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.

Find a Grease Rag open shop night near you

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Connect to Grease Rag- Join the lively community Facebook group, organize and discuss Grease Rag on our Google Group, follow us @greaseragmpls

Still have questions about what we do and who we are?  Read our FAQ!

09 Apr


Grease Rag NE - Tuesday, April 10th!


on April 9, 2012   comments 1

Hey Everyone! It's that time of the month again - Grease Rag NE!

Grease Rag NE is this Tuesday, April 10th.

(Grease Rag NE is the second Tuesday of every month.)

Join us at 7pm at Recovery Bikes (2555 Central Ave NE)! From 7pm – 8pm we’ll be teaching a short tutorial on adjusting gears. So bring in your bike that is making noises from a block away, and we'll get those gears shifting perfectly! From 8pm – 9pm we’ll have open shop to work on anything you’d like. Do you have any projects you want to work on?

08 Apr


MBC Happy Hour Discussion: Engaging New Cyclists


on April 8, 2012   comments 1

April 17th, 6-8PM
The Republic 7-Corners
221 Cedar Ave. S.

I am pleased to announce that Grease Rag will be speaking on a panel with Full Cycle and Cycles for Change about "Engaging New Cyclists," in a happy hour discussion hosted by Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.

I (Low) will be speaking for 5-10 minutes about what we do at Grease Rag to engage new cyclists.   Joining me is a GR participant, our friend Eleonore Wesserle.  Eleonore learned how to ride a bike just last year, and I am so excited for her to share her perspectives on barriers and overcoming them.

I hope to see you at the event, come early if you'd like to take advantage of happy hour, which ends at 6pm.

Learn more by visiting the Facebook event and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition blog post.

UPDATE 4/17/2012:  Eleonore will be celebrating her 1 year bike-iversary with a party after the Happy Hour Discussion, at Republic!  Join us in celebration!

06 Apr


Riding with Kidlets- Call for contributors


on April 6, 2012   comments 1

Hey mamas!

We would like to start a new feature called "Riding with Kidlets," and we need contributions from WTFs that have experience riding with children.

We want moms, aunties, caretakers, and others that ride with kids (infants to pre-teens?) to share their stories.  Your voice will provide encouragement to other childcare providers that ride or want to start riding with kids.  We know it is possible... how do you make it happen?

Although we all know a lot of spectacular dads that are out there riding with kids, we really want to hear WTFs talk about their experiences.  That said, please pass this along to WTFs you think would be interested in sharing their stories.  The more the merrier!

I am including some additional information below the break if you are interested in participating.

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03 Apr


Events Schedule for Spring and Summer 2012


on April 3, 2012   comments 0

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This is the Grease Rag events schedule for Spring and Summer, 2012.

2nd Tuesdays: Northeast

1st and 3rd Thursdays: Uptown + Group Ride

2nd and 4th Thursdays: University of Minnesota


2nd Tuesdays of the month in NE Minneapolis will keep happening with Janni, even though Charlotte will be leaving town and no longer able to facilitate.  Wrenching is Recovery Bikes (2555 Central Ave NE) from 7-9PM.  There is currently no group ride.  Want to organize one??


Join us for a Grease Rag group ride (Seasonal.  Check the group ride page!) to Sunrise Cyclery (901 West Lake St) from 6-7 PM, and wrench with us during our open shop nights from 7-9 PM.

University of Minnesota

The newest addition to Grease Rag, located at the U of M Bike Center (401 SE Oak St) is a collaboration between The Hub Bike Co-Op and the Women’s Student Activist Collective.  Free, 7-9PM.

Support us by getting involved or by participating in other WTF cycling events on our Events page, and learn about WTF projects, groups, and regular rides/ shop nights on our Friends page.

03 Apr


Lucette Gilbert


on April 3, 2012   comments 1

My NYC Biking Story: Lucette Gilbert

Friday is National Bike to Work Day, and if you're looking for a little motivation to get on your bicycle, meet Lucette Gilbert. Lucette says she is in her "very late 70s" and biking since she was 7 years old. So, by my calculations, she has been riding a bike for some 70 years!

I am not posting this video because Lucette Gilbert is a "little old lady" on a bike.  I'm posting this video because she is a woman that rides her bike for fun and transportation, and because I like her attitude!

"People say, 'Oh you're still biking,' which I find offensive.  When I can't bike anymore, my body will tell me. But my body keeps telling me, 'Go for it!  Good for you!'"

Bicycles can free you!  (At any age.)

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