RAGBRAI LI Route Announced on Jan. 27!

Solo Bagger suggestions

Hi All,

Third RAGBRAI, but first solo and first bagging it. Looking for any advice to make this a good experience. Here’s a few on my mind:

– where to camp? main campground? find a group? find a secluded shade tree?
– anything I should haul that isn’t obvious?
– security?? – will need to leave my gear every night to find food/showers/etc
– also, I’d love a good recommendation on a good tent with a vestibule big enough for my bike… that doesn’t weigh a ton of course.
– will be hauling everything in panniers if that makes a difference on recommendations.

Appreciate any thoughts.

See you all out there!

5 Replies

Bartaped, April 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

I BAG every year solo……….
Camping – I like to find a spot with good shade, Kybo reasonably close and a shower also close.

Haul a goodtime and leave the worries at home. even with panniers there is room for the tent fan!

Security – I bring a light cable lock, O only use it at night after i hit the sleeping bag,Notany worries other times.

I personally like my Kelty Gunnison 2, not big enough for the bike but has 2 vestibules, Leaving the bike out at night is not a worry, put a shower cap over the brooks and call it good.

I use panniers – Housing in the front 2 panniers and Clothes and personall items in the rear.
Once you Bag it you will love riding Ragbrai this way. Look for the Brown Kona Sutra and say hello.

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Sandaltan ., April 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

When you get that tent do a couple of out and back weekend trips. Experience is a great teacher. Don’t be afraid to pick a weekend where rain is possible.

RIDE RIGHT

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Dan in Iowa, April 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

It won’t take you long to learn who the noisy teams are and who’s quiet. Names certainly have nothing to do with it! I also look at the food locations and stage location before I set up tent. I like bagging it very well. A lot more freedom in it. The only real extra luxury I carry is my floor pump! Bagging it certainly creates a lot of conversations, too, while on the road.

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CyclingRoberto, April 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I suggest you take a charter. Put some styrofoam in your bags, and fake it. :-P

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Michrider !!!, April 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Sandaltan:
When you get that tent do a couple of out and back weekend trips.Experience is a great teacher.Don’t be afraid to pick a weekend where rain is possible.

RIDE RIGHT

Put up your tent in the backyard and turn the sprinker on for the night!!!! Better to know now about the leaks!!!!!

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