This issue was brought up five months ago in a thread called, ”
Iowa State Patrol closing towns down early…again”.
Apparently, the state police have been shutting down services thirty minutes before the official Ragbrai time. I think the best suggestion was from stevecycles200: stop serving beer an hour ahead, then the music 30 minutes after t…[Read more]
I have no problem with Emmetsburg. I just don’t think that means a completely northern route. I still suspect the Around Iowa in Eight Days means that it is not a straight route. Both Missouri Valley and Fort Madison are overdue. We could start or stop in those cities and go north in between.
I had never thought about the rooster tail you mentioned. Due to living here in Las Vegas, I don’t ride in the rain very much. When I do get stuck in the rain, rear tire spray is blocked to me by my recumbent seat and tail bag. I never considered the spray hindering those behind me. I will keep that in mind if I am in the rain…[Read more]
This is a tale about Iowa weather. Since I was young I’d heard the old adage; “If you don’t like the weather in Iowa just wait fifteen minutes and it will change.” This is an example.
In 1973 I was moving from Ames to Sioux City and decided to bike there. I’d moved all but my bike and camping gear earlier, so I was out for my first cross…[Read more]
A rain jacket is a good investment for Ragbrai. They are lightweight and fold to nearly nothing. Styles range from waterproof to water repellant and breathable or not. (repellant types will soak through eventually) The price range is from fifty to three hundred dollars. The more expensive ones are waterproof AND breathable. Of course, you…[Read more]
My brand of choice is Kucharik. I go with them because I use their chamois-less shorts. Their Spandex is comfortable and lasts a long time. They do have shorts and bibs with chamois pads for those who don’t ride recumbents. I hope you find something.
Another thought in favor of this route is in staying with the “Around Iowa” theme. It starts in the middle, goes North around Des Moines, and comes back down to end in the southern part of the state. Perhaps a start in Glenwood would be even more along these lines. It wouldn’t go with the “M” theme though, so I will stick with Missouri Valley.
I got no help from the Aftershokz people. This is what they replied:
“Apologies, our headphones loop/band are not adjustable. We welcome and value your feedback. We will consider your suggestion on our future models. Learning about our customer’s experience helps us to continue developing and improving our services, so we appreciate you…[Read more]
Thanks for your comment. I think I have solved the problem for riding. I was able to tuck the earpieces around plastic hoops inside my helmet. With the velcro I mentioned, the Aftershokz will stay attached to my helmet. It is out of the way and won’t fall. I still need to confirm that I can hear it outside my Balaclava, but I think…[Read more]
I got a set of Aftershokz about a month ago so I could answer my phone while riding my bike. I am having a problem with the loop that connects the right and left “ear” pieces. The loop goes behind the neck and since I ride a recumbent bicycle, the loop bumps against my headrest and pushes the headset forwards.
My guess is that the printing of the booklet would be the biggest holdup for early packet distribution. That could be done once the route is decided, so in January as Larry said. I see that this year they will allow 10,000 week-long riders and 1500 daily riders. That is 1500 more week-long riders than in previous years. Is the Register waiting…[Read more]
Does anyone know how the announcement parties were/are arranged? Since I have been watching, there have always been representatives from the selected towns at the party. So they must have been told that they were in contention. Were there runners-up there too? I’ve never heard anyone at the party complain that their town lost, so I suspect…[Read more]
I assume that the Register has many bugs to work out in this new system of registration. I there any reason that bike tag numbers couldn’t be issued as we register? Why couldn’t it be the same as the payment confirmation number? Perhaps this will be done by 2023.
Although you ride on your own, you should get used to group riding. There are so many riders at Ragbrai that it is hard to ride solo. On my first year’s first day, I had two riders on my right and three on my left for the first two miles. Be sure to read the Ride Right safety rules. You will find these under the…[Read more]
Did anyone else have difficulty registering? I kept getting a page that said Ragbrai XLVIII registration is closed.
I finally went to my wife’s computer and searched for Ragbrai XLIX registration and was able to register.
Did anyone notice the waiver if Ragbrai XLVIII is cancelled we would be registered for XLIX? Since it wasn’t cancelled that…[Read more]
Hmmm . . . am I slow on the uptake or am I way off track? The thought just struck me that the “Across Iowa in 8 Days” could be a play on Jules Verne’s book title “Around the World in 80 Days”. Part of that adventure was done in a hot air balloon, so it fits. If so, it is encouraging to me that this would be a one-time “8 Day event”.