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]
TJ did a fine job as RAGBRAI director for 17 years. I’ve had several people tell me he is a man of honesty and integrity long before the events of last fall unfolded. Personally, I disagree strongly with what he did last fall. But, after the initial blow up and ill advised plans for Iowa’s Ride were announced he began to take steps to restructure…[Read more]
I am sure the store is a temporary casualty of the CV-19 pandemic and will return when business as usual resumes. Andrea, Anne, and Dieter make fairly regular appearances on the Just Go Bike podcasts so it is worth tuning into them if you want to stay up to date. Parrot talk is back on the air and she is asking people to send in questions so go…[Read more]
I’m glad to see that TJ is keeping his hand in the Iowa bicycle ride game. There are certainly other states that would welcome his leadership on rides but I suppose his heart is in Iowa now and it will be difficult to move him. It sounds like a good plan, it sounds like you will actually be riding with TJ in fact! That and the other changes to the…[Read more]
I have done the same and have not received a response either. I recently emailed RAGBRAI a question and it took over a week to get a reply. That is not their normal response time and in their response they apologized and said they are swamped with email and other work right now. I have to say that I believe them and I am willing to be patient.…[Read more]
I originally made some noise about doing the ride anyway but we know a lot more now than we did then and I am no longer interested in this notion. If you live in Iowa and you comply with Iowa’s restrictions and the overnight town regulations then be my guest. I don’t think Iowa needs a big influx of outsiders right now however and I am not a…[Read more]
Not everyone uses a charter and not everyone has no need for the stimulus check. If you and your family need it, keep it, that is what it is for. But if you are able to give it away to people who do need it, consider doing that too. LawnchairMan’s idea is excellent but if you don’t use a charter there are plenty of charities that can get help to…[Read more]
I, regrettably, am becoming a fat bike rider in the one sense but not the other. My bike can run tires up to, perhaps, 2.5 inches, maybe 3 depending on the tread and casing profile. So, I can’t help you from direct experience. However, to me it seems like your riding goals will be well served by 4 or 4.8. I think the main benefits of the wider…[Read more]
These are not normal times, these are times when we must give each other all the help that we can so that we can all get through this. Every night the evening news is awash with politicians spinning their stories and almost without exception I am unimpressed with all of them. The one exception is Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot. I am not a…[Read more]
The Princess is right, as usual. When I checked early yesterday morning it was 89 days and change. After the announcement it was reset to 460 days. Surely that is higher than it has ever been before. 😭