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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01 Feb
2018

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Day 1 of Loving MN Winter 2018

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I #LoveMNWinter

By BrieAnna Lindquist 

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Goofing in the winter brings me joy.

Hopping in snow piles and throwing snow in the air keeps winter refreshing.

See more of BrieAnna's work at http://www.bringodesign.com/ 


Read about last year’s collaborative challenge to love one thing about winter everyday in February, and sign up to share a post in 2018 here. Tweet your own loves: #lovemnwinter @greaseragmpls.


15 Nov
2017

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2017 WSS: Self-Care Write Up!

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The 2017 Winter Skill Share was a smashing success, with over 60 participants coming to learn and share with awesome local femme, transgender, and women cyclists. Presenters covered a wide range of topics, including self care! Grease Rag participant Joanne did an incredible write up of self-care, which I've posted below. I have also included a link to the handout that Ali included with their presentation here

 

Thank you both!

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FTW-Style Self Care

Self care can be equally as important as mechanical maintenance when it comes to biking. To preface the session Lo reminded us "not to let shame or bad feelings get in the way" and that sometimes, when the weather is just too cold or you are feeling too tired,  the best thing to do might be to "give yourselfpermission to take the bus".  

 

Biking can make you feel good, but a holistic self care strategy is crucial sustaining your own emotional and physical health, which feedback into one another. Lo suggests using physical movement (move your body, get those endorphins pumping!), outdoor experiences (Vitamin D!), getting together with friends, and attending Grease Rag events. These experiences can in turn promote emotional health, your feeling of belonging in a group, framing your own experience in a larger context, and maybe even a little "tree therapy" will pull you out of that winter time slump that kept you in bed in the first place.

 

Stretching

Next Lo explored more ways to take care of your body both inside and out. Evening or morning stretching and movements throughout the day will prevent soreness and give you a moment for reflection to check in with your emotional health. You can do some of these favorite stretches, or try following a simple YouTube stretching sequence.

 

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What's On the Body

Your living and working environment can effect your physical and emotional health too. When biking in cold weather, temperature regulation is crucial. Staying hydrated and dressing in layers can help prevent both over and underdressing. Also pay attention for open windows and cold air leakages in your own home, and invest in a humidifier if you are prone to dry and creaky joints.

 

Need a little more body care? Try soaking your feet or entire body in Epson salts (mix a few drops of essential oil for added aromatherapy benefits), and rubbing balms and oils on dry weathered skin. Aly suggests using Coconut, Almond, or Olive oil (good for those with nut/seed allergies) combined with essential oils to make your own balm using this simple recipe:

 

Basic Body Balm

.2 oz beeswax

1 oz coconut oil

1 oz almond oil

12-24 drops essential oil (optional)

 

Heat the beeswax in a double boiler over low heat, When the wax is melted, mix in oil, mix until uniform, remove from heat and add essential oil. Transfer balm to a clean sealable container.

 

Not sure what oils to use? Aly suggests these ones:

 

  • Eucalyptus - cool and refreshing, it stimulates the immune system, acts as a decongestant, anti-inflammatory, and relaxes the muscles.

  • Rosemary - invigorating, it improves circulation, relaxes muscles soothes joint pain and calms headaches.

  • Citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit) - cheerful, energizing and uplifting.

  • Lemongrass - uplifting and muscle soothing

  • Mint - stimulating and uplifting, it helps with breathing, soothing headaches and muscles.

  • Clove & Ginger -  spicy and warming, it improves circulation, soothes joins and pains.

 

What's In the Body

What you eat affects how you feel, and in colder weather it is important to consume warming foods (use spices like tumeric, cumin, and chilli) and fueling fats (butter, oils, fish, seeds and nuts). It may be helpful to also take supplements like Vitamin D and magnesium (found in leafy dark greens, dairy and fish) or other minerals if you still flee sluggish. Talk to your doctor or a registered dietician to figure out what would be helpful for you. Aly shared her recipe for Chicken Ginger Soup as a warming mean that is good for fighting off the cold and viruses.

 

Ginger Chicken Soup

  • 1 oz dried shitake mushrooms

  • 3 cups boiling water

  • 1 lbs chicken

  • 1 inch piece grated ginger

  • 2 minced garlic cloves

  • I head chopped bok choy

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • Cayenne pepper to taste

  • 2-3 chopped green onions

 

Pre soak mushrooms (follow package directions). Add everything except green onions in a pot, bring to boil and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. If using pre cooked chicken or meat alternative - substitute vegetable/chicken stock for water. Garnish with green onions.

 

How do you self care?

