderabout!!

Grease Rag is real skittish about sponsorship. We ONLY work with companies that support WTFs, and not just by donating some swag here and there. I mean, talking the talk, walking (or wheeling or however you move!) the walk. Showing up for WTFs, and not calling us girls or ladies or saying what we do is "cute." We are bad ass feminists, we are trans, we are POC, we are queer, we are WTFs, we are proud!!!

Sidhe is a welcoming place. I was there last night and was so treated well! There's a "pay it forward" board. I redeemed a QPOC beer, and replaced it with a QTPOC and QPOC beer. Get there and redeem those beers, Friends!

Finally, we slow rolled to another beautiful area to eat snacks together.

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(Photo by Anneka)

I went home nourished, and fulfilled!  Thank you, Babes.  You mean the world to me.

We've got your back

Babes be brunchin' is an annual brunch leading up to Babes in Bikeland, where you can meet up, eat and hydrate, get any lingering questions answered, and roll out to the start together.  Thank you to Anne for hosting this brunch!

Our goal at Grease Rag is to contribute to supporting the WTF community before, during, and after Babes in Bikeland.  Babes in Bikeland is a celebration event of the work we do ALL YEAR ROUND to have open shops, POC only spaces, WTF only spaces, WTF only group rides, full moon rides, parties, craft nights, online discussions, pronoun buttons, education about safer spaces, the inclusive atmosphere, the colored flags, skill shares, bike camping trips, picnics, this blog and winter biking support... all ways we have your back 365 days of the year.

Don't let this Babes be the last time you support WTF spaces!

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27 Jul
2016

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WTF is WTF?

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WTF (what the f*ck) is WTF (women, trans, femme)?

Working definition:

  1. Absolutely anyone who self-idenifies as "Women, Trans, Femme"
  2. Abbreviation for a term of empowering endearment for people who do not benefit from cis male (when you are assigned male at birth and you identify as a man) privilege. (Examples of cis privilege and discussion of intersectionality)

WTF...

WTF applies to the beautiful rainbow of identities who do not benefit from cis male privilege including, but absolutely not limited to: Cis women/trans men/trans women who are masculine/feminine of center, cis men who do not benefit from cis male privilege, trans folks, unicorns, gender queer, agender, gender fluid, folks who are gender non-conforming, gender fuckers, butches, bois, queens, sissies, femmes...

WTF is not about bodies, WTF is about self-identification.

WTF declares that, although we occupy a huge spectrum of identities, we stand in solidarity and community other struggles against ableism, sexism, homophobia, transmisogyny, transphobia, racism, classism, Islamaphobia and other oppressive powers.

WTF means that we never tear each other down, but we always intentionally work to lift each other up.

Etomology:

This cheeky abbreviation is from the San Francisco Bike Kitchen.  Grease Rag voted on this for our mission statement in winter, 2009.

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What would you add? What would you change? What does WTF mean to you?

04 Jul
2016

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2016 Beginner Camping Trip - Anneka's recap

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A little over a year ago I went on my first ever bike camping trip. Not only was it my first time bike touring but it was also my first camping trip in years!

 

Was I nervous? A bit. My old sleeping bag had gobbled up an entire pannier, thunder storms had awoken me in the wee morning hours, and I’d accidentally loaded up my bike inside my apartment and was barely able  to keep it from escaping me down the half flight of steps to the outside!

 

Was I excited? HECK YEAH! I was going on the Grease Rag WTF newbies’ Bike Camping Trip. I’d been wanting to try bike touring for a while and here was my chance to see what it was all about with a group of supportive, caring, and fun-loving WTFs. 

 

Fast forward to this year. Had I become a bike camping fiend, logging miles near and far? Well…not really. But I did now have my own touring panniers, a new warmer and smaller sleeping bag, and some terrific pack lists. Even more importantly, last year's trip gave me the confidence and know-how to organize this year’s Grease Rag Beginner Camping trip.  So on an early June afternoon, our crew – myself, my co-leader Luci, and eight bike camping rookies ­­– set off on a small touring adventure.


Here we are at the Hopkin's Depot ready to roll on after a water, snack, and pee break.

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And here we are taking a lunch break outside the Excelsior Library. (PS Across the trail is a tiny history museum that would love to have you stop in and say hi!)

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After we got into camp, the sunshine took a rest for several rainy hours. Luckily we were able to set up our tents before it began raining in earnest.

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There's nothing like an evening sunset after the rain!

