This year will be my third consecutive RAGBRAI, all on a recumbent trike (Greenspeed GTO, tadpole, all 3 wheels 20”).
I ride slowly which means the days are long, so sun protection is important. I mostly cover up, by wearing compression tights and arm sleeves. Under my helmet I wear a lightweight hat with a deep v…[Read more]
The main difference I have noticed in the past is that some of the main food vendors will focus on the Meeting Towns. But most other towns have church groups, service clubs, school groups providing a range of food and drink. In the last two years I don’t recall a town that did not have a water station and port-a-Pottie’s.
I have done a lot of triking in the Iowa City area (eg. Hwy 6). In theory I can straddle the shoulder rumbles but in practice the tolerance is so close I just can’t hold a line that perfectly. However, on RAGBRAI I can keep to the left of shoulder rumbles in the traffic lane.
For me, the worst problem is the rumbles that span the entire t…[Read more]
Rumbles and Trikes
You should try your approach when your TWO front wheels track about 34” apart (and your rear wheel halfway in between).
Despite the official RAGBRAI position that rumbles are no big deal, I avoid them like the plague. I have had thoroughly tightened accessories flung off my Trike by rumble strips. And if there are rumble s…[Read more]
I ride semi-solo. I am part of a Team but I ride a trike, slowly.
So I camp with the Team which is very convivial at night. But we do not ride together, so each day I feel like I am solo. I chat with lots of people along the way, stop when I like, eat (and drink) what I want when I want. Make new friends everyday.