• LawnchairMan replied to the topic Pace Lines in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 3 weeks ago

    I told this story in a thread I can’t find, so my apologies to those who have already read it. Last year a paceline nearly squeezed me into another rider. I was all the way left of the yellow line passing other riders when I saw someone behind me. When I could, I moved to the right to let him pass. It turned out to be a paceline of about nine…[Read more]

  • My 70 oz. Camelbak works great for me on my recumbent. I’ve put Velcro on the tube and under my seat, so it’s easy to grab a quick sip.

  • LawnchairMan replied to the topic Ragbrai boycott in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 1 month ago

    Hey Mootsman,

    Thank you for the encouragement to reconsider and ride this year. My course is set though, and I’ve already received some of my refunds. My only regret is that there may be non-King supporters who would have made a few bucks from me were I to have gone. I don’t really expect my absence to make a big difference, but there is a…[Read more]

  • LawnchairMan replied to the topic Ragbrai boycott in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 1 month ago

    Murphymp,

    Here is a rough breakdown of my typical expenses:

    Registration 175
    charter 385
    massages 150
    in-Iowa gas 100
    ten days food in Iowa 400
    souvenirs 200
    bike repair / supplies 30
    camping fee 15
    tip to charter crew 100
    Muscatine melons /…[Read more]

  • LawnchairMan replied to the topic Ragbrai boycott in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 1 month ago

    Again I want to thank all who support my decision to abstain from Ragbrai this year. As I said, I do this after considerable thought.

    On my local club rides my political opinions are usually in the minority. We only talk politics once in a while. I still enjoy the rides, and respect most of the riders, and it doesn’t affect any political…[Read more]

  • LawnchairMan replied to the topic Ragbrai boycott in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 1 month ago

    Again I want to thank all who support my decision to abstain from Ragbrai this year. As I said, I do this after considerable thought.

    On my local club rides my political opinions are usually in the minority. We only talk politics once in a while. I still enjoy the rides, and respect most of the riders, and it doesn’t affect any political…[Read more]

  • Thank you all for your comments. I want you to realize that I have REALLY thought about this. I will miss riding past the cornfields and enjoying the food and hospitality of Iowa. As much as this is true, I also don’t think that bigots should be in office. If it were an ordinary citizen making racist or bigoted statements I would be there for…[Read more]

  • What happened to the discussion about boycotting Iowa due to Steve King’s remarks? Was that whole thread deleted? I know there was a lot of name calling, but the initial statement / question was completely civil.

    I was really looking forward to another great ride across Iowa this year, but the more I thought about it I realized that if I…[Read more]

  • Is there anyplace to find out how many actual lottery winners there were year to year? Have there been years that did not reach the cap? Is there a record of the number of riders that did not pass the lottery?

  • Scott changed their profile picture 2 months ago

  • I have to remember to to keep a plastic grocery bag in my bike. Out of four Ragbrai’s, last year was the first time I got caught in the rain. It was a warm pleasant shower that was over in about 20 minutes, but my bike bag was soaked. Recumbent bag is like a suitcase, so lots of “stuff” like wallet, tool kit, tube box, were all wet. I’ll need…[Read more]

  • LawnchairMan replied to the topic Register or Not? in the forum Miscellaneous 2 months ago

    Hi Russ,

    As Don said, the Register provides SAG for those in trouble. I never expected to need it, but I did in 2015. I crashed at the first three and a half miles of the first day. I had cracked my patella, and was taken to a hospital. Upon release, a register shuttle picked me up from the hospital and drove me to my charter camp ground.…[Read more]

  • I saw this on a t-shirt last year “Oh My Quad!”

  • My solution for cramping is stretching before and after my rides. The one time I cramped was on a century ride when I hurried to get to the start. I skipped my stretches that morning.

    I stretch my calves by leaning into a wall with one knee bent and put my weight on the straight leg. I hold this for about 35 seconds. For my hamstrings I put…[Read more]

  • donhoppe,

    I agree that we don’t want to encourage headwinds. Last year the winds were not an issue. My first Ragbrai (2007) was high headwinds the first two days. The Karras loop was the only place we had tailwinds. I’d rather have the hills than unrelenting winds.

    R-Daryl-Daryl,

    My mind knows that Work equals Force times Distance, so I…[Read more]

  • I have been wondering about how this year’s hills compare to last year’s. I have just done the math for feet of climb per mile. I find the results interesting and scary.

    D…[Read more]

  • I have been wondering about how this year’s hills compare to last year’s. I have just done the math for feet of climb per mile. I find the results interesting and scary.…[Read more]

  • I have been wondering about how this year’s hills compare to last year’s. I have just done the math for feet of climb per mile. I find the results interesting and scary.

    Day 2016 2017

    1 52.6 21.6
    2 53.1 22.1
    3 56.7 18.2
    4 41.6 22.4
    5 38.7 35.1
    6…[Read more]

  • Hey John W,

    I intend to camp at Oak Grove on Thursday and ride to Orange City early Friday. I had planned to take Cherry Ave to B46 to K42 and ride about six miles on 10. Your suggestion of B58 sounds much better, so I will leave B46 at Eagle ave and come into Ireton from the North. Then turn East and do the rest as you suggest. Your first…[Read more]

  • Lou & Cindy,

    I assume you will be driving through Las Vegas on your way in July, so I’d like to invite you to join a ride with our club; Green Valley Cyclists. We have all levels of riders in the club, and have great scenic trails. Since you are close you may have already been on some of them. If not, you shouldn’t miss the Wetlands Trail.…[Read more]

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