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!

04 Aug
2017

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FTW Artist- Cori Lin

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on August 4, 2017   comments 0

Gratitude to Cori Lin for designing our latest Grease Rag Open Shop flyers!

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Cori is an illustrator and designer based in the Twin Cities, with lots of experience working with small community organizations.

Tell us about yourself!

I am a bi-cultural asian-american artist. I work in the social sector, the creative sphere, and the overlap between those spaces.  Whether I’m illustrating, designing, or coordinating non-profit programs, my focus is to bring POC and marginalized narratives to the center. I'm motivated by food, cultural ties, community and the intersections between. 

Why do you want to create art for Grease Rag?

My artistic work is guided by the same social justice principles that guide my social sector work.  I want to use my creative skills to platform and celebrate the voices of those marginalized or discredited by society.  Working with Grease Rag would allow me to contribute to a necessary and healing community space. 

Thank you so much, Cori! The flyers look spectacular. I love the representations of our community, and the cozy feel of the space you depicted. And I particularly love the illustration of the person with crocs. =]

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Follow Cori at corilin.co or on instagram.com/cori.lin.art

 

03 Aug
2017

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Grease Rag Group Camp 2017

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Grease Rag is all about community. Gathering together is a sacred act of power and love. And gathering together, outside under the Perseid meteor shower? What could be more special?

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Grease Rag Group Camp August 12-13, 2017

Deadline to register: August 8

Every year we host multiple bike camping trips. We try to do a lot, so you have to worry very little. We want our trips to be accessible to as many FTWs as possible! Inspired by this year's successful Beginner's trip, and the BIPOC Beginners trip, we wanted to host an FTW-only group camping retreat!

So what does that mean?

Low barriers!

Don't want to/can't bike? We have a vehicle to get you to the camp site. Don't want to/can't pay $20? It is a sliding scale of $0-$20 fee, with the cost of the trip being about $8 a person. You choose what you want to pay! Don't feel confident about your ability? You can do this! Our route is mostly flat, mostly on trails, at a casual pace, and we will have mechanical support on the ride. Don't have all the gear you need? We will hook you up with borrowed gear! Our community is mighty, and will provide us with everything we need.

Fun!

We will have a few ice breakers and casual get to know you activities before and after the ride. There will be games at camp, and nothing is more fun than being in the company of Grease Rag Friends! We will be taking care of the main meal and route planning and transporting gear so you all can focus on FUN!

Safer spaces!

We will have a quiet area of camp, designated people to help deescalate conflict, a safer spaces policy, and name tags with pronouns if people choose to share them. Any concerns or ideas on how we could make this a safer space? Hit us up!

Friendship!

Our goal for this trip is all of the things above, and to get to know each other better. We have space for 30 people on this trip. Not saying that I guarantee you'll meet a bff or anything... but the chances are good that you'll meet some rad FTWs you click with. Let's all be open to the experience of meeting new friends!

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Details about the trip

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31 Jul
2017

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#FTWWeekend 2017

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on July 31, 2017   comments 4

After 10 years, Babes in Bikeland is taking a break. In the absence of a super awesome alley-cat bike event this summer, Grease Rag is hosting #FTWWeekend! Join us for a whole weekend of fun FTW (femme, trans, women) ONLY events September 29-October 1.

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Please join us for #FTWweekend! We have so much fun stuff planned for you. We will be focusing on positivity, FTW community, Friendship, and slow rolls that explore the city. Invite your friends! 

Get this Swag!

Represent Grease Rag and help fund #FTWweekend! Buy a t-shirt and make a donation to Grease Rag. Thank you to artist BrieAnna for this awesome shirt design! Shirts will be available for pick up at FTW events. If there are any shirts that aren't pre-ordered, they will be sold at #FTWweekend events!

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Short Sleeve shirt, white with black, XS-L sizes

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Short Sleeve shirt
I want to pick up my shirt:

Long Sleeve shirt, white with black, XS-XXL sizes

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Long Sleeve Shirt
I want to pick up my shirt:

size_chart_ftwweekend.pngDon't want a shirt, but want to donate to Grease Rag and #FTWweekend?  No problem! You can donate here:

#FTWweekend Events!

FTW Cheers! Ride

Friday, September 29

View the Facebook event details here

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6th Annual FTW Wanderabout Ride

Saturday, September 30

View the Facebook event details here

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FTW Brunch!

Sunday, October 1

View the Facebook event details here

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14 Jul
2017

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New Volunteer and Facilitator Training

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on July 14, 2017   comments 0

Grease Rag is a collective group of FTWs, and we organize and make decisions in our Google Group. Any FTW with some connection to Grease Rag is able to join, but we got feedback that it can be intimidating to "step up" if you're new.

In response to that, Open Shop facilitators and all around awesome folks Casey W and Anne S put together a training for new members and facilitators! They did a tremendous job, and their effort was matched by the enthusiasm of Shruthi, Emily D, Cyndi, Elizabeth, Joy, Ali, and Lucy.  It is our intention to hold at least two of these "trainings" a year.

Training in new volunteers and facilitators

At the beginning of the evening, we went around and shared our names, pronouns, and asked people, "What kind of things have you done with Grease Rag?"

We discovered that we all have different experiences with Grease Rag. As a social rider, volunteering at events, space facilitators, skill share leaders, trip leader, ride leader, bike camping, bike mechanics. And that is the very BEST thing about Grease Rag! Our perspectives and differences.

Our goals for the evening were to get to know each other, give people some tools and confidence to lead events, facilitate open shops, and to become designated safety folks.

We asked people to consider the following...

Why are you interested in facilitating/volunteering with GR?
What do you want to contribute to GR?
What do you want to take away from this training?
How can we help each other?
How do you want to grow?

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01 Jul
2017

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Party with Grease Rag to Celebrate 8 Years!

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Grease Rag 7th Birthday Party, photo by Kat McCarthy

On July 8, 2009 Grease Rag was born, creating a community of femme / trans / women bicyclists. Thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers past and present, Grease Rag has grown up fast, quickly becoming a beloved space for so, so many.

So come celebrate with us as we mark our 8th Birthday! 

Join us on July 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., to make crafts, share food & drink, reflect on the past year, revel in each others amazing company and thank YOU for being part of the Grease Rag fam. And, yes, there will be cake — from the amazing Dulceria Bakery!

We could use your help, too. Please click here to sign up for a volunteer shift, if you're able.

And don't forget that we have a Full Moon Ride earlier in the day. No better way to spend a summer Sunday than riding and partying with Grease Rag, right?

RSVP on Facebook below:

July Full Moon Ride -- Birch Bark Edition (2:30-5:30 p.m.)

GR Birthday Party (6-10 p.m.)

Bring friends! This event is open to all, with the agreement that we are creating a safe space and centering femme / trans / women.

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