If you do get a new bike make sure you ride it for a couple of hundred miles before heading out on RAGBRAI. You want to make sure you’ve made the size/fitting adjustments as well as the mechanical adjustments that always come up in the first miles.
Also, I’d recommend taking the saddle off your current bike so you’re not starting a 450+ mile week on a saddle your butt is not familiar with.
Make sure you go through everything on the new bike after a hundred miles or so (all bolts tight, brakes aligned, etc). I had a really scary event a month after I got my new bike years ago. Was coming down a very steep hill with a stop light at the bottom (which of course was red) and hit the brakes to slow down, and……nothing. I’m 220 lbs going 40 mph into an intersection. I’m grabbing every millimeter of brake and it s l o w l y comes to stop just before I enter the intersection. The issue was the bolt that holds the brake to the frame had wiggled loose.
Also had the pedals and arms come loose in a week. So make sure you check everything out. And I should’ve gotten my mechanic a torque wrench!
Yeah i expect the cables to stretch, although i will have that adjusted right before I leave. I guess I am worried about me on the bike. This is why i never rent bikes for events. I am used to my bike in the way that my body is used to it. I am positive my positiion will be different and I dont want to have new pains pop up 200 miles into ragbrai that I have never felt before. I think I am swapping out seat and pedals.
Last time I had a new one the shop retensioned everything after 100 or so miles like the recommended, it was a little over a week. Then 400-500 or so miles later had to find a bike shop down in Mississippi to retension everything again.
And I would take the saddle and pedals from the old one to the new one.I know people who have rented bikes out on the west coast that take their own with them to have put on while there.