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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16 Jul
2013

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Shaina Briscoe

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on July 16, 2013   comments 0

On July 13th, 2013  Shaina was riding in an alley cat race downtown when she collided with a car. 

She sustained a broken jaw and a traumatic brain injury from the crash.

Shaina is a ray of happy energy and is always cracking that big Shaina smile while she CRUSHES on her bike.  Here are a few ways you can show your love for Shaina, and support her friends and family.  I will update this page as I learn more.

Check out this video of a bike-building party for Shaina, because the bike she was riding when she was hit is completely destroyed.  This film will warm your heart.

The Party to benefit Shaina on Monday, August 12, 6-9p at New Bohemia was a success!

Her father has been regularly updating a Caring Bridge Journal, with news about Shaina's condition.

Shaina's a fighter!  She has started waking up, and her phsyical therapy has begun.  Please read the Caring Bridge Journal for more updates.

There is a group ride for Shaina Thursday, July 18.  Meet at 6pm at Gold Medal Park, and ride to HCMC.  (There will be buttons for sale.)

If you would like to donate money towards her medical bills, there is a donation site set up.  (I personally confirm that this is legit.)

Leave a card for Shaina- Drop off cards to decorate Shaina's room, at the Hub West Bank or the Hub at the U of M.

16 Jul
2013

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Full Moon Ride- THUNDER Moon

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So far this year, we've had a few fun full moon rides...

March- Howl!

April- Pink Moon

May- Karaoke! (Rained out.  Sad face.)

June- Moon Spinners

And it is that time of the month again!  Full THUNDER moon will be rising, and we will be riding and dancing in the pale moonlight.

This post explains what inspired us to start riding during the full moon, our bike soul sisters, the Ovarian Psycos.

Monday, July 22
THUNDER Moon
Meet at SPOKES at 9pm, roll out at 9:30

Meet at 9p at SPOKES, roll at 9:30.  Mostly trails, ending on Cedar Lake for some swimming. Bring some snacks or a beverage, respect our moon mother, and HOWL like you mean it.

This ride is slow and steady, "Muppet speed," and is open to everyone!  Bring lights and a helmet.

RSVP on Facebook

 

Next Month- YOU LEAD THE RIDE! Read More

15 Jul
2013

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"Bike Events with Kat"- Varsity Bike & Transit

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on July 15, 2013   comments 0

I really enjoy dispatches from Kat at the Varsity Bike & Transit blog!  I get excited every time I read about a WTF blogging about bikes in the Twin Cities.  (Do you blog about bikes in the Twin Cities?  Call me...)

Here's where you can find "Bike Events with Kat," or you can read a little excerpt below.

There is nothing in the world quite like the feeling one gets during midsummer in Minneapolis.  The heat slows the world down a little. Cyclists are out in full force.  Bicycle beach trips are inevitable.  Patio stops are probable.

This week two annual midsummer events will remind us of the many reasons we love cycling in this city.

First is the 2nd annual Cobble Bobble Criterium organized by Varsity’s own Chris Graham.  It starts at Father Hennepin park on Wednesday July 17th at 8pm. It takes you through the bumpy cobblestone of St. Anthony Main.  You can expect fast biking, getting rad, and at least a few flat tires.  If racing is not your thing feel free to come down anyway.  It’s guaranteed to be an entertaining event.

The very next day don’t miss the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Third Thursday Bike Night.  This is an awesome bike event for all types of bicycle riders.  They will be Summit beer, valet bike parking, live entertainment, bike bingo to win a Surly Cross Check, and you get to ride your bike directly through the doors of the MIA out to the courtyard where the event is hosted.   Not to mention booths exhibiting local bike companies and accessories.  It takes place on July 18th from 6-9pm.  It is a great way to spend a midsummer evening in Minneapolis.  See you there!

We most certainly will see you there, Kat!!

14 Jul
2013

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MIA's Third Thursday Bike Night

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Every year we skip Grease Rag for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bike Night!  Live music, lots of bike friends, beer garden, a raffle, and interactive art projects.  It's all FREE (well, except the beer) for their Third Thursday series.  Oh, and the bike corral inside is fun to roll into!

Thursday, July 18

5:30p Meet at the top of the Sabo Bridge (by the benches) to roll out at 6p sharp!

This group ride will be a slow-to-moderately paced, no drop ride. It will be led by WTF cyclists, but all are welcome to ride with us.

There will be NO OPEN SHOP at Sunrise on this Third Thursday.  But relax... we have lots of other open shop events for you to attend!

09 Jul
2013

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Grease Rag NE is TONIGHT, plus group ride!

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on July 9, 2013   comments 0

Co-Facilitators Christina, Airen and Janni are happy to venture on our third installment of the official Pre-GRNE-Open-Shop GROUP RIDE at Recovery Bike Shop!  

Join us tonight at 2555 Central Ave NE for a little jaunt around our neighborhood's wonky streets. Our route is to-be-determined but will probably include a stop on the water, given, you know, this heat.

Meet at 530pm, roll out at 550pm; a moderate beginner-friendly pace is planned.  ALL Women-Trans-Femme welcome!

After that, we'll end up back at Recovery Bike Shop (2555 Central Ave NE) at 7pm for our discussion and open shop night.  From 7pm – 730pm we’ll be quickly talking about tips and tricks for summer riding and staying cool.  So bring in your bike and all of your questions to learn how your friends out there make the most of the sweaty season.

NOTE: we thought perhaps the open shop would be at our new location tonight, but instead that will be NEXT month's GRNE. Tonight we will be at the old stand-by, next to Eastside Food CoOp.

Oh, and you know there will be coffee.

From 730pm – 9pm we’ll have open shop to work on anything you like.  Do you have any projects you want to work on?

Hope to see you there! 

Location: Northeast

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