I am among those who was planning to do the back/forth ride. My retirement earlier this year made it possible. Right now I should be in Dubuque with tent pitched and getting ready for a nice day tomorrow. But the stars didn’t exactly align this year.
Without any history with IR, there is no big sense of loss today, nor will there be one…[Read more]
Lawnchairman, I have not experienced any washing away of wax during rain riding. The concern over rain and wax is related to the potential for some surface rust to develop on a waxed chain after wet condition. In those situations, I simply wipe the drivetrain down (which is a much cleaner operation than a traditionally lubed chain) to dry it…[Read more]
This is a hotly debated topic on most cycling forums. Personally I use a parafin wax…switched over about a year ago and love it. I rewax about every 300 miles, but obviously would need to stretch that out a bit on RAGBRAI. I like to keep my bikes super clean, and a waxed chain really helps with that. But lots of people use regular chain lube…[Read more]
I agree that TJ has done many positive things for cycling and RAGBRAI over the years. As far as his integrity, I only have this: In the brief span of time when RAGBRAI had been cancelled but Iowa’s Ride was still scheduled, I reached out to TJ about signing up. He quickly responded to me to hold off, not send any money, and to wait a few weeks.…[Read more]
CanDak looks interesting to me. Only concern is they built in some long days…one is 96 miles. That’s a little beyond my current level of comfort. In 5 prior RAGBRAIs, I haven’t sagged once, so I am hesitant to jump into a ride with a 96 mile day.
Eric – the MI route I’m considering is a close retrace of the Shoreline West route. Starting out around Luddington, and heading north up the shore through Glen Arbor, over to Traverse City, then up to Charlevois, Petosky and Mackinac City. Or possibly reversing that starting out in Mackinac City and heading south. It would be a one-way route,…[Read more]
Looking to form a small, informal touring group (no more than 4 to 6 total due to COVID) of like-minded riders.
My situation: The group I’ve been doing RAGBRAI with has sort of disbanded for 2020 and plans to regroup for 2021. I’ve suggested a homemade small DIY tour with them, and one or two might be game, but most of them are all still w…[Read more]
Larry Klaaren – you and I appear to have parallel lives at the moment. Both of my in-laws are (were in one case) in their 90’s and in locked-down nursing homes. Sadly, my wife’s dad passed 2 weeks ago today at age 96. The lock-down is necessary, but really painful for these seniors who really depend on family. In my father-in-law’s case, the…[Read more]
I like KenH’s idea of heading to a town that will serve as a home base for a few days…then doing 3 or 4 different loops starting and ending in that same town. I like my hot showers, comfy beds and AC, so I will probably go the budget hotel route. Free breakfast, free WiFi and a pool are a nice bonus. And room rates are pretty reasonable this…[Read more]
Look like every organized group cycling tour this summer is cancelled. But the road is calling, at least it is for me. And I suspect small towns across the US will be welcoming to a lone cycle tourist (or small group) passing through with money to spend on inns & restaurants…of course respecting social distancing guidelines.
BB – my feelings exactly. When I ride, I get that same feeling of freedom and adventure that I felt when I was 8 years old and first able to expand boundaries. My first bike made my world open up exponentially. That feeling of an instant expanse of time and space. I have longed for that feeling ever sense, and I feel it when I’m on my bike…[Read more]
So, are we talking about a big group (like hundreds) of riders all doing a quasi-RAGBRAI by riding the exact route on the scheduled days? If so, they probably would be frowned on and I would not want any part of that.
But I am considering getting together with a few friends and doing a “home grown” 6 or 7 day route, probably circular, and…[Read more]
Why twist the knife? I don’t think there is any need for that. He may not have handled it perfectly, but he’s trying to make things right. I think he should be given the benefit of the doubt. He’s not some slick, well-funded corporation with lawyers and a PR department. He’s a small business person who has worked his ass off to deliver a…[Read more]