When it is a cold or windy rain you will need a rain jacket and helmet cover for warmth. When it is a warm rain you will overheat with a jacket and helmet cover and be totally drenched in sweat, so go without.
If you are thinking of riding the gravel loop, get some saddle time on some gravel before RAGBRAI. Case in point, a rather tall, muscular guy was bragging how easy it was on the first half of the loop with his carbon fiber fat bike. But when it came to the hills on the second half, he kept losing traction and had to walk up. I had no trouble with…[Read more]
I didn’t take the time to talk to the local people this year as much I did in the past but I did talk to other riders a lot more this year. And I never did get to talk with Mr. Pork Chop on past rides but I did get to talk to his son Matt this year. It was another great ride.
It has been a few years since I had nothing left to ride up a hill on RAGBRAI but if I had nothing left, I’m not too proud to get out and walk. Still happens occasionally on training rides. Like it’s been said, “I’ve never met a hill I couldn’t walk up”. Don’t let it get you down.
I agree, Clear Lake camping was not very good. There were plenty of kybos throughout the camp ground but they were reserved for special teams and the public ones were a long way away. I heard someone say they used one of the private kybos in the middle of the night and purposely slammed the door as loudly as they could.
Not all shower facilities have towels to rent so buy yourself a microfiber towel. Give it a couple of shakes and it’s almost dry. Fluffy cotton towels will not dry very well in the humidity and start to smell funky towards the end of the week. And the extra cost to rent one is not bad considering the alternative is having to pack a wet towel.
Get a microfiber towel. Give it a couple of shakes and it’s almost dry. Cotton towels, especially big fluffy ones, will not dry in the humidity and start to smell funky towards the end of the week. And the extra cost to rent one is not bad considering the alternative is having a wet towel that won’t dry.
Route 9 is the support road. Not recommended. Follow the posted route. When the route turns south (right) keep going straight and turn left (north) on Harper Lansing Road. Much safer and only 3 miles more than Route 9. No pass through towns.
Route 9 is the support road. Not recommended. Follow the posted route. When the route turns south (right) keep going straight and turn left (north) on Harper Lansing Road. Much safer and only 3 miles more than Route 9. No towns to go through though.
I’ve had numerous occasions where I have been peppered with lots of different kinds of flying bugs. June bugs, Japanese beetles, bees, wasps, flies, gnats, you name it, I’ve hit it. Most everyone I ride with just spits them out the best way they can. The worst encounter was a bee sting on the top of my head. The bee got very angry being stuck…[Read more]
For using the host’s facilities, our team strongly encourages each member to chip in $5. Most times our hosts will decline the money but we tell them to donate it to a charity of their choice. The team leaders also send a thank you card after RAGBRAI is over.
I had a black Giro helmet with some white accents at the back of the helmet that looked like giant eyes. It was extremely helpful to wear it when I rode in red winged blackbird country. Before I bought it the blackbirds would pester me to no end and some would even attack my helmet. But when I wore this helmet the birds would still pester me but…[Read more]
Seeing a rider on RAGBRAI without a helmet is rare. Usually a local that rides for a day. Even rarer is a week long rider. Having my fair share of crashes (road, gravel, and mountain biking), I’m glad I wear a helmet every time I ride. I did play football in high school and college and learned how to tuck and roll in a way that lessens the impact.…[Read more]
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I always hydrate before a long ride with one bottle of water and try to drink at least one bottle every hour right from the start of the ride. Every third bottle on a long ride I have an electrolyte of some kind. Eat something about every hour too. You need to consume enough carbohydrates or you will exhaust your…[Read more]
Please note that when going through towns it is not safe to ride at speed. This means you will have to slow down in towns and that will require a faster average speed when out on the road. On a crowded road a speed faster that 20 mph is when there are more chances for a collision with slower riders as you will have less time to react. If you…[Read more]
One problem I had with a phone mount is the phone is out in the sun all day long and gets hot in direct sunlight and will shut itself down. So now I keep my iPhone in a jersey pocket. I use a Garmin Edge 520 hooked up with Bluetooth to my iPhone to let me know when I have incoming messages or phone calls. The Garmin tolerates the direct sun better…[Read more]