Grease Rag Ride & Wrench

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.

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15 May


Ride of Silence 2013


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The Ride of Silence is a ride that happens all over the world, to honor and remember cyclists that have been injured or have died while riding.

Photo by Tim Potter, E. Lansing organizer

Celebrate Elyse and remember fallen riders by participating in the Ride of Silence.

Wednesday, May 15
Meet at Mississippi River Blvd. and Summit Ave. at 6:30pm 

Ride leader: Ron Schwartz

Distance: 8 miles
Notes: Ride will start in St. Paul at Mississippi River Boulevard and Summit Ave at 7PM sharp on May 15th. Begin congregating at 6:30PM as there will be a short ceremony a few minutes before 7 in memory of those who have been injured or killed while cycling. We will ride on Summit Avenue to the University Club and then back to the starting point. This is a slow, silent ride. There is no charge to participate. In the spirit of Share the Road, we will obey all traffic laws and remain in the bike lane riding single file. Riders of all abilities welcome. Helmets required.

14 May


Grease Rag NE - Now Featuring 100% More Group Rides (and it's TONIGHT 5/14!)


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Co-Facilitators Christina and Janni are ever-so-excited to announce our first monthly 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.  

We'll take an 8-mile trip down NE lane to explore what infrastructure our little piece of Mpls has to offer, including a 2-year-old 'Bike Boulevard,' a few rare streets that cut through the entire neighborhood and the city's first 'bicycle-stoplight.'

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 over-the-road maintenance.  So bring in your bike and all of your questions to learn tips and tricks to keep from getting stranded on the dusty trail.

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!  90 DEGREES today, can you beleive it?!

Location: Northeast

14 May


Bike Art VIII at Altered Esthetics


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Altered Esthetics' Bike Art VIII

Altered Esthetics’ eighth annual bike art show brings together some of the Twin Cities’ largest communities...artists, cyclists, and those who love both. We will celebrate cycling with a month of bike-themed art and activities. With works from over 15 artists spanning the mediums of photography, painting and screen printing, join us at Ae as we explore the different ways the art of biking is represented in these works.

Our friend Ellie Kingsbury is one of the artists exhibiting their work at the month-long Bike Art VIII show.  Ellie was the photobooth operator at the last Babes in Bikeland (borderline nsfw), and a few years ago shot a winter biker portrait series that really rocked.  Not only does she like to shoot bikers, she is a year-round biker herself!  Go Ellie!

Opening Reception: 
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Artists’ Discussion: 
Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St. NE
Minneapolis MN 55413
(612) 378-8888

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-7 pm
Saturdays, 1-5 pm
Every First Friday, 7-10 pm

10 May


Full Moon Ride- Karaoke!


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We've been having a ton of fun with these full moon rides!  This post explains what inspired us to start riding during the full moon.

March- Howl!

April- Pink Moon

And now...

Friday, May 24
Meet at TBA at 8pm, roll out at 8:30


From the organizer, Lauren:

Karaoke ride. KARAOKE RIDE. 
I've been slugging beers with some of Northeast's finest residents, and we're finally nailed down the perfect route. 
The pace will be mellow. For all types of bike riders. Really. 
Bring your bravery and best songs.

Like our other full moon rides, everyone is welcome to ride slowwwly with us.  Pay tribute to the moon goddess while rolling through NE with your Grease Rag friends!

RSVP on Facebook 


Do you have fun going on group rides with us?  You should lead a ride!  These monthly rides only happen if someone steps up to organize it, which just involves setting up Facebook event (I can do that so it invites everyone in the group) and leading a slow ride.  You don't even have to have a destination!  It can be a loop!  It can end in Wisconsin!  Whatever you desire.

Truthfully, the more variety we have in organizers, the more fun this ride will be.  Let's keep it going, and let's keep it fresh.  Post on the Facebook event that you want to lead next month, and that's all you have to do!  You can ask for support there, too.

09 May


2013 National Bike Challenge


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I mentioned the 2013 National Bike Challenge in my post wrapping up April's 30 Days of Biking challenge.  A coworker invited me to join their team, and I accepted.

Log miles, have fun

I don't have a bike computer, so after I log in I use the website's mapping application to trace my routes.  There is also a mobile app that you can download.

I've never tracked my miles before, and I'm really bad at estimating distances.  I used to have a bike computer, but then I realized that I was just using it for the time, so when it ran out of batteries I gave it away.  But in the spirit of participating with the team in our challenge, I've started tracking my miles.

I don't actually enjoy races or sports that I don't play "just for fun," so I was fully not anticipating becoming competitive during this challenge.  Of course, it is only the first week of the challenge, so we will see if I can maintain my momentum!

Strategy #1 for maintaining momentum?  

Tell you all about the challenge so you can hold me accountable!  I will check in at the end of the month!  If you are also doing the challenge, let me know how it is going for you.

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