Rail bike plans?

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    We have an abandoned railroad near where I live. I'm looking for plans for a bracket/brace to modify a standard mountain bike so I can ride it on the rails. I have found a few pictures but no plans.
    Have any of you built one? How did it ride? What did you use?
    Thanks. I appreciate it.
     
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    I have looked everywhere on the web and can't find anything other than a couple videos and pictures. No plans.
     
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    Interesting idea, need an outrigger with a pulley that fits the tracks, have to be adjustable until you dial it in, if it could be broken down for travel even better.
    Put a two cycle engine on the front wheel and you could have a rip roaring time.
    Would need to lock the handle bars in the straight position to stay on the tracks, good luck, sounds like a fun project.
     
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    Thanks @CamoDeafie82 I had not found railriders.net. There is a place about an hour from my house.
    I am going to work on a design that I can use the bike on the road or rail. When I get a design that works, I'll post.
     
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    I have always wanted one and never did get one built. I remember seeing plans and photos but not sure where. Hmmm...

    OK, google ‘rail bike’ and click on images and go wild!
     
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    i think several months ago someone on here was offering plans for sale! not sure what came of that....
     
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    ¿ didn't Phileas Fogg & Jean Passepartout build something like that ? ;-)

    Rails to Trails is slowly removing the iron rails and cross ties on a lot of our old abandoned routes down here(Texas) and even setting up parking and camping areas to accommodate the users

    one area up in the panhandle even has a livery service where you can park securely and they will haul you so you can return to your car or they will pick you up at a designated time/date

    it'z gittin to be a kinda popular game...
     
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    Just where is this abandoned rail??
    I’m looking for a piece rail track.
    Oh, and be careful .... wouldn’t want you to go over the handle bars when you run out of rail. :eek:
     
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    giggle RAILS TO TRAILS

    map-of-rails2trails-locations.png
     
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    I'm in Bangor, Maine. If you are near, PM me and I might've able to get you some rail and spikes (legally). There is about 40 miles of abandoned track from Brewer through to Ellsworth. I hope it is in ok condition.
    I have seen designs from metal wheels to plastic to wood. One place sells wheels for $170 each!! I have a good idea for a wheel and guide design. I'll post pics when I try it. I hope no stitches or cast :eek:
     
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    @Bridgetdaddy , when the Maine Central abandoned the line from Ellsworth to Baring in the '80s, a buddy of mine bought a couple of surplus speeder cars at auction. We had MCRR helmets and ran the rails outlaw for several years before they deteriorated to the point they were unsafe. We even had the official flags to stop traffic at road crossings, which we did with great officiousness. Not sure what you have for equipment, but flanged wheels could be welded up with some pipe and plate cut to size. Should be a pretty low tech endeavor as long as you know the gauge of the line and have some idea how much it's likely to deviate in width. Troy industrial in Brewer could supply you with either the material cut to spec or finish machined and welded.
     
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    @x39 thanks. I'll look into it.
     
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    I’ve seen yards full of old speeders when I was consulting for the railroad. Always wanted one.
     
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    The old timers I knew who worked on the rails called the bicycle powered devices " 'pedes" which I think was a mutation of "velocipede". One caution I'd throw out there is that the rails are unforgiving. Accidents around them happen fast and usually hurt, even at bicycle speeds. I was involved in a speeder crash and have known several others through the years who had the same misfortune.
     
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    You might want to watch this video. These guys have DIY rail bike rigs that look fairly easy to replicate.
     

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