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Old 11-28-17, 07:37 PM   #1
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I have been researching tandem rail bikes on the net and can not find anything later than 2008. We are post 70 and like to stay off public roads. We have a great 35 mile bike trail in Monterey, CA but would like to ride the 50 miles of abandoned rails near us. Any help with new designs for rail bikes would be apreaceated. Thanks, Steve
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Welcome to the forum.

The location for this topic would be better to have placed in the Tandem Cycling forum.

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The Azus tandem is not a rail, but the twin tubes are spaced closely together, so the configuration is similar.
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Here's a company that runs a rental rail bike service with both 2- and 4-person bikes. Maybe you could check with them on their source of the bikes and also if they ever have used ones available. (Technically their 2-person bike is a 'sociable', i.e. side-by-side, rather than a tandem, i.e. in-line.)
https://www.adirondack.net/whatsnew/...s-north-creek/

Have you checked on the legality and access rights to the section of abandoned railroad? Wouldn't want to spend very much on the bike and then get chased off by the owner of the rail right-of-way.
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All of the train rail links I could locate are from companies offering this a rental touring service. (This sounds like a local new company opportunity for you...)


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Thorndike Rail Bike

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All of the train rail links I could locate are from companies offering this a rental touring service. (This sounds like a local new company opportunity for you...)


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Thorndike Rail Bike

Revolution Rail
Granted that those are pedal-powered but seems quite a stretch to refer to that as 'biking', as they do.
(But looks like more fun than riding on a pedal-pub.)
I have seen photos of actual bikes used on rails, but have no direct knowledge.
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Here's a company that runs a rental rail bike service with both 2- and 4-person bikes. Maybe you could check with them on their source of the bikes and also if they ever have used ones available. (Technically their 2-person bike is a 'sociable', i.e. side-by-side, rather than a tandem, i.e. in-line.)
https://www.adirondack.net/whatsnew/...s-north-creek/

Have you checked on the legality and access rights to the section of abandoned railroad? Wouldn't want to spend very much on the bike and then get chased off by the owner of the rail right-of-way.


Good advice as I notice at the end of that link the following:


This is the second rail biking endeavor in the Adirondack Park, but will be the only one operational for the 2017 season. An ongoing legal battle over a 34-mile portion of the track between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid is preventing the Saranac Lake-based rail biking company from operating this year.
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That looks really cool. I had no idea there were that many miles of abandoned tracks in Monterey. I wonder how many there are around other towns?
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Actually there are lots of rail lines you can ride on if you are not to worried about the legality of it. Locally, there are some that are owned by local government agencies more concerned with maintaining their pensions than actually using the rails. They have no money for chasing a few rail bikers but their main concern is proposing a future of using 1830’s technology to solve today’s transportation problems. They play off the bike trail people against the railroad nuts and insure that the debate will continue well past their retirement date.
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