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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13 Nov
2012

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11/15 Grease Rag Work Day- Uptown

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Grease Rag is this Thursday, November 15th!
(This event takes place the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month)

Sunrise Cyclery has moved to a NEW LOCATION (2901 Blaisdell Ave.)! 

Group rides have concluded until next season!

Grease Rag NE will be December 11th.

Grease Rag wants you to know...

Sunrise Cyclery has MOVED!  Visit us at the new location for a work day on 11/15.  This Grease Rag will help us set up the Sunrise space, there will not be facilities for working on your bikes this week.  Regular Grease Rag will resume December 6.  Come and help us organize and spruce up the place- We could use your help!

Biggest thank you's to everyone that attended and volunteered at our Fourth Annual Winter Skill Share.  Recaps are coming up, stay tuned.

Still lots of time to volunteer with Free Bikes 4 Kidz!  I (Low) will be volunteering Saturday, 11/17, and it would be cool to get a group together.  Let me know if you'd like to join.

Cranksgiving 2012 is a charity alley cat to benefit a local food shelf.  A great way to ride for others!  11/18

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13 Nov
2012

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Grease Rag NE is TONIGHT, November 13th!

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Join us at 7pm at Recovery Bike Shop (2555 Central Ave NE)!  From 7pm – 730pm we’ll be doing a quick rundown of preventative winterizing on your trusty steed.  Bring in your bike, your project and all of your questions and let's get your winter ride cleaned, greased and lubricated.  From 730pm – 9pm we’ll have open shop to work on anything you like.  Do you have any projects you want to work on?

Location: Northeast

10 Nov
2012

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Nat Geo's Adventurers of the Year- Shannon Galpin

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Shannon Galpin

Photograph by Travis Beard On her 140-mile ride across the Panjshir Valley in October 2010, Galpin crossed this river twice after being forced to turn around before attempting to ride up 14,000-foot Anjuman Pass, which marks the border of Panjshir Province. A sheepherder had warned her that there were gunrunners from a neighboring province in the mountains ahead. The decision to turn around was easily made.

Photograph by Travis Beard
On her 140-mile ride across the Panjshir Valley in October 2010, Galpin crossed this river twice after being forced to turn around before attempting to ride up 14,000-foot Anjuman Pass, which marks the border of Panjshir Province. A sheepherder had warned her that there were gunrunners from a neighboring province in the mountains ahead. The decision to turn around was easily made.

I had never heard of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year competition before reading this interview with the "humanitarian" candidate, Shannon Galpin.  I'll let you click through to the National Geographic site if you'd like to learn more about the competition.  I'm not specifically endorsing any one candidate, but this interview inspired me.

Galpin's latest photography project is intended to bring attention to women's rights in war-torn Afghanistan, and the reaction toward her work has been positive.

In late October 2012, five locations in and around Kabul came alive with life-size photos in a street art exhibition called "Streets of Afghanistan." Security was a serious concern. The day Galpin brought the show to Istalif, a remote village north of Kabul, a suicide bomber killed 41 people in the northern province of Fayrab.

Galpin and her team moved 28 images to central gathering spots via a minibus and were careful to keep their plans a secret. It worked. Old men gathered to chat. Small girls touched the photos. In the village of Istalif, young boys stood for 20 minutes in front of a photo of bustling Kabul, a place they had never seen in person.

In addition to staging public art exhibits, developing a program for rural midwives in order to combat high infant and maternal mortality, and devloping reading programs for daughters of women in prison ("some of whom were jailed for adultery after they were raped or for escaping arranged marriages"), Galpin founded a nonprofit called Mountain2Mountain, dedicated to creating education possibilities for women in Afghanistan.

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06 Nov
2012

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Sunrise Cyclery is Moving- Work Day!

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After four years at Sunrise Cyclery's 901 W. Lake St. at Bryant Ave. location, the shop is moving to 2901 Blaisdell Ave. S.  But don't fret, Grease Rag's not going far!  The new location is just north of the Greenway, off the Nicollet exit.  Here is a map.

Jamie McDonald of Sunrise Cyclery, a GR co-conspirator and ally, wanted me to let you know that he's looking for help right now.  If you have questions or would like to contact Jamie, call him at the shop in the evenings (612-824-6144), because in the mornings he will be working at the new location.

Help out with your money

Need a gift for a friend or family member?  Need a new bike?  Tune up?  Wander into the shop on the corner of Bryant and Lake and browse what the shop has to offer.  Anything that QBP stocks, Sunrise would be happy to order for you.  If you are able, spend some money at Sunrise, and help support their move.

Help out with your hands

Jamie needs people willing to do dirty work as he is prepping a space that has served as raw storage for 20+ years, to become a bike shop.  The owner of their current building sold the place, and the last few weeks have been spent preparing to move into a 5,000 square foot (!) building.  Jamie has already started tearing out and removing 30 year old drywall off the ceiling and walls.  The owner has a bunch of stuff still in the building, and there is a lot of work to be done.  Jamie is looking for help working on the new shop space daily from 8- 2pm everyday between Tuesday 11/7 and Thursday 11/15.  After 11/15 help will be needed in moving to the new shop.

Thursday, 11/15 will be the last day the old space will be open.  The goal is to open the new location as soon as possible, with a Grand Opening on Saturday, 11/24.

Sunrise Cyclery Work Day

Sunday, November 11, 8am to 2pm

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Wear boots and something warm, as there is no heat yet at the new store.  Help needed doing the grunge work of moving stuff out of the way, painting, sweeping, pulling paneling off walls, carpet off the floor, and hanging lights.  No advanced skills are necessary, we just need helping hands.  Come for the whole time, or come for whatever time you can spare!

Although this move could not have happened at a worse time, there some good that will come out of this situation, including a bigger space for Grease Rag in Uptown.  The new spot is not farther from the Greenway than the old location, and it will still be our friendly, neighborhood bike shop.  I can't wait to see the new digs!

04 Nov
2012

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Cranksgiving 2012

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Cranksgiving 2012 Charity Ride/ Race

Meet at Gold Medal Park at 2pm, November 18, for a ride/ race to support local food shelters that host Thanksgiving meals.  Facebook

It is free to race, but you'll want to bring some money to buy food:

Event Organizers will hand out manifests & envelopes that identified the stops of ride (selected grocery stores & markets around MPLS along with a few pit stops and other surprises). You can team up or ride solo and choose your route, any route. Routes are roughly 15-20 miles.

Your goal is to ride to each site and buy food items from the 'Cranksgiving Shopping List' which identifies different thanksgiving foods that the sponsoring shelter has suggested.... It is up to you how much food you pick up; some people stay lightweight and pick up the beans, gravy mix, noodles, etc; other will go for gold and buy Turkeys and sack of potatoes!! Last year, riders spent between $10 and $100 on shopping list items.

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