I rode with Joe. We met at a camp in Decatur Nebraska. He came out on the train to Omaha, rode to Sioux city, did ragbrai, then rode back to the train in Galesburg Ill. He always beat me to the over night town by hours. Trust me, full self supported, the guy doesn’t need an e-bike.
Tdubya500, thank you, that is super helpful. The stealth camp can be problematic when you don’t know the area, really appreciate the heads up. I’ve got a little time to kill, the trail sounds great also, thanks again.
I am boarding Amtrak in Sacramento on Monday the 17th. Arriving in Omaha God only knows when. My plan is to go up 75 to Decatur and camp there in the town campground on the river. Then more 75 to Dakota Ave and over the bridge into Sioux City. It’s roughly a 60 mile day followed by a 40 mile day. Part of the route is Lewis and Clark scenic byway.…[Read more]
Kelsey, I think that many who are riding to the ride are probably “baggers”, folks who are set up to carry their own gear on their bikes for the whole of Ragbrai.. It’s pretty common. The fact that there is food everywhere you look on this event means it’s just clothes, spares, a summer weight sleeping bag, and a backpacking style tent. A rear…[Read more]
I have had modify my plan a bit, maybe others are in the same boat. I was 3 months in advance of my travel date when I got down to Sacramento to get my ticket. There was no problem getting my ticket but the baggage car was full so no spot for the bike. I was able to get on by moving my departure date up and my return date back. If the train is…[Read more]
Greetings Jake, great to have more company for the Omaha to Sioux City ride. We are on the same train, with and luck we will arrive early in Omaha and have ample time for the ride. You can track the trains in real time and from what I see they are often late so good to mentally prepare for that. The route north takes us over the bridge and drops…[Read more]
Thanks for the local knowledge, very helpful. I’m leaning towards 75, L&C senic, then just deal with 77 for the last 20, and over the bridge into Larsen Park. From Dakota City maybe hwy 20 to miss a bit of 77? Looking forward to Decatur and the L&C, thanks again.
I’m also on the train to Omaha. Arriving Friday morning (hopefully) and riding that day to Sioux City. I’m also riding from the finish to Galesburg to catch the train home. The one snag with the train is that arrival times can be later than posted. I believe the posted arrival is 5am ish. I’m just hoping that I arrive early enough to…[Read more]
What bushmanlives said. The catch with Amtrak is that not all stops will load your bike. On the California Zephyr “Baggage service” is what you need at the station to board with your bike. My home is 5 miles from the Colfax station but to load my bike I’m at the Sacramento station almost 70 miles away. For this Ragbrai it’s Sacramento to Omaha,…[Read more]
I’m also looking to stay overnight in Davenport. Given the size of the crowd there’s got to be more than a few who want to head home on Sunday. First time rider here but encouraged by other folks comments from previous years about the availability of showers and so on. I’m riding on Sunday to Galesburg to catch the train home, any others with the…[Read more]
For “baggers” an interesting option for travel to Ragbrai. Train out from the West to Omaha. Ride to the start, 100 miles. At the end of the ride, Davenport to Galesburg station (with needed baggage service), 52 miles. Friends did this last year excepting bus transport from Lansing to Omaha at the finish. Got my tickets, see you there!
Lots of good advice here. I’ve owned KHS, Santana, and Co-Motion, my favorite has been the Co-Motion Speedster. A light bike, moderate cost and good stiffness. Chris is so right about fit,fit,fit. Often you see the forward rider reaching for the bars with good weight distribution but the rear rider is sitting upright a la beach cruiser. A stem…[Read more]
Good advice from Chris. On the captains eccentric, I like remove, clean up, and do a little light lube so it’s super easy to adjust should you need to. Another forum contributor mentioned spare spokes just so you have the right length. My Co-Motion has bar end shifters so the shift cables are super long, you might want to just grab spare cables…[Read more]
The bike nerd in me has to chime in here. I live in the Sierra foothills here in California, so lots of up and down. My road bike is 50-34 X 11-29 for a 31″ low gear. I’m 69 years old, 5’5″ , 145lbs and this set up works for me on a bike that is only me and some water bottles. For Ragbrai I am going self supported and building a bike just for this…[Read more]
Speaking of man up…..Amanda, in the other thread, pointed out that she did 3 consecutive days of 95+ in the 2001 Ragbrai. Makes 105 followed with a 40 mile recovery day seem like a walk in the park. Wonder how that 2001 route would be received today……
With Garywilk on this. If you are prepared, 100 should not be too far out of your comfort zone. If you are weather bound maybe a local spin class is available. You will need more duration on the bike later but a big bump in cardio will give a head start. With the 100 mile president set by Karras you have a max for the days ride. For those who…[Read more]
As another tandem owner I second hnschipper. If you have lots of riding experience on singles the tandem will come to you pretty quickly but there is a learning curve that an uncrowded road will make easier. In a perfect world the fit from your singles would be duplicated on the tandem for you both. Depending on the particular tandem, getting that…[Read more]
I like Matt’s outlook on this. Folks who simply won’t do 100 miles have plenty of time to figure out a workaround. It’s only one day. For many it will be that little extra challenge that boosts their interest and determination. One day century events rarely leave the course open for 12 hours or more. What a great opportunity for a first 100 miler…[Read more]