All the above posts just point out the fact that RAGBRAI is more an event than a ride to me. I always look forward to the “old standby’s” like Mr. Pork Chop and Beekmans. I miss the bygone standbys like Mama Raphaels and Pastafari. But overall, RAGBRAI is and always will be an event like no other. I do other multi-day rides because I enjoy…[Read more]
SFC, let me pull a few things from yours and other golks’ words and amplify on them.
On RAGBRAI, and virtually any other large mass ride, you are going to have all kinds of folks. My pet peeve is not only the folks doing 12 or 14 mph in the middle (and left of center stripe) of the road, I also get worked up over the folks going 3 and 4…[Read more]
I don’t like hearing the music out on the ride – I like the peace and quiet of the countryside. I don’t travel over a thousand miles to hear Free Bird or Sweet Home Alabama over and over and over – and over – at about a million decibels.
Why is it that people think that I need to (have to) hear their music? It’s like smokers and second hand…[Read more]
I make it a point not to ride when it’s less than 40, which is infrequent in my part of Texas. We’ll miss maybe two or three weekend rides. Otherwise, we ride all year long. Of course, summer is a whole different ballgame compared to Minnesota.
Last time I remember politics entering into RAGBRAI’s realm was in Mechanicsville. They had two big trash containers into which you were to throw your empty beer cans – one with Obama’s picture, the other with McCain’s picture. Perhaps McCain’s folks should have been bigger drinkers.
Reason for not allowing bikes in tents is because some folks inevitably get grease inside the tent and – just in case you don’t already know – you are unlikely to get the same tent twice during the week. They remove your bags in the morning from your tent, then remove the name tag on your tent, then disassemble the tent and move it to the next…[Read more]
I think cell phone reception generally has – in the past – depended on your carrier. Still, no matter which carrier you use, it’s not worth buying a prepaid phone for the week if another carrier is reputed to have better coverage. The problem, as stated above, is that no matter which carrier you use, you’ll have 15,000 or so cell users in each…[Read more]
Bike case (ship FedEx); use PBV bike shipping or High Country Shipping.
1. Bike with loaded under-saddle bag.
2. Pedal wrench for pedals, alien tool, four CO2 cartridges, two tubes, lube (double bag the lube with the CO2 and tubes; note that CO2 not allowed on airplanes).
3. Bike shoes & helmet. Light rain…[Read more]
I never said I would not buy one – I’ve bought a RAGBRAI jersey every year I have ridden. I just said I wanted a jersey that someone would look at – even someone unfamiliar with RAGBRAI – and comment on how much they like it. That NYC bike club with the Statute of Liberty in a bike helmet was simply outstanding and I’ve tried (without success)…[Read more]
Sara, you can do three or four days with some training. Believe me, over the years I have seen many, many people who clearly did not train at all ride for all 7 days. I don’t suggest that but as you will hear many, many times – it’s not a race. Do a little training and you will be able to do the 4 day version without a problem.
Hey Excited – I’ve not waited for more than 15 minutes for a PBV shower in the past couple of years since they now have THEIR OWN SHOWER TRUCKS. Get your facts straight before you shoot your foot again.
Well, Ken, your latest response, while correct, just points out the uncertainty of any plans that don’t include your own team/relatives or an outfitter (i.e., they are accountable to you). For a first timer, RAGBRAI is confusing enough. Throw in all the variables in your last several posts and I’m sure Sara’s head will be spinning. No, she…[Read more]
Sara, unless your “group” has its own van or bus during the week or in the end town, you are going to be best served by using an outfitter.
While Ken is right – some people go to their first RAGBRAI without using an outfitter and have a splendid time – it can be a little overwhelming the first time you do it, with or without an outfitter, and…[Read more]