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Two Local Businesses Prepare For RAGBRAI


RAGBRAI is just two days away.

Thousands of cyclists and scores of businesses are gearing up for the annual cross-state tradition, including two businesses here in the corridor.

Who would ever imagine the craft beers brewing in these tanks would find its way here: a specially made beer-cycle.

It's the idea of Backpocket brewing's co-founder Jacob Simmons who rode RAGBRAI once wishing he had some beer at the end of the day.

"When the brewery came to be it only made since to take the beer on the ride and give people the option, he said.

As an official vendor for RAGBRAI, Backpocket's been spending weeks prepping for this first ever experience.

"That's been mostly about getting the trailer behind me fitted out so that we can keep the kegs cold on the ride, he said.

As folks at Backpocket get ready to hit the road for RAGBRAI, people at Northtowne Cycling are getting their bikes tuned up for the big ride.

This will be Tye male's third RAGBRAI.

"I love hanging out with the people and riding with people of all different sizes and all different backgrounds, he said.

It's why he stopped by Northtowne cycling to make sure his bike is ready for a very long week, but he's not the only one doing some prepping.

"Everybody is coming in for all those last minute things. Seats, shorts, glove all kinds of things, said store manager Derek Stepanek.

For Tye, its experience everyone should consider.

"I'd say get a bike and star riding, he said.

The RAGBRAI route winds from the Missouri to the Mississippi, and for the first time in recent years it won't be coming through Linn or Johnson counties.


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