I am sure that, in the almost 50 years of RAGBRAI, some of us posting here have done a few things while on the ride that would reflect badly on ourselves if somehow pictures, video, or other evidence/proof of such activities were to come to light today. Think of what went on in Elkader back on RAGBRAI VIII which prompted then-editor Michael G…[Read more]
Sorry, mootsman, but you’re only partially correct. Team Roadkill did start the concept. When I rode pre-2000 we were seeing this already — dead critters that were originally just tagged with “Team Roadkill” stickers — no beads, though. The Mardi Gras trimmings came along later, and probably were done by someone else.
Most state-run trails are the “crushed limestone screenings” trails — very fine gravel that has generally been compressed down over the years into a very firm surface (although this can change especially after rains and during the spring after the thaw). Since 23 mm is just a little less than an inch across, I’d try to go with at least a 29 mm…[Read more]
Wrong side of the state for me, but there are good trails pretty much all across Wisconsin. Recommend you contact Carolyn Davis of BikeFed of Wisconsin (email firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’m sure she can put you in touch with a source of some useful material such as maps or local contacts who can provide that information for you.
There was a bar in my area of northern Wisconsin that was somewhat popular with motorcyclists. The parking lot was asphalt, so to prevent motorcycles on their kickstands from digging in to the soft asphalt (hey, it can get hot enough at times, even up here in da Nort’, to soften pavement!) he cut up a few sheets of plywood into eight or t…[Read more]
The gas engine is not provided the propulsion; it is merely powering the generator, which is creating electricity to power the e-bike motor, so the engine power rating of 3.5 HP is irrelevant. Think of a railroad locomotive —— the huge diesel engine inside is just running a huge generator. The motors driving the wheels are electric, and they…[Read more]
If that’s the case, I’ll be there next year with my old PPV — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Powered_Vehicle — which by then will be converted to electric power, furnished by an on-board generator connected to a 3.5-hp Briggs and Stratton lawn mower engine.
That’s why I still use a laptop for most of my internet experience; I don’t try to do everything from a hand-held device like an iPhone. And if I did, I would still turn off auto-correct, spell-check, and predictive texting. I spent thirteen years going through Catholic schools, and trust me when I say that I know how to spell. Not to men…[Read more]
Yes, it was local talent, like the high school glee clubs, the community band , the Porkopolis County Washboard and Kazoo Orchestra and Marching Society, or some local garage band playing covers. Sure it was more like Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour, but I didn’t think all that many people minded. The point is it didn’t start out where every ove…[Read more]
I think it was back in 1985 (RAGBRAI XIII) that we passed through Cedar Falls enroute to the overnight in Waterloo, riding right past the UNIdome (which at that time had an air-supported fabric roof; a smaller sibling of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis), and were given the option of riding into the dome and doing a lap of the track…[Read more]
“One rider even suggested sending a “Thank you” email to the board and let them read happy emails instead of the ones they read last weekend. The email we gave you for Crawford County was email@example.com. Eric is a nice guy…”
Thank you for hearing the voices of we part-time Iowans, the citizens of RAGBRAI, and for hee…
Not trying to start anything, mootsman, but I dare say there are more than 75 people from the Twin Cities metroplex (and I consider anything within sixty miles or so to be part of said metroplex) who are regular RAGBRAI riders. The rest of your post, of course, is spot on. But let’s give Jon credit for offering something which, to the right per…[Read more]