Don’t like it, don’t buy it. Looking back, RAGBRAI-logo apparel were pretty much crap until 1998, or so, when they hired Cycle Design – and then everybody started to buy. Business dropped off, of course, once someone in the RAGBRAI or Register organization got their offspring to do the work instead.
Twenty-one rides starting in 1995 and skipping a few along the way and I read it as 82 counties. That’s counties where we either started, ended, or overnighted. Having to guess whether I’ve ridden through all 99, I think I have.
Read all, or most of, the 55 replies (so far) and I gotta say that I agree, and disagree. That pretty much covers it.
1. Saw a few e-Bikes and if they get folks out on the road, great. I didn’t see enough of them to matter, much.
2. The roads were better than many years. My fillings are still in place, I have no broken spokes, and didn’t have any…[Read more]
Tanya – Not seeing any responses from you regarding whether you got what you needed, or not, I’ll toss my hat in the ring.
My wife has to bag it this year so I’ve one week-long wristband available. I’ll be in Omaha tomorrow, CB on Saturday (not far from the Expo), and you can make an offer on it (wrist and bike). Of course, you’d have to fill out…[Read more]
@WOODS – I think that was 1999. 1995 was hot, but bearable. 1996 and 1998 were pretty nice. 1999 is when it didn’t cool down (relative term) until Saturday when there was a bit of rain in the morning. It was my then-girlfriend-now-wife’s first RAGBRAI. (Yeah, she married me even after that miserable week.)
To be blunt, Wendy, EVERYthing is overwhelmed when RAGBRAI comes to town. Towns that have hosted, or have been pass-through, forget everything they learned the last time and discount what the RAGBRAI planning committee advises. It’s just the way it is.
Whether charging stations, kybos, or food, it’s really hard to plan for a horde of cycling…[Read more]
Do a bit of research ahead of time to find out what local establishments have decent beer and you should be okay. If you really and truly NEED beer, you’ve more serious problems – and there are AA meetings in most towns. (grin)
If I recall, the hills aren’t really that bad. Kinda long, but not overly steep.
FWIW, my dad used to ride ’em on his single-speed bike – – but that was in the 1930s. He reveled in beating the old chain-drive trucks up the hill on the old Lincoln Hwy. ‘course, the trucks would do about 2 mph! Dad also rode the hills when he was in his 80s, also…[Read more]
I’ve not used a sleeping bag since the 1999 swelterfest. Instead, my wife took a fleece blanket and sewed a sheet across the bottom. We usually have the blanket on the bottom and the sheet covering. The few times the temperature’s dropped we’ve reversed the contraption.
The good news is that it takes up much less space than a sleeping bag. The…[Read more]