I agree no back pack. I use a handle bar bag for sun screen and other small items. Some people bungee a pair of flip-flops to their bike to wear in the pass thru towns You made a good choice with Brancel This will be my tenth trip with them
Drive to the end town and a charter will take you, your bike and baggage to the start town on Saturday. You camp and load your bike on Friday night. I know Brancel offers this service and I believe other charters do also. That way you are free to head home when you wish and not have to wait for a bus and endure a bus ride after Ragbrai
I don’t believe they rent tents. Everybody seems to do their own tent. I have a tent from Menards that cost around $50. It’s been through a couple of storms and did not leak. You are allowed 2 bags so carrying everything you need is not a problem. The more times you do RAGBRAI the less stuff you bring.
Leave your car in the end town and catch a ride with a charter to the start town. If you get done early you can get a shower at a local school or YMCA, get in your and start for home instead of waiting for the bus to fill up.
I have used Brancel for 9 RAGBRAIs. They are awesome! They’re smaller than PBV, so many times our campground has shade when PBV does not. Sometimes we’re both in the sun. Very organized and on top of things. Bob, Debbie, and team are great! Highly recommend!
I first rode RAGBRAI in 2010. The first few years the road kill had beads and stickers on them.
A couple of times the road kill I saw looked like the same road kill that I saw the day before,like someone moved it to the next days route. The beaded road kill seemed to disappear for a few years only to return again. I like addition of the beer cans…[Read more]
First timer, Your registration allows you to put your bag and tent on the Register’s truck and camp in the main camp ground. A charter has a smaller camp ground and may be less crowded. You will make a whole bunch of new friends either way. Enjoy the ride.
I have ridden RAGBRAI every year for the last eight years. This year I have a scheduling conflict and will not be able to ride in Iowa. How does the weather compare to Iowa? How are the hills? Is food and water readily available? I realize after riding RAGBRAI other rides may seem lame,but this ride sounds like a good alternative. Appreciate any…[Read more]
Try a frame that is suggested for you by the bike shop, then try the next size down. I had three bikes that were 56cm, rode a 54cm in between and was told it was to small. Cleaned and adjusted my sisters 54cm and of course I had to put some miles on it and it felt like an old shoe. I bought a new 54cm. The fitter told me I could ride either size.…[Read more]