We encourage and empower women/ trans/ femme (WTF) 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.
There's no doubt that Cali Jirsa did a STELLAR job during the Winter Skill Share talking about bike maintenance! Read her recap, below.Cali is the co-owner of Alley Cat Cycles in Loring Park, apprentice at Peacock Groove, and Bolder Options Bike Mentorship Youth Program Repair Shop Leader. Please contact Cali if you are interested in volunteering at or learning more about Bolder Options: firstname.lastname@example.org We're switching up our hours. Come by 12-6 Tuesday through Sunday (Closed on Mon). If you're thinking that gosh darn it those hours just don't work for you, we can stick around late, come in early, or even show up on a day off!! If you need parts, service, or want to customize a bike build, just call or email!I like that. =]
Hand Lotion – so you’re skin doesn’t absorb the grease Simple Green Spray –For chain and frame Simple Green Foaming Cleanser – for chainrings, and tough grime Phil Tenacious Oil – for pivot points on brakes and derailleurs Chain Lube – On cleaned chain, drip on, & wipe off excess Rags Steel Wool – super gritty! Sand paper – Also super gritty!! Brushes Anti-Seize – for pedals, seat post, stem Adjustable wrench Multi-Tool Super Soap – Most awesome hand cleaner known to woman-kind
Grease Rag friend, Elly Blue, is asking for contributions to volume 9 of Taking the Lane Zine, with the theme of "DISASTER!"
I’m seeking your nonfiction submissions about the role of bicycles in preparing for, surviving, and responding to disasters … natural and otherwise. Nonfiction only, under 1,000 words. The initial deadline is coming up soon, on December 1st.
Rough drafts are okay. Questions and pitches welcome. Illustrations sought. Send submissions to elly at taking the lane dot com.
This is a very timely topic, not only because of the recent Hurricane Sandy, but because of predictions of the increased occurance and intensity of major storms as a result of climate change. We all saw the images of long lines of cars in NJ and NY waiting, with police escorts, to fill up at gas stations that still had electrical power. (Gas stations without electrical power had gas, but no way to distribute it.) There are alternatives.
It's from Transportation Alternatives -- the number one advocate for New Yorkers who ride a bicycle, take public transit, or a need safe way to walk from A to B. For the past 40 years, Transportation Alternatives has been demanding (and winning) new bicycle lanes across the city. Now, it’s easier to bicycle than ever before.
The image that was most striking in this film was the young girl and her father, smiling and enjoying the separated/ buffered bike lane together. I love PSAs with young female protagonists!
I recently read this article in the Star Tribune about a St. Paul woman, Cindy Colon. I was really inspired by her training plan, her accomplishments, and her attitude!
When Cindy Colon found her dream bike in the summer of 2011, it didn't take long to go from an occasional rider to a serious cyclist: Over a 40-day period this summer, she rode to New York. When she got back to St. Paul, she set a new goal: add 5 miles a week to her longest ride until she could ride 100 miles in a day. She scratched that goal off her list last month. Next up? A 200-mile ride on summer solstice next June.
The long haul "I had an old Schwinn and I loved riding it so much I wanted a better bike. I went with a buddy to a bike shop and found a Surly Long Haul Trucker that fit me (I'm 5 feet 1). I loved it. That was the middle of last July. Then I happened to read a book -- 'Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride' -- about this woman who went on this amazing bike trip in the 1890s. She had three kids and had never ridden a bike, and she got sponsorships to go ride around the world, and I thought, if that woman can do it, I can do it."
Read more about her take on panniers, pie, and living in the present.
Every fourth Monday we are having a Grease Rag open shop night for women and transgender cyclists at the new SPOKES center in the Seward neighborhood. The space is large, and we are working with a really competent and beautiful team of facilitators and mechanics.