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 May


Wonderful Wheels Workshop 5/25


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Wonderful Wheels

Grease Rag, SPOKES and Beeyond a Bike are coming together to bring you this workshop for WTF (Women/ trans*/ femme) cyclists.  Read below for information on how to register!

Join us for a wheel-building and hub overhauling workshop: No experience necessary.  Register for Wheel Building, Hubs and Rims, or BOTH!

This workshop will be taught by our guest, Brenna, mechanic and traveler extraordinaire representing Beeyond a Bike, a project aimed at empowering women and underserved communities worldwide with the knowledge of bicycle maintenance and repair as a means to increase efficiency, strength, and health. 

1915 E 22nd St, Minneapolis
(1/2 block West of Minnehaha on 22nd)

Saturday May 25th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Schedule of Events

8:45 – Snacks and coffee

9:00 - 10:45 – Wheel Building: Learn how turn a hub, a rim and some spokes into a beautiful wheel just for you! Bring your own, custom parts* or use components available at SPOKES.

10:45 - 11:15 - Break!  Snacks provided

11:15 - 1:00 - Hubs and Rims: Together we will shatter the mystery of what’s inside your hub.  After opening and cleaning the hubs, we will repack them with new bearings and grease and learn how to make a proper hub adjustment. Finally we will head to the truing stands and discover how to straighten our wheels using spoke tension.

Cost: By donation to Beeyond a Bike (suggested $5-10) plus new parts 

Registration: Register for Wheel Building, or just for Hubs and Rims by emailing by May 24.

If you are building your own wheel, this is important information:

If building your own, custom wheel, stop by SPOKES before May 20th during open shop hours (or schedule to meet up with a SPOKES staff by emailing to order your hub, rim and spokes. Visit a spoke length calculator such as to determine the proper spoke lengths for your wheel! 

* It is possible for participants to rebuild a used or new wheel from SPOKES to learn the process at no extra cost. You must register and let staff know that you are choosing to rebuild a wheel.

15 May


5/16 Grease Rag- Uptown


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Grease Rag is this Thursday, May 16!

(This event takes place the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month)

Join us at Sunrise Cyclery2901 Blaisdell Ave., from 7-9pm for a fun, free open shop for WTF (women/ trans*/ femme) cyclists

This is a very special Grease Rag, because Shayne, our Grease Rag mechanic since DAY 1 is celebrating her birthday!

So in addition to our usual fun and games, there will probably be some cake!  Bring a beverage, bring a bike.

Grease Rag U of M will be May 23rd.

Grease Rag Seward will be May 27th.

Grease Rag NE will be June 11th.

Grease Rag wants you to know...

We have an events calendar!

Lots of group rides are being organized as summer heats up- exciting!

Save the date, June 15th for a Grease Rag bike camping trip to Carver.  Beginners preferred and welcome!

Jamie McDonald is working with Eleventh-Wundr Art to create a mural along the 29th St. side of the Sunrise building.  Yay for public art!

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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

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