RAGBRAI LI July 20 -27, 2024

Reply To: Major Mechanical Problems on Ragbrai

mentor58, February 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Best advice I can think of is to prevent the problem. If you’re not comfortable doing the work yourself, take the trusty steed to the local shop, get a good solid tuneup on it. Shifters, brakes, cables, hubs, wheels trued and properly tensioned (Just ‘cuz they are ROUND doesn’t mean they are RIGHT), bottom bracket adjusted and cranks at the right torque (more of an issue with older traditional square taper BB), chain cleaned and checked for wear.

If you do that about a month before the ride, that will give plenty of time for any fine tuning that may need to be done. I suspect that would eliminate 90% of the potential problems, other than a car backing over the bike or a frame cracking.

This will be my first RAGBRAI, but it’s not my first tour, and sometimes I’m a bit shocked at the condition of maintenance on some of the rides I see. Of course, I’m probably a bit at the other end, most of my bikes get pretty much a full overhaul each winter, not because they need them, but because I’m bored and have too many tools. :)

Just my .02


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