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trek2300 replied to the topic Bike Getting Wet Question in the forum RAGBRAI XLVI – 2018 4 years, 10 months ago
If you really love your bike, you’ll let it stay in the tent while you sleep outside under a tarp!
Your 2013 Spec is an alu frame that, if memory serves me, has a Tiagra drive train. If the chain and drive train is well lubed, dew will have minimal impact. Besides, you’ll probably have to lube things numerous times on the ride anyway.…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Local Attractions along the Route? in the forum RAGBRAI XLVI – 2018 4 years, 10 months ago
The feedback from the pre-ride is usually spot on and their comments on “hot spots to see” are frequently some of the high points of my trips. Still, some of the most memorable moments are serendipitous. For example, last year I pulled off at a farmer’s GatorAde stand for a break. We started chatting and discovered that he was a cousin of a man my…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Looking for a ride from Poughkeepsie, NY to Onawa in the forum Looking for RIDES 2018 4 years, 11 months ago
Joe: You can drive to Davenport and leave your vehicle there. Long term parking for the week will probably be less than $70 but the Davenport folks haven’t gotten that far yet. At Davenport you can take a bus from one of the charters to Onawa Saturday morning. Brancel Charters offers the bus option; others may as well. In any case, sign up for a bus early.
trek2300 replied to the topic Question about baggage in the forum RAGBRAI XLVI – 2018 4 years, 12 months ago
If you really need more than one bag, you can go with a a charter or join a team. The one bag restriction applies if you use the Register’s semis, but not to charters. But limiting the weight makes the twice daily bag drag more palatable.
trek2300 replied to the topic Packets? in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 5 years, 9 months ago
Received mine late last week but it take the staff some time to get them all sent.
trek2300 replied to the topic Sun Visor for helmet in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 5 years, 10 months ago
Look at http://www.dabrim.com/. They have them fir myriad uses. Granted, I’ve never used one but I’ve seen others wearing them.
trek2300 replied to the topic sleep in a tent in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 5 years, 10 months ago
Air mattress, fan, pillow, ear plugs, melatonin or benedryl.
trek2300 replied to the topic 700x25c or 700x28c Armadillo All Condition Elites? in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 5 years, 11 months ago
Ken noted the 2015 Sioux City departure that I remember quite well. If memory serves me, within five miles of the dip site we crossed a railroad track. Within 100 yards of the tracks, I saw about 5 bikes pulled over fixing pinch flats. Regardless of what width tire we run, there has to be enough pressure in the darned thing to prevent the snake…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Charter Options- Need Experienced Opinions ASAP! Thanks!!! in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 5 years, 11 months ago
As previously noted, you get what you pay for on charters. The bag drag, (or bag roll) every morning and afternoon is a hassle but it isn’t a deal breaker and I’m on the far side of 60. Additionally, you can buy two inexpensive tents that will hold as many bags as you need.
Most riders have great experiences with all the charters. I’ve used…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Camelback or just bottles in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 5 years, 11 months ago
Score another one for bottles. However if it is going to be a nasty, hot day, I carry a third bottle in my jersey. Although most towns have free water, some don’t and it is possible to get stuck in the middle of corn and beans with nothing to drink.
trek2300 replied to the topic another Medical problem in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 5 years, 12 months ago
Michrider you have been “Snakebit.” If it weren’t for bad luck, you’d have no luck at all! Do what the Docs say and get better so we can have multiple beers on the curbs.
trek2300 replied to the topic To Charter or Not To Charter? in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 6 years ago
I’ve used BBC since my first RAGBRAI 12 years ago; Bob has a class act and his staff does their absolute best to smooth out any speed bumps. Drop me a note if you have any questions. Otherwise, you’re quite welcome to ride with me!
trek2300 replied to the topic What do you Carry on your Bike? in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 6 years ago
I carry three water bottles. It might be over kill but I remember 100* plus days and running too darn low! A single application of chamois creme has also helped alleviate possible emergencies. I also recommend cleat covers.
trek2300 replied to the topic Food Vendors in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 6 years ago
What your organization serves also depends on how much space you have for seating. If you are cooking in a church or school, you may have a fair amount of seating capacity. In that case, a sit down meal of spaghetti can work well. Maybe you can try multiple sauces (meat, Alfredo. etc.) to set your venue apart from others. If you don’t have seating…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Lansing in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 6 years, 1 month ago
An 18 percent climb? That is a reasonable hill and would be a lot of fun if there’s a guaranteed beer at the bottom!
trek2300 replied to the topic are ya'll ready for ragbri? in the forum RAGBRAI XLV – 2017 6 years, 2 months ago
Don’t hurt yourself more during the recovery process. Take it easy in the beginning.
trek2300 replied to the topic WELCOME TO LEON IOWA! in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 6 years, 9 months ago
Leon appears to have great opportunities for food vendors since the local restaurant count is extremely low.
trek2300 replied to the topic Laundry Service in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 6 years, 11 months ago
Brancel Charters has a mid week laundry option. I use Brancel every year I ride but have never used their laundry option.
trek2300 replied to the topic in the forum trek2300 7 years ago
Maybe we should ask this question on a Ride the Rockies forum? Just a thought.
trek2300 replied to the topic Major tectonic shift on July 28 in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 7 years ago
Ottumwa is my old hometown but I haven’t been back for 30 years. The elevation on the south side of town near the river and the camping area is about 630 feet. The northbound climb out of town is only about 200 feet of climb, starting about 1/2 mile north of the river.
The seismic event was intended to be kept secret; remember, what happens on…[Read more]