Other Grease Rag people shared their own self care tactics like scheduling regular dinner date appointments with friends, planning outings in advance to hold yourself accountable to showing up, going to the gym or library, opening your blinds early each morning to let the sun light in or investing in artificial sun lamps, going on walks outside, playing with kids, surrounding yourself with bright colors and comfy fabrics, practicing yoga, getting body work done (i.e. massage, reiki, or acupuncture), and prioritizing your own mental health. Try out some of these awesome FTW-owned resources:

 

Am'l K & Kim at Constellation

Zum bars from Indigo Wild

Mizashima at the People's Movement Center

Sarah at Village Healing Arts

 


06 Nov
2017

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Vote November 7 in Local Elections

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Tuesday, November 7 is election day in Minneapolis

Races you can vote on: Mayor, City Council, and Park Board

I would recommend voting in all of the races.

If you haven't voted, it's been awhile, or you just want to know more, here's my voting guide for Minneapolis.

  • Polls are open 7am-8pm Tuesday
    • Be in line at your polling place at 8p
    • Find where you vote here
    • Get your sample ballot here
      • I HIGHLY recommend looking at/printing a sample ballot before going to the polls. Why spend any more time there than you have to?
  • Are you registered to vote?
    • Register to vote, day-of, at the polls
      • Minnesota is one of those magical states where you don't need an ID to vote, and you can register day-of. I will vouch for you if you live in Ward 9! Check your registration here.
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10 Oct
2017

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9th Annual Winter Skill Share!

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The leaves are falling and the air is cool - winter is right around the corner! Curious about winter biking? Looking for advice on how to ride a little longer into the cool weather this year? Do you like door prizes, yoga, and FUN in a relaxed and inclusive environment?! Then join Grease Rag for the...


9th Annual FTW Winter Skill Share and Gear Swap!


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Winter riding is fun and convenient! At the Winter Skill Share, participants can learn from and share their own winter biking experiences with other femme, transgender, and women cyclists. Come with questions and leave feeling confident and ready to take on Minnesota's most challenging season!


This event is FREE and open to femme, transgender, non-binary, two-spirit people and women. If you are a cis man, please respect this space and do not attend.


You are welcome to come and go as you please. Here is a tentative schedule for the day:


Schedule:


10:30 - 11am: Sign In and Snacks


11am: Welcome and small group go-arounds


11:30am - 12:30pm Session 1 (one hour):

Room 1: Bike Maintenance and Bike Set-Up Options

Room 2: Self-Care


12:30pm: BYO Lunch, quick post lunch stretch


1:15 - 2:15pm Session 2 (one hour):

Room 1: Safety, Handling and Routing

Room 2: What to Wear


2:15 - 3:30pm:

Panel Q&A and Community Announcements


3:30 - 4:00pm:


Gear Swap

After spending the day learning about the joys of winater biking, you’ll have the chance to score some new and gently used gear to get you where you need to be! The gear swap will include some wonderful items created at our craft event (more details below!) as well as gear and clothing donated by our generous community members. Clear out your closet and bring winter clothing, gear, bike stuff in good condition to share with other femme, transgender, and women cyclists. Nothing to donate? No problem! The Gear Swap is free and everyone is welcome to participate, even if you don't bring anything to swap. Anything leftover will be donated.

 

Related Events & Activities

Looking for more ways to participate in the in the 9th Annual Winter Skill Share? Here’s how!

Our pre-event craft night will be held on Sunday, October 22 from 11am - 4pm at  Our Streets Minneapolis. Get more details and RSVP on the Facebook event page here.

Join us for the November Full Moon ride and roll slow with rad femme, trans, and women cyclists. Connect with our awesome community and build new friendships to help you through the winter. Watch our Facebook page for details!

 

Volunteers

The winter skill share is an annual event that centers the voices and experiences of femme, transgender, and women cyclists. It’s a friendly and supportive space where we share our wisdom and perspective, give away small prizes, swap gear, and inspire each other as we head into the winter biking season. But it’s only possible with the help of volunteers!

 

We are still looking for volunteers!

We need people for pre-event organizing and well as day-of support!

 

We need pre-event organizers to help coordinate food, prizes, and volunteers. Interested? Sign up here.

 

We need day-of volunteers to help set-up, greet participants, time sessions, and more! Interested? Sign up here!

 

Questions?  Please ask in the comments!  


Remember, this event happens the day daylight savings ends! Don't forget to "fall back" and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.


See ya there! :)


07 Sep
2017

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#FTWWeekend 2017

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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!

Update: online sales are closed!

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

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

Update: Online donations are closed!

#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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