One of my very favorite things about RAGBRAI is that the ride is UNLIKE most other organized tours. Whereas many rides are fully supported in a way that includes everything set up and handed to the riders along the route in such a way that riders hardly need to think for themselves, RAGBRAI, on the other hand, is a ride that allows for full…[Read more]
While Amtrak has limited space for bikes that are carried on (racks in the coach cars), you can always check your bike as baggage. Compared with flying with a bike, the cost is minimal ($15 the last time I did it). They’ll even provide a box which requires only that your handlebar is turned 90 degrees and the pedals are removed (along with a 50…[Read more]
I spent some time this morning plotting out each day’s route on Strava. The data that I came up with show considerable variation from that published on the Register’s route maps (both mileage and elevation). Overall, I came up with 495.5 miles. That total includes the Karras Loop (without the leg down to the Honey Creek resort and back).
For much of my life (on the water and on land), I have been a fan of the Bill’s Bag (which I also use for RAGBRAI). They’re simple, durable, waterproof (in case your baggage gets left out in the rain), and can be carried on your back (but not meant for long-distance hiking). I have a large one (110L) that I use for RAGBRAI, but I also have a 65L…[Read more]
I hadn’t heard about RAGBRAI back when this video was produced. At the time, I was wishing that I could be with the thousands that were crossing the country on that first Bikecentennial trans-Am adventure.
I learned about RAGBRAI in 1979, having seen a small blurb about it in a sidebar in U.S. News & World Report (I believe). In response to those…[Read more]
THANK YOU for sharing! What a wonderful story! Ah, I remember doing similar things at about the same time. So good to know that it was not uncommon! I just hope that today’s youth are so inspired! If not, they’ll just have to put up with us geezers continuing to do crazy things!
One of the things that RAGBRAI does better than any other group ride I’ve ever experienced is to engage the people and communities along the way.
With the exception of RAGBRAI, the organizers of virtually all of the organized rides I’ve participated in focus pretty much exclusively on the riders, while setting up a form of a bubble that not only…[Read more]
I would suggest that you fully immerse yourself in the experience. (i.e., don’t try to get out ahead of it) RAGBRAI runs extremely well and riding/camping/communing with the masses (including all the wonderful local people along the way) is what it’s all about.
That said, there are those who prefer to beat the heat of the day and have…[Read more]
“Back in the day,” one of the hot items on RAGBRAI was the KYBO t-shirt. When I’d arrive in the start town on the Friday before the ride started, the KYBO trucks would roll in and we’d rush over to get the shirt.
Here’s what the Register writes as background to the KYBO (Keep Your Bowels Open):
Maybe it’s age, or the rose-colored glasses tinting the memories of the past, but I’d like to do a Retro RAGBRAI.
I fondly recollect the days when most folks on the ride stayed at the same campground, which wasn’t filled with cars, buses, trailers, RV’s, etc. We were either bagging it or using the DMR trucks. The lack of vehicles in the…[Read more]
Interesting thread, on a topic which is being debated more and more these days as ebikes become more and more common.
Several years ago, myself and the rest of the staff at a bicycle advocacy organization in Vermont had a lengthy internal debate about whether or not the local parks and rec department should approve the request of a commercial…[Read more]