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.

Find a Grease Rag open shop night near you

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

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

13 Oct


Cycles for Change Winter WTF Programming


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Cycles for Change in St. Paul has weekly open shop nights for WTF cyclists, and also an upcoming Winter Biking and Maintenance Class.  Cycles for Change is a friendly space with great programming.  Pay them a visit!

Women and Trans Shop Night at Cycles for Change
Weekly Hours - Tuesday 5-8pm

Women and Transgender Shop Night at Cycles for Change offers a safe and welcoming space for self-identified women, genderqueer, and  trans people in the dude dominated world of bikes. No matter what your level of experience, we welcome you to work on your bike, volunteer, learn, and teach.

Winter Biking and Maintenance Class
October 16 & 23 at 6pm
W&T Night is hosting two skill-share classes to share techniques about how to effectively ride your bike in the winter!  Come if you are interested in commuting by bike this Winter, but need some support to keep motivated or if you have experience and want to share what you've learned.  Facebook

12 Oct


Halloweenie 2012


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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.  It is also the only holiday I celebrate with enthusiasm.  It probably has something (everything!) to do with the costumes and candy.  Here's a round-up of some fun Halloween-themed bike parties coming up this month.  See you out there!

BareBones Productions Presents the 19th Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Chicka-BOOM!

This is a performance that I make time for, every year.  Community members and BareBones Productions come together to present giant puppets, original music, and a (sometimes) spooky story culminating in a circle where the audience is encouraged to call out the names of people that have passed to the other side.

Parking is very limited... RIDE YOUR BIKE!

Saturday, Oct. 20th with The Poor Nobodys
Sunday, Oct. 21st * with Jack Brass Band
Saturday, Oct. 27th ** with Brass Messengers
Sunday, Oct. 28th with Ukrainian Village Band
Wednesday, Oct. 31st with Brass Messengers

All performances start at 7pm at Hidden Falls Park, suggested admission donation $5-$20.  To learn more about what to bring and what to expect, please visit the Facebook page or

10/27/2012 Group Ride to BareBones, from Minneapolis or St. Paul

Join either SPOKES in Seward, Minneapolis or Cycles for Change, St. Paul for a family-friendly group ride to BareBones!

Meet at 5:15 in Minneapolis to ride with SPOKES (Facebook)
Meet at 5:30 in St. Paul to ride with Cycles for Change (Facebook)

10/20/2012 Scaredy Cat Haunted Alleycat

Meet at Mueller Park for manifests at 5, the race starts at 6
Bring $5, Pen, Lock, Lights, Bike
Special prize categories include Best Costume. Ride alone or bring your whole skeleton crew!

Our friend Jess is one of the race organizers and wanted us to mention that they want this race to appeal to riders of ALL levels. Every racer that completes the manifest in costume will be entered in a raffle to win a complete bike! Sweet!!

10/26/2012 Bike Jerks presents Track or Treat

Meet at Peacock Groove at 8:30, race at 9. Huge party to follow w/smoke machines, strobes, and horror movies. Race is $5, party admission is a six pack (for racers too).
Open to all kinds of bikes, but time bonus for fixed and costumes.

Come out and hang with your bros.

FacebookBike Jerks Blog

10/27/2012 Darkness Day Halloween Tour de Breweries

Our friend Ginny is organizing another Tour de Breweries ride.  Bring $5 to the meet up, dress in costume for the chance to win prizes, and drink responsibly!  Tipsy Bike will be bringing the mobile jams.

Darkness Day info, submit music requests for the ride, more details on Facebook.

10/27/2012 Queer Bike Gang Costume Ride


What other bike parties are happening this month?  What are you dressing up as this year?  Is it bike-related?

08 Oct


Website magic


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Our web wizard, Jeremy Werst, made some updates over the weekend.  The home page should load in about 2 seconds now, as opposed to a gajillion seconds, and although is not optimized for phones, it looks a lot better on my Droid now.  Yay!

Next up is improving our events calendar to include recurring events, like Grease Rag nights!

Thanks to everyone that has been providing feedback about how we can make work better for you.

If you are interested in blogging for Grease Rag, or in having your own blog space here, drop me a line at greaseragmpls at gmail.

03 Oct


Cirque du SoGay IV


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The "Gayest Show on Earth" is here for its fourth year!

October 6, 2012

Cirque du SoGay IV (Facebook) is a queer alley cat put on by our friends at Queer Bike Gang.  There are two routes (Virgin & Harder Faster), and a wickedly awesome after party at Intermedia after the race.  Tons of local bike shops, companies, health advocates, sex shops, etc. have donated prizes, and costumes are ENCOURAGED!

A great write-up in the City Pages talks about transgender-inclusion in biking events, and even mentions Grease Rag!  Yay!

To pre-register online and get a feel for what the race is all about, visit the Queer Bike Gang website.

I love this race, and I'm excited to be racing in my third CdSG!  See you there?

01 Oct


Events Schedule for Fall 2012 and Winter 2013


on October 1, 2012   comments 0

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This is the Grease Rag events schedule for Fall 2012 and Winter, 2013.

2nd Tuesdays: Northeast

1st and 3rd Thursdays: Uptown + Group Ride

4th Mondays: Seward

2nd and 4th Thursdays: University of Minnesota


2nd Tuesdays of the month in NE Minneapolis are facilitated by Janni and Ainsley.  They will be instructing on a different topic every month for the first hour, with open shop during the second hour, at Recovery Bikes (2555 Central Ave NE) from 7-9PM.


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.


Our newest event is facilitated by Jamie and Low and takes place at the new SPOKES Bicycle and Pedestrian Connection (1915 East 22nd Street) from 7-9.

University of Minnesota

This event is facilitated by Amelia of the Hub and is 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, and learn about WTF projects, groups, and regular rides/ shop nights on our Friends page.

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