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RAGBRAI Charter Signup

Riding your bike across Iowa is fun.  Let us take care of the logistics for you.  We can get you to the start town with your gear and bike, set up a campsite each day, carry your bags from town to town and have a refreshment area ready and waiting for you.  Some people want to carry all their bags with them but why do that when we are willing to take care of all that for you?

Bikes To You has a longstanding tradition with RAGBRAI and is considered one of the best RAGBRAI Charter. In 1993 Bikes To You began its relationship with RAGBRAI by being invited to join as a Retail store and have micanics out on the route.  We started with one service car and a rider truck.  In 1994 We started our Charter service with one rider truck.  In 2011 we added a tent service and in 2014 we added RAGBRAI In Style an all hotel and transportation service.  We now take many more vehicals and have a staff of over 40 staff to serve all our customers.  In 2015 we were invited to join RAGBRAI Pre Ride and now get to preview the route with the RAGBRAI staff.  We are a one stop shop for all your RAGBRAI needs from pre ride bike tune ups, transportation, during ride accessories and repairs, to post ride help getting home.  Our products and services have evolved to meet the changing needs and wants of the participants on our RAGBRAI charter and the ride as a whole. Our campground charter service has been the most popular and longest running. All RAGBRAI charter services include parking in Grinnell, transportation from Grinnell to the start town, baggage service from overnight town to overnight town, and transportation from the end town back to Grinnell.

To see a full description click on the options in the sign up or scroll to the bottom of the page to see our history and full list of options in text form.

We do offer customization; please contact us at the store by phone or email and we will be happy to help talk to you about custom RAGBRAI plans.

Store Phone Number 641-236-8600                 Store Email Address info@bikestoyou.com

RAGBRAI Registration Open

Signing up for our RAGBRAI charter does not include rider credentials from RAGBRAI.com.  You will still need to purchase your rider wristband in order to ride RAGBRAI.  Prior to April 1st you can sign up in the RAGBRAI lottery on RAGBRAI.com.  After April 1st you can call us; we may know of someone trying to sell their credentials, or watch the RAGBRAI Forums. People are always selling credentials on the forum pages. Check out the descriptions under each product to view specifics on each service. If you sign up for our RAGBRAI charter and do not get credentials you can receive a full credit towards next year’s charter service.  If you do not receive credentials with the lottery there are always extra credentials available for face value.  We can walk you though how to get credentials from someone who is selling them through the RAGBRAI forum.  We do not offer refunds outside of this circumstance.

RAGBRAI Charter Services

Partial webinar from 2017

New for 2017

Changes being made because of customer feedback from 2016

We are going to expand our offering in the hospitality tent.  We will have a few snacks each day.  We highly value the community that is created on our charter and this last year we tried having a few snacks under the tent one night and people enjoyed the community that gathered under the tent that night.  We will expand this and hope to foster an even stronger community among our riders.

We constantly look for ways to improve our customers experainance if you have any suggestions please send them to kyle@bikestoyou.com

RAGBRAI Charter Campground

Join us in Grinnell on the morning of July 22rd for a motor coach bus ride to the start town. Bikes are packed between packing blankets in a professional mover’s semi truck; luggage will go under the busses. We leave very early in the morning, so you may wish to stay at one of Grinnell’s fine bed and breakfasts or hotels. We will transport your gear from overnight town to overnight town and have a campsite for our charter. Kyle will mark the route from the beginning of the town to the campsite. We try to find campsites with good shade, close to showers, restrooms and food. At the campsite we provide one sports drink per day and all the water you can drink. If anything you desire is not provided, Kyle makes one trip in the morning to the grocery store and can pick up additional items for a fee.  At the end of the week we will ride back from the end town to Grinnell on the same coach busses.

A typical day on our RAGBRAI Charter is waking up early in the morning.  Between the sun and the other riders getting up you will have no problem waking up early.  Pack your bags and tent up and place your bags at the end of our semi truck.  Our RAGBRAI Charter staff will pack your bags in the truck.  Ride your bike from town to town along the RAGBRAI route enjoying the scenery, people, and other riders along the way.  Know that our RAGBRAI Charter staff are diligently working on preparing a great campsite in the next town for you.  When you arrive in the overnight town Kyle our RAGBRAI Charter director will have signs posted from the edge of town directing you to the campsite.  Signs will be posted every block to our RAGBRAI Charter Campsite.  When you get to our RAGBRAI Charter campsite you will find your bags neatly lined up in our campsite, easy to find, and visible.

