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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17 Aug


Reels X Wheels


on August 17, 2012   comments 0

REELS X WHEELS is a FREE screening of four short films about bikes at the Parkway Theater!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:00pm until 11:00pm

The films will be shown four times throughout the evening: 

ARTCRANK // The Almanzo 100 // Deep Custom // Off the Map

There will be free valet bike parking across the street courtesy of Dero, raffle tickets for fabulous prizes courtesy of Gear Junkie, and all proceeds benefit Full Cycle, a nonprofit bike shop that provides free bicycles and work experience for homeless teens and young adults.


Teaser for Deep Custom Royal Antler on Vimeo (the entire film is also available on Vimeo)

Teaser for ARTCRANK from Royal Antler on Vimeo

15 Aug


All City Championship & Muumuus and Mai Tais


on August 15, 2012   comments 1

All City Championship weekend is here!  Don't forget to check out the Freeride/ Muumuus and Mai Tais ride on Sunday!

Thursday Aug 16th Bandit Cross
Bryn Mawr Meadows, 7pm
Free to all and open to all types of bikes, though we prefer singlespeeds if you've got one. Aferparty at Fulton Brewery with the public premier of the Bandit Cross movie. 

Friday Aug 17th Track Bike Crit
Meet at One on One, 10pm 
Open to brakeless fixed gears only, all types of handlebars allowed. From One on One we'll ride to the race start. After we'll head to the bar. Prize Categories: Men's and Women's 1st Place

Saturday Aug 18th All City Championship 2012 Alleycat 
Meet at One on One at 4pm / Race at 5pm

Bring a lock and a map and get your sweet self to One on One at 4 with a race start of 5. Expect 25-30 miles, all over this fair city of ours. After party to follow at Peacock Groove, we've got 5 kegs of Fulton Beer to drink and some badass D.J.'s. Manned race stops will be posted on the bikejerks blog the morning of the race.

Prize Categories:
1,2,3 Mens & Womens
1st Fixed Mens and Womens
1st Out of Town Mens and Womens

Sunday August 19th Freeride 

Free Ride doesn't have any details posted yet, but it will probably be in conjunction with the Muumuus and Mai Tais ride:

This summer has been a sweaty inferno, and it time to bust out the muumuus, cafcans, guayaberas, sarongs and panama hats. Anything light and breezy with a tropical touch is perfect. All those parts normally covered in denim and spandex need to breathe!
Silly fruity drinks are recommended, decked out with cocktail umbrellas and flowers. Canned pinneapple juice would make a good base for just about anything. 
We're going to be biking at a hammock swinging pace, and hopefully will have some chill tunes to maintain the vibe. 


Muumuus and Mai Tais is meeting up at 1 pm at 8th Ave NE and Marshall (in front of Elsie's) and then leaving for Boom Island to merge with FREERIDE at 1:30 pm in a florescent, tropical pack!  Freeride is meeting at 1 pm at Boom Island and rolling out at 2.

13 Aug


Krav Maga Bicycle Self-Defense Course


on August 13, 2012   comments 0

In an effort to empower cyclists in the Twin Cities, Krav Maga Minneapolis owners/instructors developed this program to help cyclists defend themselves.  I've written about my own experience with this course, and I'm sure if we could get another WTF-only course if there is enough interest!

Krav Maga on Bicycles- Krav Maga Minneapolis

Aug. 19, noon to 3 pm

Cost: $60 ($50 for IKMF members)

Location: 2835 Stevens Ave. S. Minneapolis 

You must have a bicycle, unless you make arrangements with us ahead of time. We have a 2 bikes for use. You must wear a helmet. We recommend pedal retention. 

Call or send email to register. (612) 558-2284; You must register in advance! Space is limited! (612) 558-2284


Photo courtesy of Krav Maga Minneapolis

07 Aug


SPOKES Grand Opening Event!


on August 7, 2012   comments 2

I could not be more excited to announce the grand opening event for SPOKES, the brand new bicycle and pedestrian center in the Seward neighborhood!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 5-8PM

Located near the Light Rail Trail on East 22nd Street: 1915 East 22nd St.

According to this article from the Seward Civic & Commerce Association, SPOKES has plans to implement a Women-only program that will include classes, rides and open shop, in addition to an Earn-a-Bike program, free/ low-cost classes, youth junior mechanics classes, open shop hours, and a Community Partners Bike Library—in partnership with Cycles for Change (formerly known as Sibley Bike Depot), a Share the Roads program, all with a Complete Streets message.

YEAH!  More resources for communities to embrace bicycles- if that isn't a reason to party, I don't know what is.

06 Aug


Loose Gravel in Minneapolis


on August 6, 2012   comments 0

Maybe you're wondering, what the heck is up with all of the loose gravel in Minneapolis?!  Here is some information from the City about seal coating practices.  Important note: 

"Seal coat application is scheduled to conclude by the second week in August, with sweeping and painting several weeks later."

City of Minneapolis Public Works crews are currently seal coating streets all over town. Seal coating involves applying a layer of tar emulsion followed by rocks. Immediately following the seal coat application (which takes only a short while), motor vehicles are allowed to drive on the new surface. The pressure of vehicle tires pushes the rock down into the tar. City crews return about a week after application to sweep the street, followed by repainting.

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