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.

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!

14 Jun
2013

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Critical Transit Interviews Grease Rag

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on June 14, 2013   comments 0

My friend, Jeremy has a transit blog called Critical Transit. He is a smart cookie, has a lot of perspective on transit, and does a podcast on interesting topics. The interesting topic in Episode 33? Grease Rag! We get a lovely introduction in the beginning, and I start yammering and overusing "like" at about 28 minutes to 55 minutes. Shoutouts to Sunrise Cyclery, Recovery Bike Shop, Spokes, and The Hub Bike Co-op at the U of M!

Listen to Critical Transit Podcast 33

Grease Rag is so important to me. I've met so many friends, gone on so many adventures, and learned so much about myself in the last few (almost four!) years. I try not to get too sentimental in this interview while talking about what we do and our model, but I can't tell you how proud I am to be a part of this group. Thank you so much for allowing me to speak for you.

54:33 I don't know if you can tell by how excited I am about Grease Rag, but that's where I think the ticket is.  I think we need to start supporting each other and creating a community where we do what we want. We feel good about it.  We bike how we want, we work on our bikes how we want, we talk about bikes how we want. We do it our own way, and that's totally cool.

Love,
Low

04 Jun
2013

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Open Streets 2013- Volunteers needed

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on June 4, 2013   comments 17

FIVE!  

Count 'em, FIVE Open Streets events this summer!

Open Streets is a free event that invites everyone to enjoy Minneapolis streets without the presence of motor vehicles.  Fun for kids, adults, neighbors, and everyone that owns the streets!

A wide range of volunteers are needed to staff the events. Volunteer roles include:

  • Street Monitors: Help with set up of intersection barricades and intersection monitoring
  • Roving Ambassadors: Hand out schedules, administer surveys, and create a friendly atmosphere
  • Clean Up Crew: Help ensure the street is clean and there are places for trash throughout the day
  • Set Up/Break Down Crew: Help with moving materials before and after the event

We are also seeking teams of volunteers (4-20 people). Join the dozens of volunteers already signed up -- register to volunteer at one of the four events.

Shifts will run approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes in length. Choose from time slots throughout the day.

Use these links to sign up:

Minneapolis Open Streets:

St. Paul Open Streets:

03 Jun
2013

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Calendar Feature

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on June 3, 2013   comments 27

Grease Rag has been keeping an events calendar, which includes all of our events, in addition to other bike events.  The best part is that it is a Google Calendar, so if you use Google Calendar, you can copy events to your personal Google Calendar.  Sweet!

View our Calendar by clicking the Calendar link above, or by visiting www.greaserag.org/calendar

Help us fill in our calendar.  Do you know of any upcoming events or is there a twitter feed or website that has listings that WTF cyclists need to know about?  Drop us a line!

Regular Grease Rag open shop nights, for our four locations

MIA Bike Night

Pizza Farm Ride

Full Moon Ride

... and those are just Grease Rag events!  There are more!  Check it out.

22 May
2013

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This is what a real cyclist looks like

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on May 22, 2013   comments 2

Thank you, Jules over at the Surly Blog, for posting a set of "Pedal Pumpers" that represent some of the varations of what a "real" cyclist looks like!

Here are a few pics of my co-workers, friends, and random cyclists who happen to work close by. Some are thin, some are thick, some are short, some are tall, some are hairy, some are smooth, some tattooed, some with freckles, some scarred, some are oddly unblemished, but one thing I know for sure – all ride bike

The topic of "Pedal Pumpers" is a photo of a woman with the tagline, "You don’t get legs like this pushing a gas pedal!"  While I undertand the initial outrage around, "Why would you use a fashion model when you could have used a cyclist?"  I don't agree with the comments that proceeded to participate in body shaming as they took down the model for not being a "real" cyclist based on how her body appears in the photo.

The ad and subsequent comments remind me of those well-meaning, but ultimately insipid, "This is what a real woman looks like," memes where the "real women" are all classically beautiful white women on display as an answer to the starving models we see photoshopped on magazine covers. (But the real women shown are certainly not fat.)

There is no such thing as a "real" woman*!

Similarly, there is no such thing as a "real biking body." If you bike, and you have a body, ding ding, you have a biking body!

I found this (NSFW- language) photo on Facebook, and posted it to the Grease Rag group, adding, "Want a hot bike-body? Put your body on a f*cking bike!  However you do it.... You're doing it right."

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21 May
2013

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Almanzo 2013

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on May 21, 2013   comments 0

What's an Almanzo?

100 miles of gravel and hills, south of Rochester in Spring Valley, MN.  The race is free: a labor of love by a cyclist and organizer named Chris Skogen, supported by sponsorship and community donations and volunteers.

From the Almanzo website:

We drove this course over a period of two days. The first day was under sunny skies and a decent wind. The gravel was very soft and pock-marked north and east of Spring Valley. As we drove further south the course seemed to dry up the further we went. There were a couple of highway maintenance vehicles out along the course doing what they do best, scraping the bumps out and getting down to the soft stuff. Our expectation of the weeks to come is that the roads will continue to get maintained, smoothed out, and added to to make up for the heaves and the ruts brought to us by a long winter and a non-present Spring.

On our second day we picked up the course at 142nd St and traveled west through Forestville State Park, Cherry Grove, the  infamous and sometimes (it's currently flowing) dry water crossing and back into Spring Valley. We mention this second day because over the course of 24 hours the gravel had dried out nicely. There were a few sections of new rock that had been laid down and a coupe of corners where the truck got a little loose. As we mentioned above, the roads should be all set up and ready to roll come race day.

    Towns you'll see along the way and the services they have,

    1. Preston, Minnesota (all services) Mile 39
    2. Cherry Grove, Minnesota (soda machine, bring change) Mile 79

My 'manzo

I have never done this or any other gravel ride before, but when I went to an Almanzo fundraiser this winter, I met a lot of people that said so many nice things about the organizer and the race that I was positively peer pressured to participate!  I felt I could do the distance, but I was nervous about this "gravel" stuff, because I've never ridden on anything like 1-3 inches of pea-sized gravel laid over a hard-pack road before.  But how hard could it be, right?  Not to mention my doubts about how to ford the river where the bridge was out.  (I usually just caulk the wagon and float across if there's no ferry.)  But how hard could it be, right?  Right??  For better or for worse, I still believe that if I'm given enough time and gears, I can do anything.

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