I rode a Trek Dual Sport + in 2019 and had no trouble finding a place to recharge in Meeting Towns where I could spend an hour relaxing. I used libraries, a cable TV store, fire station and a recharging station built by one town in its city park. I did not carry an extra battery and didn’t need it. I suggested to TJ when he was with RAGBRAI that a…[Read more]
OMG, here we go again. Hasn’t everything been said about ebikes that can be said in 373 previous posts, the latest six months ago? The train has left the station. Ebikes commingled with others successfully on this year’s RAGBRAI, and were welcomed by RAGBRAI, charters and communities where it was easy to find a place to plug in. Let this die.
Don’t know about Chad but I’m riding an e-bike in my sixth RAGBRAI because it’s easier and more fun. I said “easier,” not easy. Dave Tolnai, a Canadian cyclist, wrote a review this week of his e-bike experience, and said,
“if you’re a somewhat fit cyclist, your speed on flats will not be much greater than what it would be on a regular bike. At…[Read more]
Organizers would be wise to maintain the status quo. E-bikes have been, are and will be allowed on RAGBRAI. I’ve only heard fear, not facts, about e-bikes in this thread and no one has come up with a reason to limit e-bikes from RAGBRAI, except that they somehow detract from the purity of non-assisted efforts to pedal across the state. Some have b…[Read more]
I’ve ridden RAGBRAI for the last four years under my own power and 95 percent of people pass me, which is fine, and my speed going up hills is almost as slow as the walkers. This year, at 70 years of age, I intend to ride a Trek e-bike that has a 100-mile range on eco-mode. I just need a little help and don’t want to give up the rolling car…[Read more]