We locate our RAGBRAI Charter campsite close to bathrooms, showers, some food, and shade.  After you get in you can shower and eat some food.  Many of our RAGBRAI Charter riders choose to hang out in the campsite and talk about how the day went and life.  We have a refreshment area set up for you to enjoy a sports drink water and if you chose to order additional items they will be available under the refreshment tent.  Our RAGBRAI Charter director makes one morning trip to the grocery store and is very good at finding peoples varied and specific taste preferences for food and beverage. All items ordered are available in the refreshment area when you arrive at the campsite.

RAGBRAI Charter Campground plus Tent Service

Everything the RAGBRAI Charters campground service includes plus we set up and tear down a Marmot Limestone 4P tent for you each day.  Each tent comes with a foam sleeping pad and chair.  We purchased new tents and pads for RAGBRAI 2015 and everyone agreed it was a great upgrade.  If you would like to have someone stay in the tent with you please let us know and we will include a second pad and chair at no additional charge. Your tent mate does need to sign up for the RAGBRAI Charter campground service.

A typical day on our RAGBRAI Charter is waking up early in the morning.  Between the sun and the other riders getting up you will have no problem waking up early.  Pack your bags and place your bags at the end of our semi truck.  Our RAGBRAI Charter staff will pack your bags in the truck.  Ride your bike from town to town along the RAGBRAI route enjoying the scenery, people, and other riders along the way.  Know that our RAGBRAI Charter staff are diligently working on preparing a great campsite in the next town for you.  When you arrive in the overnight town Kyle our RAGBRAI Charter director will have signs posted from the edge of town directing you to the campsite.  Signs will be posted every block to our RAGBRAI Charter Campsite.  When you get to our RAGBRAI Charter campsite you will find your bags neatly lined up in our campsite, easy to find, and visible

Our RAGBRAI Charter tent service staff will have your tent set up and ready for you by noon.  The great thing about purchasing a RAGBRAI Charter tent service is you never have to deal with a wet tent due to Iowa’s heavy morning dew.  The RAGBRAI Charter tent service is set up as soon as our staff arrive at the campsite and start to dry.  Customers have commented that “Purchasing the RAGBRAI Charter tent service meant they did not need to deal with their wet tent in the morning or setting a wet tent up in the afternoon. It was set up and ready for me when I got into town.”  We place your chair and foam pad inside the RAGBRAI Charter tent.  You grab your bags and put them in your RAGBRAI Charter tent immediately and move to what every you want to do next with your day.

We locate our RAGBRAI Charter campsite close to bathrooms, showers, some food, and shade.  After you get in you can shower and eat some food.  Many of our RAGBRAI Charter riders choose to hang out in the campsite and talk about how the day went and life.  We have a refreshment area set up for you to enjoy a sports drink water and if you chose to order additional items they will be available under the refreshment tent.  Our RAGBRAI Charter director makes one morning trip to the grocery store and is very good at finding peoples varied and specific taste preferences for food and beverage. All items ordered are available in the refreshment area when you arrive at the campsite.

Airport Pickup

We offer an airport pickup with our RAGBRAI Charters.  We pick you up at the Des Moines Airport and take you to your choice of fine establishments in Grinnell. We have a full list of available bed and breakfasts and hotels in Grinnell on our RAGBRAI FAQ page. Once we have all arrival and departure times, we will construct a schedule and email it to you. You will know who is picking you up, their cell phone number, when our staff will arrive at the airport, and when you will depart for Grinnell.

Day and other specialty special services

We offer a number of ways to customize our packages.  If you want our standard RAGBRAI Charter service but want to take care of driving yourself we have a no bus option.  If you can only ride a few days and want to pay per day we have a per day rate.  Please call us and we can help you sign up for a RAGBRAI Charters custom package 641-236-8600. Listed below are some of the different RAGBRAI Charter service options we have done in the past

RAGBRAI Charter Week long no Bus

RAGBRAI Charter two days riding one day camping

RAGBRAI Charter three days riding two nights camping

RAGBRAI Charter four days riding three nights camping

RAGBRAI Charter second half of the week service with bus service back to Grinnell