Trek Bicycles has invested a lot in the idea of daytime visibility and safety
with their Bontrager daytime running lights. In daylight the head and tail
lights are visible to many hundreds of feet so they can get even distracted
drivers attentions, and the lights are all rechargeable. I don’t like the idea
of headphones; as others have mentioned…[Read more]
Yes, with a charter and a tent you’ll be fine. It’s good to make acquaintances with your charter mates if you don’t know anyone else on the ride. If not, being in camp under the hospitality tent can be a bit lonely, sitting there looking at your phone. Of course, all 18,000 + riders on a given day are your friends! Just don’t do like I did in…[Read more]
As has been said;
Wheels and tires make a big difference, I went everywhere in 2017, including the gravel loop, on slick 25’s with 115 lbs of air in them. (in retrospect, that was stupid, but I did it)
Ha! Love it, I did the same thing in ’16 with tubeless and I dinged my rear rim and then had to rebuild it with a new one (ouch!).
The Super Mirage needs new pedals, the bearing in one pedal is very “gritty” even after WD40-ing the heck out of it. And it could use a new seat, still has the original hard plastic seat sans covering which disintegrated years ago. I’d like to grease the axle bearings but the bike shop advised against it as the wheels spin freely.
Not horrible, but delete all but one of the après ride shirts, shorts, socks, and the
bike horn (not necessary). Add a can of spray on sunscreen, one or two spare tubes,
and either a CO2 inflator or a can of Caffelatex sealant inflator for the seat pack.
A multitool that fits in the seat pack isn’t a bad idea either.
Has anyone considered Oklahoma Freewheel? They have not announced the route yet, but it will probably roughly follow historic Route 66 in Oklahoma from west to east. Of the rides other than RAGBRAI, this one most closely resembles RAG. It is from June 10-16 this year, and is it’s 40th running. It is usually 420+ miles with gravel options.
After some completely unscientific research guesswork, I noticed that Eagle Grove’s high school mascot was “Eagles”, and Guttenberg’s Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg, school mascot was “Eagles”, so I picked Eagle Grove as one of the overnights and Guttenburg for the end town.
The appeal of road tubeless is the defense against punctures. Even if something gets through the tire, the sealant plugs the hole and you simply keep going. The lower pressures used can give a smoother ride with no pinching at that lower pressure (say, 95 psi or less).
I did Ragbrai in ’15 and ’16 on Dura-Ace tubeless with no flats.