Good points. Most fast self-powered riders politely wait for an opening rather then shout on-your-left to get people to move out of the way. They see the riders on the left have riders on their right. I’d guess many e-bikers do also although some do not. They purchased their speed instead of acquiring it over time, gaining experience and patience…[Read more]
And my next off-topic post was just speculating on the effect on rider participation over time. That initially there will be benefits to participation but that there could be a longer term dampening effect also.
Going off topic a bit on e-biker etiquette training to just e-bikes in general: E-bikes are being welcomed by nearly all organized rides. My perception for RAGBRAI is this year was more of an advertisement to welcome even more and it will get up to about 20% e-bikers in the near future. That’s about when we’ll see if there is a consequence also.…[Read more]
With now 3 RAGBRAI training rides maybe its time to consider a RAGBRAI reunion ride? The last weekend in August before Labor Day might be a good fit. Something that allows at least riders in nearby states to make it.
I thought even “The Big Rove” might be a candidate to be moved in the schedule to be a reunion ride instead of a training ride as…[Read more]
I was going up a hill with many other riders in the area. Passing some when I heard a woman on a 3 wheel trike yelling to move over to get past. So a bunch of us put in the extra effort to move out of the way only for her and her partner following her to come past using motorized ebikes (motors fully engaged). Maybe ebikers instead of demanding…[Read more]
2012 was super-hot but don’t forget about 2011. Mid to upper 90s were the highs but we had all time record humidity in the upper mid-west that year. It was awful. And the predictions the Friday before were for mid-80s so it was unexpected. I would not have gone had the forecast been accurate. I left Wednesday at 10pm because it was still 94 and…[Read more]
Oh, and if yo go tubeless make sure your rims were designed to be tubeless compatible. Some non-tubeless rims will hold air after putting on tubeless rim strip but not reliably. So never depend on a rim that was not designed as tubeless. They could “burp” out air of fail completely.
I have been running all tubeless for many years including the year of the 1st gravel loop. Tubeless are great in that they eliminate pinch flats which I’d guess would be the #1 cause of flats on gravel. I’ve gone as much as 14,000 miles without a flat on tubeless (changing out worn out tires of course).
A few people mention bringing your most comfortable bike. All of my bikes are because I employ “ergonomic measurements” when setting them up. Measuring saddle height to the center of the saddle from the center of the crank arm bolt. Measuring set-back on the saddle from the nose of the saddle to a line straight up from the crank arm bolt.…[Read more]
The maps/GPS-routes are nice even though you can’t get lost just to know how far until the next town. But you can’t get lost unless you are very far out front or very far behind. Some people I know leave late and ride with lights to avoid the crowd. Also you can go old-school like I like to do, print the maps and coat them in mailing tape to…[Read more]