I would worry about the spokes much more than the stand. You can always work on the wheel in the frame. No shop will have a can of spoke stretch with them, and I would be shocked if you could find a 375mm spoke on the ride (or almost anywhere for that matter) If you don’t have spokes, but you do have a problem your best bet is to keep in mind…[Read more]
My first memory of the ride is walking up to Caseys and watching what seemed like a million riders pass by in the morning. They were coming from the overnight at Camp Dodge. That was 1974.
A few years later on my first ride I was 12. It was hard. My long training day was a 35 miler to Ames at some point before the ride. I was riding the…[Read more]
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.
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.