I have used a Garmin 520 for several years. It came with speed, cadence, and heart rate sensor. It has so many functions I can never use them all. It has current elevation, total climb and total descent. You can setup several display screens any way you want and scroll through them. It can display the % grade which works by GPS so it takes a few…[Read more]
Of course the worst hills are those with a name. A couple names I remember are Potter Hill and Twister Hill. For anybody that was there I’m sure I do not have to say where they were. So, are there any hills with a name this year?
When I saw this post I immediately thought of 2006, day 2, Ida Grove to Audubon. DenBiker described that day pretty well but I would add a couple things. Many of those large hills were what I refer to as 40 mph hills which usually means coasting down at over 40 mph. Several times while having to pedal down those hills to keep from being blown over…[Read more]
I have always had Verizon for the last 14 years on RAGBRAI. Text messaging is much more likely to work although I have received some messages even the next day back in 2011 I think. It seems to me that phone service on RAGBRAI has gotten better over the years. In recent years RAGBRAI has provided a few portable cell towers in the overnight towns…[Read more]
Becky Gilreath said:
I have a question about gear…I have a couple of rain jackets, so I’m good. But I’m not sure what to do with my head. I thought I wanted a hooded jacket, but then I started to think how hard it would be to turn my head to check traffic etc.
So what do you suggest as a head covering?[/quote]
One rainy RAGBRAI day I had a groce…[Read more]
In 2011 my daughter and I rode all day in a cold rain. We eventually took refuge in a convenience store in a tiny pass though town along with about 200 other riders. They kept making hot chocolate and running a wet-vac to keep the water level on the floor below 1/2 inch. Eventually someone yelled “I got the weather to work (on a laptop). It’s…[Read more]
I have been on 14 RAGBRAIs and never been concerned about locking my bike. It is mid-range in cost, about $2000. However a few times I was starting to think it was stolen but turned out I was looking in the wrong place. The worst was at a mid-day stop, parked in a large hay-field. When I parked there were only a few bikes. When I went to leave…[Read more]
The Schumacher Multi-functional Portable Digital Power Station in an answer above would probably work as it has an 18 amp/hour battery. However it is a starting battery and a lead/acid battery so it is not likely to be a deep cycle battery. If you deeply discharge it too many times it probably won’t last very long. I would get one without a…[Read more]
I worked for a respiratory home care company for 10 years so I worked with many hundreds of CPAP and BiPAP patients. Any normal CPAP/BiPAP will run on an inverter (convert 12 volts to 120 volts) attached to a battery, most likely as large as a car battery. There are some small portable CPAPs designed for travel use but it may depend on your…[Read more]
Central Iowa Charters (CIC) changed names last year. Before that it was Lake Country Cyclists (LCC), named after a bike club in Ankeny, Iowa. They have been around a long time and always had riders not in the club. They are much smaller than Pork Belly Ventures with about 80-100 riders. Almost everybody brings their own tent and most set it up…[Read more]
On 12 RAGBRAIs I have usually found a laundromat mid-week. It is best to locate them before RAGBRAI and plan ahead because internet access on a smart phone is pretty iffy during RAGBRAI. I carry one of those really inexpensive (free) backpacks with cords over the shoulders just to carry a load of laundry while riding. Works fine but not…[Read more]
I always thought the license plates were a good idea and have always used one. However most people do not use them so I was not surprised when one was not in the packet. I think they finally decided not to bother and save some money. It seems to me that more people around camp knew my name than I knew theirs. And sometimes out on the road I was…[Read more]
How many people does a 30 pound tent hold. That thing must be huge. Or maybe you keep your bikes inside at night, not common but I have seen it done. I agree that the baggage tag is valid so use it. No-one will know or care. You paid for it.
Training for the first part…..done. However training for the second part I usually avoid before RAGBRAI. Pretty easy to get back in the groove. Besides I gain enough weight during RAGBRAI, it is best not to start early.
I think I saw my first fat-tire bike on RAGBRAI 3 years ago and then only 1 that I know of. Last year they were common enough that they are no longer unusual. I do not have one but have followed a fat-bike for several miles at a blistering pace. If you have been training on a fat bike go for it.
Generally no. However some charters do offer laundry service but at this point I would think you would know that by now if going with a charter. I have usually been able to find a laundromat in an overnight town, mid-week on 12 previous RAGBRAIs. However expect it to be very busy. It really helps with the smell to wash a load mid-week. It is best…[Read more]
I had the privilege of seeing Maddie on RAGBRAI in 2014. I was riding through Clarksville and was reeled in by her beautiful voice. She was performing on a flatbed trailer. For and hour and a half I was mesmerized and unable to leave until she left the stage. After I threw a few dollar bills in her guitar case I asked around to see if anyone could…[Read more]
You can find coffee every day with ease. If nothing else almost every town in Iowa has a Casey’s obviously with coffee (and ice). I normally drink strong coffee every day but never on RAGBRAI because if I do I tend to get leg cramps. However to prevent caffeine withdrawal headaches I use various flavors of GU packs (or many other brands) with…[Read more]
I have looked long and hard at solar panels to do what you propose. In my opinion the math does not work out unless you are pulling a trailer on which to mount a much larger solar panel than you could ever mount on your bike. The output is just way too low to be of any use. I do use a couple of battery packs. A 10,000 to 20,000 mAh lithium ion…[Read more]