Like Ken H., given how so many businesses and organizations are hurting, I’m trying to be pretty generous these days. Bigger tips, more donations, etc.. I may or may not do the livestream, but $25 isn’t going to break my budget, so I will consider it a very worthy charitable donation that has a little benefit of getting a free livestream thrown in.
I will relay the bagging experience of my son, who went self-supported in 2018. He was 19 at the time, and his main reason for bagging was to see what it was like. What he especially liked the feeling independence and the ability to sleep in. What he disliked was getting last dibs on campsites because he hit the road around 10AM and rolled into…[Read more]
Me. 2021 will be my 1st RAGBRAI as a retired dude. Every past year I had to juggle work and travel schedules, often resulting in me having to bail at the last minute and try to sell my credentials. No uncertainty this year…except for the obvious.
Riders are going to be so amped up for 2021, there won’t need to be the usual hype and drama of the annual RAP. The only climactic event will hopefully be the “RAGBRAI is 100% happening!” announcement, whenever that is.
Contraction and transmission rate is spiky, while death rates of those contracting the virus continue to fall sharply. More people are getting this, but fewer are dying from it. The vast majority experience mild symptoms. Any virologist can look at the numbers and tell you we are fast approaching herd immunity as we speak, vaccine or no…[Read more]
Understand the concerns. At the same time, we as a society must be able to navigate, in various ways, the present reality we find ourselves in. Over these last eight months we have learned quite a lot about the virus, adapting to new protocols and modifying the ways in which we carry on the tasks of life. We also have a more precise…[Read more]
Dieter, I appreciate how the team is leaning into this rather than away from it. And I’m very encouraged to know that the Forum is being actively read by those who are in a position to make a difference. When I wrote those 9 ideas up, I was spitballing a little, and I completely understand why #4 & #5 would alter the very essence of RAGBRAI.…[Read more]
My superpower is the ability to take a derailleur that only needs a slight adjustment…and turn it into a hopelessly clattering, skipping frustrating experience. So despite my extreme skepticism, I took the plunge and kitted out my bike with Shimano Di2. I have to say, so far it has far exceeded my expectations. Shifts have been smooth, fast,…[Read more]
I’m well known among my friends for changing my mind frequently. I might buy a bike, fall in love with it, then sell it a year later for something new…no reason, just because. Same with cars, furniture, etc.. Weird & wasteful, I know. As such, I have toyed with the idea of getting a cycling tattoo, but the permanent nature of them doesn’t…[Read more]
Not sure “no real benefit” is accurate. Ultimately, the market decides. A slick marketing campaign for a useless product might get a few suckers, but it will be a very short-term proposition and the product will eventually fade away. For a product to stick around, consumers weigh the pros and cons and deem it a good thing. Consumers in…[Read more]
I have some decent Primal jerseys too, but like Mootsman…my 2014 jersey was a disaster. I intend to have a seamstress try to do something with the sleeves. Both are super tight, like constricting. Can’t even wear it, but it’s my least favorite RAGBRAI design so it’s no great loss.