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Even though we'd forgotten our fire-starting kits, Frances came though with some dry sheets of newspaper. Thank goodness, roasting smores over a camp stove just wouldn't have felt the same!

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The next morning, we headed back to Minneapolis.

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Are you interested in exploring bike camping and/or riding with other WTFs? Check out the Grease Rag facebook page and the Grease Rag calendar for upcoming events, rides, and workshops.

        

29 Jun
2016

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Celebrate Grease Rag's 7th Birthday!

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Celebrate Grease Rag's 7th Birthday!

We’re lucky — lucky to have YOU as part of the Grease Rag community. So come out to our 7th Birthday Party and celebrate the auspicious milestone with food, friends and a post-sunset swim.


Mark your calendars and revel with other WTFs from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 8. First, we’ll kick it on the patio of a swank pad in Northeast Minneapolis (near Stone Arch Bridge). Organizers will bring vegan, gluten-free food, and cake (of course!) but invite you to bring a potluck dish to share, as well. Before the sun goes down, we’ll enjoy bikey crafts, a gender unicorn activity and a playlist crowdsourced from the Grease Rag community.


After taking in the sunset from the roof, we'll all take off on a slow ramble to a nearby beach spot for some swim time. RECIPE FOR A "BEACH BODY!" Bring your body to the beach. We are a super posi and affirming group. ♥


Never been to a Grease Rag event before? Here's your chance to try one out! Everyone is welcome. Please bring friends; the more the merrier!


Want to help? We need volunteers to help with food, crafts and activities! Sign up here.


Happy birthday, everyone!! YOU EARNED THIS!


The deets:


Who’s invited: ERRYBODY and ALL BODIES welcome. Please center the experiences and voices of WTFs.


Date: Friday, July 8, 2016


Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Location: A Mill Artist Lofts (315 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414)


Updates: RSVP to the Facebook event here


This event is a#NOBROZONE — is a term that applies to all/no genders. Don't make sexual jokes, hit on people, show off, or use your privilege in this space in ways that could make WTFs feel uncomfortable. Let's do our best to hold this space for WTFs. If you see something, call it out. If you need a hand, we've got your back.

14 Jun
2016

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#IamPulse

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This weekend the largest mass shooting in America since Wounded Knee took place in Orlando, Florida. The Pulse, a gay club celebrating Pride, was targeted during a Latinx night, and most of the 50 people who lost their lives belonged to the Latinx queer community. Over 100 people were shot.

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This Was a Hate Crime Against Queer and Trans People of Color

It is important to recognize that people who have GLBQ orientation, and folks who identify as transgender, have historically been the subject of violence and exclusion. Policies against gay relationships and families are periodically violently enforced, and widespread discrimination makes being queer and trans unsafe. Just in the last SIX MONTHS there have been over 200 bills filed against GLBT people The effects of this discrimination, homophobia and transphobia are compounded for queer and trans folks of color.

This attack was specific in its devastation of queer Latinxs.  About half of the people killed were Puerto Rican, and many were immigrants.  Here is a local perspective on why this matters, and why naming Latinxs provides visibility, which is the smallest way we can share power with a community often marginalized and excluded even within the queer community.

This is why our communities are mourning and asking for change.

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We Need to Center Latinx Queer and Trans Voices and Experiences

It is my intention to focus on the people and community who were attacked in Orlando.  Please take this opportunity to see the faces and read the stories of the 49 murder victims.  Most of them were queer people of color.  They are important. Their lives absolutely mattered.

To further center the community in Orlando, we would like to share this video featuring trans and queer Latinxs responding to the tragedy.  Powerful words, and crucial perspective.

Trans and Queer Latinxs Respond to #PulseOrlando Shooting

After the news of 50 people killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, we asked four Trans and Queer Latinx leaders for their thoughts. Here you will find the raw and unscripted footage. ‪#‎Pulse‬ ‪#‎PulseOrlando‬ ‪#‎OrlandoShooting‬ ‪#‎LGBTQIA‬ ‪#‎queer‬ ‪#‎trans‬ ‪#‎latinx‬

"How will you challenge the narrative of the ‪#‎PulseOrlando‬ murders?"

I will center Queer, Trans, and POC voices, and I will center the affected community. I will center the experiences of the Latinx queer and trans community. I will attack the systemic and structural oppression that works to marginalize QTPOC people. I will not be distracted by politicians, petitions for gun control that don't protect QTPOC folks, or Islamophobia.

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