I’ve had hydraulic disc breaks on my primary ride for two years now. The rim brakes on my previous bike would lock up the wheels under any condition so discs have no power advantage over them because your stopping power is limited by your tire adhesion in both cases so it is exactly the same. I don’t ride a lot in mud, maybe discs have a power…[Read more]
I let Andrea know that I had not received mine on Friday after carefully checking and double checking my inbox, spam, junk, etc folders to make sure that I did not miss it. Yesterday Anne sent me an email with the code, thanks for that Andrea and Anne!
The chances for Iowa’s Ride seem dimmer now that TJ has left the building. It could still happen.
In other news an alien spacecraft will land in Omaha in about 6 weeks. The science officer will run a write in campaign for US president claiming natural born residency since her home planet is technically part of US…[Read more]
Looks like fun. One in western Iowa, two near Cedar Rapids, the rest near Des Moines. I suppose it was too much to hope there would be one in the NE Illinois part of Iowa? Yeah, I know that would be highly unusual but it would attract some people. Perhaps too many in fact.
I have a question. From what I hear the windstorm that woke everyone up in…[Read more]
I don’t believe I have received a $15 credit. I got a 10% credit for being a virtual ride participant, but no $15 credit that I am aware of. I never got an email confirming my registration next year either and I thought the credit was supposed to come with that. I have, however, received the jersey for next year!
Who knows? Like many people he never reported back. RAGBRAI could be done on any kind of bike. It appears that the Whip has about 56 gear inches. Bicycle Bill calculated that above on his way to calculating the wheel circumference. Most people just stop at the gear inches which sounds odd and gives you the equivalent size wheel you would have if…[Read more]
I got a new Trek 920 in 2018 after I got home from RAGBRAI. It came with tubeless compatible rims and I put tubeless tires on it in the spring of 2019. So I did last year’s RAGBRAI tubeless and had no issues. Of course I did the previous 7 RAGBRAI’s on tubed tires and had two flats, the only two flats I have had on the road since I started riding…[Read more]
The year that the Karras loop was so named is mentioned somewhere in the RAGBRAI chronicles that can be found on this website, if anyone has the time/interest to do the research. Last time I looked the chronicles did not have the few most recent years documented. I hope that someone does that before they become too poorly remembered to write up…[Read more]
Well, I already have my 2020/2021 jersey so I can tell you that the Register does have them in stock, probably enough in stock for the full expected ridership, and that diminishes the chances that they will redo them. If you really hate them and express your opinion then I suppose there is always the chance that they will replace them. I think it…[Read more]
My cycling career started in the 1950’s on the gravel driveway of my grandfather’s farm. My frugal father had bought me an old 26″ adult bike “that I would grow into”. It was just barely capable of being adjusted for my size so that I did not need blocks on the pedals or training wheels either. I learned to ride in about 15 minutes using the…[Read more]
It is never to early to worry about the start of the ride dip site because TJ never seemed concerned about it at all!
I wish that when the ride starts on a town well removed from the border that the route would just include a jog to the west and a suitable dip site. It’s not like RAGBRAI ever takes a direct route from point A to point B! And the…[Read more]
Yes we are just over a year from the next ride and I look forward to the time soon when the counter reads less than 365 days. However if this were just a few days from the next ride and there was still a backlog of registration packets to ship out TJ might have been barking orders like mad but he would have too many other fires to fight to spend…[Read more]
I assume that a lot of the interest in the double cross was an expression of loyalty to TJ rather than interest in the concept itself. I think it was and will be a fine opportunity if it actually comes off as planned. However, the looks on our spouses faces when we tell them we will be gone bike riding for two weeks in a row is a strong deterrent…[Read more]
I do not have my merchandise yet but they have responded to my emails. As of July 1 they said I should receive my goods “in the next few weeks”. Yes, a bit disappointing but I think the virus has a lot more to do with this than the departed ride director. I just cannot imagine TJ personally packing and shipping ride merchandise at this point in…[Read more]
mootsman, June 16, 2020 at 6:25 pm
For those who sign up for Virtual RAGBRAI, let us know on this thread. I can think of plenty of virtual rides I can put on especially for $55 a pop. In fact I’ll offer discount, $50.
In terms of doing this I think people like Zwift have a huge head start on you but there could be room for an upstart c…[Read more]
If RAGBRAI really wanted to develop a significant buzz about the ride here then they should have posted the information here as well as on Facebook, etc. It appears to be a fine ride and I appreciate the efforts of the RAGBRAI team to give us and Iowa some organized rides this year. I live in Illinois near Lake Michigan however and I’m a married…[Read more]
So, the RAGBRAI staff announced that they were going to announce something on June 15, which would be today, on a Just Go Bike podcast or two ago. Just visited the home page and saw the announcement for a virtual RAGBRAI. They want $55 for registration. Meh, I’ll take a pass, I thought.
But I read through the whole thing and now I’m thinking…[Read more]