Hi – take a look at some of the charter options listed in the menu on the Ragbrai.com main page. Pick “The Ride” then “General Information”. I have used two charters that offer transportation on Saturday morning from the end town to the start town. They take you on a bus and your bike on a truck. Arrive on Friday, camp out, and early Saturday jump…[Read more]
And for those coming in from the East and parking their car for the week and using a charter….you would camp in the end town on Friday night, then ride a bus to the start town on Saturday morning, arriving in plenty of time set up camp and enjoy the expo.
Plenty of options and good advice above. Can you wear sneakers? Of course you can! One advantage I can see to their lack of rigidity is if your feet swell on a ride like mine they will have somewhere to grow. Hard shell bike shoes…not so much. I ride soft sided Ragster clipless sandals bought on the advice of this very forum a couple of years…[Read more]
I’ll add another plug for Brancel. The only thing they don’t offer on sign up is tent service, but they do say you can negotiate that with the staff directly. Their staff is just extraordinarily friendly and helpful – I am sure you will be able to work out the tent situation.
Brancel had shower trucks last year and for me that is the #1 reason to…[Read more]
I’m also from CT and I have done two RAGBRAIs (so far). Both times I actually DROVE to Iowa. Can’t say I recommend it – but I ride a recumbent and shipping it was going to be a hassle (or so I thought). First year I was solo, last year my family went with me and if we go again this year they are 1000% against driving.
You only “need” a ride back, or from, your car. I’ve never used the Ragbrai truck but haven’t really heard anything that would scare me off.
But if you want a bit of comfort and convenience a charter will:
1. Help you out if you run into problems. Last year my daughter over-did it one day and the charter carted her to the next town, along with…[Read more]
There are numerous threads about the pros and cons of chartering, but there isn’t really a good search function on the forum.
My own $0.02 – charters make life easier, at a price. I rode in 2017 solo and 2018 with my family and used a charter both times.
1. Regardless of which end of the state you park your car, you will need transportation for…[Read more]
Ditto on checking in here next year closer to the ride date.
My vegan daughter rode this year and she never went hungry. Carbo Hut was in every overnight town as I remember. There some Vietnamese style noodle/vegetable stands, and one place sold salads. We spent a while hunting down a “Dirt Burger” stand after seeing signs along the roadside. We…[Read more]
I have a generator on the front wheel of my bike. It kept the phone fully charged, but it does add drag. There is a slight increase in pedaling effort when it’s charging. I also packed a 20000mAh battery to charge my watch and provide backup.
Thursday morning in Sully my recumbent’s steering mechanism broke, rendering the bike useless. I was in the process of zip-tying the bits together to ready it for the sag wagon when local resident Ron offered to help. He ended up driving me to Lynnville where he knew a guy who could “fix anything”. In the end there was no saving it, but…..what…[Read more]
You expect people to give up the total lack of privacy, close proximity to loud snorers, long lines for non-flushing toilets, and the cheerful WOOT WOOT WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooot of the Union Pacific at 3 am?
Go sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all full up here 🙂
Our charter saved our collective butts this year. My bike broke on Thursday, with no hope of repair (niche recumbent, specialized part that broke, lesson learned). The charter carted the wounded bike the rest of the week to Davenport at no charge. My daughter’s knee was giving her problems and the…[Read more]
I am not in any way recommending this as a reasonable or cost effective solution, but I equipped my bike with a generator hub and headlamp so I could extend my after-work rides past sundown in spring and fall, and the lamp has a USB charging port. This will be my main source of phone charging power. I also have a 20,000mAh portable battery pack…[Read more]
This sounds familiar. I somehow talked my college age daughter into riding RAGBRAI this year. She, too, has a department store mountain bike. She was ready to ride it but I couldn’t see it being much fun. I searched Craigslist for a few weeks and we found an aluminum frame Specialized Dolce road bike in exactly her size (51cm) for $195. It needed…[Read more]
From the Too Much Information Department:
By the time I left for Ragbrai 2017 I had accumulated 1686 miles and 39743 feet of elevation gain. So far in 2018 I have accumulated 1251 miles and 16354 feet of elevation gain.
Last year was my first RAGBRAI and I found it was a LOT easier than I had imagined it would be.
tl;dr You’ll be fine!