I believe RAGBRAI III was the first patch, although my faulty memory recalls seeing a rider wearing a SAGBRAI (for Second Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) T-shirt on a fall ride in Wisconsin back in 1974. Once I found out about it, I promised myself that I’d somehow go on that ride … although it took me until 1978 to do so, because the i…[Read more]
Can’t speak to a broken pelvis, but I did take a bad fall on 1 June last year and sustained a compound fracture of the left femur (also broke the knob off my left humerus and my cracked my right radius). Ended up with a titanium rod running the length of the bone and six or eight screws to stabilize everything. I was up…[Read more]
I remember when RAGBRAI participants were more concerned with the route, the road conditions, the weather, and where the campgrounds were located than with who or what the towns were providing for entertainment. And do you know something? I think I had more fun in the earlier years, when Karras and Kaul and Benson were in charge, than any…[Read more]
This reminds me of the weight-saving craze of the seventies, when steel was real and a sub-thirty pound bike was something only professional cyclists could aspire to. As a result, drilled-out equipment – brake levers, chain rings, crank spiders, brake arms, derailleur cages, and even rims – were all the rage in the quest to bring down weigh…[Read more]
Back in the early years when I was still riding, the towns were still able to put the traveling circus that was RAGBRAI all pretty much in one location, and often times that location was the local fairgrounds. I didn’t depend strictly on a hammock but I carried a mesh one with me (it rolled up into a pouch about the size of a baseball). If we…[Read more]
“5. Could you somehow only allow registered riders on these Forums or the various FB pages? “
Don’t really think that’s a wise idea. I rode RAGBRAI annually between 1978 and 2000 (missing only one for reasons I don’t want to go into at this time), and was registered each and every time, even though the last ten years or so was always with…[Read more]
They did that back in 1997 (RAGBRAI XXV) and 1998 (RAGBRAI XXVI), but as I recall it required the team be large enough to make it worthwhile doing a couple dozen or so (as opposed to maybe three or four), so the jerseys that got made were for larger groups like the Quad City Bicycle Club, Des Moines Cycle Club, Rainbow Cyclists, and a few others…[Read more]
Most riders arrive in the start town on Saturday – in fact, when I rode with Rainbow Cyclists of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, I’d be on the ‘early’ bus that got to the start town on Friday night! That way I had time to shake down the bike, usually with a short ride over to the river to do the wheel dip, and take in some of the activities that the s…[Read more]
I too have wondered why the Register themselves haven’t made such a collection available, either as a physical printed book or an online resource accessible from this site, like the grid showing the start, finish, and overnight towns.
But they haven’t, so you’re probably going to have to wait for some individual who has these four things:
1) A…[Read more]
The ‘getting back and forth’ issue is a strong one, and that’s why I was a member of Rainbow Cyclists in the 1980s and 1990s. As a member, all I had to do was to get myself to Waterloo and meet the bus, and they took care of getting me to the start (and back to Waterloo and my vehicle from the finish)… although having them haul my baggage in o…[Read more]
Ben, most if not all states have bicycle laws on the books calling for white lights facing forward and red lights to the rear. Some of the older laws may even specify a distance from which they must be visible. Personally, I’d just as soon leave it that way, as when I am a motorist and see a red light (steady or flashing), I don’t have to try…[Read more]
Surlyman, you are correct that flashing lights may have adverse effects on people with epilepsy, but research shows that the flashing frequency that causes this falls within a known and therefore relatively uncommon rate — 5 to 30 flashes PER SECOND (emphasis mine). If ALL flashing lights were likely to do this, why aren’t we seeing more peop…[Read more]
If they are, as some people here keep insisting, “motor-assisted bicycles”, then why is it all the ads I see them in never show the rider ever turning the pedals? I suppose then, if you kick-start a Kawasaki, it is therefore a “pedal-assisted bicycle” too.
I used to have a big, spring-loaded two-tone bell which gave out with a loud (by comparison to the other cycling bells of the time) “BING-BONG!” whenever I activated it. Of course, that was also back in the day before even iPods when cyclists rode their bikes, looked around, and interacted with other riders instead of immersing themselves in…[Read more]
“…Seeing someone locking there [sic] bike is a insult to all in the Ragbrai community.”
There’s an old saying that goes, “Locks keep honest people honest”, and there’s another truism that if someone wants your bike badly enough, no lock is going to protect it. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to ride RAGBRAI, but during the 21 years w…[Read more]
By e-bikers, are you referring to those with the electric motorcycles, or those of us who, for one reason or another, are unable to be on the road physically and will have to enjoy the week vicariously from behind our keyboards and monitors?
I can’t speak with a definite certainty, but the last I knew about that track is that it was an active but lightly-used branch of the Canadian Pacific, not part of the main line. I would be willing to bet that while there might be a train passing through occasionally, it certainly won’t be a mile long, most likely be going less than 30 mph, and p…[Read more]