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Ask the Patch Pros: All Things RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI is right around the corner, and Patch has assembled a panel of pros to get your questions answered.

Summertime in Iowa is cycling time and the pinnacle event for cyclists is RAGBRAI, the trek across the state every July.

With that in mind we've assembled a panel of pros to answer all your related questions. How many miles should I ride to get in shape? What's the best food on the route? What gear should I bring? Where should I take my bike for a tune up?

Iowa Patch is covering RAGBRAI this year. Leave a note in the comments or click here to send an email if you'd like to contribute your RAGBRAI 2012 photos to a week-long online collection of RAGBRAI photos.

Here is your Patch Pros panel:

Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coaltion.

Clint Stainbrook, RAGBRAI coordinator for Cedar Valley Cyclists.

Ryan Baker, , Iowa City.

Brent Johnson, , Cedar Falls.

Russ Clark, , Cedar Falls.

Cody Gieselman and Steve Goetzelman, , Iowa City.

Ryan Baker June 14, 2012 at 01:52 AM
If you have specific equipment or personal needs.....example: If you have a high-end wheelset and break a spoke, it's going to be difficult to find one on route. Stop by your LBS (local bike shop) and get a couple spares to take along....and don't leave them in your duffel bag, tape them to your bike. A spoke rarely breaks in the campground. Also some people live and die by their electronics. There are some really cool solar chargers out there to keep things running.
Nathan June 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM
According to the website, registration for day passes closed on June 1st. Are there other avenues for acquiring these?
Todd Richissin June 15, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Pros: For the non-riders among us, what's the best way to enjoy RAGBRAI? Is it worth driving to the towns?
Nathan June 19, 2012 at 03:02 PM
According to the website, registration for day passes closed on June 1st. Are there other avenues for acquiring these?
Clint Stainbrook June 19, 2012 at 08:32 PM
go to the RAGBRAI forum they sell them all the time easier to get closer to RAGBRAI

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