In football terminology, this is a “Hail Mary”…it’s an attempt for Iowa’s Ride to save face. The only way I could see this working is for the westernmost and easternmost towns for both rides to be the same. Otherwise, shuttling between for those attempting both would be a nightmare.
We were able to “rent” a bike for last year’s RAGBRAI from Bike World in Des Moines (the one on EP True Parkway). Technically, we didn’t “rent” it. They sold us a used bike for a day and we returned it minus a small fee. Long story…we lost a bike off our rack on I-70 in Missouri on our way to the start. They actually had a nice selection of…[Read more]
Not that I believe the route is heading north this year but I can’t imagine Fayette being an overnight town, having grown up in the area, unless Upper Iowa University was heavily involved. There’s just not enough there, other than the college, to support the ride. Another side note is that the hills are brutal in that area and would make for a…[Read more]
I would agree with the previous post…they’ve just become too big to be manageable. I used them last year and decided then and there to go with something different. Went with a team this time (Team Wimpy) and had a great experience!
A good compromise is a Shimano A530 SPD Sport pedal (you can order them from REI or get them through a bike store). They have the clipping mechanism on one side and are a flat platform on the other. I had the same reservations about clipping in at first, but they do make a difference; you just need to practice and anticipate your stops.
The best way to get the answers to a lot of the questions you asked is through the RAGBRAI website…you can look through “The Ride” tab and find out about charters, packing, etc. I went with a charter last year and probably will again, but am keeping an eye on teams with openings. You’ll get plenty of advice also through the Forum.
The town…[Read more]
Would be interested in more information on your team if you still have open spots. I’m living in St. Louis but am a native Iowan and have friends/family in the area. You can contact me via email at email@example.com