'BACooN Ride 4'

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  1. #1 Posted May 11, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Anyone from Iowa here ever been on this ride the last three years? Looks like I've talked myself into trying it this year. It takes place on the Raccoon River Valley trail and is 71 miles of various bacon treats! The only thing I have to ride is one of my old British three speeds. Hoping that will suffice. Just wondering if anyone else has tried it and what to expect.
     
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  2. #2 Posted May 11, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    is there gonna be Bacon?
     
  3. #3 Posted May 11, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    :) At every stop, I hear. lol
     
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  4. #4 Posted May 11, 2017

    Out Riding; Collecting Smiles

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    Is it a 71 mile Ride?
    Bacon is Awesome!
     
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  5. #5 Posted May 12, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Yes, 71 miles. It goes in a loop so you get back to your car. Starts early in the morning and goes till you make it back.....or pass out! I'm hoping I'm up for it. Since I'll be on a heavy old bike does that make 71 miles count as a 'Century Ride'? lol :)
     
  6. #6 Posted May 12, 2017

    Out Riding; Collecting Smiles

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    It sounds fun and Tasty!
    You should work up to it though.
    I remember my 1st few 40+ mile rides. I got home a lil' Saddle sore....
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  7. #7 Posted May 14, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Bacon is the cocaine of meat
     
  8. #8 Posted May 14, 2017

    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    Good question!
     
  9. #9 Posted May 14, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    One of the koolest photo's I've seen in a while!
     
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  10. #10 Posted May 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Continuing to wonder......would more speeds (10 or 12 or..) mean faster, more effortless traveling? Starting to rethink this.
     
  11. #11 Posted May 19, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Does the ride show how many feet of elevation gain? Could be a brutal day on an old bike.
     
  12. #12 Posted May 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I looked and don't see an elevation chart. I imagine it is out there somewhere. The trail is an old railway bed so one would think that it is mostly flat. I have heard that this year they are running the route in reverse to make it 'more downhill' so there must be some gain in elevation albeit gradual. I'm over-thinking this, that's what I do, but I want to be prepared. I would consider a slightly newer bike, such as a '70's road bike. It would still be lighter than the ones I have now.
     
  13. #13 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    We did it! I'm a little embarrassed to say that I bought a new Trek bike for this ride, though. It wasn't any more comfortable and I missed my old trusty Raleigh 3 speed all the way. The most either of us have ever ridden in a day, 71+ miles. Yes, we were quite miserable yesterday! I might do it again.....but with an old bike! :)
     
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  14. #14 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Out Riding; Collecting Smiles

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    Congratulations!
    How much bacon did you eat?
    Do it single speed skip tooth balloon tire next; show them lite weights what cool looks like....
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  15. #15 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    We tried the Bacon Dough-nut, Bacon Cheeseburger Slider (full size actually), Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie, Bacon Corn Dog (best Corn Dog I ever had!). There were other treats, but we were too slow and they ran out quick. I realize now that this is a slice of RAGBRAI. I can say that I've done a little bit of RAGBRAI. Lots of fast, lightweight bikes whizzing by. We did pass 4 people!
     
  16. #16 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    I never go on a ride longer than 10miles without these ... they arent like the old padded bikeshorts that you looked like you are wearing a diaper. You cant even tell someone is wearing them if u put a pair of basketball shorts over them

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R29LXI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  17. #17 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Out Riding; Collecting Smiles

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    ...I'm not familiar with this Acronym ...??
     
  18. #18 Posted Jun 19, 2017

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    RAGBRAI stands for Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Started quite some time ago and put on by the Des Moines Register. Every year it is a different route. One year it went through my home town. I rode my old heavyweight Firestone along with them around the race track (Knoxville Sprint Cars) Thousands of bikers riding across Iowa. One guy in our town that was....in his 70's rode his 1941 Schwinn heavyweight on part of it! I got to ride his bike, briefly around the block. No, no plans for me to participate on this one.