I bring my 17 year old Litespeed Tuscany. It has been modified for the long haul — wider tires, stem shorter and a bit angled, Brooks leather saddle with enormous saddle bag. Typical older guy relaxed century bike — as you advance in age (I am 60+) and are not chasing speed anymore, a good Ti frame is invaluable.
I am with John Little here — you don’t like TJ’s ride, don’t do it. You don’t like RAGBRAI, don’t do it. You like both, do both. You don’t like either, don’t do either. Just quit the incessant whining. You guys are worse than my cat in the morning when we get up — drives me nuts.
I would like to be kept in this loop as well since my team is going elsewhere this year. I have not decided if I am going yet — the route will determine that. I am a veteran of 3 RAGBRAI rides out of San Antonio.
I may sit next year out — I have done RAGBRAI 3 times with my sons (two south and one north so I have climbed enough hills in Iowa to last me a while, still need a central ride so who knows) and am thinking of doing the Mountains to the coast ride in North Carolina next year. A lot smaller at around 1000 riders so we will see — I like the big…[Read more]
1440 Before today’s ride after work which should be 23 miles. It is on track with previous years so, as far as training goes, I should be OK. It is turning 60 that has me worried a bit. All of a sudden some new pains in new places are showing up.
I average anywhere between 14 and 17 mph on my alone training rides depending on hills and wind. On the 2 RAGBRAI rides I have done my average was 12.8 and I was comfortably able to keep up with the masses at all times thoroughly enjoying myself. As others have said, it is not a race, just be able to do it for 7 days in a row. I aim for around…[Read more]