29 Aug

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Fundraising Party

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on August 29, 2014   comments 0

Our Spare Change Round-Up fundraiser was a great success!  We raised almost $1000.  Naturally, we decided to have a party, to celebrate.  We wanted to get together to say THANK YOU to all of our volunteers and facilitators for participating, and all of you for putting a little scrilla in the collection jar.

We started the evening with a Grease Rag Open Shop Tour Ride.  Kat lead a ride to all of our open shops, to meet the facilitators and see the spaces that host our open shop nights.

We met up at Sunrise Cyclery then rolled out to Grease Pit Bike ShopRecovery Bike Shop, U of M Hub Bike Center, and ended at Spokes for a pizza and beer at our Good Ol' Grease Rag Get Down.  We weren't able to see Venture North this time around, but it will be on our 

We took some family portraits, and I think they came out great!  Props to our photgrapher, Ben Hovland.

Beautiful people! Photo by Ben Hovland


Scramble face! Photo by Ben Hovland

BIG thank yous to Andrew and Spokes for hosting, Pizza Lucé Seward / University for the 'zza, Jamie Mcdonald of Sunrise Cyclery for buying our beer, Kristy of the Beez Kneez for giving us a tour of the honey house, Ginny for organizing the shop tour ride, Kat for leading, and our Grease Rag volunteers for hosting us at their shops along the ride. TEAM EFFORT!

Rolling with the keg, and a truing stand hitched a ride!

Major grattitude to all of our respectful and beautiful guests, for making our celebration a success!

28 Aug

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Nice Ride to Your Rescue!

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on August 28, 2014   comments 0

Grease Rag is happy to announce that Nice Ride Minnesota is partnering with us!

Nice Ride, the bike share organization responsible for the network of lime green bikes you see rolling around town, has donated coupons for us to use at our open shop locations.  Each location has an envelope of 24-hour coupons available for you to use if you come to an open shop, and you can't get your bike fixed in time to go home.  Leave the bike at the shop until the next day, take the Nice Ride to a station close to your house or to a safe bus stop!  There are Nice Ride stations near all of our open shop locations.

Thank you, Nice Ride, for partnering with us and giving us another way to support WTFs at our open shop nights.

26 Aug

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Grease Rag NE is TONIGHT, August 26th!

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on August 26, 2014   comments 0

Hello you wonderful Women-Trans-Femmes,

Your GRNE Co-Facilitators are happy to announce tonight's episode of Grease Rag NE.

Join us tonight at Recovery Bike Shop (2504 Central Ave NE) at 7pm for our discussion and open shop night!  Tonight's Grease Rag will briefly be speaking on how to go about brake pad installation. At 7p we'll lead a quick demonstration on installing new pads, as well as facilitate a discussion on how to know when it's time to replace. Bring your bike in to learn the basics on all things brake pads, and stay for the open shop night to work on your beautiful bicycle and make it all that it can be.  Open Shop starts up at 730p, so bring in your bike and your questions and let's get cranking.

Oh, and you know there will be coffee.

Hope to see you tonight!

Location: Northeast

23 Aug

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Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition Happy Hour: Grease Rag and Babes in Bikeland

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on August 23, 2014   comments 0

Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition graciously asked Kat and I to talk about Grease Rag and Babes in Bikeland at one of their volunteer-organized happy hour talks, Wednesday, August 20.

We had so much fun!  We got to explain what we do and how we roll to a really friendly crowd, share some beers at Republic, and hopefully convince some new people to ride Babes in Bikeland this year.

Kat and I spoke about Grease Rag's Herstory, what "WTF" means, what our open shop events look like, WHY safer WTF-only spaces are important, our community partnership model, and other ways we support the WTF community.

Preparation is key...

Kat presented the Babes in Bikeland herstory, what the event is all about, and why it is an important event for our community.  And I pushed the Pre-Babes Wanderabout as a fun, social, introduction to Babes.

We were asked really good questions, too!  Here are some of them, with short answers.

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