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Old 11-07-2007, 08:48 AM
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Question Info on, or experience with, Rail Biking?

I'm curious about the curious world of rail biking -- that's where you customize a standard bike with an outrigger, or use a specially designed bike, to travel on railroad tracks. Google searches turn up a few resources & books & how-to kits from the far-flung reaches of the continent, but I wondered if there was someone locally with knowledge/experience in this area.

And no, I'm not contemplating riding on the UP/BN mainline. There are a fair number of lightly-utilized rail lines (with slow-moving trains, very important!) throughout Oregon that just beg to be explored, and walking's just too slow & mt. biking on rail ballast is pretty awful.

This may be a thread that stumps even the cycle-factotums of BikePortland ... so waddaya know?
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:58 AM
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I picked up a copy of the movie "The Quest" w/Henry Thomas (of E.T. The Extraterestrial fame) for that reason exactly.... but it was a used rental copy on VHS... so it's a little tired for freeze framing.

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Old 12-01-2007, 04:57 PM
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Oh, I'd love to try this one out on a hill...



Follow the image's link to a site that sells plans...
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:13 PM
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Here's a couple more pics... from Make Magazine's Site.




heres a great shot from Musee McCord Museum



Gotta Love those Ole Time Cyclists... Looks like they were having fun!
It's late, I should be making tracks!

Rubberside Down!
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:03 AM
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Somehow I thought all rail lines were off limits to the general public.

So is your interest in a quick conversion that you can install so you can wander the rails from time to time?
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:20 PM
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I don't know about the legal aspects of railbiking in Oregon.

What I do know, is that:

1) When I saw it in "The Quest" I thought that it looked like a really cool way to ride, and the traffic situation would be greatly reduced.

2) When I saw a Nat. Geo. article about someone doing it in Africa (Sahara Desert?) I thought that it would be a really cool way to ride.

My personal intrest would be to someday have a conversion that I could:

1) Tour long distances easily.

2) Have a really cool bit of kit that few others have.

Gotta be Making Tracks
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:16 PM
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Talking Bent Rail ride for two!

Get BENT! (With a friend!)



WOW! That looks like it could be a lot of Fun! Picked up the pic from http://www.railbike.com and it looks like they sell them too.

Perhaps, I'll see ya where the rubber hits the rail!
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:54 AM
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thanx for the photos, K'tesh. S/N, you're right about the questionable legality of this railbiking thing...the place i had in mind along the beautiful Salmonberry River west of Portland, which seemed to run about one slow-moving train a day, is now in about $12 million worth of hurt -- you may have seen the Oregonian story this past week on the storm damage:

http://www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/...490.xml&coll=7

Anyway, now maybe the best hope is that this becomes a rail-to-trail conversion sometime in the future, since rebuilding the rail seems questionable.
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:51 PM
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Get BENT! (With a friend!)



WOW! That looks like it could be a lot of Fun! Picked up the pic from http://www.railbike.com and it looks like they sell them too.

Perhaps, I'll see ya where the rubber hits the rail!
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They're based in COSTA RICA

You might see me on one of those soon, Railbike.com operates Railbike tours in Costa Rica!!!! I'm already going there On January 4th!!
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Default Railbiking Slide Show

This link goes to a great slide show of railbiking in Costa Rica:

http://railbike.com/photoalbum/pages/3Riders_jpg.htm

I especially like the one with the dog
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