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“Bicycle Bill”, March 2, 2022 at 3:02 pm

RAGBRAI VI (1978) — my first RAGBRAI.  Wednesday, August 2 — Iowa Falls to Vinton. Roughly 100 miles; no loops, no short cuts.
RAGBRAI VI (1979).  Thursday, August 2 — Tama to Fairfield.  Again, roughly 100 miles; no loops, no short cuts.
And remember, this was back in the day when a “light” bike still weighed between 30 and 35 pounds, unless you were willing to throw a fantastic amount of money into novel, as-yet unproven materials such as aluminum from Fabo or Cannondale, or titanium from Teledyne (carbon fiber and other composites were still a pipe dream)  Your typical upper-end bikes were more likely to be steel-framed Motobecanes, Raleighs, Peugeots, Gitanes, Fujis, and Schwinns — or maybe a real rarity like a Trek, from that upstart American company working out of a barn in Wisconsin that had just begun producing bikes and framesets — equipped with a smattering of aluminum-alloy components.

So it ain’t the equipment; people were doing centuries YEARS before today’s super-high-tech bikes, made from modern materials like unobtainium with eludium alloy components that are so light they have to be tied down so they won’t float away, ever reached the drawing boards.  It all comes down to attitude, drive, determination, and preparation.


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