1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bicyclist Finds New Way To Ride the Rails
Railcycle bolts to the front and rear forks of the bike. It consists of an extender bar that reaches between the tracks. A set of wheels just ahead of the bike hugs the rail the bike is on and a set of wheels at the end of the extender bar ride the opposite rail. A nylon net stretched between the triangular frame can be used to carry a sleeping bag and pack.
Smart says the Railcycle can be removed from the track in a few seconds if a train comes. He feels you're much more likely to get hit by a train at a railway crossing when riding on roads. However, he's encountered resistance from railway officials.
Because of problems selling the Railcycle, Smart has had to hold the device off the market. He's looking to sell the idea to owners of abandoned rail lines as a commercial entertainment device which they could then rent to individuals.
Smart says the idea isn't new. In fact, Sears and Roebuck at one time listed a similar device in their catalog. "I've shown the Railcycle to many farmers and ranchers during my travels. I helped one hog farmer in Kansas rig up his own."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard C. Smart, Railcycle, 3502 Buckskin Road, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 (ph 208 765-2831).
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