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what little piece of advice do you have, funny or important.

What little piece of advice can you give new riders and this could be silly or common sense information.

Mine would be to remember to check the pressure on your tires every morning, I was so excited my first year I just jumped on my bike and road half the day on low tire pressure. It was the hardest day I ever had on RAGBRAI.

Hide money on your bike for emergency, my mom lost her money out her pocket but didn’t have money hidden, luckily I was close with my emergency money and she text me for help.

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Michrider !!!, February 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

Always carry Duck Tape!!!!


jake d, February 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

Never apply anything to your chamois or your back side in total darkness. It’s a lousy way to find out you grabbed the wrong stuff.


“Bicycle Bill”, February 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

  If you need to enter a cornfield to answer a call of nature, remember that corn is tall enough to hide in.  Soybeans are not.
  Now that you know which one is the cornfield, walk in about six or eight rows, then look back towards the road.  If you can still see riders on the road, they can also see you — go on in a little deeper.
  Once you’ve found a location, use the back of your heel to kick a little cathole in the dirt and do your business there.  When done, kick the dirt back over it.  The next person to enter the field, whether it’s another rider or the farmer himself, will appreciate it.
  And always carry some tissues with you; one of those little purse-sized packs of Kleenex is perfect, because you never know when the need will strike.  You don’t want to use a leaf off a cornstalk to clean yourself up if necessary; I know firsthand what the farmers spray on their corn and believe me when I say you don’t want to to wipe that sort of stuff up against your dainty bits.  You also never know when the Kybos will be empty….



Jboz, February 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Carry small, lightweight items that can serve a multitude of purposes. Small packs of baby wipes, a few zip lock bags, a garbage bag are just a few examples.


Jboz, February 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Bring LOTS and LOTS of rain gear…because the more you bring, the lower the likelihood we will get rain :)


Michael Laber, February 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

If you are easing past the flow of traffic in the extreme left, realize that a faster rider may soon be on your tail and that they might not be polite. If you are leading a pace line along the extreme left side of the road and you come upon traffic in your path, do not scream “on your left” expecting the lead rider to collapse into an already crowed lane to the right. Rather, be patient, and show some class.


Michrider !!!, February 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Beebs brings up a good point about paper. Consider any KYBO to be a paperless zone!!!!! These girls found out the hard way that corn ain’t always tall enough!!!


Ragbrai Nation, February 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Gold Bond Powder to the crotch area will seriously light you up if you apply it AFTER you’ve already begun sweating. After making this mistake I had to pour a full bottle of water down my shorts to put the fire out. :-x


SFC JKL 2, February 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Put everything in ziplock bags. If you have a group, beer from a gas station is much cheaper than from the beer garden. Microfiber towels work awesome and dry quickly.


miller6, February 10, 2013 at 1:21 am

SING! Sing out Loud… Sing out CLEAR… and let the whole world KNOW…. that you are coming into the corn and if anyone else should hear… they’ll sing out “Hey! I’m over here!”
One of my favorites:
“Singing in the Corn!” (very simular to Singing in the Rain… and that also can be used depending on the weather!)


“Bicycle Bill”, February 10, 2013 at 1:36 am

As a general rule, miller, you’ll always know that someone is in the corn ahead of you; their bicycle will be lying in the ditch/leaning against the fence near the point they went in.

RAGBRAI virgins also need to know that by long-held custom, men use the cornfields on the left-hand side of the road and women use the ones on the right.



gregonline, February 10, 2013 at 6:43 am

RAGBRAI virgins also need to know that by long-held custom, men use the cornfields on the left-hand side of the road and women use the ones on the right.

Really Bill? Been on three Ragbrai’s and never heard that one??


“Bicycle Bill”, February 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

Obviously then, greg, you were not paying attention.  PM me for more info.



IA_paddler, February 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

I thought singing out was to alert the corn bears. They usually don’t want anything to do with humans, but can be quite nasty if startled.


jwsknk, February 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

I’ve never heard of bb’s rule either. You know if a bike or two is by the field someone is in there. Just go on to the next drive. Don’t walk through a flowery ditch, there is one, can’t remember the name, but it has a flat flower and a sap that if it gets on your skin reacts with the sun


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