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Old 08-08-2018, 09:17 AM  
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Biking Question

I have a Road Bike which I really enjoy riding. I am wanting to branch out a little and take up Gravel and maybe Cyclocross. I have tried MTB, and just didn't care for it.

Any suggestions, tips etc? I am looking at the Salsa Warbird and Trek line of bikes right now.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:38 PM   #46
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BAK draws a pretty big crowd but they spread out pretty quick so it normally isn’t a group like that very often. They have good support across the ride though.

If you decide to do it and it is the year for the 96 route, let me know. I have a bed for you.
I'll have to look that up, I assume it's already happened for this year. Probably pretty flat out where you are as well, the hills on the RAGBRAI route this year damn near killed me.

And the worst one, pictured here, was at the very end. I wasn't in good enough shape to even be out on this ride, and then this sonofabitch 43 miles in. I had to dig really ****ing deep to pull it off.

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Old 08-10-2018, 09:40 PM   #47
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I'll have to look that up, I assume it's already happened for this year. Probably pretty flat out where you are as well, the hills on the RAGBRAI route this year damn near killed me.

And the worst one, pictured here, was at the very end. I wasn't in good enough shape to even be out on this ride, and then this sonofabitch 43 miles in. I had to dig really ****ing deep to pull it off.

Yeah. It’s pretty flat. There are some draws and things but on the whole pretty flat. And they’re not dumb. They go west to east so on the aggregate you’re going downhill more than uphill.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:41 PM   #48
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Oh, and that hill is way worse than it looks in the photo.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:50 PM   #49
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Oh, and that hill is way worse than it looks in the photo.
Oh yeah. The people at the top are smaaaaaaaaaaaaall.
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:01 PM   #50
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I was out on the 2nd day, Storm Lake to Ft Dodge, and yeah, that was a good year with the weather. This year as well, couldn't imagine being out there when it's a buck-o-five or more.
I rode through some light morning rain that day just out of Storm Lake, but that was pretty much it. I think it was that day that the Iowa State Patrol made us get off our bikes going over some train tracks because people kept going down.

Honestly one of the reasons I haven't done it again is because I'm convinced I'll have strong headwinds, camping disasters with storms, and mechanical problems. Although the Air Force Cycling Team gives some peace of mind too.
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:02 PM   #51
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I was thinking about RAGBRAI's first day when I rode from Sioux City to Storm Lake, and remember seeing people walk their bikes up the first hill coming out of Sioux City. You could still see the Missouri River and I'm just thinking "Dang, gonna be a LOOOOOONG week for some people."
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:23 PM   #52
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I love group rides, just did a little one in Iowa a few weeks ago.



Did you dip both tires?
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:16 PM   #53
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I rode through some light morning rain that day just out of Storm Lake, but that was pretty much it. I think it was that day that the Iowa State Patrol made us get off our bikes going over some train tracks because people kept going down.

Honestly one of the reasons I haven't done it again is because I'm convinced I'll have strong headwinds, camping disasters with storms, and mechanical problems. Although the Air Force Cycling Team gives some peace of mind too.
That's right, it did rain that morning, but it had stopped by the time we got to our starting point. Wind usually isn't a problem because you're riding west to east, and our winds usually blow north/south. Storms...they can be an issue that time of year. I've never had much of an issue with breakdowns while riding, but there's support out there if you need it.
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Old 08-11-2018, 08:18 PM   #54
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Did you dip both tires?
I only did the first day. I don't think I'll ever be in good enough shape to do the entire thing. I'd be hard pressed to do even two consecutive days. Most of them are 60-70 miles. The 44 mile day I did this year was a bit of an anomaly.
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:34 AM   #55
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I only did the first day. I don't think I'll ever be in good enough shape to do the entire thing. I'd be hard pressed to do even two consecutive days. Most of them are 60-70 miles. The 44 mile day I did this year was a bit of an anomaly.
I let myself get out of shape after 2015, working back now. I think I'll do RAGBRAI again, this time with my wife. She actually enjoys biking more than I do. It was just a goal, something to check off my list...she would just love the ride.

I used the Register's bag transport service, no complaints at all. Managed to find a hotel in Sioux City, score a spot on the floor of a hotel conference room in Storm Lake, then I tent-camped in Fort Dodge and Eldora. I actually stayed with complete strangers in Cedar Falls, stayed with a high school friend in Cedar Rapids, scored a hotel in Coralville, and went straight from Davenport to Pella where I grew up.

If you do it again, let me know!
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:06 PM   #56
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I need a new bike. I usually just buy a fairly cheap Schwinn or Mongoose from Walmart, and might go that route again, but figured I'd ask you some questions.

I basically wanna get the best quality bike I can get for not a lot of money. I honestly ride a few miles to the gym and back at this point, but would maybe consider a nicer bike that can last me many years and be used for more in the future.

Best bike brand under $200?

Best under $500?
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:10 PM   #57
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I need a new bike. I usually just buy a fairly cheap Schwinn or Mongoose from Walmart, and might go that route again, but figured I'd ask you some questions.

I basically wanna get the best quality bike I can get for not a lot of money. I honestly ride a few miles to the gym and back at this point, but would maybe consider a nicer bike that can last me many years and be used for more in the future.

Best bike brand under $200?

Best under $500?
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