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.
I had a pretty good story of bumping into a close high-school friend who I had lost track of 40 years earlier…and neither of us are Iowans, nor were we cyclists back then. But honestly, that experience pales in comparison to the above 2 stories, so I’ll just leave it at that.
This is an old (but recently revived) thread, and I’m sure the OP has moved onto other “adventures”. Maybe I’m cranky from no RAGBRAI this year, but the premise of the original question has been bugging me and I feel the need to comment in case others down the road have the same or similar question.
#1. This was supposedly going to be the OP’s…[Read more]
This is a nice thread, and I hope more people post their first RAGBRAI memories here. I’m really enjoying reading about everyone’s experiences and their first “Holy ____, this is awesome!” moments. All my RAGBRAI’s were great fun, but there is nothing like that very first realization of what it’s all about. Reading about others brings it all…[Read more]
In 2000 I was working in a corporate office in Indianapolis. One day we had an afternoon community service project at a food bank so we were encouraged to wear tee-shirts and jeans that day. A coworker from Iowa was wearing a tee-shirt with a very strange word on it so I asked her what it was. She told me about a cross-Iowa bike ride. My first…[Read more]
Phil Stearney…plans changed a bit. Already did some smaller 2 day rides. Going to do a big chunk (but not all) of the Katy Trail in September. Thinking 3 days out, 3 days back to end up back at my car.
I have tubeless on my Lynskey gravel bike, and so far no flats. I run wider tires (35mm) and adjust the pressure based on the terrain. I have run gravel routes as low as 30 psi (although typically around 40 psi), something I would never try with tubes. I made the switch in August 2019 after experiencing a few flats during RAGBRAI, but obviously…[Read more]
My 2014 jersey also has super tight sleeve elastic too, uncomfortably so…but both sleeves, not just one. To be honest, I didn’t notice until recently because I bought the jersey at the end of the 2014 ride and took it home. It stayed in the bag for several years simply because I found the design very unappealing and had much nicer looking…[Read more]
Like routes, jerseys and logos fall into the category of “you can’t please everyone”. Each year there are people who love and hate the look. I personally didn’t care much for the “Willie” logo, but I’ve disliked some jerseys in the past (2014 for example) and bought them anyway. On it’s own merit, it’s not a terrible logo and would make a…[Read more]
I hope everyone can find time to ride today and somehow get your head in a RAGBRAI state of mind. I’m not trying to replicate Day 1, but I do hope to semi-capture the mood. I have mapped out a 52 mile…[Read more]
The reverse route would present some interesting opportunities. For me anyway, one of the biggest frustrations of RAGBRAI is the logistics of a one-way ride and cross-state shuttles. The back/forth would allow people to start and finish in the same spot…just ride back to your car. If you don’t want to do the full 2 weeks, you could jump on…[Read more]
I think if IR accomplished anything, it’s that there is a definite market for a back-and-forth option. Assuming IR will fade away, RAGBRAI should jump on this…a smaller, scaled down, retro version. If not, I’m sure some enterprising person with access to a few vans could provide basic baggage transport for a few dozen people and make it…[Read more]
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.