• Hi – non-Iowan here, but I’ve done Ragbrai twice (2012 and 2014) so I’m slowly making my way around the state, and I love it.

    OK, so I know nothing of Spencer, IA…but I’m interested mainly because my first riding buddy in the 2012 ride was my son Spencer, who was 13 at the time. Unfortunately Spencer won’t be riding with me this year, but I…[Read more]

  • I’ve yet to see a route that makes everyone happy. But this route seems to hit the mark for me. I get how some riders want more of a challenge, but this is a large ride and the DMR is trying to appeal to a broad audience And 400+ miles is still nothing to sneeze at. The average age on this ride seems to be getting older, and the rides of 500…[Read more]

  • Jboz replied to the topic Thoughts on the route? in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 1 month ago

    I’m torn. I may go upright this year on my newly built-out Soma Saga touring bike complete with a Jones Loop H-Bar. But I have to say, a fully suspended tadpole trike is about as comfortable, relaxed and sweet as a ride can be. We shall see how the training progresses the spring.

  • I’m torn…might go upright this year on my freshly built-up Soma Saga with a Jones Loop H-bar. But a full suspension tadpole trike is about as sweet, relaxed and comfortable a ride as can be found, and I might go that way. We shall see how the training goes.

  • “It would be fun if registered riders could vote and democratically choose the route.”

    Fun…maybe. But it would be a logistical nightmare. Reminds me of the line about a camel being a horse that was designed by a committee.

  • Any town along the Mississippi River I guess has technically never hosted an overnight. They have been relegated to end-town status, and my understanding is that they see only a fraction of the revenue that the overnight towns do. I’ve seen several suggestions over the past couple of years to have the Day 6 route finish on a river town, then…[Read more]

  • ^ I think those who claim to know the route, are doing so in jest. ^

  • If riding fast and getting to the next host first is your main priority, you guys could just get motorcycles and get there by 8:30 AM.

  • My son’s (Bozlet #1) first RAGBRAI was 2012 (very, very hot). He was 13 at the time. He had virtually no meaningful saddle time, but I knew that he was extremely mentally tough. I was right…he powered through every day, every mile. I have another son (Bozlet #2), about 1 1/2 years younger, and I would never take him on RAGBRAI unless we had…[Read more]

  • Michrider – if you do come over to the dark side, you may find that you no longer require a kurb. An unexpected side-benefit of a trike is that whenever you stop to take a break under a shady tree or to enjoy a cold one in a pass-thru town, you have your own comfy chair with you.

  • I had a similar problem 4 years ago when I was training for my first RAGBRAI. For me it was a catch 22, where I knew I needed more time in the saddle, but the more miles I put in, the more it hurt. In my case, it was neck pain due to an old sports injury, and my wrists/hands would kill me due to carpal tunnel syndrome. I tried getting…[Read more]

  • Jboz replied to the topic Conspiracy theory in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 1 year ago

    Rick- see the overtly political post from Stephen Paine. My post was simply to point out that politics are a divisive topic for a cycling forum, and should be avoided. Ken’s post was simply agreeing with my post.

  • Jboz replied to the topic Conspiracy theory in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 1 year ago

    RAGBRAI is about cycling. This forum is about RAGBRAI, and all that makes it such a unique and meaningful experience. This forum unites people of all walks of life, and all persuasions, bound together by a love of this July event. I truly wish people could keep their political opinions to themselves. And I’m an independent…I would be saying…[Read more]

  • Jboz replied to the topic Conspiracy theory in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 1 year ago

    “I’m afraid I don’t get the connection. Two days with the exact same mileage is somehow a conspiracy?”

    I’m afraid you don’t get humor.

  • Jboz started the topic The ROUTE! in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 1 year ago

    Glenwood to Shenadoah to Creston, Leon, Centerville, Ottumwa, Washington and Muscatine.

  • I just heard that Washington, IA was asked to have a representative in attendance tonight.

  • The Weezer thing might have merit. I’m convinced that the logo contains no useable info to decode the route. Those cogs could represent any of hundreds of towns. We will know soon.

  • I applaud both your desire to improve your health, and your desire to give back to others. Just my opinion, but you need to focus on yourself first and foremost. At a 40 BMI, you need to get that under control, and that needs to be your #1 priority. RAGBRAI is only 7 days, and those 7 days will not instantly get you back to health, but training…[Read more]

  • I love everything RAGBRAI…but if we are talking fantasy route, as in “it’s never going to happen, but if I were suddenly made king…”, then yes. One way route logistics are a challenge…with having to drop your vehicle off on one end of the state, and somehow make your way across to the other end…this is a giant PIA. So, if someone at the…[Read more]

  • Jboz replied to the topic Tents in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 1 year, 2 months ago

    One of the things that makes RAGBRAI so great is the fact that with 20k plus riders, each rider can make it his/her own unique experience however he/she chooses to.

    There are riders who sleep in their own tents, in outfitter supplied tents, in team busses, in hammocks, on host family sofas, in RVs, in air-conditioned converted semi-trailers,…[Read more]

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