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    Training for RAGBRAI

    Hello. I live in Florida and rode an old mountain bike for years on and off road for exercise and mental stability. I heard a radio story about RAGBRAI a couple of years ago, bought a road bike, and rode it last year. I will be doing the same this year on my Cannondale SR800. It worked well in Florida on the smooth flat roads, but I broke a couple of spokes going down hills in Iowa across the gaps in the concrete slabs. So now I have built my own rear wheel (36 spoke to handle my weight) and will be building the front wheel this week. I also have an old Cannondale Jekyl to ride off road, and an Electra Townie 700 8 speed for the neighborhood. I'd like to eventually build up a Surly frame from scratch, but I need some more bike mechanic training and practice.

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    Don't forget to start chugging down the beer now in mass amounts. nobody likes a lightweight at Ragbrai. Thats the best training advice I can give you. practice riding really slow for long periods of time with little water but plenty of alcohol in your system. Trust me, it will pay off come ragbrai.
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    Hello gummy, from what I've heard about RAGBRAI, lowracer 1's advice isn't that far off the mark .

    Welcome to BF!

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    TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...

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    Beer

    There were a lot of folks drinking their carbs last year. I had to wait till the final town to start imbibing. It was a good time on the RAGBRAI, plenty to eat and drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gummy
    I heard a radio story about RAGBRAI a couple of years ago, bought a road bike, and rode it last year.
    That's the attitude we like here! Many welcomes, Gummy!


    ... Brad

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