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!

25 Apr


Roadside Repair Skill-Share, Recap


on April 25, 2010   comments 0

Susan and her tools

Roadside Repair Recap

Thank you for the ladies that stuck around to talk about roadside repair!  Here is a recap for those of you that couldn't make it.  This is a skill-share that I'd like to repeat again.  If you'd like an additional topic covered, please let us know!

Facilitated by Kat and Lowrah

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22 Apr


Fresh Updates


on April 22, 2010   comments 0

Thank you for being patient with all of the emails and posts as we attempt to get organized. We've done heaps since our first organizing meeting, and we'd like to share some updates with you!

open wrench

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This is still the Grease Rag RIDE and Wrench, right?!

We have put a page on the right-hand side of the blog for the Group Ride portion of Grease Rag.  Check out the routes and start time, and join us for a relaxed, social ride.

Skill-Shares and Open Shop

Our Winter Bike Maintenance session was such a success, that we wanted to continue sharing skills with each other in a slightly different format.  We have put a page on the right-hand side of the blog for the skill-shares: please check it out for information about upcoming topics and dates.  These are a great opportunity for free knowledge!

The skill-share will be concurrent with the open shop, so if you'd like to come in and use Grease Rag time for wrenching instead of participating in the skill-share, we encourage you to take advantage of the space!

Regular Organizing Meetings

Although we do a majority of our collaborating and planning online using the blog and the Google Group, it is also important for us to meet face-to-face once in awhile!  We have put a page on the right-hand side of the blog for the Regular (monthly) Organizing Meetings. Send us your concerns, find out when and where we are meeting next, or come to a meeting!  All WTFs are welcome.

Mission Statement

Thank you to everyone that filled out our poll on how to address the Grease Rag audience.  We decided on "WTF" for our mission statement:

Grease Rag’s mission is to encourage and empower WTF (Women Trans Femme) cyclists in a collaborative and fun learning environment through rides, discussions, shop nights and educational seminars in a safer space.

Thank you for your continued support,

Grease Rag

18 Apr


2010 Active Living Bike Expo, April 23- 24


on April 18, 2010   comments 0

Bicycles May Use Full Lane

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2010 Active Living Bike Expo is Friday, April 23 from 3-9PM and Saturday, April 24 from 9-6PM in the Education Building at the MN State Fairgrounds.  Admission is FREE with a Food Shelf or BikeMN donation.

Thousands of people will attend the Expo, and this could be a fun way to spread the word about the Grease Rag, and network with other female cyclists.

Jamie, owner of Sunrise Cyclery, will be sharing their table with us.  Hang out, walk around, meet nice people!


Friday 3-6 or 6-9, Saturday 9-1:30 or 1:30-6.

We already have one Grease Rag volunteer for each shift, but it would really be more fun with at least two people per shift.  Get involved and help us out!  Post on the Google Group thread, or email us.

16 Apr


Beginner's Bike Polo Day


on April 16, 2010   comments 1

Beginner’s Polo Day – Saturday April 17

Corcoran Park – 19th Ave S at 33rd St., Minneapolis


The Minneapolis Polo Club wants more people, especially women, to start playing bike polo.  This Saturday, you can give it a try.  If you need to borrow a bike, we will have “polo bikes” that are set up to be ideal for playing polo.  We will also have mallets to borrow.

We will help you get comfortable with the bike and mallet, and you can practice shuffling and shooting.  We can even do some “drills” if you want.

This will be the perfect opportunity to try playing polo in a relaxed setting.  No competition, no physical play.  Just a fun time to get new players out on the court!

Hope to see you there!

12 Apr


Roadside Repair Skill-Share, April 15, 2010


on April 12, 2010   comments 0

Fixing a flat

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Roadside Repair

We will be covering some mechanical skills, what tools to carry, and helpful tips on how to keep rolling after you've had a mechanical issue.

Facilitated by Kat and Lowrah

1.  Give Yourself a Break- There is nothing wrong with using your bus pass or phoning a friend to bail you out when things go less than perfectly.  We will talk about some non-mechanical options for getting home.

2.  Tools to Carry- You don't need specialized tools to fix most problems.  We will show you the minimum you should carry, and talk about how to use these tools.

3.  Fixing Flats- Learn how to assess a flat, discern a possible cause for the flat, patching and booting, and also practice changing a tire!  We will also share some tips for avoiding flats.

4.  Chains-  Put your chain back on if it falls off, and use a chain tool if you have a bent or broken link.

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

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