Bruce, Great to hear that you found a good deal on craigslist! It really is a night a day difference between a bike before a tune up and one after. Preach that from the mountain top! My wife is our driver and we bring her bike for exactly that purpose.
One other suggestion…a proper bike fit.
I always thought I had a good fit on my bikes.…[Read more]
Simply put Michaela, yes. You should find a different bike. I ran the service department at a local bike shop for a few years. I am certified as a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor, and I am the former president of our local bicycle advocacy group. I list that stuff to lend credibility to my advice.
Our driver uses an android app to find dump stations. I think it is called “RV Dump Stations” Most of the time she finds them along the vehicle route. Either a truck stop or rest stops along the way. Rarely does she use a dump station in the overnight town.
I am a League of American Bicyclists Certified Cycling Instructor. I teach people how to ride a bicycle as a vehicle in traffic. I am also a Shimano Certified Bicycle Mechanic. Two points I always refer to:
1. Cyclists fare best when they act like and are treated as any other driver of any other vehicle.
I have always used either an RV or pull behind camper with our own driver. As the host towns get things set up, they will each have housing applications available online. Each application costs between 2 and 5 dollars to submit. These applications will match you with a host family.
This is our favorite part of RAGBRAI. We have always had…[Read more]
I would suggest having an exit strategy. Some of the longer days could possibly turn into more than a 7 1/2 yr old can handle. I know that at 42, and this being my 11th RAGBRAI, that there were days where I thought about throwing in the towel. I was able to push through and I have not missed a single mile. Only you know your son and his…[Read more]
If there are no bicyclists to my right, then my default position moves to the right. There are time during the week when there are large gaps between riders. During these times, I am usually closer to the right side of the right lane. During times of heavier traffic, then my default position moves closer to the centerline. Rarely will you find…[Read more]
This year will be my 11th consecutive RAGBRAI. I have also been a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor for the last 5 years. As an LCI, I teach the LAB SMart Cycling curriculum. This teaches people how ride a bicycle in traffic. Most states have laws that designate bicycles as vehicles. As such, bicyclists are afforded all the…[Read more]
Any bike shop worth the time will allow you to take out different bikes for test rides. The entry level road bikes in your price range are all very decent, regardless of the manufacturer. Many even use similar, if not the same, components.
Keep in mind that the bike as it sits on the showroom floor is meant to fit the “average rider.”…[Read more]
This year will be my 10th RAGBRAI. The first one I went self contained. Two additional trips were made with a vehicle and camping with host families. The rest have been done with either a camper or an RV.
A handful of overnights, we have “boondocked.” The rest, we have parked our camper at a host family’s home. This has been the best.…[Read more]
“Bicycle Bill”: Don’t get me wrong; the more people blowing the same horn the better; but I believe that it is better to get the message across if we as cyclists present a unified front to the highway lobby and the rest of the “Cars Are King” crowd.
AMEN!!! League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor #4164 here. Some folks need to look…[Read more]