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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26 May
2010

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New Rider Profiles

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on May 26, 2010   comments 0

Meet the women/ trans/ femme (WTF) cyclists that make Grease Rag, and the Twin Cities, a better place to ride.  We have three new rider profiles, with several others in the works.

Meet Nickel

Certified LCI and skill-share facilitator, her "Best biking story" is really worth the read!

Meet Susan

Susan

Leader of the WOW ride, I hope people ask about her "training plan" because I am really curious


Meet Lucille

She really does have the most bad ass stories, including the time when she chased some roadies down with a huge sheet cake in a trailer she was towing

Thank you, beautiful WTFs of Grease Rag for sharing your stories with us!

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19 May
2010

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Reflection on Our 5/4 Group Ride to Sibley's Women and Transgender Night

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on May 19, 2010   comments 15

The first ride to Sibley's Women and Transgender Night was so much fun, we decided we are going to do it every month!  It was an adventure not without incident though.  =]

Sibley Bike Depot

Jamie and I left Sunrise Cyclery at 6:10, to meet up with Susan at the Midtown Greenway Freewheel.  Jamie peeled off to go home, and Susan and I rolled out to the Sabo Bridge to pick up Kat.  Our group of three rode east on the Greenway, south on West River Road, and across the Lake Marshall Bridge.

Nail in the tire.

Well, Kat and I made it across- Susan's front tire picked up a nail and she flat-ed out.  I was almost happy that this happened so we could practice our skills!  (I am a weirdo like that.)  After Susan removed her tire and tube I started to patch the two (entrance and exit) punctures. While I was sanding away, a huge dark cloud moved in, along with gusts of wind that were threatening to blow away my wrenches!  The sky was looking wicked and we were in a hurry to get to Sibley before we got caught in a downpour... but we had to wait for the glue to vulcanize.

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12 May
2010

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Vehicular Cycling Skill-Share, May 20, 2010

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on May 12, 2010   comments 91

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Vehicular Cycling

Sunrise Cyclery at Bryant/ Lake St. 7PM

Facilitated by Nickel

Nickel was certified as a Licensed Cycling Instructor (LCI # 2167) by the League of American Bicyclists in 2008 and hopes to encourage more women to become LCIs and year-round commuters.

Want to feel more comfortable in traffic? Uncertain about intersection positioning?

Come learn about traffic law and where to ride on the road, as well as negotiating bike lanes and Multi-User Paths (MUPs).  This is a great opportunity to take advantage of an LCI's knowledge and training for an hour and a half for the low, low cost of FREE.

In this skill-share we will cover:

  • Review of MN 169.222 and application
  • Principles of Traffic Law
    • First Come, First Served
    • Knowing Your Place in Traffic
    • Turning Left
    • Lane Changing/Intersection Positioning
  • Riding Safely
  • Be Predictable
  • Be Alert
  • Be Visible
  • Be Assertive
  • Be Courteous

Keep in mind the most important principle of BikeEd:

Cyclists Fare Best When They Act and Are Treated as Drivers of Vehicles

For more information about Grease Rag Skill-Share topics and schedule, please check out the Skill-Share page to your right.

09 May
2010

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Lowrah and Margoat take on 2010 Active Living Bike Expo

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on May 9, 2010   comments 1

On the wet, windy, morning of Saturday April 24th, Lowrah and Margoat ventured out into the rain to bring the word of WTF riding and wrenching to the State Fair grounds.  They came prepared with waterproof outer-layers and fenders; one even put plastic bags in her shoes to keep her feet dry.  Nothing would keep them from the 2010 Active Living Bike Expo.

They arrived at the State Fair grounds thoroughly tried by the elements.  As they strode into the Education Building with their bikes, eyes were drawn to their dripping magnificence.  Looks of awe, wonder, amazement, and, perhaps, “shit, those two are crazy” came from the attendees and staffers as they walked their steeds to the parking area.  Five other bikes waited, lonely for friends, as they locked up their own and shed their protective gear.  The easy part was over.

Now the true trial began.

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