Gravel riding, which I have been doing quite a bit of through August and September, has definitely changed my perspective on this. Tubeless and riding at lower PSI smooths out the ride considerably. For next year, I plan to ride my new Lynskey with 35mm tires lowered to about 45 PSI. Small speed penalty, but it’s a ride not a race, so the few…[Read more]
First of all, I’m a fan of e-bikes, and although I don’t ride one I think they are great for what they are. One of my favorite aspects is they allow couples with disparate skills (i.e.: a slower rider can keep pace with their stronger/faster riding partner) to enjoy the sport together.
The challenge that I see are hills. While on flat sections,…[Read more]
I didn’t think the Expo was too bad, just kind of hot. That said, there were fewer big manufacturers there, and given the proximity to OMA airport, it seems like it would have been easier for some bigger manufacturers to get there and put on a good show. Many of the bigger manufacturers hire summer college students to rep their products at these…[Read more]
If it’s really free, I would like the poster and jersey. Although size M is a little too small for me, it would fit my son perfectly…even though 1993 was 6 years before he was born. Please let me know…I will pay postage.
I got a ride in an ambulance this year, but it was in the evening in Winterset after the ride. Was feeling nauseous, then completely blacked out and hit the ground apparently hard. ER ran multiple tests, and turned out it was severe dehydration…which is strange because I thought I was hydrating properly. They think I just got behind the curve…[Read more]
The poor planning and decision making was exacerbated by the fact that it was a long 19 mile stretch to get there. Most riders carefully plan their food and hydration needs around the pass through towns, and with a 19 mile ride from Houghton I would venture to say that most (including me) rolled into Geode fully expecting to replenish, only to be…[Read more]
I agree with the other posters regarding the weak passthru towns in southeastern Iowa. Some were nothing more than wide spots along the road. Personally, I found a day five to be the worst day. Not a difficult ride per se, just tedious. Bad pass through towns, and the road conditions were so bad I thought my gold fillings might come loose. I…[Read more]
Stopped at an Amish stand for fresh pie and coffee. I sat down next to a non-rider “good old boy type” who reminded me of Larry the Cable Guy and was obviously wasn’t Amish, but was with them. We struck up a conversation, and he explained that he was their driver for the week because they don’t operate motor vehicles. He sat there and made fun…[Read more]
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]