You will be spending a week in the saddle, so Bring the bike that is most comfortable.
Like you, I have both road and gravel bikes (actually more of a combo gravel/endurance). I rode my Ridley Damocles on my first RAGBRAI because at the time, it was my only bike. Things went well, so well in fact that I added the Karass loop to my itinerary.…[Read more]
Congrats and welcome to RAGBRAI. I lost my RAGBRAI virgin status (I’m sure someone will fill you in on this unique element) a couple of years ago but had many of the same questions as you before my first ride.
As Ashley indicates, the AF Cycling Team are ubiquitous at RAGBRAI and much appreciated by all riders. I’m an Army vet myself, so always…[Read more]
Hi all. I have what is probably a pretty basic question that I’m sure lots of folks can answer.
In the past, I’ve driven from my home in PA to the RAGBRAI end town, then shuttled west to the start town. This year, I’m thinking about flying, which will mean getting from the airport (likely Des Moines – my carrier of choice does not offer fligh…[Read more]
I’m convinced that the most comfortable saddles for either sex are leather suspension type. I use a Selle Anatomica X and find it to be by far the most comfortable out of the many I’ve had over over the years. Second would be Brooks. Brooks also offers a non-leather alternative, the Cambium, that is pretty comfy but not quite at the Selle…[Read more]
As Geoff said, the various charter services offer shuttle buses from the end town to the start, as long as you arrive in time for their early Saturday departure I’ve used Riverbend Bicycle Club /Argo for the past two years. I also used their week long support for camping and daily luggage & gear transport. I recommend them highly but from what I…[Read more]
I agree with this, but since I’ve only ridden RAGBRAI twice, take this thumbs-up for what it’s worth. If you are used to spending the day on your bike, in less than perfect weather, the hills, at least over the past couple of rides, are not terribly daunting.
RAGBRAI is really a series of fairly short rides of 20 or so miles. Like it or not (and…[Read more]
SPD pedals and cycling sandals. The recessed cleats don’t impede the hiking you will be doing at nearly every town and the sandals are cool (both literally and figuratively). Sandals are great in the rain and when it’s sunny, you get that distinctive sandal-tan on your lower extremities. I actually bring both shoes and sandals so I can have…[Read more]
First timer: I’m a relative newbie (this will be my third RAGBRAI) but I’ve always used a charter. What drove my decision initially was the one bag, 50 lb limit for the Register truck. You can easily keep to 50 pounds total but I found it hard to get everything (tent, sleeping bag, cycling gear, clothes, etc) in one bag. Most charters allow two…[Read more]
There are two parts to your question: One regarding the inflammation and the other about your seat. It looks like you’ve gotten some good advice regarding the first, so I’ll just comment on the second.
My recommendation is to at least try a suspension-type saddle. One response mentioned the Brooks B17. It’s a heavy but very comfortable saddle and…[Read more]
I can’t answer the question about merchandise but can tell you that the odds are overwhelming that you will get a wristband and so needn’t worry about paying for a jersey and not being selected for the ride.
My experience with RAGBRAI is limited, but it seems very uncommon for anyone getting their application in before the deadline to not be…[Read more]
Solo rider looking for a ride from the mid-eastern seaboard to the RAGBRAI end town (Davenport). I’m in the Philly area but could travel north to NYC metro region or south to the WDC area to meet up. Have just the standard gear (road bike plus two 30# bags). Can supply a Saris Bones three-bike rack if needed. Happy to share driving chores as well…[Read more]
A second for the cheapo sandals from Nashbar. They are heavy, but functional and are my footwear of choice during the summer, especially if rain is in the forecast. I have the MTB-style pedals, so use the standard two-bolt SPD cleat and am not sure other styles will fit sandals though.
Sandaltan is a mark of distinction among discerning bike…[Read more]
I only just completed my first RAGBRAI but I think that for distance riding, the saddle you use is much more important than the type of bike.
My bias is toward comfort and I now use a leather suspension saddle (Anatomica X) and gladly accept the weight penalty for the comfort it provides. I’d use the same – or similar – saddle if I were on a…[Read more]