One year when I was a RAGBRAI Ambassador for a day I stopped to see if a young woman who was pushing her bike on level ground needed some help. She did but I did not have the means to fix her stripped pedal. She was cheerfully resigned to walking to the next town anyway. A few miles later I stopped to help a young man doing the same. He had…[Read more]
Even though it is rare no one can guarantee that your bike will not be stolen. If you worry about that you should use one of the locks recommended above. The most common theft at RAGBRAI is a town kid taking a joyride and then abandoning it somewhere. Many of those are found so you might get yours back — eventually. If you are worried, lock it.…[Read more]
I perfectly understand Niles’ point of view and I share elements of it. But RV owners are a welcome part of RAGBRAI and RVs make an excellent team vehicle. To those nearby sleeping in tents the noise may be unwelcome and that is why I say that when “we” find ourselves in one of “their” campgrounds we should be polite and turn the generators off…[Read more]
We’ve done the class C MH thing every year save one starting in 2012 and that is the plan again this year. You will hear generators running all night in the RV campgrounds and that is why they tend to segregate us. If you want to use another campground or if the RV campground is cheek by jowl with the rest as it sometimes is then you need to be…[Read more]
I don’t know yet what my plans are for the last Saturday of RAGBRAI this year. I may be driving home alone in a small motorhome, or I may already have left the ride on Thursday evening if my team jointly decides to do part of IR too. I won’t know more until registration closes most likely. But I can say that in one previous year we carried a…[Read more]
I have a class C with a large cargo bay under the bed that opens to the outside. It will hold 4-5 bikes and you can put a rack on the trailer hitch too, mine is a two bike rack. The MH does not have room to sleep all those riders and it would be tight to transport them across Iowa. It has plenty of room for their rides however. We generally leave…[Read more]
Here’s a collection of bikes I was looking at when I was looking in 2018. I thought they were all worth looking at. They are all over your budget because I had a different budget but you should easily find them under your budget either used or as new/old, unsold stock at a dealer if you are so lucky. Some of them (like the Fuji’s) may have sister…[Read more]
Jose I do not know what rumors you have heard. But I do know the logo this year has nothing to do with DD. It was accidentally posted and then pulled down again some weeks before he came on board, almost immediately after TJ announced his departure. So DD’s plans for this year were not used to guide the design of the logo but I suppose it is…[Read more]
You might want to look at local bike shops to see what they may have or know of as “trade-ins”. Some of the bikes people are going to mention here will be well above your $1k budget (because they won’t notice that you said that) but some of them would be under your limit if you can find a used one.
Success with a cell phone depends on both who your carrier is and where you are. In one town one carrier’s service will be overwhelmed while another’s is working, mostly. In the next town the situation could be just the opposite. Overall texting does seem to work the best however there are no guarantees at RAGBRAI! My team relies on texting and it…[Read more]
I love the route. Of course I say that every year. There is no bad route through Iowa. The presentation last night was a little lacking compared to previous years. I don’t make anything of that other than with a lot of things to do in order to clean up the mess that TJ created and little time to do them in some things had to get all the attention…[Read more]
I’d be happy to eat a pie in Lytton. I do believe the die has been cast however and it is too late to lobby on their behalf. They either are or are not close enough to the route to be a possibility this year. Of course if they are close and the full details of the route are not set in stone yet then lobbying is in order. We shall see next…[Read more]
I suspect there will be no contest this year, a casualty of the leadership change chaos. Most likely if we want a contest we will have to organize it ourselves by posting our final guesses to this thread. There will be no prizes, just bragging rights.
Unless some official body sees this thread and steps up at the last minute….
I think this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity for those of you who can do it. It sounds like the 2021 IR could be different from a cross state ride. Rides in other states have formats different from RAGBRAI and TJ has hinted at a different format going forwards. This is not to say that there will never be another opportunity to cross the…[Read more]
Well, Wadena would fit a northern route and tradition says we are due for one this year. The new leadership may say otherwise. I guess we will know in a little over a month? I now have someone I would like to visit in Charles City so that would fit well with Wadena. My desires have had little influence on previous year’s routing however although…[Read more]
I am glad that IBC has endorsed RAGBRAI. A group like IBC has absolutely no business favoring one ride over another. If they support bicycling then they must support ALL rides that meet some minimum standards. I don’t know what their standards are, or should be, but there is no possible universe in which RAGBRAI fails to meet them!
This is a very good thread, just what we need right now. I hope it continues long in the same vein. Something else occurred to me while reading all the above. You know how people ask you what you would do differently if you could live your life over? Well, most definitely one thing I would do over would be to ride the first RAGBRAI and every one…[Read more]
Well, my thinking was that if anything needs to be cut this year because of the big shakeup, the gravel loop with its low ridership would be a likely choice. In itself cutting it would not save much time, effort, whatever but it would help and the outcry from riders would be minimal. Plus, it has been associated with the Hed family business and…[Read more]