Riding an e-bike is simply more fun than a conventional no power assist standard bike … and safer too because we’re less likely to push past our physical limits and we can fully focus on conditions. YouTube has a Trek commercial about e-biking “A Little More?”. Enjoy the ride.
Good input on e-bikes and e-bikers.
How do you plan to handle the mileage on RAGBRAI? My Trek CrossRip has a fast recharger weighing about one pound and takes around two hours to fully replenish. My bike goes 60-70 miles on the lowest ECO setting and maybe 20-25 miles on the highest (TURBO) and can be shut off on downhills and flat areas to…[Read more]
Hope you got a name and recovered your damages. Most crashes I’ve seen or passed on Ragbrai resulted from downhills and probably going too fast. A Biker Buddy told me as he got older he tended to go slower and under control at all times and he decided 30 mph was his top speed even on a long down hill. Pretty good advice but I didn’t do this on…[Read more]
I’ve seen it suggested that most e-bikers go way too fast and did not learn to handle higher speeds which I think is assumptions and not facts. I’ve had an e-bike 18 months now and most of the other e-bikers I’ve met at home and on Ragbrai are just like me … biked for several decades and know how to handle higher speeds safely but mostly ride…[Read more]
I was in Washington, D.C. last week and noticed the many people young and old whizzing by on the sidewalks and roads on e-bicycles but more people were on e-scooters. Should I have protested that these folks did not earn their right to enjoy the many sites because they were not walking like me? I suspect we’ll be seeing more power-assist v…[Read more]
Good points except on the last one a fast recharger weighs around a pound and allows anyone who chooses to or needs more assist can stop and recharge in about two hours or less depending if want a full or just need to make it another few miles. I did this every day this year often while I recharged my body with a swim and nap and lunch. The…[Read more]
Most of the time “on your left” is a courtesy the same as anything else said to alert others “car up”, “car Back”,”slowing”, “stopping” etc. and most of the time I’m content to hold back because my intent is to arrive safe and whole at the end of each day. I ride an ebike because it’s fun and not to impress anyone else. I also look healthier t…[Read more]
TJ responded to my inquiry before this year’s Ragbrai that re-charging stations are located at or near each pass-thru town water station. I looked for these in several towns but if these existed there were no signs and when I verbal inquiries had the same puzzled responses but I always found a source to re-charge my battery, usually at pools w…[Read more]
I enjoy seeing and exploring new places and riding my bike long distances and the route varies every year and I found so many interesting places the first 15 years I brought my wife out this year and showed her some of the highlights driving from Keotuk and up the Mississippi River snd then on mostly back roads to Council Bluffs and back to Des…[Read more]
I bought my Trek CrossRip after medical issues on the 2018 Ragbrai and I was able to ride 2019 with no problems and enjoyed it far better too. I carried the recharger and replenished at swimming pools each day while I took a refreshing swim. The big pluses were the lack of stress and plenty of time to look around both during and after completing…[Read more]
In 16 years riding Ragbrai I’ve seen a significant improvement in the quality of roads but of course there’s bound to be a few miles here and there of lesser quality and it’s in our own self interest to drive with care especially when our vehicle and body is subject to severe consequences if we fail to do so. 16 years and I’ve not come close t…[Read more]
We enjoyed Council Bluffs the week before RAGBRAI touring the Dodge House, Black Angel, Lincoln site, Lewis & Clark but were disappointed more historical places were not open. I planned to see more when I arrived Saturday but the traffic and congestion made this nearly impossible. Council Bluffs is a great place to visit but not during RAGBRAI.…[Read more]
I met Clarence and his son at a Corn stop the 4th or 5th day and he was 93 and he was accompanied by his son, a youthful 72 same as me. Clarence said he had been riding Ragbrai since he was 78 and took up cycling in his 70s and he was camping and doing the whole week. I wondered if Clarence might have been interviewed and if his story might have…[Read more]
I ride a pedal assist e-bike because I’m not nearly as healthy as I look and it makes bicycling fun again. “On your left” is simply a request by a faster cyclist to get past safely. Most of the time I’m content to ride along with the pack but going up hill at a slow pace can be tricky and I’d much rather take the lead and get past the slowest…[Read more]