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.
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]
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]
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.
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!
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.
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]
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]
Your comments regarding 2012 reminded me how flaming hot the ride was that that year.
Keeping the sun off the body is a big issue.
2012 was the first time I wore sun skins. That year, keeping them damp wasn’t a problem and I think they helped with cooling. In my opinion, they aren’t great but they help.
I also recommend headsweats or other type of…[Read more]
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