It’s a long weekend for me this weekend with Memorial day on Monday and our work 9 hours a day and get every other Friday off summer hours at work. So maybe I will get a ride or two in even though it is supposed to be rainy here in NE Illinois too. Hows my training going? Don’t ask, I’ve been afraid to add up the numbers because they are so low….
I got this email from my friend and teammate Mark “Bunny” Bundick a little bit ago. He thinks some of you might find this interesting so I am posting it on his behalf. Mark is a bit of celebrity himself having had a long and successful career in banking in the Chicago area and having been the president of the National Association of Rocketry for a…[Read more]
Some years the day’s meeting town is on one of the loops and that makes a great way for a driver to do some riding with the pack. But not this year. The safest option would be to contact the overnight towns and see if they could connect your dad with someone whose vehicle can haul a bike and arrange to have them haul your dad back upstream on the…[Read more]
Personally, I feel that you should run the widest tires that fit your bike on this ride. You’ve got over 400 miles of riding in traffic that will frequently be too dense to let you avoid cracks and holes and rumble strips and all the other road “features” that could send you to the pavement. The roads of Iowa are in good condition with some…[Read more]
The end towns do their best to put on a show for us and tempt us to stay a while. Most people head out as soon as they can however. If you stay a while or overnight in the end town you will earn their eternal gratitude. I would do that if I could but like most folks, I guess, I have people at home who would prefer that I return sooner rather than…[Read more]
The 35s would be more comfortable, if you ride fast enough so that aerodynamics are significant the 28s would be slightly faster. Sounds like you are happy with 35s, try looking for efficient tires in about that width. The top five tires on this site would be good choices for efficiency, but the Vittorias are no longer…[Read more]
I don’t own a road bike and probably never will. You want a bike that is comfortable for you for long hours and many miles. Whichever one of your bikes fits that requirement best is the one you should bring. My new bike is a gravel touring bike with efficient two inch tires. Iowa’s roads tend to be in great condition but they are not perfect.…[Read more]
Charters come in a range of price points so check them out before writing that option off as too expensive. I used the Riverbend club one year and I agree that they do a great job at an affordable price! A lot of people report having a good experience with the Register truck and campground however so I think you’d be in good hands there too.…[Read more]
Hi Lita, I think we can count on some challenging weather in July too! But there should be some pleasant days as well and some years we get great weather the whole week. If you are from McHenry County then your team like mine is probably morning the end of the Udder Century on the first Sunday of June. We are casting about for alternatives and are…[Read more]
I walked to church yesterday morning at 7am with my bass guitar on my back. The streets were already snow free, the sidewalks mostly so, the lawns and tree limbs were still thickly covered. By the time second service was over at noon there was barely a flake to be seen anywhere. This morning has been rain, rain, rain. It will end soon for a bit…[Read more]
Snowed all day here but melted as it fell until the last three hours or so with the result that we got three inches instead of ten. Compared to the flooding west of here it wouldn’t have been more than an annoyance even if we’d gotten ten.
There are many facets to this discussion. If you consider RAGBRAI to be primarily a social event that happens to involve bicycles almost peripherally then eBikes are no big deal other than they are a way to allow participation in the event by some who might not otherwise be able to participate. If you consider RAGBRAI to primarily be a bicycle…[Read more]
I might try to stop by an unassuming home at 604 North Court Street in Fairfield. It is an obscure historic site at best and I don’t even know for sure that the current building on that lot is the original one. But late in the 19th century a young boy by the name of Henry Harrison Chase Dunwoody lived there. I’m not sure that Fairfield remembers…[Read more]
You have to understand that the RAGBRAI team does not control what the pass through towns do and they do not have the resources to do what the pass through towns do even if they could control them. So what can they do? They can do exactly what they say that they ARE doing: “All towns are given instruction to provide water bottle filling stations,…[Read more]
The RAGBRAI team has to walk a fine line between the needs and desires of the riders, the vendors, the towns and counties, and the police forces. This is a huge event to put on in rural, for the most part, Iowa and it is unlike most other events of its size that are not bicycle rides in that the location changes from day to day for a week. Indeed…[Read more]