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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20 Nov
2009

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Comfortable Riding Recap!

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on November 20, 2009   comments 1

Hello Ladies!  Thank you to all who came out and made last night an awesome Grease Rag!  This post is just a quick recap of how to stay comfortable on your bike during your winter rides - not too cold, not too sweaty!

#1:  Keep track of the weather. What's the temp?  Is it sunny?  Is it overcast?  Are conditions going to stay the same throughout the day?  If you consider these things before you hop on your wheels, you will have a good idea of what to put on to stay dry and comfy.

#2:  Start out cool. Biking generates heat, so don't put on too many clothes!  You can regulate your heat by how fast/slow you go, so if you notice you're a bit chilly, pick up the pace, if you're starting to overheat, slow down a bit.  Generally, when you first step outside, you want to feel a little cold because soon you'll be working hard and you'll be nice and toasty then, but it's no fun to be wet and sweaty when it's cold outside.

Sweat in the winter = ice!

Sweat in the winter = ICE!

#3:  Kick the cotton to the curb! As a rule, anything absorbant is going to make a winter ride muggy and uncomfortable.  You sweat, the cotton/other absorbant material soaks up the sweat, gets wet, and keeps you wet.  Opt for wicking materials next to your skin and use synthetic and other natural fibers like wool that will allow you to stay warm and dry.

#4:  Consider how you ride and the conditions of where you will ride. Are you a commuter?  Are you going for a joy ride?  Are you looking to get in a nice workout?  Where will you be riding?  Roads?  Trails?  All of these things will affect what you want to wear on your ride.

#5:  Listen to your body. When you're riding, note how you feel and the conditions.  Are you comfortable?  Take note of what you're wearing and remember that for next time when conditions are similar.

#6:  Windproof outer layer. I can't express how much I love my windproof outer layer.  It's pretty much a staple in my biking wardrobe from late October until May.  This layer is also usually waterproof/resistant, and therefore perfect for rain/snow/sleet/everything mother nature wants to put in your way to keep you from riding.

#7:  Protect your extremities! Fingers, toes, ears, nose, these things will get colder than your core body.  Make sure you have gear to keep them warm and happy - appropriate socks, skull cap, face covering, gloves.  Frostbite is a bitch.

12 Nov
2009

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Winter Maintenance November 19, 2009

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on November 12, 2009   comments 0

Snow TireVia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim_lahey/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Hey Ladies!

This next Thursday, November 19 will be our Winter Maintenance Session of Grease Rag. We are planning on meeting up at the shop at 7, having a few short demonstrations, and the rest of the time will be open for any work that you need to accomplish.   There will be refreshments! Please sound off and let us know if you'd like to share your expertise or if you plan on coming so we can negotiate space and treats.

  1. Shayne will be giving a demo on how to clean and maintain your bike this winter
  2. Alex will be giving us tips about safety and road rules
  3. Margot will teach us how to keep our bodies warm
  4. Kat will talk to us about tires and fenders

05 Nov
2009

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Girls Gone Grumpy Bicycle Ride- Winter Edition

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on November 5, 2009   comments 0

Girls Gone Grumpy Bicycle Ride- Winter EditionGirls Gone Grumpy Bicycle Ride- Winter Edition

From www.mplsbikelove.com:

Girls, get grumpy (for the 5th time) on November 7th.

This is a leisure ride from Grumpy's NE to Grumpy's Roseville and back in celebration of bikes, bitches, and beer. It will be the first cold GGG ride, so dress stylishly warm.

Dudes are welcome to join, but skirts are required and will be strictly enforced (there may just be a contest...).

We'll be rolling out at high noon (that's 1:00pm, kids), so show your face before then.

The weather looks like it is going to be perfect, I hope to see some of you at this ride!

Bike<3,
Low

23 Sep
2009

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Babes in Bikeland was a huge success!

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on September 23, 2009   comments 0

I want to say THANK YOU to all of you who showed up and kicked ass at Babes in Bikeland. I think everyone who routinely comes to Grease Rag was there and did really well in the race. It was way more fun than my trepidation had let me expect and I will definitely be doing more Alley Cats (Mario is holding the NO NAME on Sunday, Oct. 4th, which is also the night before we leave for Mexico. I will be riding it if anyone else is interested. NO NAMES are free for women!) Babes was so awesome because it brought out a lot of new riders. The atmosphere was for the most part so supportive and not as "at your throat" competitive as I was expecting, which was a relief. The results have not been posted on the babesinbikeland.com site yet, but they will be soon. Kayla also said she's going to post Grease Rag info. for us on the site (will someone please twist her arm to come out for the 1st and hang out with us? Chelsea, too!) We handed out about 175 fliers and a few poster for Grease Rag at the Babes event, and hopefully our Oct. 1st event will be huge! I will be there for the last time and would love to see all of you that night- Be there or be square. If you have any comments or maybe some things you really like or had trouble with during Babes in Bikeland, write a comment here and we'll share them with the Babes administrators!

23 Sep
2009

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Events Schedule for the end of 2009

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on September 23, 2009   comments 1

We officially have a schedule of events for the rest of 2009- 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)

October

10/1

10/15

November

11/5

11/19- Winter Maintenance Class

December-February

Depending on class attendance,

these events may be postponed until Spring '10.

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