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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21 Jun


Conversations with Siouxsie, 2.


on June 21, 2010   comments 1

Conversation #2:


Hi Sioux.

Where are we?

On our way to Edina.

To WHERE?  Why the fuck we goin out there?

It’s Father’s Day.  It’s where my Father lives.

Geez.  This is ridiculous.


Where are all the bikes?

What do you mean? There were bikes.

Yeah, but they were all going in the OPPOSITE direction.

Ha. Ha.

Seriously, I haven’t seen a bike since we got off the Greenway.

That’s because people are afraid to bike on the streets here.


Shhh…. Not so loud.  The suburbs will hear you.

What’s that over there?

What’s what, ADD Sally?

That box thing.

The strip mall?

Hmph.  Weird.

Don’t make this a longer ride than it already is.  Just have fun.  Enjoy the scenery.

What scenery?  The vast expanses of concrete that lay before me?  How lovely!

It’s only for the day.  We’ll be home tonight.

One day… yeah, right.  Feels like foreeeeevvvvveeeeerrrrr.

Stop griping.  We’re almost there.

Next time let’s go to the bakery.

20 Jun


We are photogenic! (Find us on Flickr)


on June 20, 2010   comments 0

Mosaic 3/6/2010Via: / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

These are the faces of Grease Rag- If it looks like we're having fun, it is because we are!

If you have Flickr, check out our Flickr group pool where you can add your own Flickr photos of you wrenching on your bike  or photos from Grease Rag events.

If you do not have Flickr, feel free to email us and we can post them to the pool for you.

Thank you for letting me snap your photos and share them here!

15 Jun


Writing Women Back Into Bicycling- Press Release


on June 15, 2010   comments 1

Motion + Rest

Via: / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

In March, I posted about an exciting online survey, open to women only, put out by  the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) for a project they are calling "Writing Women Back Into Bicycling: Changing Transportation Culture to Encourage More Women to Cycle More Places More Often."

There were over 13,000 respondents!  I don't know the data break-down yet, but they did release some preliminary results in a press release that I would like to share with you.

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13 Jun


Friends are all you need


on June 13, 2010   comments 0

GR Friends

One of the reasons why I love being a part of the Grease Rag is because I've met so many fierce WTFs and  allies along the way.  I consider these people my friends- they support me and help me get things done, share their ideas and projects with me, and are generally there when I need them.  Big internet hug to all of you!

There would be no Grease Rag without you.

There is a new "Friends" page on the right-hand side of the blog.  In addition to all of the WTFs that show up on every 1st and 3rd Thursdays, to organizing meetings and group rides, this is a short list of the people and groups that support Grease Rag.

We have also listed other events and and groups that are specifically for WTFs- I hope that you'll check them out!  There is a 2-sided PDF of this list that I encourage you to distribute however you like.

09 Jun


Bicycle Crashes, the MN Legal System, and You Skill-Share, June 17, 2010


on June 9, 2010   comments 1

outta tha way!

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Bicycle Crashes, the MN Legal System, and You

Sunrise Cyclery at Bryant/ Lake St. 7PM, FREE

Facilitators:  Robin Landy and Mike Fargione

Robin is a senior partner in a law firm that handles injury claims, and has been doing this work for more than 20 years.  Before law school, she was a social worker at Sister Kenny working with brain injured people.  She has been on the Board of the Brain Injury Association and currently serves on the Board of Jewish  Family Children's Services.  Mike Fargione did personal injury work for 25 years but is now a director of litigation with Minneapolis Legal Aid.

How the legal system works if you're in an accident:

  1. What should be reported and to whom
  2. If you need medical treatment, some unexpected sources of medical insurance
  3. Figuring out issues of fault - rules of road for bikes, Minnesota No-Fault Act (you can get up to $20,000 in medical coverage)
  4. Take care of yourself first- don't ride your bike without inspecting your body, and your bike

Come and join us!  Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a cyclist, and how the legal system works.  RSVP here, on Facebook.

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