JM: The first Shimano sandals were brown with two straps, I still see a pair on rare occasions. Then Shimano went to three straps which were mighty ugly and unpopular, then to a two strap not quite so ugly now a reasonable copy of their first two strap. Rain, wind and adversity like sleeping on wet cardboard make the best memories and camp fire…[Read more]
Tomorrow will be a Noon potluck with maybe three dozen bikers and friends. Dinner tomorrow will be a traditional (their tradition) corned beef and cabbage with neighbors. As a resolution for next year, I will buy local more often.
RIDE RIGHT Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all
Papa T: I was looking for something in the back of a dresser drawer a couple weeks ago and found the black wristband you gave me some years ago and I got to thinking that Zach aka Yoda would have been 21 years old this past year and likely pedaling along with you on RAGBRAI. I have decided to wear that same black wristband on all my long rides…[Read more]
Plain to see that it is RAGBRAI promising change to the board of the IBC. That change includes the “transparency” spoken of by the new director. RAGBRAI is one week, not the entire bicycling calendar in Iowa. RAGBRAI does not go to the state legislature and advocate for bicycling, the IBC does. Two threads have been busted by the administrator…[Read more]
The Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Iowa Bicycling Action Fund boards of directors have voted to also endorse RAGBRAI. The key members of the boards and staff met with RAGBRAI staff to discuss their commitment to the safety and future success of the ride.
The past few weeks have allowed us to reflect…[Read more]
Housing requests were on each overnight town’s website last year. Those websites were put up about the first week of May and at that time you could begin to request home stays. Home stays are usually great and always interesting.
I have never believed that RAGBRAI benefited from beverage sales in the past. Never. The beer gardens are 100 % local. Last year’s sale of RAGBRAI branded Tailwind beer was a first for the ride and with the RAGBRAI logo on the can I am sure that the brewer paid for the use of the trademark. You don’t use someone’s trademark without…[Read more]
Mr. Schwartze, you have done the RAGBRAI Crew’s job for them. A wonderful job. A 50 mile last day and no more that 75 miles for the long day is just excellent. And through Eagle Grove for lunch, love that town as a pass through, hope to overnight there some day. Hopefully the county engineers have no bridge and culvert work scheduled on your…[Read more]
Dizzy has asked “Why not RAGBRAI”. I have heard all of these objections while on other state rides and encouraging others to give the big Iowa ride a try. The last two are my favorites. Too many people, roads are too crowded, you have to sleep in a tent, it is not a loop ride, a logistical nightmare, you have to buy your own food, and…[Read more]
Larry: Sisters will rat out a brother every time. Yes, small rides flourish across this country and have for decades. Look at the selection on the Bicycle Tour Network: https://biketournetwork.com/ .
The first meeting of this organization was in 1993 in Des Moines Iowa. You will not see shuttle buses and drivers from out of the county, law…[Read more]