your bike will get dusty, unless it is wet. If you have an excessively oiled chain it will probably turn into a mess, but it can be cleaned off. Chain wax is awesome in the cleanliness department. Last year’s sand added some excitement.
Rain makes the line at Mr Porkchop pretty short too.
Don’t forget to wash out your helmet pads. Otherwise if it rains hard you’ll be dripping salt down your forehead and into your eyes until it dries out. Ask me how I know.
I have salmoned and it can get hair-raising. Every few miles you’ll get nearly run off the road by a bunch of morons riding down the road on the far side, right on the white line. They seem not to be aware that they should look forward.
I understand passing people, and I’ll ride on the wrong side too sometimes. But – hugging the opposite side…[Read more]
You have a road bike and a gravel bike. That alone puts you well ahead of a lot of ragbrai. Bring the trek, wear big tires, enjoy the comfort and get to the overnight town a little less beat up. If you’re thinking the road bike will help you contest for seven stage wins then ragbrai might not be the ride you think it is.
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If it’s been gathering dust for 15 years, then it was probably at minimum 20 years old when it was parked. If something does break, finding parts on the ride for a 35 year old drivetrain or brakes might be a challenge.