10 Jan


Grease Rag Photos


on January 10, 2010   comments 1

CaylaVia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greaseragmpls / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Despite the killer ice ruts, un-plowed bike lanes and chilly temps ladies have been showing up to our winter Grease Rag sessions!  Hardcore!  I brought my camera along to the last Grease Rag and snapped a few shots of ladies working on their rides.  I would love to start taking photos of winter bike fashion as well, so keep an eye out for future updates.  The photos can be found here, at http://www.flickr.com/photos/greaseragmpls/sets/72157623058426289/.

06 Dec


Events Schedule for Winter 2009-2010


on December 6, 2009   comments 0

vintage clock with perpetual calendarVia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/h_is_for_home/ / CC BY-NC 2.0

Here is the Grease Rag Schedule from December 3, 2009- March 18, 2010.  Check out our fliers around town (if you would like to take some and hand them out or put them up, please email greaseragmpls@gmail.com)


Recently, we've been skipping the rides in the beginning and just getting to shop time because of the weather.  If attendance drops off in the winter we may postpone Grease Rag until the spring.  Hope to see you there!!

03 Dec


Winter Bicycle Maintenance and Cleaning Recap


on December 3, 2009   comments 0

It's snowing outside today, the perfect time to post a recap on our winter bicycle maintenance and cleaning segment.  Thank you for the demonstration and write-up, Shayne!

Winter Bicycle Maintenance and Cleaning Recap
Keeping your bike clean is the key to ensuring your ride doesn’t fall apart before spring and it will save you money on costly repairs. Most people have a “winter shitter” that they use during the snowy months. It’s a good idea to have a second bike for the winter season. But if you don’t, that’s okay. It just means you’ll want to clean and maintain your bike more often and more thoroughly.

Every few days
You want to do a basic cleaning every couple of days to remove all the salt and grime. SALT IS YOUR WORST ENEMY! It will rust and destroy everything. The main things you want to clean are:

1. The frame- Every inch of the frame should be cleaned off to remove the nasty salt. Spray down the whole bike and wipe off with a rag. Handlebars, fork and around the headset, frame, pedals, cranks, wheels. You can purchase a bike cleaner spray from your local bike shop or the Simple Green brand spray works well too.
2. All gears- Remove all the built up grease and grime with a rag. Old toothbrushes and q-tips work well too.
3. The chain- Clean the chain with a rag and degreaser then re-lube it. Running it through all the gears after. If there's a lot of  built up gunk on your chain, use q-tips to get in between each link.
4. Wheels- The rims of the wheels need to be scrubbed well.  Don't forget to clean your spokes! Keeping the spokes free of salt will extend the life or your wheel set. Putting a drop or two of  lube where the nipple meets the rim will also help remove/repel salt. Also, clean the hub with a rag. Shoving a rag inside the spokes works well.
5. The cranks- Be sure to get inside and around the bottom bracket. Again, q-tips work wonders here.
6. Fenders- If you have fenders, clean em. Snow salt and grime get built up underneath.

Every two weeks
Every two weeks or so you want to do a more thorough cleaning. Start by doing the basic cleaning steps above.

1. Remove the stem, clean off old grease and apply new grease.
2. Remove the seat post, clean off old grease on the post and inside the frame. Apply new grease to the inside of the frame.
3. Remove the cranks if you have a crank puller, reapply grease and reattach the cranks. If you don’t have a crank puller, no worries. This will be done when you bring your bike in for a spring over-haul.

End of the season
Once the snow stops falling, bring your bike in for an over-haul!

There you have it. The longer your bike stays clean, the longer life it will have. A well-maintained bike also means a smoother ride for you.


21 Nov


Winter Maintenance Session= Win!


on November 21, 2009   comments 1

Thank you so much to everyone that came out for the Grease Rag Winter Maintenance Session! 

It was AWESOME to see so many ladies gearing up to ride this winter.  We had about 13 people come out, and by my count there were six new ladies! BIG THANK YOU to Kat, Alex, Margot and Shayne, and Jamie of Sunrise Cyclery!!

There are photos up in a set here, please check them out!  http://www.flickr.com/photos/greaseragmpls/sets/72157622844833683/

There were a few requests at the Grease Rag event: Kat, Alex, Margot and Shayne will be posting short recaps of the information we covered on Thursday. We will be posting some online resources for cyclists, including information about the Guaranteed Ride Home program.

  1. Cleaning and maintaining your ride- Shayne
  2. Tires and fenders recap- Kat
  3. Road safety and tips- Alex
  4. Body warming- Margot
  5. Free online resources- Lowrah

21 Nov


Free Online Resources for Cyclists in the Twin Cities


on November 21, 2009   comments 1

These are free online programs and resources that I use as a cyclist in the Twin Cities.   A general list of helpful links for biking in the metro area can be found on the Metro Transit website and includes information on bicycles on trains and buses, bike lockers, maps, and a list of bicycle shops:  http://metrotransit.org/bike/resources.asp

Via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisgallevo / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If you know of other resources, post them in the comments!!

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