I agree with Marty. The North Face bags are the best I have found. And I tried duffles, backpacks, dry bags, and rolling suitcases with everything inside in garbage bags. A little expensive, but well worth the cost as they last forever. They have backpack straps, shoulder and hand carry straps. They are waterproof or virtually so. I’ve used these…[Read more]
Kade: Lots of opinion to wade thru, but there is a very basic concept in bicycling if you want to enjoy your performance at longer distance events. This is regardless of how fast or slow you enjoy riding or how seriously you take yourself as a bicyclist. Take care of your contact points. That means hands, feet and butt. You can wear bowling shoes…[Read more]
25 years or osteoarthritis and bilateral replacements here. Pedaling is typically therapeutic for any knee problem. The key is to build mileage slowly and spin don’t grind. Lower gears, I’m going to a 34 x 32 to protect my new hardware. Climb at 75-85 rpm. Stand up when pushing hard. If it hurts in the front, your seat may be too low. If the pain…[Read more]
Personally, I think it should be your right to wear or not wear a helmet. There should still be some individual freedom and liberty left in this country. But, there should also be some personal responsibility for the consequences. So don’t sue RAGBRAI or even the douche who runs into you.
Otherwise, wear a helmet. You’ll look like a dick without…[Read more]
Karen, Sunflower is correct. Things have a way of just working out with these logistics. Don’t jump on me, but I’ve heard there are a few bandits that may travel with a vehicle and they just don’t stay in an approved RAGBRAI campground. Bandit campgrounds aren’t as convenient, from what I’ve heard, but people make it work when they can’t go legal.…[Read more]
I agree with Skunk. Keep your powder dry. In 2012 my older PBV rented tent blew down on me 3 times in a storm the night of the century loop. It popped back up, but it also left a pool of water an inch deep. Seems the floor held water better than the rain fly shed it. My sleeping bag got wet around the edges and my shoes were soaked, but everything…[Read more]
Lots of good ideas and encouragement above. All I will add is just don’t burn yourself out such that you may not enjoy the ride or may never want to ride again. It is pretty ambitious to start your first year of biking with a week long ride across Iowa. But ambition is good. If it helps motivate you and enhances your introduction to a wonderful…[Read more]