Randi sure is a shining example of Iowa Nice! It is that lovely, neighborly charm exhibited here that makes me go back to Iowa every July to ride my bike. To be surrounded by that Iowa Charm. Yessiree.
PBV has prices listed on their “Invitation” page. It is all modular: shuttles from a couple of different cities to the start town, shuttles from the end town back usually to Des Moines and Omaha, bike shipping, tent service, etc. They also respond to e-mails fast as lightning.
If you should not get your RAGBRAI registration in on time, their are…[Read more]
I’ve ridden five RAGBRAIs out of the last six years, and plan on doing them year after year. I have used a charter company every year, Pork Belly Ventures. Whether you use them, another charter, a team, basic RAGBRAI truck style, etc, PBV has some great info for any newbie: “VIRGIN” is the proper term for RAGBRAI newbies. Their…[Read more]
Besides the jacket, a couple of other items to consider. Lessons learned from the 2014 Tripoli Rain Day.
Full-fingered riding gloves. That early morning Iowa rain can be COLD.
Clear-lens riding glasses, to keep that rain from pelting the eyeballs.
Visor or cycling cap to also shield the eyes from the pelting rain.
I have knee sleeves that…[Read more]
I missed 2015 with a severe ankle break (9 screws and 1 plate). In a boot for 8 months, no walking or weight at all on it during those months. `I was able to move about the house on a knee scooter. I was determined to make RAGBRAI 2016 (broke it in April 2015), so since I couldn’t do much about the ankle for all those months, I focused on all…[Read more]
You left out a significant stat: how long are your training rides? Are you doing rides of say 30 miles or more every weekend day? Longer rides two or more days in a row? If so, how do you feel after the ride? Sore legs, shoulders, back, feet, or maybe some cramping? Fourteen mph isn’t a bad average if you are doing long rides, or lots of hills,…[Read more]
mootsman explains PBV perfectly. This will be my 5th year with them, and PBV is a significant part of what makes RAGBRAI a fantastic Week in the Corn.
They are such a well organized, accommodating, thoughtful, professional and friendly group of folks. I sleep one week in a tent every year, and that is RAGBRAI week. I have never enjoyed camping,…[Read more]
I live in Miami, and the Iowa humidity is a “dry heat” compared to the humid summers down here. People during RAGBRAI week will ask: “How you doin’ with this humidity?” I tell them I’m from Miami, so Iowa is a dry heat, but the hills of Iowa are like mountains to a Miamian, as our ONLY hill for training is the Biscayne Bay Bridge.
I will be doing…[Read more]
I wear mountain bike shoes (MTB) and ride a sexy Trek Domane road bike. Sacrilegious to the purists – MTB shoes while riding a road bike, but for me the MTB shoes make sense for all the walking done at RAGBRAI. Shimano has two different SPD cleats: the SH-51 and the SH-56. I recommend the 56’s, as they allow for quick release of your foot in…[Read more]
Thank you for once again discussing this subject without anger or bitterness. I hope to see you on the road at RAGBRAI and buy you a drink or a slice of pie. Some folks here want to argue every anti- (fill in the blank) and (stay off my lawn) argument in their bitter little souls that haunts them, when you continue to keep this discussion…[Read more]
Thanks for the suggestion to congratulate myself, but I have no need to do that, so many fans congratulate me every day for all that I say and do.
And I would never call Jelly or Jason a “Troll,” since they clearly are not. They just disagree with you.
I second John’s endorsement of glucosamine chondroitin. When I was 40 my knees would crack and pop every day doing my physical work on broadcast equipment racks. Most of us who worked together were around 40 years old at that time and sometimes a coworker’s knees would crack so loud we would compliment the guy!
I started taking glucosamine…[Read more]
I remember back in 2000-2001, our quiet little Midwest town was a magical slice of heaven: church ice cream socials, Saturday night dances (chaperoned of course!), barbershop quartet festivals, etc…Heaven. But then the Darkness came. We were not ready, we were too late to recognize the Evil. Yes, dear RAGBRAI friends, we were overrun by those…[Read more]
I used a small folding stool for putting on the shoes in the morning for the last three RAGBRAIs, but this year I bought a collapsible “lounger” for that after ride beer. A Terralite Portable Camp Chair. Weighs a couple of pounds. About $40 on Amazon. Many others like it on there.