I’ve done the Death Ride (Tour of the California Alps) a couple times which has ~15,000 of climbing in one day with one grade you go down with long stretches of 10% with several sharp switchbacks with more grade. The issue with rim brakes is it can make your wheel so hot it affects the tire which will allow more side give in turns and pinch f…[Read more]
3 or 4 years ago I brought a road bike that can take 28mm tires which I used on the gravel route which I think was the first day (a little challenging where the gravel was deep) and had brought 25mm tires along which I changed into for the balance of the week. Since then, with that bike, I’ve gone tubeless and ride 28’s regardless. Now, I wou…[Read more]
I was signed up to do Cycle Zydeco this week in Louisiana.. it has been postponed until October with an option to roll over to next year’s ride in April. I’m pretty sure I won’t do it this October… just don’t see it being safe and question next spring if we don’t have a vaccine. For the Michigan rides, I suspect LMB (League of Michigan Bicyclist…[Read more]
RAGBRAI, as in the past, could be a “perfect storm” for the virus to take off. For those that think it will go away in the summer, why has it taken off in warm climates? If RAGBRAI is held this summer, I would expect waves of cancellations from riders and vendors and the “embrace” of the communities the ride passes through would be mostly missing…[Read more]
Coronavirus is increasing significantly in countries with a lot warmer weather, including some in equatorial climates. I doubt summer time in Iowa will eliminate the risk if the disease is still present. A current hotspot in the U.S. is New Orleans with Mardi Gras just a few weeks ago plus visitors from all over. RAGBRAI could be a “perfect storm”…
I could be wrong but it appears doubtful COVID-19 will be under complete control with very little chance any riders, townspeople and venders could become infected. I don’t really want it to postpone but, also, I want it to be “safe” with almost zero chance of infection. If postponed to 2021, I propose the route to be retained in fairness to all c…[Read more]
I have done some smaller rides and, though fun and enjoyable, none are what RAGBRAI is. Since my first RAGBRAI over 10 years ago, I make the trip every summer to do it (and it’s over 1,000 miles away for me).
I didn’t do the gravel loop but did do the Karras loop. Including to and from where my group stayed/camped in each overnight, at the end of the week (from my Garmin data) I totaled 515 miles with 19,300’ of climb. The disparity in mileage when counting to and from camp this year seemed a little higher than past years. My impression is dis…[Read more]
I think the roads in Iowa on RAGBRAI are great. There were instances where you needed to “pay attention” and ride appropriately. Most that complain may not have experienced some roads in other parts of the country. I live in coarse chip seal country and the roads in Iowa are much, much smoother overall. That being said, this year and last I wen…[Read more]
With the 2019 logo and theme of following the wind, my guess is the route will follow areas with significant wind generation which, perhaps, eliminates a southern route, leaving just about anything from the I80 corridor north. My guess is somewhere between north (like 2017) and somewhat central (like 2018). My guess is to start in LeMars/Sioux…[Read more]
RAGBRAI 2017 on the Karras Loop, ~2-3 miles short of Plover, somehow another rider crashed on top of me, breaking my helmet on the pavement with my head in it. I was knocked unconscious and hauled to the hospital in Pocahontas. When I woke, a doctor was sitting beside and informed me I had bleeding on top of the brain and if it worsened, they were…[Read more]
I’m curious about this: In an injury accident involving two cyclists, with one seriously injured and the other not, is it illegal for the uninjured cyclist to leave the scene? For motor vehicle drivers the law is pretty clear that it is illegal. Aren’t bicycles considered vehicles and the operator a driver so that law would also apply to cyclists?
It all depends on what you want done for you and what you are willing to pay for. There are expensive and inexpensive charters. I go with a charter that is inexpensive and it works for me. I pack my own luggage to and from a vehicle and set up my own tent where I want within the group area. It does take a little extra time but I am willing to live…[Read more]
I think my group has a March 1 deadline as well (at which time the group becomes closed). It may be that’s what the group leaders have decided as it eliminates the last minute entries and avoids the April 1 last minute rush. Looking at the website there doesn’t appear to be anything required March 1.
There are several charter services with varying levels of service provided. Some have, like Pork Belly, extra levels of service provided for a fee. There are plenty of others you might consider, all depending what you are willing to pay for. The closest similarity to camping could be just sleeping in a tent. Or, another option may be to hire a…[Read more]
I did the gravel loop last year on 25mm tires, certainly much better than 23’s. It would be nice if the county didn’t grade the gravel back into the vehicle tracks. The first gravel road on last year’s loop really sucked because it was too deep and too loose. The second gravel road on the loop was much more tolerable. If RAGBRAI management…[Read more]
Undecided… leaning toward my Lynskey R265, titanium, disc brakes and 28mm tubeless tires… best all around combination for gravel and paved road. But still thinking of my Felt F55, my Ritchey Breakaway steel cyclocross or my Ritchey Breakaway titanium/carbon road.. all three veterans of 2 or 3 RAGBRAI’s each. I keep the Felt at a cousin’s…[Read more]
My biggest concern would be, when you flip the rear to freewheel, not having a rear brake available, particularly in an emergency situation. If that is your bike in your post, it doesn’t appear to have a rear brake. Freewheeling down a steep hill at 40+ and having to make a sudden stop without a rear brake could be a little perilous. I have a…[Read more]