I have a couple newbie questions for all you fat bike riders. I’ve been looking at them a little bit and was wondering about tire width. I very much want to stay in the budget entry level category. Two of the budget bikes I have found in the $600-$800 range use 4″ tires and one I found in the $1000 range uses 4.8″ tires. So question is what width…[Read more]
I like two sided pedals. One side is SPD and the other side is a flat pedal. I’m clipped in on the road and when there is a traffic jam or going through town I unclip and flip the pedal around to ride on the flats so I don’t have to worry about falling over. SPD shoes are much easier to walk around in in comparison to the SPD-SL. Last year was my…[Read more]
This may be just an old rumor but I thought I heard several years ago Verizon had trucks come in set up with additional mobile towers or a signal booster or something but then they stopped doing that because of the costs involved. Maybe a more knowledgeable veteran can elaborate on this and if it is even true or not.
Another thing is don’t over pack. You don’t need a new set of clothes for each day. I only took a couple t-shirts, a pair of shorts, a pair of athletic short, jogging pants, and a pair of jeans. Take a little travel bottle of Febreeze to freshen up the clothes. Riding gear I took a new jersey for each day and only a few bibs. When I showered I…[Read more]
You won’t need plates or utensils or anything. You won’t be cooking. The baggage truck works for thousands of people. I’m on a team so I have never used the truck but I haven’t heard any major complaints about it. Just don’t carry anything fragile in there, they tend to throw the bags around loading and unloading. I have also heard to have a bag…[Read more]
Don’t worry about food or drink, just worry about bringing enough cash. There will be so much food and drinks you couldn’t go hungry or thirsty if you tried. My biggest piece of advice is to slow down and enjoy the ride. My first year I was so worried about getting to the overnight town late that I didn’t stop much along the route and I spent…[Read more]
Pork Belly Ventures will be recommended often. I have never used a charter but people seem to really like them. Sounds like they do everything for you and have everything you could ever need. Sounds like what you are after.
I never really paid attention much but there isn’t a pie vendor that goes along with the ride all week long is there? I think it would be pretty cool to do the same idea that the beer tent does, have a punch card and if you get so many punches by the end of the week they give out a little prize. Maybe a patch that looks like a slice of pie.
I’m a sucker for a good strawberry rhubarb pie and I’ll stop at every single stand selling one but the holidays have reminded me how much I like pumpkin pie piled high with whipped cream. I never see pumpkin pie on the route (sad face), or pecan pie either. I don’t think we should discriminate against these “holiday pies” on RAGBRAI. I guess…[Read more]
No matter what side of the argument you are on I think it is something that RAGBRAI will have to address at some point. As technology advances, access increases, cost decreases, and popularity rises in the e-bike it won’t be long until e-bikes can go long distances on a single battery without any pedaling required, or some entrepreneur will set…[Read more]
It depends on the intent I think. If it is helping someone ride RAGBRAI that normally wouldn’t because of a physical limitation or age then I have no problem with it. If an otherwise healthy person is using it to make the ride easier then I would maybe be a little annoyed with their use of an e-bike. The only time I get mad about e-bikes on the…[Read more]
The vibration on the back is what I’m wondering about too Gypsy. I wonder if I had a Topeak bag like Ken and Woo suggested, put a layer of foam on the bottom and put a sheet of that pluck and pull padding so I can form it to the camera shape to keep it from bouncing around, if that would be sufficient. That kind of setup should dull down quite a…[Read more]
I like the mid south route too. I started looking at extreme south, basically skipping along the southern border (Hamburg to Keokuk), but that would involve too many small towns to host or repeating towns that we were in a few years ago. I can see it starting in Missouri Valley, straight over to Des Moines, then from Des Moines start heading a…[Read more]
What are some things people are doing or have done to carry a camera with you on the ride? I have a smaller sized Sony mirrorless camera that I was thinking about carrying with me next year, and I’ll only take one lens on the bike with me. I know the handlebar bags are popular but I was looking for an option for a rack bag behind the seat. I have…[Read more]