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
pwxtaxgal…I’m traveling with PBV for the first time and believe they take bikes either way. If you send it without a box, they recommend wrapping the frame in foam like plumbers pipe wrap. The bike is hung by one wheel and bungee-corded to probably the floor to secure it. You shoild also wrap the derailleurs in something to protect them. If you…[Read more]
I’ll probably jinx us by mentioning it, but the extended forecast for next week is looking really good! Low to mid 80’s all week, some humidity early in the week, and a chance of afternoon storms on Tuesday. End of the week looks almost perfect! I can live with that after triple digits in St. Louis…