I think Van Pelt’s response was pretty much spot on. PBV does exactly what it says it will do and it does it very well. It is extremely well organized, really great showers, mid-week laundry, in camp meals and entertainment, tent city, beer, bike shipping etc. They tell you what they are going to do for you and they do it very, very well.…[Read more]
I used a klymit pad for a couple weeks last summer and again for a shorter trip this spring. It was very comfortable and never leaked, but I needed something in addition to my lungs to blow it completely up without passing out. I bought a “Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Mini Pump” which worked surprisingly well. while not exactly cheap, it pumped up the…[Read more]
Lots of good advice in this thread. One other suggestion is to use insulated bottles and fill them with ice if at all possible. When you go through one of the towns look for a c-store a few blocks off the route, fill your bottle with ice, one for water, one for your electrolyte drink of choice that you buy at the store. Nibble on something with…[Read more]
A charter provides a level of service that can really help a first time rider going alone. Ragbrai can seem pretty chaotic. Having a charter take some of the organizational load off of you, for your first trip, is a good choice imo. I rode with PBV a couple of years ago. Their level of service is excellent as many have noted. I thought the…[Read more]
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