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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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Sandaltan ., March 20, 2017 at 8:15 am

Keep us informed of your progress with that bike knees36, maybe a photo later. Are there a group of Dodgers riding to the start?



knees36, March 21, 2017 at 12:15 am

Hi ST. Working on my special Trek 728 (original) cable housings for the derailluers (sp) right now. More on that toward the end of the week. I’d lay odds that one of our bikers will leave his home in Duncombe on the Saturday before RAGBRAI starts and ride straight through to Orange City and then climb on his bike to speed on to Spencer the next morning. (By way of comparison I usually load up my bike with tent, clothing, etc., and take three days to ride out to the starting town.) He’s been doing his one day’s ride to the start town for years AND he’ll probably work on getting centuries in for a few days of this year’s ride as is his tradition of doing RAGBRAI. We also have a possible new rider, a young lady who works for my optometrist here in Dodge who is thinking about doing the first day of RAG and to see if she really likes our famous Iowa ride. She appears to be very new and a wee bit scared to doing this type of riding so please (riders) say a heartfelt prayer for her. (I’m predicting she will go bonkers over the ride.) Hope to see you on the road this year. Cheers, knees.


flymoore6149, March 21, 2017 at 11:51 pm

I have a BMC SL01 Road Racer, but my preferred ride is my Bianchi Pista single speed track bike. It was a blast last year so I can’t wait to take it through the driftless zone this time around…


Brian Englert, March 22, 2017 at 10:47 am


I just bought my first road bike from a local gentleman last May after casually mentioning to him I’d like to try a road bike. Looking forward to taking it across Iowa this summer!

2003 Lemond Tourmalet 853 Steel Frame
Shimano Tiagra/105 Groupset
I’ve replaced/upgraded to Mavic Wheels and Tires, Look KEO pedals, Selle SMP saddle, Cateye Padrone


Sandaltan ., March 22, 2017 at 10:03 pm

The Trek 728 touring bike, year, 1982. A fine machine made in the USA.
Look for knees36 on this bike.



knees36, March 22, 2017 at 10:51 pm

Yep, that’s my baby with a couple of changes and a worn original paint job. Thanks, ST, for the pic and the description. Makes me like it that much more. Knees.


ppayne1959, March 23, 2017 at 10:35 am

My brand new fresh out of the box 2016 Orbea Orca with Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting. Test rode one last fall. I am giddy I am so excited to ride this baby! One serious road bike.


Barin Beard, March 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

Road tripping the USA this summer (live overseas) so I am probably going to show up on my Coconino mtn bike because my car is small and I can carry 1 bike in the trunk. Currently it has a 1×9 set-up. Will probably keep the knobby tires on it. But maybe I’ll bring my old Bridgestone (2×7) road bike along too…I don’t know yet.


Gypsy Rose, March 23, 2017 at 11:04 am


That 1982 Trek 728 is the same year as my Woodrup frame was made (and the year I built the bike around it).

Good to see the classics still on the road!

~ Kevin


knees36, March 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm

Hello Kevin. I’ll keep an “eye out” for your Woodrup on the ride this summer.


jelly0317, March 23, 2017 at 7:46 pm

1972 Raleigh Super Course, TA triple, Phil Wood bb/hubs, Campy shifters/skewers, Brooks Pro saddle, Woody’s fenders, camo panniers


czysk, March 23, 2017 at 9:32 pm

The picture of you with your touring bike reminds me of Doug Clifford, the Credence Clearwater Revival drummer on the Cosmo’s Factory album cover


Gypsy Rose, March 24, 2017 at 7:17 am

The picture of you with your touring bike reminds me of Doug Clifford, the Credence Clearwater Revival drummer on the Cosmo’s Factory album cover


Yep, I’ve got that raggedy “I’ve been on the road for months without a haircut” look goin’ on in that photo (1985). CCR was a band I listened to a lot back then (and still do occasionally now). They even have a bike on that album cover.

~ Kevin


Alan_50501, March 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Last year was my wife and I first time doing ragbrai,,,we both had trek 820’s in till last year we brought 2 road bikes she got a trek lexa I got a 1.2


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