I go in to RAGBRAI with the understanding that part of its charm is the raucous and unpredictable. In Newton, we were camped next to team with a tuba and a trumpet. The storm cut their party short but we were in our tent giggling about their music. I love sleep like none other but long ago I realized that is not the week for sleep. If I wanted…[Read more]
I agree that like most of these threads on the forum, this one strayed from the topic. I think the original author was not saying that the gorgeous Iowa scenery stunk but rather the rep of RAGBRAI as being a big party on wheels with crazy antics, pop up parties and general hilarity didn’t deliver. I’ve known people who rode the final day of many…[Read more]
I think anyone who uses a charter needs to ask themselves some questions about their riding style, what they want to do before/after each day’s rides, shower needs, personal dietary habits, etc. I have used PBV twice in the past and they are as advertised. If you don’t understand how your needs will mesh with theirs, then I encourage you to take…[Read more]
Did you post this on the RAGBRAI page? There might be teams, trailers, etc coming from the East who would see it? Also, you need a large vehicle. I wonder if you could reach out to any trucking companies in the area who might have a driver without a load heading this direction or who could get you to Chicago were you might find an RV rental?…[Read more]
I’m not sure the rookies know this but there are discounts for wearing your wristband by the various vendors and if you have to SAG, your bike will need a band (or I guess you could show pics on your phone as Ken H suggested). Basically, I wouldn’t wait to get to an overnight town to get the bands: you’ll need them when riding so if you are…[Read more]
I’ve messaged the admin of the Quad Cities Uber drivers facebook page to let her know that there will be more than usual rides needed on Thur-Fri-Sat for cyclists needing rides from hotels/airports/homes to shuttle staging. We have around 150 Uber drivers in the area now so hopefully most will be available and they’ll have a plan. The drive to…[Read more]
R-Daryl Daryl, Having ridden with PBV a few times, I can confirm that the roll with it attitude is an expectation of their clients but you most assuredly will not get on their shuttle or in their camp without an official wristband that matches your application. I received my packet email two days ago and am hopeful that all is well when it arrives.
TJ said they’d be working today to ship. Hopefully everything goes out and arrives as planned because there’s not much wiggle room for those who have to track shipments that go awry. I keep thinking about the two couples we met last year in our charter who took three weeks to travel across the country from their coastal home, bike news hills and…[Read more]
I have downloaded the routes that some kind soul compiled for Garmin for the past few years. I’ve not looked at them every day but there were a couple of times in huge headwinds or driving rain that helped me know that a turn was right around the corner and I could tough it out.
I did my first two RAGBRAIs with mountain bike shoes and no clips at all due to a combination of fear, prior bad experiences with falling while trying clipless pedals and not being a strong cyclist in crowds. It was doable and for me to gain the confidence of one less thing to worry about, it was the right decision at that time. I’ve been in…[Read more]
I think we’ve strayed a bit from route vs town to small vs big or local vs non-local and even government vs citizens. I can’t speak for all the big route based vendors but I do know that several of the mentioned “big” names that are typically en route vendors are local to the state. If this is about keeping money local, charge different fees. I…[Read more]
I attributed the number of new riders last year to the tag lines about it being the 3rd flattest, etc and I expect more of the same this year. I know we are all supposed to Ride Right but let’s be real, we are not going to bike 8 mph behind a line of riders in single file close to the shoulder for 7 days.
I’m not certain is mathematically…[Read more]
Healthy fare! While I love the indulgence of RAGBRAI food, having options to balance out the not so great stuff would be awesome: cold clementines, oranges, grapes, whole wheat bagels, wraps, carrot sticks, etc.
I am in search of the holy grail of Charters. The list: Coffee ready at 5:15am in the morning, a large tent that gets set up for me (the irony is we have a large tent and would happily pay for someone else to set it up and have my bags in it and tear it down each morning; we’re willing to sign a hold them harmless for the tent), a hot shower…[Read more]