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What is everyone riding?

The anticipation of XLVIII is killing me…so I want to divert that agony by discussing related topics. I’ve rode my Salsa Cutthroat the past 3 RAGBRAI’s so I could do the gravel routes. It handled those routes like a champ, and is a “do it all” bike. With one gravel day this year, I’m leaning towards riding it again, however, two weeks later I’m racing the Day Across Minnesota on it. What is every else riding and why?

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Neil Havran, March 25, 2021 at 2:02 pm

Switch everything to aluminum that can be – wheels, handle bars, crank set, etc., 8 speed internal coaster brake hub. cartridge bottom bracket, powder coat to a new color and Bob’s your uncle…..

This reply was modified 3 years ago by Neil Havran.


Rob Fuller, March 26, 2021 at 10:58 am

Which bike is my question. I’m wondering about drop bars for better “aero” compared to upright handlebars for comfort. How much are headwinds a factor compared to tailwinds along the I-O-way? (Truthfully, I want to bring both!)


Rob Fuller, March 26, 2021 at 11:07 am

Lots of drillium.


RustyC, March 26, 2021 at 11:51 am

I will ride my 2019 Rivendell Atlantis. This will be its first RAGBRAI, but my sixth.


Neil Havran, March 26, 2021 at 11:53 am

Upright touring bars were not a problem for me. Over 1600 training miles and 521 on the ’19 event with them. You miss too much good scenery hunched over those drop bars.


Chris, March 26, 2021 at 6:05 pm

“Just curious: how does one “upgrade” a 1971 Schwinn Racer?”

Throw a fresh set of tires on, lube the chain, and throw a cold sixpack over the top tube.

See you in July,


ppayne1959, March 29, 2021 at 10:46 am

my 2017 Orbea Orca M20i. A few years old now and I am still in love. light and agile, this thing never gets old.


Brady Bisgard, March 29, 2021 at 12:28 pm

I’ve ridden both a Trek 7.4 hybrid and a Cannondale Synapse road bike. The roadie is preferred on most days but the granny gear on the hybrid is nice for the massive hills.


CyclingCyclone, March 29, 2021 at 1:18 pm

My first RAGBRAI in 1983, RAGBRAI XI, I rode a police auction 10 speed my Grandfather picked up for ten bucks. It was typical heavy steel tubing, 26″ wheels (590mm size) with steel spokes.
On the century day, the rear der cable broke, and finished 105 miles with 2 gears. By the time I got to Dubuque, a number of spokes had broken. It made it somehow, but I never rode it again after that ride.
Currently, I’ll ride my GT Team Carbon, Campagnolo Super Record 11 spd, with Hed Belgium rims, Time XPro pedals for my 37th RAGBRAI.


Mike Murphy, March 29, 2021 at 9:30 pm

I will be riding my Cervelo S5 for the fifth time across Iowa. The other six Ragbrai I have done have been on road bikes as well. I have read a lot of suggestions on what to ride however I believe it comes down to ride what you want to ride. If you would feel most comfortable on a hybrid ride it, if you like the preformance of a road bike ride it, if you want the challenge of a unicycle and can, ride it. The great thing about Ragbrai is that there is not a correct way to do it. Be happy and ride it however you want and ride whatever want. Just have fun!


KenH, March 30, 2021 at 10:39 am

I’ve only done one RAGBRAI on a bike with drops and I believe that I had to get down in the drops for just one stretch that year (2019). My bike with the flat bars is actually running a Jones Loop H bar which has a wide range of hand positions, one of which is fairly aero, and I have used it with some frequency on RAGBRAI. Most of the time I ride in the most comfortable position but I think you want to contrive a way to have a more aero position if you can because the wind can come from any direction at any strength in Iowa:

August 2020 Midwest derecho

Let’s hope for somewhat less than 100 mph winds this July!!


andytetmeyer, March 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm

probably my purple bike. the one with the blue bell and a white front tire. I have used it the past several years except the one year I rode the toyota tan bike with the fat green tires. that one was slower so I switched back to the purple bike.


tjboland, April 1, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Canyon Endurace road bike. Just trying to decide on clinchers or running tubeless tires?!


Eric Strobel, April 1, 2021 at 9:23 pm

My 1990 Centurion / Diamond Back road bike. I think that’s the year they merged and only year where both of their logo’s are on the bike. It’s a faithful soul and got me cross country in 2000…Ride on!


flyinbrian, April 3, 2021 at 11:44 pm

Riding a 2013 Specialized Venge. I have concerns about the length of the gravel with this bike but we’ll see how it goes.


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