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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10 Oct
2017

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9th Annual Winter Skill Share!

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The leaves are falling and the air is cool - winter is right around the corner! Curious about winter biking? Looking for advice on how to ride a little longer into the cool weather this year? Do you like door prizes, yoga, and FUN in a relaxed and inclusive environment?! Then join Grease Rag for the...


9th Annual FTW Winter Skill Share and Gear Swap!


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Winter riding is fun and convenient! At the Winter Skill Share, participants can learn from and share their own winter biking experiences with other femme, transgender, and women cyclists. Come with questions and leave feeling confident and ready to take on Minnesota's most challenging season!


This event is FREE and open to femme, transgender, non-binary, two-spirit people and women. If you are a cis man, please respect this space and do not attend.


You are welcome to come and go as you please. Here is a tentative schedule for the day:


Schedule:


10:30 - 11am: Sign In and Snacks


11am: Welcome and small group go-arounds


11:30am - 12:30pm Session 1 (one hour):

Room 1: Bike Maintenance and Bike Set-Up Options

Room 2: Self-Care


12:30pm: BYO Lunch, quick post lunch stretch


1:15 - 2:15pm Session 2 (one hour):

Room 1: Safety, Handling and Routing

Room 2: What to Wear


2:15 - 3:30pm:

Panel Q&A and Community Announcements


3:30 - 4:00pm:


Gear Swap

After spending the day learning about the joys of winater biking, you’ll have the chance to score some new and gently used gear to get you where you need to be! The gear swap will include some wonderful items created at our craft event (more details below!) as well as gear and clothing donated by our generous community members. Clear out your closet and bring winter clothing, gear, bike stuff in good condition to share with other femme, transgender, and women cyclists. Nothing to donate? No problem! The Gear Swap is free and everyone is welcome to participate, even if you don't bring anything to swap. Anything leftover will be donated.

 

Related Events & Activities

Looking for more ways to participate in the in the 9th Annual Winter Skill Share? Here’s how!

Our pre-event craft night will be held on Sunday, October 22 from 11am - 4pm at  Our Streets Minneapolis. Get more details and RSVP on the Facebook event page here.

Join us for the November Full Moon ride and roll slow with rad femme, trans, and women cyclists. Connect with our awesome community and build new friendships to help you through the winter. Watch our Facebook page for details!

 

Volunteers

The winter skill share is an annual event that centers the voices and experiences of femme, transgender, and women cyclists. It’s a friendly and supportive space where we share our wisdom and perspective, give away small prizes, swap gear, and inspire each other as we head into the winter biking season. But it’s only possible with the help of volunteers!

 

We are still looking for volunteers!

We need people for pre-event organizing and well as day-of support!

 

We need pre-event organizers to help coordinate food, prizes, and volunteers. Interested? Sign up here.

 

We need day-of volunteers to help set-up, greet participants, time sessions, and more! Interested? Sign up here!

 

Questions?  Please ask in the comments!  


Remember, this event happens the day daylight savings ends! Don't forget to "fall back" and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.


See ya there! :)


07 Sep
2017

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#FTWWeekend 2017

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After 10 years, Babes in Bikeland is taking a break. In the absence of a super awesome alley-cat bike event this summer, Grease Rag is hosting #FTWWeekend! Join us for a whole weekend of fun FTW (femme, trans, women) ONLY events September 29-October 1.

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Please join us for #FTWweekend! We have so much fun stuff planned for you. We will be focusing on positivity, FTW community, Friendship, and slow rolls that explore the city. Invite your friends! 

Get this Swag!

Update: online sales are closed!

Represent Grease Rag and help fund #FTWweekend! Buy a t-shirt and make a donation to Grease Rag. Thank you to artist BrieAnna for this awesome shirt design! Shirts will be available for pick up at FTW events. If there are any shirts that aren't pre-ordered, they will be sold at #FTWweekend events!

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Short Sleeve shirt, white with black, XS-L sizes

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Long Sleeve shirt, white with black, XS-XXL sizes

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size_chart_ftwweekend.pngDon't want a shirt, but want to donate to Grease Rag and #FTWweekend?  No problem! You can donate here:

Update: Online donations are closed!

#FTWweekend Events!

FTW Cheers! Ride

Friday, September 29

View the Facebook event details here

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6th Annual FTW Wanderabout Ride

Saturday, September 30

View the Facebook event details here

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FTW Brunch!

Sunday, October 1

View the Facebook event details here

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06 Sep
2017

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It's Not All Downhill

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9 years ago, Alisa Hoven, Betsy Popelka Massnick, and Sarah Broich rode their bicycles from Minnesota to New Orleans. And then they wrote a book about it!

Generously, they have decided to donate all their profits from their book (available here) to Grease Rag to support FTW bike tours. How rad is that?!

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In the fall of 2008, Sarah, Betsy and Alisa packed up their bicycles and rode the length of the Mississippi River--from the headwaters in Minnesota to New Orleans, about 2,300 miles. It took them two months, they took their time, they lingered and listened to the river along the way. They gathered stories of life along the river, visited farms and cities and small towns and flooded out fields. They were curious about life along the river, and with the stories and people they met, they put together a book. A travelogue, of sorts, with short stories, poems, rants and their most humble sketches of their (mis)adventures. The book is titled It's Not all Downhill--which they self published and put together as three writers the year after they returned from the trip. In an effort to share their experiences, they've sold books here and there, and gave many away to folks they met along the river--but almost 10 years later--they are ready to donate the profit they've made from the book sales to Grease Rag!

Why Grease Rag?! Because we love FTW spaces! One of the most common occurring, infuriating comments we received along the trip was this: "Why don't you have any men with you?! You're not safe alone out here." It was a daily struggle to validate ourselves and claim the space we needed to have this experience, as folks who identify as women, without men protecting and guiding us. We are safe, brilliant, brave and powerful and we challenged a lot of folks who were socialized to believe we needed a male presence on this trip. We reflected on this--and appreciated the fem-space we created; a supportive learning environment in navigating the route and fixing our bikes, we made decisions collectively as to our pace and rhythm and our goals, we leaned into each other's strengths and challenged each other to grow where we needed to.  We weren't afraid to say "I don't know" or "I need help." We believe this kind of environment is critical and special and magical--and it is often challenged within the patriarchal system--so to make space and hold it--that is what made our trip what it was. And that is why we want to support Grease Rag!  We want to support the magic that happens when we come together and hold space--and get a little grease under our finger nails, take a new route and take risks together.  We are happy to donate and support Grease Rag!

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!

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