What Bike Do You Have?

I’m very interested in seeing what kinds of bikes people ride, RAGBRAI or not. Please give specifics (type of bike, material, groupset, why you chose it, and other details).

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Bruce Woodrow, March 10, 2017 at 11:10 pm

Greenspeed GTO Recumbent Trike (tadpole). Purchased used last summer (2016) and I am enjoying cycling again.

I just turned 65 and will be riding in my first RAGRAI this year.

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John Fontaine, March 11, 2017 at 4:41 am

My new Catrike candy purple 700! #5

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Kyle Durlam, March 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

I live in Denver, am 51, and a long-time year-round commuter and have done so for the last three years on an SE Bikes Lager single speed. About two years ago I flip-flopped from the freewheel to fixed gear and have loved every minute of it. I’ve never felt so connected to the road. This is what I’m doing RAGBRAI on this year.

For modifications, I replaced the stock stem with a Ritchey Comp stem that’s shorter and has more rise to it; I ditched the 700×32 Thickslicks in favor of 700×25 Continental Gatorskins; I got rid of the wide, straight handle bars and now ride narrower bullhorns on each side of which I slid two Cult Vans flangeless grips (very cushy, but not crazy thick). I plan to finally upgrade the saddle soon, so I appreciate the comments in this string regarding saddles.

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Mark Bundick, March 11, 2017 at 5:53 pm

I ride an “old school” bike, a Trek 520. A steel touring bike that’s built like a tank and rides like your grandfather’s 1970 vintage Cadillac. It’s perfect for my 62 year old body.

Unlike my riding partner KenH, my Brooks B17 has been a godsend, once the first 350 mile break in was done. It’s now perfectly conformed to my butt, and apparently I’m not sitting on any of its rivets!

I’ve also come to believe it’s not the bike that makes the difference, but the quality and quantity of your training. More training = easier RAGBRAI across Iowa!

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Brian Wallenburg, March 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

I’ve also come to believe it’s not the bike that makes the difference, but the quality and quantity of your training. More training = easier RAGBRAI across Iowa!

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Michrider !!!, March 12, 2017 at 9:12 am

Bruce Woodrow: Greenspeed GTO Recumbent Trike (tadpole). Purchased used last summer (2016) and I am enjoying cycling again.
I just turned 65 and will be riding in my first RAGRAI this year.

I just bought mine last week.
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Sandaltan ., March 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Congratulations on the new Catrike 559 Michrider! Has Beverly made you sleep in the garage with it or has she accepted the new girl? Important advice follows: don’t ride it even around the block without clipping in. If your foot slips off those block pedals and gets sucked under the cross arms it will be snap…crackle and pop goes the ankle. The same goes for anyone who wants to just take it for a little trip up and down the street.

RIDE RIGHT and see ya in July

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Gypsy Rose, March 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

1980

This was my first RAGBRAI ride back in 1980. I bought that Dawes Galaxy as a freshman in high school and still have it today. That’s my daughter, Desiree, on her first RAGBRAI at age 14 months.

XC ride

Above, is my touring bike. I built it up around a frame that was made by Steven Woodrup in Leeds, England, back in the early 80’s. Campy Record and other random stuff not normally found on a touring bike, but it has served me very well for many, many thousand miles. The photo was taken as I dipped my wheels in the Atlantic at the end of my first transcontinental ride. I’m thinking of riding that bike this year at RAGBRAI, and am planning on taking it X-C at least one more time.

Trek Portland

Above is the Trek Portland that I’ve ridden for the past half dozen RAGBRAI’s.

Ogre

This is the bike (above) that I ride “around town”. In the town where I live (in rural Vermont), more than 90% of the roads are dirt, averaging about 1000 feet of climbing for every 10 miles traveled.

Cheers,
~ Kevin

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Michrider !!!, March 12, 2017 at 8:07 pm

Sandaltan: Congratulations on the new Catrike 559 Michrider! Has Beverly made you sleep in the garage with it or has she accepted the new girl? Important advice follows: don’t ride it even around the block without clipping in. If your foot slips off those block pedals and gets sucked under the cross arms it will be snap…crackle and pop goes the ankle. The same goes for anyone who wants to just take it for a little trip up and down the street.

Thanks ST, I will remember that!!! I don’t have any legs to spare, LOL!!! BTW, RAGBRAI, and especially Beverly, don’t care!!!

This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by Michrider !!!.

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jpclark7, March 13, 2017 at 9:53 am

Great post, Gypsy!

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soianewlee, March 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

2015 Specialized Secteur Elite. It’s still bone stock with Shimano Tiagra groupset. I’ve added a Topeak trunk bag and rack for Ragbrai.

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Cory Rood, March 19, 2017 at 7:52 am

Right now I’ve got a 2014 Trek CrossRip and a 2016 Salsa Mukluk. After buying the Mukluk this last fall and experiencing hyd. disc brakes I’m trying to figure out how I can fund a Domane ALR 4 Disc. Either the Domane or CrossRip will be my RAGBRAI ride.

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Curtis Moore, March 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm

I’m trying to decide between my 2013 Orbea Orca Gold (carbon) or my 1986 Bradley custom built (steel). Both could do the job but the Orbea is already set up for long rides while I’d have to make adjustments on the Bradley since I currently use it as a commuting bike. During my training this spring I’ll be riding them both and make a decision by May.

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Mike Murphy, March 19, 2017 at 5:39 pm

I will be riding my Cervelo S-5 with Zipp wheels. Does someone need an all carbon bike and wheels to do the ride? No but it is cool if you do. Profile pic is me holding up my bike at the finish of Ragbrai.

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knees36, March 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm

I’m working on going “retro” this year by rebuilding my old Trek 728 touring bike….friction shifting, pedals with the old toe clips, granny gearing, 6 speed freewheel, etc., “the works.” It needs a paint job as well, but maybe I’ll get that done next year. Hoping to ride it to the starting town, Orange City, as a way to be sure it’s working well and to get in the mood. Hope to see you all on the road.

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