What little piece of advice can you give new riders and this could be silly or common sense information.
Mine would be to remember to check the pressure on your tires every morning, I was so excited my first year I just jumped on my bike and road half the day on low tire pressure. It was the hardest day I ever had on RAGBRAI.
Hide money on your bike for emergency, my mom lost her money out her pocket but didn’t have money hidden, luckily I was close with my emergency money and she text me for help.
● If you need to enter a cornfield to answer a call of nature, remember that corn is tall enough to hide in. Soybeans are not. ● Now that you know which one is the cornfield, walk in about six or eight rows, then look back towards the road. If you can still see riders on the road, they can also see you — go on in a little deeper. ● Once you’ve found a location, use the back of your heel to kick a little cathole in the dirt and do your business there. When done, kick the dirt back over it. The next person to enter the field, whether it’s another rider or the farmer himself, will appreciate it. ● And always carry some tissues with you; one of those little purse-sized packs of Kleenex is perfect, because you never know when the need will strike. You don’t want to use a leaf off a cornstalk to clean yourself up if necessary; I know firsthand what the farmers spray on their corn and believe me when I say you don’t want to to wipe that sort of stuff up against your dainty bits. You also never know when the Kybos will be empty…. -”BB”-
If you are easing past the flow of traffic in the extreme left, realize that a faster rider may soon be on your tail and that they might not be polite. If you are leading a pace line along the extreme left side of the road and you come upon traffic in your path, do not scream “on your left” expecting the lead rider to collapse into an already crowed lane to the right. Rather, be patient, and show some class.
Gold Bond Powder to the crotch area will seriously light you up if you apply it AFTER you’ve already begun sweating. After making this mistake I had to pour a full bottle of water down my shorts to put the fire out.
SING! Sing out Loud… Sing out CLEAR… and let the whole world KNOW…. that you are coming into the corn and if anyone else should hear… they’ll sing out “Hey! I’m over here!”
One of my favorites:
“Singing in the Corn!” (very simular to Singing in the Rain… and that also can be used depending on the weather!)