My buddy Luke Manohan just called me and said "I’m in for RAGBRAI". Actually, he’s in for the last few days since he’ll just be getting done with a ride ACROSS THE UNITED STATES and can’t get here in time to do the whole thing. Yikes! Have you ever conceived of riding from say Oregon to Boston? Want to? Who’d a thunk there was a way to see America By Bike. In September, he’ll be doing the Oregon to Newport Beach, CA ride so I may find an excuse to visit my former stomping grounds for the last few hundred miles of that.
I’m in the market for a road bike now too since last year’s Mountain Bike adventure nearly killed me. Granted I have a killer Mt. Bike, it’s a very light Trek w/disc brakes and such…but at the end of the day, the riding position and lack of efficiency really got me. (Lack of training was no factor :). I didn’t get any flats…that’s for sure. I did elicit quite a few, "Dude…you’re riding a mountain bike on RAGBRAI…woahhhhh". That made me nervous. It was not until my left hand was numb for about 4 months that I appreciated their banter.
This year I’m going for the motor home or "chase vehicle" approach. No more tent crap here. Last year we ended our trek in Waukee, IA (near my home) and drove to the house about 16 seconds before the sky opened and put on a lightning show that forced all participants into shelters. I felt as good then as I do when say every flight is canceled except mine…and oh the upgrade came through Mr. Mitchell, Mimosa and a hot towel?…and all we have left today are convertibles and its 72 and breezy.
So, if you’re interested in running the last few days of RAGBRAI this year and God willing I get a vehicle pass of my own, and you want to join up, let me know. This year is supposed to be the flattest on record and that’s fine by me.
Can anyone recommend a stationary bike trainer? Bike World has a few that look good and I think magnetic is the highest end choice…but I’d love to hear an opinion on what made you happy.