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!

03 Aug
2017

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Grease Rag Group Camp 2017

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on August 3, 2017   comments 0

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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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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on July 1, 2017   comments 27

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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.

29 Jun
2017

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BIPOC Bike Camping Trip

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on June 29, 2017   comments 16

Nothing is more fun than heart like taking a casual roll out of the city together with some of my most favorite people. This trip was for BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color and people with an "it's complicated relationship to their race") FTW (femme/trans/women) only. Two people were bike camping for the first time! It was magic.

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Everyone took a part in organizing this trip! Ali booked the space and got us hooked up with a route, firewood, and water. We got some SAG (support and gear vehicle) support from our partners. Dinner Crew rocked those burritos and quesadillas! Everyone brought games and love and hilarious stories about our "worst camping experience ever."

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The ride was great, the spot was beautiful. Just when I though my heart could not be anymore full, the sky misted us with a light rain and a double rainbow shined over us. We were camping over Pride Weekend, and all agreed we felt seen by colorful sky.

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27 Jun
2017

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Call of WTF artists

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on June 27, 2017   comments 14

Grease Rag is refreshing our flyers and online materials.

Are you a WTF (woman/trans/femme) artist? Do you identify with Grease Rag's inclusive and friendly mission?

We want you!

We want to give WTF artists an opportunity to participate in our new designs! This might show up on a button, or a flyer, or something else...

If you're interested, send a note to greaseragmpls@gmail.com by June 30th - please include the following:

  • Short statement or sentence about WHO you are
  • Short statement or sentence about WHY you want to design for GR
  • Include an EXISTING sample of your work

Because we want to support our community of talented BIPOC+ QT WTF artists, this opportunity is ONLY open to women/transgender/femme artists and we will PAY YOU for your labor!

Thank you to all of the WTF artists who have contributed their talent and labor over the years. We would CERTAINLY consider using your work again if you want to throw your hat in the ring. Gratitude and respect!

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