You’ll have a blast whatever you ride. Also, don’t worry about the bars. I’ve been on many trips across the state, all but one of them with aero bars. Common sense goes a long ways. I use the bars to change up my riding position. Helps my back and my butt. That being said, they’re not used very much the first half of the day. Hope you have a great ride!
Most everyone heads for home or back to the start town to retrieve their vehicle. It can be quite congested. I have always found a high school or college to shower before you head out. RAGBRAI vendors are packed up and gone. Fewer choices of food. There are less Roadside vendors on the last day as well. The party seems 90% over by the time you…[Read more]
I’d bring the road bike, along with your road shoes. That combo is by far the most popular. If your shoes are like mine, they are what you are used to riding in, likely have a solid platform to pedal on and the most comfortable. I really wouldn’t change up anything for RAGBRAI. Another bonus of the road bike, you’ll be in the saddle less time.…[Read more]
There are far less options on the Karras Loop. Especially if you are running later than most riders. Last year less than 25% of riders road the loop. With the extended miles this year, that number will likely be less. In turn, vendors are where the majority of the riders are. But do it anyway! It’s often some of the best riding and food, just less…[Read more]
Fat tire is all I ride on gravel. I usually run 18 or 20 PSI on everything other than snow. There will be plenty of fat tires on the gravel loop, matter of fact, you’ll see fat tires on the rest of the route too. They are a blast to ride!
We’ve always started early, before the sightseers are out. Always felt safe on both Iron Mountain and Needles. Everyone is traveling slow. Once you get to Hill City, bicycle traffic was actually faster than automotive traffic. It’s a great ride as long as you’re up for a lot of climbing. Beautiful, smells good and the surface is decent. Bring…[Read more]
My wife and I have done pre-RAGBRAI rides up Iron Mountain road to Needles then back to Keystone. That route will certainly get you in shape. Not to mention it’s a beautiful ride. Mickelson Trail is still our favorite ride though.
I’ve been on all or part of a dozen or so RAGBRAI’s. I’ve never used a charter and have always had a great amount of fun. If you’re a bikepacker you already know how to pack, so the 50 lb limit wont be a problem for you. There’s plenty of room to pitch a tent, along with plenty of places to charge your devices. Your bikepacking experience will…[Read more]
As long as your dog isn’t a risk to others, do as wish. There will be other dogs, along with other countless distractions. Do RAGBRAI the way you choose, not how others perceive is the “right” way! There are a lot of great suggestions for those riding RAGBRAI, but very few “rules”.
Although Larchwood would be super convenient for me, I can assure you it will not start there. It’s not nearly big enough! There is no hospital, not enough open space for campers or enough of anything for that matter.
I haven’t had a chance to read this entire thread, simply because it’s too long. Here’s my two cents. If eBikes allow for more people to enjoy cycling and exercise for any reason, please do! It’s none of my business why someone chooses to ride an eBike. My spouse will likely be on one as some point. She suffers from RA. She’s doesn’t want to ever…[Read more]
My wife did it last year. She had no problems at all. Her Keto coach had her adjust her diet a little bit. Ate more frequently than she normally would have, increased the amounts of the Keto foods she had previously been eating to compensate for the high caloric demand.