Our team had the privilege last year to yard camp with a former mayor of a town where RAGBRAI stopped overnight. He told us that for many of the small overnight towns, the city will do all they can just to break even. Positive economic impacts of the ride benefit local businesses and charity groups – not the city or county directly. These towns…[Read more]
I came home with a size large t-shirt from the Iowa Craft Beer Tent and I really needed a size XL. If anybody came away from 2017 RAGBRAI with the opposite problem, then send me a PM. I’d be interested in a prisoner swap as long as the logistics are not too complicated.
I haven’t paid close attention, but I don’t recall seeing anybody shower before the day’s ride – always after and sometimes just before bed so you are not a hot sweaty mess before hitting the tent. My recommendation is to not set a schedule or alarm. Sleep as late as you can an roll when ready.
You can find breakfast anywhere and everywhere – in…[Read more]
There are lots of threads on this forum with good ideas on how to “train” for this ride, but I think it boils down to this: the more miles you ride before RAGBRAI, the more comfortable you will be on the bike during RAGBRAI. And the more comfortable you are on the bike (for seven days), the more you will enjoy the ride. This is true for all ages.
It looks like we will have room in our car for two additional passengers (including bikes and bags) to and from Iowa this year (2017). If interested, please send me a Private Message with your contact info.
Many airlines charge $150 per bike each way so $300 round trip for two sounds pretty good.
If you find a team from Oregon with space for two bikes, I assume that you’ll pay them something for the effort. And you’ll need to then figure out the logistics of fetching you’re bike at the start and dropping it off at the end (in the end town or back in…[Read more]
I tried the RoadID app this year so my family (and teammates) could locate me along the route, but poor cell coverage for the number of riders in low population areas caused problems and I quickly abandoned the idea…
Interesting article about bike crashes in FL. Note that “old people” are not to blame. In Ft Myers (verses the DFW area where I normally ride), I don’t see too many roads that I’d feel safe riding. Either they don’t have a shoulder or they have a bike lane, but the adjoining traffic lanes have a 55mph speed limit. I’m always there in-season and…[Read more]
I started using eCrumbs on my local rides and this seems like a good fit for keeping RAGBRAI riders connected with their team support vehicles. But perhaps the iffy cell coverage will prevent any useful application of this feature during RAGBRAI.
Did anybody use this last year, and what were the results?
It’s not too late to submit the requests to the housing committees in each town. We don’t use an RV but we have done both the last two years and we like the yard camping better. We really enjoy meeting the host families.
If in doubt request hosts and see what you get. You can stay with a host on some nights and use the RV campgrounds on other nights.
I’d recommend a tent but I’d also recommend a standard bike and there were a couple of guys riding last year with unicycles. Most of the campgrounds don’t have trees but you can request yard camping and note the need for hammock friendly yards. It’s not for me, but if it works for you, then go for it.
P.s., look at this year’s logo – that looks…[Read more]