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 Shop events are the hub of our activities, and happen multiple times a month at various locations.  Find an event on the map (below) or explore the events calendar for all of our events.

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03 Mar
2012

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MayDay Pedal Power Meeting 2

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on March 3, 2012   comments 1

Carmen is working with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre to involve more community organizations in their May Day celebration.  If you have not been to the May Day festival, it is something worth experiencing with your neighbors and fellow art-lovers.  I never miss it!

MayDay Pedal Power Meeting 2
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 5:00 PM
Heart of the Beast, 15th Ave. & E. Lake Street

The purpose of this meeting is to come up with ways in which we can be involved with the May Day celebration.  I could not attend Pedal Power Meeting 1, but I will attach a summary of the last meeting below this.

Grease Rag is a collectively organized and executed event, and I'd like to encourage all creative WTFs that have an interest in organizing with Grease Rag to come to this meeting.  I will be attending this meeting, and I hope to see some of you there!  If you can't attend and have an idea for how GR could be involved with May Day, leave a comment and I'll bring it with me.

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29 Feb
2012

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3/1 Grease Rag- Uptown

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Grease Rag is this Thursday, March 1st!
(This event takes place the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month)

Wrench with us at Sunrise Cyclery (901 W. Lake St. at Bryant Ave.) 7-9PM.

Grease Rag NE will be March 13th.

Grease Rag wants you to know...

International Women's Day is March 8, and we are participating in Inter-Continental International Women’s Day Ride and Team Londonderry on March 3, 12:30pm.  (Friends and allies welcome to join!)  Facebook event.

Wheel Sexy Bike Cabaret and Bike Smut are happening!  The beginning of March is going to be wheelie, wheelie sexy this year.  (I am involved in both of these performances.  -Low)

STICKERS are here and at Sunrise for a suggested donation of $1!  Get 'em while they're hot.

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28 Feb
2012

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Wheel Sexy & Bike Smut!

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Tonight we have our final dress rehearsal for Wheel Sexy, the bicycle cabaret.  I am SO excited to see how you all like the acts that have been assembled.  We have everything from classic burlesque, musical pieces, comedy, to some naughty bits.  Take in the show while drinking and eating in the intimate Bryant Lake Bowl Theater.

Buy tickets ahead of time, and show up early!

Wheel Sexy: Bryant Lake Bowl March 1st, 8th, & 9th @ 10PM
$10 in advance, $13 at the door/ $10 at the door if you bring a bike light
Get yours while they’re hot and fresh at the Bryant Lake Bowl Website or call  the box office at 612-825-8949.  Facebook event.

On the Friday after our opening night, 3/2, there will be a screening of some films from the illustrious and secretive Bike Porn Tour 2012.  "Bike Porn" will not be officially traveling to Minneapolis this year, but Reverend Phil was nice enough to trust us with a sample of the films in this year's tour!  YAY!  These films are not available for download or purchase, so you have to go to a screening if you would like to view them.

Bike Smut: Bedlam- 2712 E 27th Street, March 2 @ 8PM
FREE entry, BYOB, we will be passing a hat if you'd like to make a donation, and the location is DIRECTLY off of the Greenway.  You only get one chance to see these sexy, queer friendly films with a fun and raucous crowd, so invite some friends and come out!  Facebook event.  There will also be a ride to the event, details here!

Tell your friends!  I would love to see your beautiful faces at these events.  <3

25 Feb
2012

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Planning an adventure

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on February 25, 2012   comments 0

Time for an adventure! I'm spending the day out with friends and bikes. We'll start by taking our bikes on the Northstar Commuter Rail to Big Lake, MN. From there, it's a 12-mile bike ride to Lake Maria State Park, where we'll go hiking. Then we ride back to the train station and take the train back to Minneapolis. The commuter rail only runs 3x/day on the weekends, so I hope we don't miss the train back home!

Planning, planning...what do you pack for a day outdoors in sub-freezing temperatures, exploring somewhere you've never been before? I don't want to be an alarmist, but it's cold out there and we want to be prepared for the most likely scenarios. That means having enough food, some tools, and a backup plan for emergencies. Fortunately the train will be warm and there is a visitors center at the state park where we will also have a chance to thaw out if needed. There are no lockers for stowing our extra stuff, so it's a balance of packing lightly and bringing everything we need.

On the trip north, I'll strap my lock and cable to my bike and carry everything else in my backpack. I might lock my helmet to my bike once we get to the state park. I haven't decided yet. I'll continue to carry my backpack while we're hiking.

Packing list:
--lunch and plenty of snacks, including vegan Samoas from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and lots of trail mix
--water bottle
--extra layers-a fleece jacket for when we're waiting outdoors for the train, a hat for when I'm not wearing my helmet, an extra pair of gloves and mittens, plenty of extra socks (I anticipate using all of these things)
--chemical hand warmers, since I have a few around the house. If we end up wanting them, we will really, really want them.
--sunglasses or ski goggles, depending on the temperature
--a spare tube, a patch kit, some tools, including a 15 mm wrench. I'm the only one who needs the wrench or a 27" tube. One of my other friends is bringing a 700cc tube and the pump.
--bike lock and cable, bike lights (it will be dark by the time we get home)
--a map and directions from the train station to the park
--money for the train fare, of course! and some extra cash

I've also checked over my bike and made sure my tires are at the proper pressure. Underinflated tires are more likely to get flats while riding. There was a slow leak in my rear tire, so I finally did something about it last night. It works ok if I keep pumping it up for my short commute, but I want to go into our adventure with all of my gear in good working order.

That's a lot of text! Hopefully I'll have some pictures for you in the next few days. In the spirit of traveling light, only one of us is bringing a camera, and it's not me. Now if you'll excuse me, I have an adventure to prepare for.