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!

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

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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.

07 Jun


Conversations with Siouxsie, my bike. 1


on June 7, 2010   comments 1

Conversation #1: 

Where you going?

 To the bakery.

 I’ll come.

 No, that’s ok, I’m just going for a bit.

 We’d get there faster.

 It’s right around the corner, not five blocks.

 You never pay attention to me anymore.

 What are you talking about?  We were knocking crotches this morning and this afternoon!

 I saw the way you were looking at that single speed belt drive number.  DON’T LIE TO ME, BITCH!

 Look… it’s not you, it’s me.  You’re wonderful.  I love you. 

 You put me away all winter for that ugly red thing over there. 

 Let’s not bring BigRed into this… it didn’t do anything to you… and I didn’t want you to get all salted up, so I rode BigRed.  Get over it.

 “All salted up”?… you’re just lazy.  You don’t take the time to get me in the mood anymore. 

 Get you in the mood?

 You know, lube me up, make me feel shiny.

 Jesus.  I’m leaving.

 Damn right you’re leaving!  I’m gonna make your rides to work HELL from now on!


 *pregnant pause* 

 I want to go to the bakery. 

 Fine.  Shit.  I’ll take you. 

 I love you.  Don’t ever leave me. 

 You always guilt me.  I can never walk anywhere anymore. 

 Your legs are mine. 

 You’re getting creepy, Siouxsie. 

 Shut up and ride. 

06 Jun


"Social Cycling" Challenge- LGRAB Summer Games 2


on June 6, 2010   comments 0


I originally posted about the Summer Games 2 contest on the Grease Rag blog here. I am going to be blogging about my participation in Let's Go Ride a Bike's Summer Games 2. I think the challenges are really accessible and encourage us to push our limits and have a little fun with our riding. I hope that reading about my progress will inspire you to either participate in the contest, or to try something new on your own!

The first set of challenges involve "Social Cycling." From May 17 to June 6 the challenges were to:

  • Go on a group ride
  • Leave a nice note on a bike, or say hi to a cyclist at a red light
  • Schedule a bike date with a friend or partner — dress up!
  • Recruit a non-biking friend for a ride
  • Ride with your family

Go on a Group Ride

Grease Rag Group Ride 5/20/2010

The Grease Rag has a group ride before our open shop event, on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The turnout is always modest, but that's never a bad thing because the small group allows us to talk and get to know each other as we ride. On May 20th Lucille and her coworker Sarah met me at the south end of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. We rolled out at 6:10PM, rode down the West River Road to the Greenway and toward the shop. Sarah and Lucille were great company, I hope to see them at the next ride!

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03 Jun


June 9- Women's Day of Bike Walk Week


on June 3, 2010   comments 0

Join a Fun, Woman Centered Ride And Learn More About Safety Initiatives on The Midtown Greenway!

On Wednesday, June 9 in conjunction with Bike Walk Week, a special edition of Women on Wednesday (WOW) will take place.

WOW is a weekly ride of the Midtown Greenway Coalition Trail Watchers. We cruise the Greenway as a citizen’s bike patrol, helping bikers and other citizens with any safety concerns, sweeping up glass, providing information, but mostly we provide a presence on the Greenway to help keep it safe.  Oh, yeah, we have a lot of fun just riding and talking about any issue that interests us.

This is a relaxed and social bike ride.  The women of WOW want the chance to talk with you about safe riding on the trail, offer our tips for personal safety, and will try to answer any questions about women and bikes.   We want to learn from you too, but most of all we just want to see more women out on their bikes.

Rides will begin at 6, 7, and 8.  Meet at the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center (on the north side of the Greenway between Chicago and 10th Avenue). 

Helmets and lights are required.  Ride waiver forms will be available for your signature prior to the ride.

Five free bicycle lights will be given to the first riders in each group and a free reflective leg band for every rider.    We are asking all riders to wear something red – this is the theme for Bike Walk Week’s Women’s Wednesday to emphasize our commitment to bicycling for fun and transportation as well as to women’s health.

Questions and comments can be directed to Susan Priem at

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