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    Any Ragbrai Tips?

    Doing Ragbrai this summer. Got my miles in, don't have to worry about that.
    Looking for some tips that I might not think about. Like a "Don't forget to pack this...." "This is something that's handy..."

    Just looking for some ideas on stuff I wouldn't normally think about.

    If any of you are on it this year, maybe we'll have to meet up at a tavern for a few!



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    Bike World has some good tips...

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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    Have fun, ride slow and drink beer. Ok you can ride fast between towns but then you have spend lots of time in the towns drinking beer.



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    Bike World has some good tips...

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    Not bad, but I know I'll spend more than $30/day haha.

    Some good ideas though



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    Eat, eat and eat some more.

    Even if you eat at every stop and have a large meal to end the day you will probably lose weight on RAGBRAI. Always remember the food you eat that night is the fuel for the next day, so pig out.

    If you have not do so already, keep two water bottles on your bike and top them off every chance you get. Never get stuck between towns without any water, it makes for a treacherous trek.

    Oh, stay on the bike the week before. You can lose a lot of conditioning if you do not ride for a week. I got sick a week before the ride last year and could not spend the week before RAGBRAI on my bike. It definitely made a difference.



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    If there is a group of you riding together, have a predetermined spot that you will always meet up at the various towns. Ours was always the 1st bar on the left side of the road. Our support vehicle always would meet us there and sometimes someone would decide to quit riding for whatever reason. Bring alot of Ibuprofen. No matter how good of riding shape you get in, things start to hurt as the week goes on.



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    We are taking our cooking on the road. Please make sure to stop by "Rick's Smokin Butts BBQ", for ribs, pork chop on a stick, wings and pasta. We are making stops in Red Oak, Indianola and Ottumwa.


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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    Get a motor on your bike.



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by egami View Post
    Get a motor on your bike.
    I think my motor will be pie and beers in my belly



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    Never EVER count on the next town having an ATM (that works or has cash. Major cities excluded.) Have cash when you leave.

    Beyond that, whatever happens - happens. We rode self contained so there wasn't much else to worry about.

    Have fun!



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    If you're an experienced biker, you probably already know all of these...

    Padded bike shorts/spandex/lycra. First year I went, I just had "regular" spandex shorts. BIG MISTAKE. Get the padded ones, they're definitely worth it.

    Desitin Diaper Rash Ointment. Sounds silly, but you can get chafed "down there" and that makes for a nasty rash. Keep this on-hand just in case.

    Small bike repair kit with tools you would need to fix your bike on the road if necessary. Spare tire tube, small crescent wrench, allen wrenches (if your bike has them).

    If you don't have the clip-in shoes and pedals, get toe-clips. I found they helped a lot, especially going up hill when you can push with one foot and pull with the other.



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkFanISUalum View Post
    Desitin Diaper Rash Ointment. Sounds silly, but you can get chafed "down there" and that makes for a nasty rash. Keep this on-hand just in case.
    Did you just get this from a bike store or a department store?



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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    This will be my 10th RAGBRAI. There is no one way to ride it - just have fun. Most of the years I've done it, I've rode hard and not stopped often. Lately, I've taken a "stop and smell the roses" approach. Just don't forget your bike!


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    Re: Any Ragbrai Tips?

    I'm doing my first RAGBRAI this year also... I'm so excited. JUST JACKED UP! It's going to be a ball... weird thing is, I live in Iowa for 22/23 years and once I move to Indiana, THEN I decide to do RAGBRAI... I can't wait to be back in God's country for a full week....



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