Nobody “outlawed” kickstands, just as nobody “outlawed” fenders or lights or panniers. It’s just a holdover from the days of the ‘weight wienies’, who tried to shed ever possible gram from their bikes in the name of speed and efficiency (never mind the fact that the weight saved by removing all the kickstands, fenders, and what-have-you in the w…[Read more]
If you haven’t done so already, I’d suggest contacting Walker Bike Shop in Fort Dodge (808 1st Ave N; Fort Dodge , Iowa , 50501 – ph. 515-576-3330). They’re the local Trek franchise, and I’m sure they’d be willing to help re-unite you and your bike. If you can come to so sort of agreement with them,l then you can make some arrangements with t…[Read more]
Take good care of yourself, Amanda. I’ve already lost the woman who I would have been happy to call my Queen to COVID back at the beginning of last December, and it tore the hell out of me. I don’t know what I’d do if I also lost my Princess. -“BB”-
I hark back to the early years (my first ride was RGBRAI VI) when the last day might be as short as 20 – 25 miles. That changed following the debacle in Elkader. While it later came to light that many of the Elkader peccadilloes were being perpetrated by what I refer to as “local talent” (people from the area who showed up merely for the party,…[Read more]
What do you do if you miss getting your stuff on the baggage truck? You find out just how persuasive you can be to try to get someone to schlep the stuff for you. Fortunately, with the number of people/teams who have their own vehicles/shuttles/what-have-you, I suppose a sad, hang-dog look, a $20 bill, and a promise of a couple 12-packs of b…[Read more]
I saw something where ‘legacy’ Microsoft Edge is being replaced with an updated version of Edge. This may be the source of your problems. Updating your browser or changing to another browser like Chrome or Firefox is probably the best fix.
After looking at the map, it appears that for at least one day RAGBRAI will effectively be split into two separate routes – the paved route and the gravel alternative. This does raise a couple of questions, and I wonder if the powers-that-be at RAGBRAI have thoroughly thought them through.
addendum to your post, T. Gap: Illustrations by Ken Ada.
The Great River Road formerly continued north into Canada. There were two routes, one from Bemidji into Ontario and the other from Lake Itasca into Manitoba. The former followed US 71 to the Fort Frances–International Falls International Bridge, then Highway 71 to Longbow Corners on the T…
Considering that we ride from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River, I think a better song choice might have been the Jerry Reed song, “Eastbound and Down” (from the original ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ movie). -“BB”-
Kelly PM said, “For the duration of the dinner, I left the forlorn Shen Ling on the sidewalk leaning against the restaurant with the chain dragging the ground. I didn’t know how I would get it road worthy for the last day’s ride. Best guess was find a chain breaker and shorten the chain to make a single speed out of it. No matter. It was sto…[Read more]