Response #1 was general, but solid advice. Response #2 seemed a bit…hmmm, parental, which sent a slight shiver as I pondered what the future might hold. Response #3 clearly caught AI in an area where it lacked practical knowledge…and came across like a college student trying to BS their way through an exam when they hadn’t even looked at the…[Read more]
Did you read the bill? It blocks surgery and puberty blockers for children, not adults. There are valid reasons for this law that have nothing to do with hate. Children, especially when going through puberty, are prone to some swings in behavior and self-image. Once a person reaches the age of consent in Iowa, they are free to pursue gender…[Read more]
not gonna lie, this one has me scratching my head a little and feels like the OP has an axe to grind and isn’t really that into Ragbrai. yeah, stuff costs money, and yeah, some vendors gouge. the fact that someone was selling $15 burritos is a really dumb reason to skip Ragbrai. move onto the next vendor, look for a better deal, or as others…[Read more]
Clarence Pickard is a legend. Another legendary Clarence is Clarence Boesenberg who has ridden several times well into his 90’s. The last mention I saw was in 2021 when he was 95. I hope he’s doing well. If he rides this year, he will be 97.
This is what makes RAGBRAI great! I’m not a knitter, nor do I ever plan to be a knitter. I assumed that this would generate zero interest, but I was wrong. We all have side interests other than cycling, and it’s nice to see this subgroup come together. I wish you all a great RAGBRAI. If I see a group knitting at the end of the day, I might…[Read more]
Will be using the baggage truck, but on Tuesday I will just throw a clean jersey and few small odds & ends like my toothbrush in my handlebar bag. Won’t need access to my bigger bag (tent, sleeping bag & all). Then I will get reunited with my stuff the next day in Mason City. I am assuming an unclaimed bag on Tuesday night will just get…[Read more]
Uncle Kraig – as Joseph points out, on Tuesday I will simply skip the backwards turn towards Emmetsburg and ride to Algona instead. Tuesday mileage will be about the same (51 ‘ish). Then I will wake up Wednesday AM in Algona and join the herd, only riding 71 miles instead of 105.
I checked hotels in Algona for Tuesday night. Apparently, I’m not the only one who thought of this. Everything is sold out with only one left (which I just grabbed). This will allow me to shave approximately 26 miles off the long day, plus the bonus of non-crowded restaurants on Tues night, a real bed, A/C, WiFi, and a private hot shower to…[Read more]
I’ve worked hard to get in shape for these types of events and I reap the benefits of it. I earned them and I won’t apologize for it.
No desire to get into a forum flame war, but to be clear I never said anything negative about riders because they can easily do a century. More power to them, and I have no resentment for those who can breeze thr…[Read more]
First of all, I’m nervously looking forward to Day 4. But for all posters here with the “what’s the big deal, it’s only 100 miles” attitude, you may need to step out of your bubble and try a little empathy. Comments like that remind me of a conversation I had with a really wealthy guy I met once who told me he couldn’t understand why anyone…[Read more]
I have a pedal assist e-bike, along with a few traditional “leg assist” bikes. I got the e-bike for the sole purpose of being able to do social rides with younger, faster riding partners without feeling like I’m slowing them down. E-bikes are great for what they are. But for RAGBRAI, I will ride a regular bike mainly because I want to limit the…[Read more]
In 2019, I started my training in early March (Chicago). It was cold, so I used some merino wool base layer tops that I had for skiing. Wool holds in the warmth while being very breathable. Side benefit, when merino gets wet you stay warm. Having trained so much with those base layers, I brought one along…kind of a security blanket. Came in…[Read more]
ElevenPine has been a recent favorite of mine. Bought my first pair at their expo booth in Council Bluffs 2019, and I’ve gone back for several more items. Quality is definitely there. Small business, great service.
My guess is somewhere between maybe and probably. All depends on how quickly your personal bike fitness level bounces back. How fast that happens is highly individualistic and variable based on many factors including age, general health, acquired fitness and natural athleticism. You will know for sure within a couple of weeks of getting back on…[Read more]
One other point – your packing list could dramatically change based on the forecast going into the week. I typically have my essentials sorted, packed and ready to go. But clothing, especially rain gear and warmer stuff I will hold off on till the last minute. If the forecast shows little to no rain and pretty warm, I just power through it and…[Read more]