This isn’t a joke, but it made me smile. I got on the road this morning in the dark. I set my Nite Rider Lumina 1200 to a steady medium beam. About three miles into the ride I noticed a pickup truck about to enter the road ahead of me on my right. The driver let me pass in front of him before pulling onto the road, and I waved my thanks. I…[Read more]
As I mentioned in another thread, I was witness to a great race in Onawa the evening before Ragbrai 2018 started. After supper, I was walking back to camp when I saw a tractor pulling a cart full of visitors. On the sidewalk was a boy about three or four on a Big Wheel trike. He was racing the tractor and staying parallel to it. The boy raced…[Read more]
Before I leave these tree puns for rest, I heard through the grapevine that Richard has got his wooden bikes to work. The main problem was the log-jam. The downside is that now they just lumber along.
I heard that Alderman Elmer and his wife, Hazel, are going to check out the wooden bikes.
So I want to Spruce them up until they are Cherry.
I want the down tube to be Plum.
I thought Cotton-wood be better for the seat.
And I Ce-dar best choice for the handlebars is Palm.
Put a Pear of wheels on them and they should be finished.
At one of the Ragbrai pass-through towns, a local farmer told me a story. He was teaching his son to drive the tractor and plow straight furrows. He told his boy to find something in the distance in the direction he wanted to plow and keep heading for it. The farmer left his son to his work and came back later to find his field furrowed with…[Read more]
The following joke does not have anything to do with cycling, but since this tread has left me in stitches, maybe it is appropriate.
A length of rope goes into a bar for a drink. As soon as the bartender sees him he yells “Hey, we don’t allow your kind in here! Get out before I throw you out!”
Now outside, the rope feels dejected and angry…[Read more]
In 1973 I was moving from Ames to Sioux City to go to Western Iowa Tech. I had been riding a Schwinn Continental around Ames and occasionally to Ledges Park. I decided to move all but my bike and camping gear to Sioux City then hitch back to Ames. Solo and completely self-contained, I was riding west to Sioux City while Donald Kaul and John…[Read more]
You are correct. We could go south on Highway 89 to Linden street, S avenue, then 550th would take us into Aurelia. I didn’t see that before. I’m still betting on Neptune and Quimby, though.
Hi T. Gap,
You remind me of when I used to have a camel plush toy. I mounted it on my bag that is behind my seat. It took a while before one of my club riders understood that it was a camel at the back of my bike. So I had two Camelbaks too! I wonder what happened to that camel?
Hmmm. . .
BB, due to your description of the Kirkland bags, I have started thinking of alternatives. I could heavy-duty tape strong magnets to the bike and coil wire around my tubes. It wouldn’t wear out, and humidity wouldn’t affect it. I’ll let you know how it works. Thanks for the inspiration!
Hey Bicycle Bill,
Thanks for your Velcro story. I suspect that the Iowa humidity relaxes the Velcro loops.
On my first Ragbrai I lost a small bottle of energy gel that Velcroed to the mount it came with. I never had a problem with it here in dry Nevada.
Route announcement has the Le Mars / Storm Lake leg at 60.1 miles with 2373 feet of climb. I think we will go South to Neptune, then East through Quimby and on to Storm Lake. It’s the same mileage if we go South and take C38 through Cherokee, but we would have to be on Highway 3 a short time, then be on a gravel road after Aurelie. I think…[Read more]
This is not a joke, but it’s kind of stupid-funny.
I use a Camelbak that I store behind my seat. Since I am righthanded, I secure the tube to the right side of my seat with Velcro. Occasionally the Velcro has failed so that the tube falls into my chain and cassette. It usually cuts the tube and the end wraps around the cassette. This hasn’t…[Read more]
I know this is WAY early to worry about dip sites, but we already know the first town is Le Mars. I hadn’t planned to Ragbrai this year, but now that the route is postponed until next year I am giving it some thought.
I see two possible spots to dip in the Big Sioux. One is just past Westfield on county (?) road 3, or go a little further to…[Read more]
Thank you for your input about paraffin. Sounds like it works well in all weather.
I assume that my 11-foot chain would be awkward to get into a crock-pot and then get the loops out as I re-install it. According to the Ceramic Speed article, wax gets about two-tenths of a watt advantage over Rock-n-Roll Gold. For that small of a…[Read more]