My bike commute includes a very steep hill with a T-intersection and a cliff across the road. One morning there was a water bucket rainstorm and I hit that hill with too much speed. The rim brakes could not stop me in time. I slid into the intersection, if there had been traffic, there would have been a collision.
I bought a disc trucker to…[Read more]
Would you give details on how riding bagged is different on Ragbrai than on other touring trips? With the mass of humanity around and the camping situation, what have been your experiences and challenges? Why do you choose not to put your gear on the trucks?
We know CV kills, but so do so many other things. Suppressing the economy has its own risk of death. If Ragbrai does not happen, how many businesses and non-profit groups will die along with the financial stability those businesses supply to their communities? Ragbrai is more than a bike ride to the state of Iowa, it is a major economic driver.
Interesting question and it made me think… I’m obsessed. My desk at work has two (yes 2) maps of Iowa open. One is the regular transportation map for vehicles and the other is the BikeIowa map. Keep in mind, we know the towns but the route hasn’t even been announced yet! I know Iowa biking better than most of the distant areas of my hometown…[Read more]
1. Charters are available- the best IMO is Pork Belly Ventures. I’ve used OOS and PBV in the past with PBV being far superior in amenities, service, friendliness, and camp fun. They offer a very comfortable bus to cross the state to the start. They are BIG, for some folks, that’s an issue. Every morning coffee! Every night beer, food, and a great…[Read more]
Hi Eric- If you can find one, a Long Haul Trucker (or Disc Trucker) made by Surly is fabulous; there’s almost a cult following behind this touring bike. If you can’t tell, I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid. It retails new at $1325 which is a bit over your budget- but if you start looking now, you’re likely to find one used.
I’m bagging this year. There will be extended parking (confirmed by IA) in Dubuque. Clinton is still planning, but it’s a likely option. I’ll park in Clinton and ride up to Dubuque (looks like a nice ride) on Saturday for the start. Otherwise, I’ll cut short in Maquoketa and ride up to Dubuque. Either way, when you carry your stuff, the logistics…[Read more]
I watched the announcement party online and it seemed awkward. The opening and timing of the event seemed “off”, the emcee failed to set the tone very well and speaker introductions were lacking. Almost no one on stage was aware of the camera locations and frequently turned their back to the crowd. Speaking of the crowd, were there fewer people in…[Read more]