• I think d.c.v meant the section of “rolling hills” on Noyes Avenue lasted for 4.5 miles and the steepest grade at any point was 10.8%. Not a single 4.5 mile hill at 11%.

  • Sticking with Hawarden to Dubuque. It is more of a preference more than a predication.

  • Orange City seems a fair distance from the river, like 20+ miles. My bet is on Hawarden. 22 miles due west of Orange City with Orange City as the 1st pass-through.

  • A word of safety advise for all riding RAGBRAI, get a rear view mirror and check it before moving left to make sure it’s clear. You won’t drive a car without a mirror and checking it before switching lanes of travel on a freeway. So why do it on a bike? I have one of those geeky little ones on my sun glasses but better geek then getting in a cra…[Read more]

  • Tom,

    Calling out “on your left” is not something generally done on RAGBRAI unless, as others have posted, the rider is not riding a straight line or you are being forced to pass rather close. I also watch out for riders closing in on the rider in front of them since that usually predicts they will move to their left.

    Some of us would get horse…[Read more]

  • North would be in keeping with RAGBRAI’s normal rotation. And Michrider said before last year’s RAP that he heard Hawarden would be the start town. His prediction though of it being for 2016 was a year early. It makes sense they figure out the overnight towns more than a year in advance. It would be nice to have 3 or more not so dinky towns. Like…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Weather Forecast in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 2 months, 1 week ago

    Be careful what you eat on hot days. It can mix with water which makes it very difficult for your system to absorb the water quickly enough. Re-hydrate before eating and let your system absorb the water which can help. Avoid heavy protiens and dairy to better absorb water (and Gatorade).

  • I’d say it’s time to forget criticizing bandits. They buy a lot of food, merchandise and other services along the way that would not be there if not for the sheer numbers of riders including bandits. And ride-bandits are not technically people who just ride the route (the roads are public), they use the services the riders pay for that they did…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Flat tires in the forum Miscellaneous 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Also important, before fixing the flat make sure any glass or metal that may be stuck in the tire that caused the flat in the first place is removed. If you don’t it will cause the new tube to puncture shortly after starting out again. There could be more then one chunk of glass also so inspect the whole tire even when you find a piece to remove.

  • replied to the topic Flat tires in the forum Miscellaneous 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    To minimize the flat risk replace any worn tires before RAGBRAI. Also make sure your wheels have a high quality rim strip and not the simple rubber band some bikes come with. Your bike shop will help with this.

    For a flat fixing kit:

    1) spare tubes as you’ve mentioned already (2)
    2) good tire levers to get them off the rim
    3) a CO2 inflator is…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Gravel Loop???? in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Brian,

    I have gone back to 23s on my 1 road bike as I’ve used up the 25 Fusions. I still have to stick with 25s on my older road bike since I converted the wheels to 25mm rims for durability (ironically enough).

    Ken,

    I think rider weight also plays a role in different puncture rates. I’m about 185. That will increase the contact patch and down…[Read more]

  • The accuracy on feet of climb from what I’ve read can depend on the method it was collected. Some map software doesn’t compensate for bridge decks being elevated above the stream below so it adds the feet from the deck down to the stream. So every time we cross a bridge we get a vertical climb bonus so to speak.

  • replied to the topic Gravel Loop???? in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    JD,

    I used 25mm tubeless on the gravel loop last year. They worked great. I started using 25mm tubeless on the road this year instead of 23s but have been getting far more punctures. I think due to the wider contact patch. 3 punctures on 25mm Hutch Fusions and 1 on a worn Hutch Inversion. I had 14,000+ miles with 1 puncture on 23mm Fusions on…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Gravel Loop???? in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Brad,

    Gravel biking has become a big deal as there are many gravel bike events. There is a century in my home state on gravel as well as many other events 50+ miles in length. Plus I think there is a cross-state ride mostly on gravel in Iowa. The little loop on RAGBRAI is not a challenge compared to those. Yes, if you think gravel with a road…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Gravel Loop???? in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Brad,

    Gravel is easy on a road bike as long as you keep it straight and smooth with no abrupt lane changes. I heard of no crashes last year. I road it on a road bike with road tires (25s). KenH also has good advice and is not wrong. If gravel frightens you staying off is the right way for you. But few who ride country roads are frightened by it…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Tire width? in the forum Miscellaneous 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Most riders are fine on 23s and I always ride them except for last yeat I went with 25s for the gravel loop. I’ve always ridden 23s otherwise with no problems but comfort is a personal thing. I did get more flats on 25s because the wider contact patch is more likely to pick up glass and puncture. Not all frames have enough space for a 28. To avoid…[Read more]

  • I’m moving down south in a couple of years. I’m on a northern team currently near where I live so I’m not interested this year. Do you have a website or FB page I could sign up for email communications to keep in touch? I’ve stayed in Murfreesboro several times on my frequent travels down south and your team’s location sounds perfect once I move.…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic How to handle the Heat? in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 3 months ago

    Be careful what you eat when it’s hot and humid. Mixing fluids with solid food can cause you system to decide it needs to digest the mixture of food and water, preventing the fluids from being absorbed readily. During the day on RAGBRAI I stick with non-dairy fruit smoothies (my personal record is 6 on century day). I have 1 water bottle of…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Beginner in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    True, many people think of socks with sandals as geek flags. And why not, I’m proud to be geek. Fashion is not my thing. But I don’t use bike sandals as I’m dedicated to my Sidi road shoes and full road pedals. Anything Italian not only has great ergonomics but is beyond reproach fashion wise (even though I don’t care)… I do ware regular sandals…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Beginner in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Cycling sandals are a great choice. They seem to be a favorite on RAGBRAI. The clip-in pedals will help a lot also. Try a couple of rides where the main objective is to clip in and out a bunch so it becomes nearly automatic. It’s a good way to avoid that embarsing and potentially painful fall when coming to a stop (or starting). Cliping out always…[Read more]

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