Grease Rag: Women, Trans & Femme (WTF) Night

What is Grease Rag?

Cycles for Change strives to be a safe and accessible space. In order to help create a welcoming space for everyone, we have set aside free open shop nights just for women, transgender, and femme-identified people. Like other free Open Shops, these Grease Rag nights are a time to work on your bike, volunteer, learn, and teach, while having fun working on bikes together.

IMG_7671Bike mechanics is traditionally seen as a male-dominated activity. So, by setting aside a time for women, transgender, femme, and gender-non-conforming people, we are creating an environment where everyone can gain confidence in their skills. Also, during our very busy times, it can be hard to keep tabs on peoples’ behavior and educate shop users about how their behavior may be sexist. We are not perfect and can’t control everything that happens in the shop, so, by having a Grease Rag open shop just for women, trans, and femme folks, we are generating a safer space that is free of negativity. Check the right hand sidebar for updated schedule of Grease Rag nights.

2017 Grease Rag Winter Classes

This winter, C4C will be leading a series of classes during Grease Rag/WTF Open Shop nights!

Each individual class will have a specific curriculum based on an education segment followed up by a “test.” This test will be an application of the class skills. For example, the wheel/tire class would end in a fix a flat test. These classes will start with a statement of Cycles for Change’s mission/a daily go-around or discussion. Classes will end in reflection, recommendation of donation/volunteer opportunities.

Registration coming soon. Each class will be limited to 6 participants. There will be bikes (from our donated used bike inventory) for participants to use if they don’t want to work on their bike. Suggested donation is $2­-$15 per class.

Curriculum Outline

Upcoming classes:

Headsets adjustment and overhaul
Mar 13 in Mpls – Register now!
Mar 21 in St. Paul – Register now!

Cable replacement
Mar 27 in Mpls – Register now!
Apr 4 in St. Paul – Register now!


Past classes:

Maintaining a safe bike
Jan 2 in Mpls
Jan 10 in St. Paul

The anatomy of the bicycle
Jan 16 in Mpls
Jan 24 in St. Paul

Wheel truing and hub overhaul
Jan 23 in Mpls
Feb 14 in St. Paul

Derailleur adjustment
Feb 13 in Mpls
Feb 21 in St. Paul

Bottom bracket adjustment and overhaul
Feb 27 in Mpls
Mar 7 in St. Paul