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.
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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]
Regarding safety of clip-in pedals over platform pedals. It did not happen on RAGBRAI but my son once slipped off a platform pedal when riding. He had a hole in his upper shin where the pedal hit him. It was similar in size to the end of a 2-by-4. The Dr lost count of the number of stitches somewhere past 30. That does not happen when clipped in.
I would definitely use the clip-in pedals and bike shoes. You will get used to them and it will be way more efficient and safer. My first time trying clip-in pedals, I clipped in my right foot, leaned over to look, and lifted my left foot off the garage floor. I do not recommend doing that. Luckily no-body saw me. A couple things to watch out for…[Read more]
2014 coming into Tripoli was really tough. It was not only raining but cold and windy. That morning I rode through a very high headwind at the front edge of a cold front. I was in my lowest granny gear going 1.2 mph and barely managed to stay on the rode. Most people were in the ditch hanging on to weeds. I don’t know how high that wind was but I…[Read more]