Yes, Iowa kindness abounds on RAGBRAI (and always!). We had two acts of kindness during one incident. My husband dropped/lost his bike wallet in Riverside. The town’s RAGBRAI leader, after taking his information, asked if we were okay for cash, fully planning to ensure we had enough money to make it (fortunately we had split our money between…[Read more]
We eat a mini-Kind bar each morning to get us to the first pass through town for breakfast. We also keep two in the bike bag as emergency rations. Other than that, we get all of our food from non-profits in the towns
Agree with carrying a spare tube. No need for a tire. The bike shops have them. The year we needed a new one for our tandem, the RAGBRAI traveling bike shop for that town had one. We were back on the road in no time!
Also, the bike shops on RAGBRAI don’t price gauge. Their prices are on par with what they would be in their brick and mortar store.
The year my husband couldn’t go and I went alone, I still used our six person tent (He’s 6’2″ and has a rule about being able to get dressed standing up). Lots of individual riders use a 4-person tent. As long as it’s something you are comfortable putting up and taking down alone, go for it!
Bicyclists of Iowa City is great local club that welcomes riders. Check out their website. They haul gear, offer tent set up, and have a nice communal tent where folks hang out. Overall older crowd, so campsite is quiet at night. Well established group and their RAGBRAI service is like a well-oiled machine.