Well, it’s good to share the information which some of us have gleaned for previous rides we’ve done. Not to detract for all the previous comments but what type of bike/gear are you guys using. Mine will be a mid- eighties Fuji, Tubus racks, Ortlieb bags. Hoping the freewheel and the bike will hang together. A bit of a search sometimes for 27″…[Read more]
The baggage truck usually goes to the main campground where people grab their gear and sling it over their handlebars and search for an open piece of land. My suggestion is to have a rack(s) on your bike and use panniers that would fit into an army duffel bag so as to be somewhat contained. That way one could attach your panniers to the bike and…[Read more]
I guess the fact that we’d be self supported which allows us to “pick and choose” our campsite is of great advantage. Sometimes just asking someone if you can camp in their yard is possible. Once someone gets to know you in Iowa they turn out to be a friend for life. I still try and keep in contact with people I’ve met even 15 years ago. Some of…[Read more]
Mark, as long as you can transport the larger tent it shouldn’t be an issue. Make sure it is waterproof as you may experience some very wet nights. Once you set it up be sure to put some items of weight in it. See Youtube video “2009 Ragbrai flying tent” ….it belonged to one of the Air Force team members as I remember.
Well TWT, someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but you drop off your bag at the Register’s trucks in the morning by a certain time and note the time you drop them off so you can retrieve them when they get to the next overnight stop. I believe you are allowed one bag with a tent or chair attached. I thought if I ever use the bag trucks that I…[Read more]
I agree with Denton, food is the least of your concerns. The times I toured my foremost need was to get a shower and wash my riding clothes. I made up a small lightweight shower that hooks to a hose bib. It’s very warm during Ragbrai and showering with cool water is refreshing (IMHO). It’s totally plastic with a 1/4″ tube going to drilled out cap…[Read more]
Well Jesse I realize that bike touring and bikepacking are not necessarily for the faint of heart. You might consider glamorous touring on Ragbrai by finding host homes to take you in. That would satisfy a lot of the “work” sides of bagging it. I’ve always enjoyed meeting the people of Iowa as opposed to a charter where you only see the same…[Read more]
Jeremy, If you’ve done any bike touring that should give you a pretty good basis for what you would be using on the Ragbrai. I only have only seen a few baggers on the days I’ve ridden, but there again I’ve been out early most days. I’ve also not seen any “touring” groups on Ragbrai, but maybe someone will pop in with some information. I myself…[Read more]
Well, we know they’re both canceled that’s for sure. There is a monumental amount of preparation and planning that goes into both Ragbrai and Iowa’s. That being said, what if we, as a smallish group did the two rides anyway? Sure, there would be no bands, Porkchop Man, or Beekmans, but in all honesty what were we planning on doing this summer?…[Read more]
What is Ragbrai all about? As captain of team locust I can say without a doubt that flexability and being able to adapt to ever changing situations is by far the most valuable trademark that a Ragbrai rider should possess and be able to exemplify on a daily basis. We hope to have these attributes down pat as we arrive in Iowa for not just a ride,…[Read more]
The members of Team Locust are preparing to swarm Iowa looking for any vegatation in the way. We’ve ridden is the hills, we’ve fought the headwinds, endured the humidity and triumphed over the heat. We’re looking forward to the helping any other riders and being of service to others.
We have very stringent criteria for being accepted into Team Locust. Our riders are of the utmost caliber when it comes to physical endurance , mental stability, and moral fiber. Any one of our team members can portray trustworthiness in the most challenging situations. It makes me proud to be the captain of such a exampletory crew. d
Our team members go through a very rigorous and thorough evaluation to determine if they are mentally , physically and psychologically ready to ride in this team across Iowa. We are not in this for ourselves , we could ride anywhere. We are going to Iowa to share our encouragement, hope, and friendship with all those we come into contact with.