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.

Find a Grease Rag open shop night near you

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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!

14 Jul
2017

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New Volunteer and Facilitator Training

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Grease Rag is a collective group of FTWs, and we organize and make decisions in our Google Group. Any FTW with some connection to Grease Rag is able to join, but we got feedback that it can be intimidating to "step up" if you're new.

In response to that, Open Shop facilitators and all around awesome folks Casey W and Anne S put together a training for new members and facilitators! They did a tremendous job, and their effort was matched by the enthusiasm of Shruthi, Emily D, Cyndi, Elizabeth, Joy, Ali, and Lucy.  It is our intention to hold at least two of these "trainings" a year.

Training in new volunteers and facilitators

At the beginning of the evening, we went around and shared our names, pronouns, and asked people, "What kind of things have you done with Grease Rag?"

We discovered that we all have different experiences with Grease Rag. As a social rider, volunteering at events, space facilitators, skill share leaders, trip leader, ride leader, bike camping, bike mechanics. And that is the very BEST thing about Grease Rag! Our perspectives and differences.

Our goals for the evening were to get to know each other, give people some tools and confidence to lead events, facilitate open shops, and to become designated safety folks.

We asked people to consider the following...

Why are you interested in facilitating/volunteering with GR?
What do you want to contribute to GR?
What do you want to take away from this training?
How can we help each other?
How do you want to grow?

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01 Jul
2017

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Party with Grease Rag to Celebrate 8 Years!

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Grease Rag 7th Birthday Party, photo by Kat McCarthy

On July 8, 2009 Grease Rag was born, creating a community of femme / trans / women bicyclists. Thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers past and present, Grease Rag has grown up fast, quickly becoming a beloved space for so, so many.

So come celebrate with us as we mark our 8th Birthday! 

Join us on July 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., to make crafts, share food & drink, reflect on the past year, revel in each others amazing company and thank YOU for being part of the Grease Rag fam. And, yes, there will be cake — from the amazing Dulceria Bakery!

We could use your help, too. Please click here to sign up for a volunteer shift, if you're able.

And don't forget that we have a Full Moon Ride earlier in the day. No better way to spend a summer Sunday than riding and partying with Grease Rag, right?

RSVP on Facebook below:

July Full Moon Ride -- Birch Bark Edition (2:30-5:30 p.m.)

GR Birthday Party (6-10 p.m.)

Bring friends! This event is open to all, with the agreement that we are creating a safe space and centering femme / trans / women.

29 Jun
2017

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BIPOC Bike Camping Trip

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on June 29, 2017   comments 2

Nothing is more fun than heart like taking a casual roll out of the city together with some of my most favorite people. This trip was for BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color and people with an "it's complicated relationship to their race") FTW (femme/trans/women) only. Two people were bike camping for the first time! It was magic.

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Everyone took a part in organizing this trip! Ali booked the space and got us hooked up with a route, firewood, and water. We got some SAG (support and gear vehicle) support from our partners. Dinner Crew rocked those burritos and quesadillas! Everyone brought games and love and hilarious stories about our "worst camping experience ever."

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The ride was great, the spot was beautiful. Just when I though my heart could not be anymore full, the sky misted us with a light rain and a double rainbow shined over us. We were camping over Pride Weekend, and all agreed we felt seen by colorful sky.

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27 Jun
2017

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Call of WTF artists

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on June 27, 2017   comments 0

Grease Rag is refreshing our flyers and online materials.

Are you a WTF (woman/trans/femme) artist? Do you identify with Grease Rag's inclusive and friendly mission?

We want you!

We want to give WTF artists an opportunity to participate in our new designs! This might show up on a button, or a flyer, or something else...

If you're interested, send a note to greaseragmpls@gmail.com by June 30th - please include the following:

  • Short statement or sentence about WHO you are
  • Short statement or sentence about WHY you want to design for GR
  • Include an EXISTING sample of your work

Because we want to support our community of talented BIPOC+ QT WTF artists, this opportunity is ONLY open to women/transgender/femme artists and we will PAY YOU for your labor!

Thank you to all of the WTF artists who have contributed their talent and labor over the years. We would CERTAINLY consider using your work again if you want to throw your hat in the ring. Gratitude and respect!

27 Jun
2017

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Roses, Thorns & Buds: An Unexpectedly Eventful Beginner Bike Camping Trip!

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Group.jpegEverything was right on track. Until I discovered my BIG mistake.

After a meet-up and stretch session in Uptown, our small crew of six WTFs was rolling at a leisurely pace from Minneapolis to Carver Lake Reserve for the 2017 Beginner Bike Camping Trip. Despite gray clouds, the rain was at bay, and the trail was awash in our music, conversation and laughter as we rode two abreast catching up with friends and making new connections.

Following in the footsteps of last year's organizers, we pulled off at the Excelsior library for our second and final (or so we thought) stop before the campground. But, as I munched on some carrots, I casually pulled out the campsite reservation to check which sites we had — and my stomach dropped.

I'd booked the wrong campground.

Yep! Organizer botches pretty much the one and only thing that's essential to the trip. My brain froze. Like many of you, I'm sure, I'm fully convinced that if I make one mistake people will hate me forever. I cringed as I told my fellow campers that I f*cked up... big time. The campground I had booked was another 13 miles away, on roads, in the direction of the quickly approaching storm.

Riding.jpgInstead of anger and disappointment I was met with resilience. While our bodies were starting to fatigue, we lept right into problem solving. We called Carver and asked if they had any openings or a bike-in site; they said no. After checking in with how everyone felt, we decided to press on to Carver — and try to befriend folx at one of the group camp sites. 

When I got a flat (because, OF COURSE, I would also get a flat), a couple of campers continued on to the site and made an exciting connection. An entire group camp section was occupied by the national convening of the Black Label Punks and a couple of their members, chilling by a camp fire next to a bunch of tall bikes, said we'd be welcome to snag a corner of their site — if we'd be willing to embrace any shenanigans that went down that night.

Needless to say, we were stoked.

But when our full crew rolled up, that offer was rescinded. A surly woman with a baby on her arm looked at us sideways and rallied a vote from the full group that they were NOT okay with six unfamiliar WTFs crashing their party.

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