I’m riding 7 days, but my son is going to ride with me only on Day 1. Thought is to have him drop off his car in Atlantic sometime Saturday and leave it there so it’s waiting for him when he rides in Sunday afternoon.
Anything suggestions on where to leave it so that it’s safe and legal?
Brandi, it’s a healthy addiction. My son does like his beer, but thankfully he has avoided all the serious temptations that plague so many kids these days. I attribute much of this to his passion for cycling…which all started on RAGBRAI.
To anyone else reading this, get your kids involved in cycling!
Note of caution to parents with young riders: They get hooked!
My son did RAGBRAI with me the first time in 2012 at age 13. Brutally hot, but he did the entire ride. He has ridden 4 times since then, and completed a self-supported 1200 mile ride from Maine to Michigan when he was 17. He’s now 20 and is planning a transcontinental ride when he…[Read more]
Here’s a thought. Nobody here really knows your riding style or physical condition, so take all opinions with a grain of salt. Take each bike out and do 60 or 70 miles, preferably under similar conditions but spaced a few days apart to allow for recovery. Then get yourself ready for a 3rd ride a few days later without a specific bike in mind.…[Read more]
My son and some friends are going to ride across Iowa in May, starting in Omaha and making their way eventually to the Chicago area. They want to follow the Day 1 and Day 2 routes “as is”, but after Winterset they will need to route more northeast. I thought a good way to do the rough planning would be to trace together a few past RAGBRAI rou…[Read more]
Admittedly, it’s a little beyond my range, but it all depends on the weather. If it’s a rainy day, then I will skip the loop. If it’s really hot, I will skip. If strong headwinds, I will skip. If however it’s an absolutely perfect day with 75 to 80 degrees, low humidity and tailwinds, I just might give it a shot. A guy can dream, right?
My son did a 1400 mile ride from Maine to Michigan. He owned several pairs of cycling shoes, but for whatever reason he and his buddies they did their research and ended riding with Converse sneakers. They did fine, but of course they were 16 & 17 and in great shape.
Personally, I use cycling sandals with recessed cleats which work great for…[Read more]
Sad news to report and I thought it belonged in this thread. Jason Stoller, who posted passionately on this topic, sadly has passed away. This news breaks my heart. Jason was a very unique person, and he had an enormous heart. Jason and I spoke frequently, but had kind of lost touch last year. I saw him on Day 6 of RABRAI last year. In a sea of…[Read more]
While most riders understand that cell service is a ubiquitous need in modern society, I’ve encountered a few fellow riders over the years who have a purist, almost judgmental tone that RAGBRAI should be a no-phone zone. I agree with some posters who state the very real need for phones for periodic communication. It’s true that it might be…[Read more]
PP – The rider has stated that he needs help transporting a tandem. A tandem bike is a wonderful way for visually impaired people to enjoy cycling and RAGBRAI. It is also not specified whether the poster is the captain or the stoker. Either way, the poster is seeking help, not judgment.
Learn empathy and you won’t be treated like a jerk.…[Read more]
Prince, you don’t “pay for the lottery”. You pay to participate in RAGBRAI. If for some reason the lottery doesn’t yield you a wristband, you don’t pay. It’s that simple. The $185 is a small contribution to offset a whole lot of effort on the part of the organizers. The RAGRAI staff do all the route planning, logistics, they maintain this…[Read more]
Not to beat a dead horse, but I just connected the dots. The person who is posting here worrying about theft in Keokuk is the same person who openly posted his intentions to ride bandit in the “panniers or racks” thread. I really have nothing more to say on this matter and will let forum readers draw their own conclusions from here.
If you are uncomfortable with parking your car in Keokuk, just park in Burlington, dip there and bail Friday night. Problem solved. The rest of the RAGBRAI circus will ride on into Keokuk and take our chances with the great people there. Life is pretty much a gamble at every turn. There are no guarantees. The world is a wide spectrum of…[Read more]