I ride semi-solo. I am part of a Team but I ride a trike, slowly.
So I camp with the Team which is very convivial at night. But we do not ride together, so each day I feel like I am solo. I chat with lots of people along the way, stop when I like, eat (and drink) what I want when I want. Make new friends everyday.
I ordered a new Karoo cycling computer from Hammerhead, which should arrive next week. It is supposed to have an “advanced” route creation ability, so I plan to use RAGBRAI 2018 as a test exercise. It can also import maps from other applications so, if the creation doesn’t work, I’ll try importing yours.
I have Shimano sandals which I wear all the time. I have wide feet and like that the straps can accommodate them comfortably. In fact, when the weather gets cold I still wear the sandals because the straps have enough give to accommodate 3 pairs of socks.
However, my sandals use standard SPD cleats and I am not aware of any sandals that take…[Read more]
I don’t know if you are riding a ‘Bent Trike or a ‘Bent Bike. If the former you should check out the Trike thread started by Andy Whitt. We used a similar thread last year to organize a Trike Meetup mid-week and will likely do so again in 2018.
The Air Force Cycling Team provides an invaluable service on RAGBRAI. Thankfully, I had no breakdowns so did not need their help. As a former Canadian Air Force brat I did chat with a few of them; they were all interesting and friendly folks.
Don’t worry about congestion or time. I ride slow (Trike) so I get up early and finish late.
I mostly keep to the extreme right, being passed constantly on my left, except when I pass someone even slower. Faster riders will be more to the left but in our lane, but will move across the centre line to pass. Very fast riders (pace lines) will be m…[Read more]
Yes. I rode a GranFondo last September near Toronto and the worst hill was named Gorilla Hill. Some wags had installed a giant inflatable gorilla at the bottom! Luckily, on a trike, you can’t fall over, so I just gear down and pedal up (slowly).
I love the idea, but I ride a recumbent trike and average about 10 mph. That means I am already spending long days in the “saddle” (chaise lounge; you know what I mean). So it is hard for me to deliberately add an extra 2 or 3 hours for a gravel loop (or to get to a century).
Alphabetical list! Why not? I use a packing app on my phone. My list would be first by category, then ALPHABETICAL by item.
Since my Trike has three 20” wheels, I bring extra spare tubes, even though I could probably buy them en route. (Last year I rode all the way across Iowa without a single flat. Then rode across the bridge into Wisconsin t…[Read more]
In addition to options already mentioned, here are a few things you will find every day along the way:
• dill pickle popsicles
• PBJ sandwiches (choice of jelly/jam)
• corn on the cob
• pancakes and waffles
My favourite not common treat was 2 peeled, hard boiled eggs in a baggie, with salt and pepper availa…[Read more]
I ride a recumbent trike and we trikers are a lot closer to the ground than folks on uprights. Unlikely that a dog could stumble into the trike but we are at face to face level, so a nip is more likely to our head than our leg!
I ride a lot on rural roads in Ontario 🇨🇦 and so far I have never had a dog do more than race along side.
As a recumbent rider, I do not wear regular jerseys backwards. Like most items of clothing with a front and a back, I find wearing them backwards extremely uncomfortable. RAGBRAI should come into the 21st century and offer ‘Bent versions of its jerseys. They are readily available.