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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06 Sep
2017

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It's Not All Downhill

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on September 6, 2017   comments 0

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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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on August 8, 2017   comments 0

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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on August 4, 2017   comments 0

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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on August 4, 2017   comments 0

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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