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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-06-06, 01:09 PM   #1
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Railroad bikes

...or "Why wait until they make the rail trails?"

It's a singlespeed/fixed bike that you can ride on railroad tracks.

Pros: usually there's a town every 10 miles or so, not many cars.
Cons: No swerving, trains.

http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive...ail_bikes.html
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when civilization crumbles, the man who has this will be set.
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Nice. One of those would be great in my city, we've got some nice abandoned railroad tracks that it would be fun to cruise.
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I saw this on Boingboing this morning and immediately thought.. "I better post this in the Alt bikes forum!"

heh.
Would be pretty cool though. Riding over railroad ties for a few kilometers really wears you out.
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Did anyone check out the jet powered VW on the next page....craziness.
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why is the outrigger wheel necessary?
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Hehehe.. I posted this in the Touring forum earlier.. I've always thought this would be fun..
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apparently greasers are a concern

http://rrbike.freeservers.com/Railbi...tion_Notes.htm

what about socs though?
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apparently greasers are a concern
Only if you're a soc.
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why is the outrigger wheel necessary?
it's only necessary if you don't like falling over
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Old 03-06-06, 04:32 PM   #11
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i want those handlebars.
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i want those handlebars.
flip some risers and trim them down.

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I rode something like this this summer in the Rhone valley in France with my parents and dog. It was a 2 person pedal car (with room for 2 extra passengers) and we rode it through some awesome scenery for a few hours. It was a sourt of tourist attraction thing and it was pretty fun, especially because it was a sort of car so you could stop pedaling and relax and the dog could sit there and pant.
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What about the bulls? I wouldn't want to get a knot on the head from a bull.
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