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Old 04-18-11, 10:23 PM
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American Railbike Association

I found this in a stack of vintage books and magazines. Anyone done any railbike touring (and lived to tell)? Uploaded for your enjoyment...

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BRILLIANT!!!

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These items are so cool! Interesting, thought provoking!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks
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Will Amtrak let you draft the Acela? Kinda crazy for the NE Corridor where rail traffic is more frequent and faster than cars and abandon lines lead to abandon warehouses full of crackheads.

Oh, any mention of a third rail pickup for ebikes?

Seriously kinda cool but sounds kinda dangerous. How do you know when an abandon line becomes active again?

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I found a flikr set awhile ago that had pictures of these modern rail bikes.

They had a sorta trailer/wheel that could pivot to the side and act as the outrigger. I seem to recall it was a semi famous frame builders flikr site, can't remember who exactly.

Ever since I watched The Quest when I was a kid I always wanted a rail bike.
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Originally Posted by Velognome View Post

Seriously kinda cool but sounds kinda dangerous. How do you know when an abandon line becomes active again?
When the light at the end of the tunnel turns out to be attached to the front of a train.
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I bought a bike off this guy way up in New Hampshire a couple of years ago.
https://www.railriders.net/index1.html
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Originally Posted by Velognome View Post

Oh, any mention of a third rail pickup for ebikes?
You must be a Lionel fan.

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Very funky. Reminds me of this quote I found in a book on the 1893 World's Fair/Columbian Exposition:

They found two "bicycle-railroads" more interesting, especially the one that hung from an overhead track.
"It wouldn't be surprising," said Mr. Douglass, "if we should live to see those tracks put up over large sections of the land. For the bicycle is capable of displacing almost all passenger-carriers except in special cases. You see them here in this gallery arranged as to be ridden by one, two, or three riders so as to carry children with their parents, or fitted up for the use of firemen or soldiers." (p. 211)
Title: The Century World's Fair Book for Boys and Girls, Being the Adventures of Harry and Philip with their Tutor, Mr. Douglass at the World's Columbian Exposition
Author: Tudor Jenks
Pub: The Century Co, NY, 1893
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wow, overhead railbike lines spanning the country. Good thing they opted for a very comprehensive network of cyclepaths here.
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Originally Posted by Velognome

Seriously kinda cool but sounds kinda dangerous. How do you know when an abandon line becomes active again?


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When the light at the end of the tunnel turns out to be attached to the front of a train.
Then a fixed gear arrangment would be prudent so as to pedal backwards. Also a a step through frame or as it should be termed in railbikeing, the Bail-out frame!

Are there large sections of abandon rail in the USA? I would think it would be overgrown with scrub within a few years of inactivity. Also my experience is that Railroad Police have a very strict code when it comes to tresspassing. Abandon lines are somebodies property (liability)
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I bought a bike off this guy way up in New Hampshire a couple of years ago.
https://www.railriders.net/index1.html
Can I buy my model equipped with Brooks Saddles?

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Talk about your inefficient iron wheelsets.

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I see abandoned railroad tracks every now and then. The problem is, once they stop maintaining the roadbed, they go downhill fast. Thorny weeds 4 or 5 feet tall are par for the course. If a track is well enough maintained that there are no weeds, it's probably not abandoned.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
I see abandoned railroad tracks every now and then. The problem is, once they stop maintaining the roadbed, they go downhill fast. Thorny weeds 4 or 5 feet tall are par for the course. If a track is well enough maintained that there are no weeds, it's probably not abandoned.
Simple: Mount a can of Roundup spraying off the back end of your railbike.

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The overhead bicycle "railways" were a reality in south New Jersey. The Smithville bicycle factory used them as commuting lines.

I'd love to try railbiking, but a trestle with a hundred foot drop would be too much of a rush for my heart.
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I remember as a kid my grandparents having an old early 1900's Sears & Roebuck catalog with a railbike attachment that you could buy. I remember thinking that it was so cool.

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One was floating on the Pittsburgh CL a while back.


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railbike? More railcar it think? But I was thinking....hmmmm...mount those wheels with the flanges on opposite sides of the rail to a Fat Tire Cruiser frame....then ya truly got a railbicycle!!

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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
Simple: Mount a can of Roundup spraying off the back end of your railbike.

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That'll work if you ride the same rail regularly. But for exploring, finding new places and such, it's not so good.
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Did I mention I am resurrecting the American Railbike Association? Just $10 and you can be a member. This also makes a Unique and personal gift. PM me for payment info :-)
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
Can I buy my model equipped with Brooks Saddles?

You know, this guy was sort of in your neighborhood. He was really sociable and interested in ideas. I'd like to say I was buying a "normal" bike from him, but it was a homemade recumbent. He let me have it cheap. I was about to balk at the deal and he threw in a box of parts that he'd bought for his older model and wasn't using for his new improved cars.
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Talk about your inefficient iron wheelsets.

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He actually casts these in some sort of lightweight resin. They only weigh a couple of pounds each.
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Also my experience is that Railroad Police have a very strict code when it comes to tresspassing. Abandon lines are somebodies property (liability)
This guy had contact info for getting permission to use the tracks.
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I met a guy at Critical Mass in San Francisco a few years ago who is part of a modern railbike club. Forget the details, but they should be on the web somewhere. He did mention that the outrigger wheel has to allow for variation of track width. Railbikes have always fascinated me too!
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a RailBike... another bike to add to the list, lets see does that go before tandem but after racing trike, or maybe before recumbent and after the tandem.....
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