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Dipping tire in Missouri River or Big Sioux River?

Does anyone plan on dipping their bike tires in the Missouri River or Big Sioux River on Saturday before RAGBRAI begins?

3 Replies

Gary Ervin, June 28, 2021 at 8:59 am

Thinking about the Big Sioux. Wondered about highway 3……


John Richardson, June 29, 2021 at 7:16 am

I usually dip my tire in the Missouri if the starting town is on the river, but over the years I’ve decided that the tire dipping ritual really isn’t an important part of RAGBRAI for me.


Gary Ervin, July 1, 2021 at 9:40 am

I admit it is mainly symbolic, but the practical side of things is that it loosens up the legs. In my case, I sit and drive for a day and a half then sit on a bus for 6 hours. My legs are dead by the time I get to the start town. The Saturday dip gives me a chance to open up my legs again. With this year’s start, I think it will be a big help.


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