I’m not looking to have the “why you should register” or “why bandits are bad” conversation here.
Again, this isn’t intended to be a “should you or shouldn’t you register” conversation/debate. It’s a “how can we better motivate people to register instead of shaming them into it” conversation. Any other ideas?
Oh please will the blessed RAGBRAI gods find it within their mercy to forgive this poor petulant little soul who chose to ride bandit after years and years of dutifully paying any and all fees for riders, vehicles and drivers?
The original question was how can those who ride “bandit” be convinced to change their ways and register for the ride.…[Read more]
I think you might be giving Walmart shoplifters a bit too much credit. I doubt many of them think that far ahead.
Also, Walmart never painted itself as a charitable entity. I’m sure the Walmart corporation is philanthropic with some portion of their profits, but it is not their primary reason for being. It has always been presented as a for…[Read more]
Council Bluffs really f’ed up this year. Our team was originally placed about 8 miles away from the expo area, at a retirement facility with several other groups, nowhere near a shuttle stop. So we ended up finding a different camping spot on our own. And Council Bluffs wasn’t the only town to do that to our group. Yet all the big charters got…[Read more]
I talked to the Walmart store manager, the top guy, on Monday, July 8th. I asked about RV parking and camping, as well as long term parking. They have a huge lot and I figured as long as you picked a spot as far from the entrance as possible, it wouldn’t be a problem. He said that after 24 hours, they may tow your vehicle. He said RV’s are…[Read more]
I for one would trust a local news source over some email newsletter from a charter service. Not to mention that I bet TJ would fight to the bitter end to make sure we can dip our tires in the actual river, not some pond in some park.
Patience. This is year 11 of using hosts. We have yet to have a single town not get back to us with a place to park. The latest we have ever heard has been 4 days prior to ride start. You will hear back assuming you filled out the forms and paid the respective fees for each town.
Every overnight town will have an official RAGBRAI campground available for any registered riders. In the past, people have “tagged along” and surprised hosts with more people than they expected. This has been so much of a problem that TJ actually discussed it in the team meeting this year. He said if it becomes an issue, they could pull your…[Read more]
That being said, my personal stance on aerobars are leave them for the training rides and triathlons. There are just too many people of widely varying levels of skill to be using aero bars. Being able to grab brake levers in an instant might just keep you out of trouble.
I would like to offer up my RAGBRAI experience as an alternative. I have never used a charter. I do remember being in awe of the scale of the PBV tent city on my first RAGBRAI 12 years ago. Not knowing what the deal was, I approached after spotting beer. The guy at “the gate” rather rudely asked if I was a part of that group. When I said no,…[Read more]