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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17 Jan
2010

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Bruzo's Rider Profile

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on January 17, 2010   comments 0

Grease Rag Winter Maintenance, 11/19Via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greaseragmpls / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Bruzo has also posted a new Rider Profile! If you haven't looked at our Rider Profile pages, check them out. And then write your own. Email us your profile and a photo of you with your bicycle and join the group of merry ladies that have no doubt gained fortune and fame since posting.

Name:

Age:

Bike:

Riding Style:

Why do I ride:

My biggest challenge so far:

My future goal for cycling:

Best biking story:

What turns my crank about cycling:

Anything else you'd like to share:

15 Jan
2010

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Stupor Bowl XIII

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on January 15, 2010   comments 1

As one of the biggest alley cat races in the country (universe?), the Stupor Bowl is a Minneapolis institution.

This alley cat has been happening for 12 years, and is hosted by the Minneapolis Bicycle Messenger Association (MBMA) the day before the NFL Super Bowl.  This year, the Stupor Bowl will be on February 6, 2010.

stupor-749x561[1]FLYER used with permission, via Bike Jerks

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10 Jan
2010

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Grease Rag Photos

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on January 10, 2010   comments 1

CaylaVia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greaseragmpls / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Despite the killer ice ruts, un-plowed bike lanes and chilly temps ladies have been showing up to our winter Grease Rag sessions!  Hardcore!  I brought my camera along to the last Grease Rag and snapped a few shots of ladies working on their rides.  I would love to start taking photos of winter bike fashion as well, so keep an eye out for future updates.  The photos can be found here, at http://www.flickr.com/photos/greaseragmpls/sets/72157623058426289/.

07 Dec
2009

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Winter Tire Options Recap

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on December 7, 2009   comments 17

Everyone has preferences for the equipment they use.  Simply ride what you feel comfortable with.  During the winter, each of the tire categories have their strengths and weaknesses.  Give them a try and see what works for you and your bike.

New tiresVia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/curt/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Skinny Slicks:  22-28mm, smooth tires.

Some people like these because they can cut through slush and snow with little resistance.  However, because they are so thin, they need a higher air pressure in the tire, which results in a smaller contact surface with the pavement.  Slicks also have very little traction and are not good for riding over ice.

Knobby Tires:  32-48mm, knobby tires.

Tires with a thick tread are ideal for plowing through snow.  The shape of the tread is designed to deflect snow away from the tire, thus giving a smoother ride.  Wider tires give you more contact with the road, and the lower air pressure makes them less slick on ice.  Go with tires as wide as your bike frame will allow for.  Make sure to check the rotation direction on the tire before mounting them to the wheel.

Ready and willing...Via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim_lahey/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Studded Tires:  32-48mm, with metal studs.

While these tires are often very expensive compared to normal tires, they are worth the investment because they perform brilliantly in the snow and on ice.  The metal studs grab the ice which gives superior traction and control in a variety of conditions.  These tires also have thick tread like a normal knobby tire does, so they also work well at diverting the snow.  One drawback is they are much heavier than regular tires, and can slow down and tire you out.  But, I say it’s worth it to have better control on the icy streets.

06 Dec
2009

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Events Schedule for Winter 2009-2010

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on December 6, 2009   comments 0

vintage clock with perpetual calendarVia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/h_is_for_home/ / CC BY-NC 2.0

Here is the Grease Rag Schedule from December 3, 2009- March 18, 2010.  Check out our fliers around town (if you would like to take some and hand them out or put them up, please email greaseragmpls@gmail.com)

December
12/3
12/17
January
1/7
1/21
February
2/4
2/18
March
3/4
3/18

Recently, we've been skipping the rides in the beginning and just getting to shop time because of the weather.  If attendance drops off in the winter we may postpone Grease Rag until the spring.  Hope to see you there!!

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