The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

first time rider

Have ridden a couple of legs a couple of years ago. I am hoping to go the whole route for the first time this year. Bucket list thing. I will be riding solo and am planning on using a charter service. Are there normally a lot of solo riders out there? I’m a fairly social person and would like to ride and hang out with other riders without feeling like a uninvited guest. Born and raised Iowan living in warmth of Fla

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Michrider !!!, April 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm

KenH: I’ve never had trouble finding decent showers and PBV will let outsiders use theirs but if you want to go with PBV I doubt you will be disappointed.

PBV showers are free for PBV campers, all other users pay $5 or $6 (with towel). PBV is my favorite charter and a great choice!!! https://pkbelly.com/content/emailedUpdate/2017_invitation

BTW, RAGBRAI don’t care!!!

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George A, April 20, 2017 at 9:12 am

Charlie S.,

Brancel typically has a shower truck with them the whole week. While it is not included in the cost of using them for the week it is one of the extra perks they have available. It cost about $6.00 per day for the shower and a towel, and anyone can use it.

As Ken H said finding a shower is not that difficult. There seems to more of the portable shower trucks/trailers that follow Ragbrai from town to town than in the past.

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KenH, April 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

“PBV showers are free for PBV campers”

Now, now, now, nothing is free with PBV or any other club/charter/team or with rare exceptions anywhere at RAGBRAI! You paid for it, no matter what it is at RAGBRAI, and again with rare exceptions you got a good value for your $$$.

RAGBRAI don’t care and she always collects her fee!!

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Michrider !!!, April 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Michrider !!!: PBV showers are free for PBV campers, all other users pay $5 or $6 (with towel). PBV is my favorite charter and a great choice!!! https://pkbelly.com/content/emailedUpdate/2017_invitation
BTW, RAGBRAI don’t care!!!

Thanks Ken!

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cyduke, April 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Back in the old days (1980’s) I would knock on the door of a home, and offer five bucks for a shower -turned down only once, and you get to visit with some really nice people. Nowdays, showers are a dime a dozen. Ridley. Enjoy your RAGBRAI.

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SFC JKL2, April 21, 2017 at 10:49 pm

We had a guy on our team that used to knock on doors (we used bags at that time). He said he never had to knock on more than three before someone let him in. Now, tankless water heaters are the only way to go.

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Jim Kuhn, April 23, 2017 at 4:38 am

another charter option is OOS. I have used them for 13 years and will be again this year. they have always done a great job.

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Michrider !!!, April 23, 2017 at 8:05 am

There are many good charters on RAGBRAI. They do not all offer the same type of service. As in life, you get what you pay for. Here is the Charter list: http://ragbrai.com/about/charter-services/

My Favorite charter is Pork Belly Ventures is my favorite: http://ragbrai.com/about/charter-services/

BTW, RAGBRAI don’t care!!!

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Linda Wiard-Bauer, April 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm

This will be my first time. I am riding solo, and NOT using a charter service. I will be using RAGBRAI baggage service and setting up my own tent. I just cannot afford any services. But I have heard that there are plenty of opportunities to meet people and have an awesome good time!

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Michrider !!!, April 23, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Linda Wiard-Bauer: This will be my first time. I am riding solo, and NOT using a charter service. I will be using RAGBRAI baggage service and setting up my own tent. I just cannot afford any services. But I have heard that there are plenty of opportunities to meet people and have an awesome good time!

Linda, if you talk to people, most will respond, in a positive manner! Use the license plate provided in your RAGBRAI package to identify yourself. Just talk it up along the route. You will have a great time! Unfortunate but I will not be riding this year. I’m recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured bicep tendon. Yes, it still hurts like hell!!!
Have a great time!!!
BTW, RAGBRAI don’t care!!!

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Dockat, April 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

You don’t need a charter. The trucks are great. if you can’t get your stuff to them by 8:00 get a charter / taxi.

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Charlie S, April 25, 2017 at 9:25 am

Another RABRAI virgin question: Is there any way to recharge battery-powered devices like a cell phone and GPS if using the basic Register service?

I know that the charters offer this service to their campers – does anyone know if they also offer the use of recharge facilities to outsiders for a fee as they do with with showers?

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jwsknk, April 25, 2017 at 12:09 pm

You can recharge at a church when ever you stop to eat at one, or a public library during the day. PBV trailer has hundreds of little cubby holes that lock so you might need a small lock of some sort. sure that Michrider will answer if non PBV people can rent time in there.

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bmyoungberg, April 25, 2017 at 11:07 pm

I recharged last year at a variety of places: city library, college, school, McDonalds and at a ballfield. Even in the middle of the day, I nicely asked a store owner and they let me charge for 30 minutes while in town. One tip is to bring a surge protector to charge multiple items at once PLUS a battery that you can use during the ride.

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bmyoungberg, April 25, 2017 at 11:10 pm

I use the truck and save the $. Truck works out well and I always pitched my tent fairly close. Showers were generally plentiful (only had a problem last year in one town; I survived).

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