Awesome t-shirt Sandaltan! This makes me wonder if there are still any riders out there that have rode every year of RAGBRAI? I was late to start riding RAGBRAI as well Amanda, my 1st wasn’t until 2003, but I’ve hardly missed one since. Kevin, I think you’d agree it’s Those early adventures that become so in bedded in your mind that they soon end…[Read more]
Wow! thanks so much for sharing ESchiers. I had not seen that before. The cycling culture of the 70s has changed a bit and I can’t help from feeling a little nostalgic about cycling in the 70s. Back in 1973 I was a college student in northeast Missouri and the 1972-1973 winter was brutal. On a cold winter day a friend and I came up with the ideal…[Read more]
Hope you enjoy your self-supported RAGBRAI! The RAGBRAI campground is usually quite large and you really have no need to camp near the baggage truck so you can usually find a quiet spot to set up your tent, but carry some ear plugs anyway.
I’ve only camped in a yard once. I was riding back from the finish at Guttenberg and it was apparent that I…[Read more]
Don’t become too alarmed Pedaling Pete, Ive rode 14 RAGBRAIs and have never been involved in any kind of mishap. Cycling accidents can and will happen anywhere. Trknight so sorry to hear of your accident. Are you pretty much back to normal now? I can really relate to your vertigo and my sense of taste and smell was also way out of wack, but other…[Read more]
KenH Self supported means only one thing you carry all your gear, no baggage truck, and no team or charter and I really don’t know of anyone that goes self supported just to try and avoid the very reasonable registration fee. We do it because we enjoy cycling in this fashion. The rider that started this post has already registered but I’m sure…[Read more]
Sorry to hear about the knee issues. This is something I’ve had to deal with as well. Back in the 1970s I raced motocross and crashed badly. I tore the cartilage in my left knee and had to have the cartilage removed because I was unable to even straiten my left leg. My ACL was torn too but I didn’t even discover that until years later. The doctor…[Read more]
I agree, it certainly beats sitting on the ground and they are so compact and light I carry one riding self contained. It’s a good thing the Helinox (Big Agnes) brand are on sale other wise they are quite expensive. The chair I have is an off brand, “Tillak” , $43, which I have been impressed with, very compact, light and durable.
Welcome Joel and good to hear that you are planning to do your RAGBRAI adventurer self supported. I have done the ride for many years self supported and I love it! I live in north Missouri so depending on how far north the route is it can sometimes add another week to my ride and more than double the mileage. The true beauty of going self…[Read more]
KenH, Yes, I believe I recall reading about your accident. I find it quite disturbing the number of cyclist that have been involve in serious accidents. I am one of those baggers and I always register. I feel it’s none of my business how others choose to ride RAGBRAI and the few times I’ve become evolved with others on the route is usually due to…[Read more]
Very interesting discussion. In the summer of 2011 I found myself in a rehabilitation facility without a clue on how I got there. I still remember the first thing they taught me to say “Hi my name is John Richardson and I have a traumatic brain injury so I may seem confused.” I was told that on my bike commute home from work I was struck from…[Read more]
Very good information R-Daryl Daryl! The only issue I’ve had is that there are so many teams these days that some of their arrows resemble the RAGBRAI arrows or they get covered up by the team arrows. Many times I’ve just ended up looking for the baggage truck and their colorful flags.
Hmm, I always pack 2 bags. It’s so much better to be symmetrical and have a bag on each side of your rear rack. (-: I don’t weigh my gear but I’m sure I’ve never carried more than 30-40 pounds. After a few years you’ll discover you really don’t need to take that much for RAGBRAI.
This will be my 15th year too Jim and like you I’ve always done all the loops as well and have always enjoyed those options. mdsnowman the fat bike will work great on the gravel just be prepared to work a little harder.
I think you should use the tire that you’re comfortable with. 23C use to be the standard now it seems like it’s 25C. As I’ve aged I find I enjoy the plusher ride of a wider tire and really haven’t noticed a speed or effort penalty. If any one wants to get some gravel practice in, Kirksville, MO is having a gravel grinder race on April 21st with…[Read more]
Gee John you’ve certainly got my attention. I lived in Alaska for 13 years and even though my job with The Alaska Department of Fish and Game allowed me to see a lot of the state, I never traveled the Dalton HWY north of the Arctic Circle. I did do quite a bit of cycling there however and I’m well aware of how challenging this will be. I also like…[Read more]
Sounds like quite an adventure! At this stage of my life I’m not sure I want to make a 6-7 month commitment though. You might have better luck posting this on Adventure Cycling Association’s web site or their magazine. Best of luck with pulling this off.
Great information, but I think the vast majority of riders already know this, and I also think that there is a large number of RAGBRAI riders that are free spirits and won’t ride by the rules regardless. With 10,000+ riders I’ve just accepted it as a part of the RAGBRAI experience and ride very defensively and use a mirror.
I’ve managed to ride the gravel loop the last 3 years on a fully loaded touring bike with 32c tires. The only issue I had was in 2016 the loop had a few steeper hills and I would spin my rear tire on some of the climbs. As long as I stayed in the saddle on the climbs I was fine. People ride the gravel on just about anything. Last year at least…[Read more]