My last 4 RAGBRAIs I have run tubeless without a flat. Actually no flats on any ride for 5 years. But the previous 3 RAGBRAIs I didn’t get one either with tubed tires. A flat on tubeless is a minor hassle to put in a tube after draining the sealant and removing the stem. Tubeless flats are so very rare. Especially if you watch for a spot of…[Read more]
Forgot to mention when pumping up a tubeless to push both beads into the rim center. If any of the bead is on the rim when pumping it up it usually leaks the air as fast as the the pump releases it into the tire.
I also have had a good experience with tubeless (haven’t used “tubeless ready”, there is a difference). I;ve gone 14,000 miles without a flat. Once in a while I see a damp spot on the tire where a puncture got sealed. Those can start expanding and eventually leak so I replace the tire when that happens.
Didn’t need to measure my armholes (end of the sleeves actually). One was too tight, one was baggy and loose. All my other jersey (including RAGBRAI jerseys) sleeves are like the loose sleeve. And both of my arms are thin. The only RAGBRAI shorts I bought ripped at the upper end of the zig-zag stitching when I pulled them over my…[Read more]
With 2021 a ways off now there is a chance for a redo on the RAGBRAI 48 symbol. Please loose the Willie Nelson guitar themed symbol which has little to do with RAGBRAI’s history or any connection to Iowa. Think more like ones of the past that show either an Iowa (like Iowa farm related) or RAGBRAI (like 2009’s water-tower and corn) connection.…[Read more]
You might try starting your own topic on the subject to get more replies to your question. I take the chain, put it in a jar with some cleaner (I use a citric cleaner), put the cap on and give it a good shaking. Doesn;t need a lot of cleaner. Then dry it off well before putting on the lube of my choice.
Maybe either change clothing vendors or have them fix how they stitch the chamois into the shorts. That cheap zigzag stitching rips small hole on the fabric which enlarge over time. The current vendor is the only manufacturer I’ve seen use this type of stitching. The only pair of RAGBRAI bibs I bought ripped little whole the first time I tried…[Read more]
What might be a fun option for 1-weekers is a RAGBRAI that loops back mid-way. On day 4 the loop back option would turn off the 1 week route and loop back on a different route to the same over night town as the night before. Then follow the 1st 3 days in reverse to get back to their car.
I think you’re right, RAGBRAI should consider it. But instead of a different route just a reverse route of RAGBRAI that year to make the logistics super simple. If they don’t a team or 2 could start it up to prove the reverse route is viable. Maybe IR will survive but in league with RAGBRAI for the same route backwards each year.
For everyone that was planning on doing both I hope IR does not go the way of TJ. But sadly if the founder departs more then a year before the first IR takes place, it is not a good sign for IR ever happening. But you could start to advertise on this forum for a team that will ride the RAGBRAI route backwards the week before.
Check out the videos on youtube on proper chain lube application. The goal is to lube the roller cams and not the outside of the chain or the cogs, chainrings. I use prolink and wipe all the lube off the outside of the chain and drive train. Stays quit and dirt free. Like the video says.
Yawn…. I’d be more apt to ride the yet to be named ride, the p-b-v signature ride Sept 18 – 20 that camps in 1 place and has 2 loop rides each day (real not virtual). 1 paved and 1 gravel loop each day but you can do both.
TJ did great things for RAGBRAI and I wish him luck. It was a troubled ending though.
That aside I doubt IR will actually ever happen unless they try and be something different then RAGBRAI. I’d suggest a route that begins and ends in the same place to simplify rider logistics. And coordinate a little with RAGBRAI by 1) ending on the Friday…[Read more]
Interesting new information. The media has of course referenced the states with increasing positive tests usually without even a passing nod to the fact that the states are all testing more. If you test more people in a week of course you’ll find more cases. The media now calls all increases “spikes”. Sounds more dramatic.
I have a route out of La Crosse’s Myrick park loosely based on the LAX Wheelmen’s Killer Hill route. Climb’s up past Grand-dad bluff on County F to FO to OA into Barre Mill. Then a loop that includes West Salem and Bangor and points north. I can post the details if you want or track down the map and my old laption
Forgot to mention the Twin Cities has more paved trails then you could explore in a week. Especially nice from the far NE metro, just inside I-694 on the south frontage road along hwy 36 is the Gateway trail. And take the Browns Creek trail where the trails spit into Stillwater. Great restaurants but The Freight-House has the best outdoor…[Read more]