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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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!

04 Aug
2010

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Lowrah's summer of bike camping- Pt. 2

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on August 4, 2010   comments 1

This is Part II of my bike camping reflection.  Part I is here.

Becky, Greta, Kat and I chose the Lake Auburn campsites in Carver Park, just west of Excelsior along the southern shore of Lake Minnetonka.  I had heard these sites were easy to get to and secluded from car campers.  This is a map of the site, this is a map of the whole trip.

Arrival at Lake Auburn

We got together and planned out what everyone would be responsible for bringing.  Our meeting was really painless and had me anticipating the upcoming trip!

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03 Aug
2010

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"Bikes are Traffic", A Women's Course in Confident Cycling

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on August 3, 2010   comments 0

Build your confidence in cycling and feel more comfortable in traffic!

Grease Rag Vehicular Cyling Skill-Share w/ Nickel 5/20/2010

"Bikes are Traffic", A Women's Course in Confident Cycling

Choose between Aug 4th or 11th from 6:30to 8pm
The Hub at 3020 Minnehaha Ave S
FREE

Learn intersection and lane positioning, pre-ride bike safety checks, gain experience riding in a small group, proper helmet fitting, navigating trails, women specific issues related to fit and saddles. Bring your own bicycle (BYOB)and helmet!

Please RSVP as soon as possible: nicole.waxmonsky(at)gmail.com

26 Jul
2010

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What's up, Grease Rag?

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on July 26, 2010   comments 1

Grease Rag has some announcements about exciting events coming up and opportunities to join us in organizing. It has been a rockin' summer so far, and it's not over yet!!

Cleveland Welding Co. Skiptooth Chainring
Via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whappen/ / CC Attribution 2.0

Get Involved- Organizer meeting

We are having our next organizing meeting 6PM on Wednesday, July 28th at the Bedlam Theatre.  All WTFs (women/ trans/ femme) are welcome to come, even if you've never attended Grease Rag or a meeting before.  We need eager hands and enthusiastic hearts to help us realize our big dreams.  If you can't make it to the meeting but have something to say, shoot us an email.

We will be discussing how to spend the $ we made at the Pedal Party, our upcoming birthday party, and how to restructure our skill-share events.  And most importantly we'll be enjoying the Bedlam while we still can!

Patios and Parks WTF Ride

Marianne has taken it upon herself to organize a WTF ride this Thursday, July 29th!

(More details can be found on Facebook)

This is an event for women/trans/femme (W/T/F) cyclists of all ages and cycling-experience levels.

5:30PM meet at Matthews Park (Feel free to BYOB, BYOS)

Roll out at 6:30PM for a slow, fun, casual ride

Patios & parks routing will be:

  • Matthews to Beltrami Park in NE
  • Beltrami Park to Psycho Susie's in NE
  • Psycho Susie's to Clubhouse Jager on Washington Ave
  • ...Jager possibly to Bare Ass Beach (if its nice/hot out)

I'll be there, for sure!

Take a WTF Basic Bike Maintenance Class (It's FREE!)

Four Tuesdays in August.  More info here.

Recurring Events

Our next monthly ride to Sibley's women and trans night is on Tuesday, August 3rd.  Meet at 6PM at Sunrise Cyclery, roll out at a quarter after.

The next Ride & Wrench will be next week, Thursday, August 5th.

22 Jul
2010

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Women and Trans Bike Maintenance Class

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on July 22, 2010   comments 1

WTFs of the Twin Cities, let's just take a moment to appreciate how fortunate we are to have so many cycling events and programs just for us...

Sibley Bike Depot's Women and Trans Basic Bike Maintenance Class

I am happy to introduce yet another special program from Sibley Bike Depot:

Women and Trans Bike Maintenance Class

Details from Sibley:

The class will be similar to other beginning classes at Sibley Bike Depot, but is just for self-identified women, trans, gender queer, and other "not-dudes". In addition to basic bike repair, we will cover bike types and fit and discuss commuting and bicycles as transportation. Come learn how to fix your bike from a female mechanic in a fun and inclusive space.

Four Tuesdays in August, the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st from 5:30 - 7pm.

Register online through the Experimental College

Sibley is located at 712 University in St. Paul, next to Saigon restaurant.

Our regular Women and Transgender Open Shop Night is Tuesdays from 6-9, so stay after class to keep wrenching!

Sign up, or spread the word!

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18 Jul
2010

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“New Territory” Challenge- LGRAB Summer Games 2

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LGRAB

I originally posted about the Summer Games 2 contest on the Grease Rag blog here. I am blogging about my participation in Let's Go Ride a Bike's Summer Games 2. Check out my first posts on "Social Cycling" or "Learning Experiences."  I hope they inspire you to try something new!

The third and final set of challenges involve "New Territory." From June 28- July 18 the challenges were to:

  • Ride a greenway
  • Have a bicycle picnic
  • If you don't normally ride to work, commute by bike or by bike/train or bike/ bus
  • If you do commute, take the long way home:  add distance to your usual ride
  • Explore a new part of town by bike

Cop-out/ disclaimer:  I have been having an issue with my knee, and have been taking it easy on the bike the past few weeks.  Luckily I was able to complete a few challenges before my injury started acting up, but this segment of the contest was a little bit of a fail.

Ride a greenway

I am so lucky to live in Minneapolis, where we have the Midtown 29th St. Greenway.  I ride it every day because I live two blocks north and one block east of the Bryant Ave. entrance and it is a nice east-west corridor without much vehicular cross-traffic or stops.  It can get congested with trail users on weekends and during rush hour, but how can you complain about TOO MANY people using bicycle and pedestrian facilities?!

After Grease Rag the other night I rode with my good friend Sarah down the Greenway, but it was too dark for a photo.  So here's a random photo of some WTFs and I riding the Greenway on our last camping trip.

Greenway

If you are interested in volunteering to do a community watch over the Greenway (on your bike, of course!), contact trailwatch@midtowngreenway.org, or call 612-879-0106.  There is also a Women on Wednesdays Trail Watch ride, organized by Grease Rag friend Susan.

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