For RAGBRAI I have evolved to a sleeping bag comfort rated at ~50 that packs down to a quart size and a sleeping bag liner (adds about 10 degrees) that packs down to a pop can size. Warmer nights I may use the liner, cooler nights only the sleeping bag, the coldest nights both together.
Check with charter groups from the MSP area. Perhaps you could arrange to travel to the start and from the end with them. Getting to their departure/arrival point should be easier now that Uber is so popular.
For RAGBRAI, with heat and humidity, a tent should be very “airy”, with a tent body that is mostly mesh material starting a few inches above ground level. I found my really good tent for camping cold nights in the mountains wasn’t best suited for RAGBRAI. The mesh also contributes to being lightweight, important if you are restricted on weight.…[Read more]
jwsknk, you may have a good point regarding Ames. Yes, if it moves forward, inputs (hookups, permanent bathrooms) for the new RV lot for tailgaters (east of the stadium, across University), perhaps, would not be completed prior to RAGBRAI in’17. Also, a walking bridge from that area to the stadium, across University, is proposed and could be…[Read more]
I do some but a very limited amount of paceline riding on RAGBRAI as I prefer the more casual perspective of a relaxed ride, taking in the sights and sounds instead of focusing on the backside of the person in front of me. Most paceline groups are quite respectful of the rest of the riders and appear to put the safety of all first. There are…[Read more]
My mirror of choice is the Rearviz, which you strap on somewhere etween your wrist and elbow. You can flip it out and rotate it to a position for desired viewing. I find it has district advantages over bicycle mounted or sunglasses/helmet mounted mirrors. The mirror, being convex, gives a broader display area, being one.
I think we’re more due for a central Iowa route, perhaps ending in Dubuque or Clinton/Comanche. It could be done with starts anywhere from Seargeants Bluff/Sioux City, Onawa, Missouri Valley or Council Bluffs. Ames is long overdue to be an overnight.
Onawa and Missori Valley seem to be overdue to be start towns which could give us a nice central route, all north of I-80 and mostly south of US Hwy 20. Ames hasn’t been an overnight for a long time and maybe we could finish in Dubuque after another climb up Potter Hill (a popular walk among some)!!
Over the past 7 RAGBRAI’s my average speed has always been a little over 14mph for the week which is for when the bike is moving, to include the time & distance walking with the bike in pass through towns (not to include time away from it). I pass more than pass me. I do very little pace line riding, maybe a total of 20 miles for the week. I’m…[Read more]
Stratford was the pass through town on the loop in 2012 and it “looped” back through Dayton. I’m not sure of the road but I think the steepest hill was a little before Stratford. I don’t recall it being that difficult (did the Death Ride a week or two before) but the heat exacerbated everything that year.
A good challenge is the “Tour of the California Alps”, aka “The Death Ride”, 129 miles, 5 summit climbs, 15,000′ of climbing, all in one day with cut-off times to meet. There are stretches you’d be climbing at 10-12%+ for as much as 2-3 miles or more. I’ve done it a couple times, completing all 5 summits both times. Quite honestly, I don’t…[Read more]
I’m not a big fan of leaning bikes together. I’ve seen too many fallen over. At night, I usually store the bike upside down, particularly if there is not an upright, immobile structure to lean it against nearby.