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Bikes on unused rails

Discussion in 'Bike Touring' started by Spider Tempura, Dec 6, 2017.

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    2 bikes, one on each rail, framework in between for gear and supplies. One bike with an outrigger..

    Has anyone thought about this? Has anyone tried this?

    Does anyone want to DO this?
     
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    I WORK FOR NO MAN
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    This proves you'd better be blind if you wanna do something like this right
     
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    Didnt ask anyone to work for me, nor have i ever asked your name. This thread is an inquiry into whether or not anyone wants to ride converted bicycles on rails. I will just assume that you dont like rails or bikes since you typed no twice.

    Too pricey for me, my build is going to be a bicycle converted with reclaimed / dumpstered materials, budget roughly 100 dollars. That being said the front wheel im going to sandcast is similar to what they have, just a bit smaller and lighter.
     

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    Looks cool. Good luck
     
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    Dude, they're making a joke by quoting from O Brother Where Art Thou? (the person who says the line rides on a handcar), no one is trying to be a dick to you. I think this plan is rad

    Also, you might need a specialized front fork if you're gonna try and make a bike like in the picture; that wheel looks WAY wider than any fork I've seen would accommodate. Just something to keep in mind
     
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    Thanks for the claify, never saw the movie. Im pretty savvy with forks n bikes in general, ive done a tall bike and a few frankenbikes. My current design involves adding a track roller to the front wheel and a roller to the rear and roller on the outrigger. The rubber wheels will just be used to drive. The main thing is i want to be able to disassemble and put the bike or bikes back to "normal" for road use and takedown the outrigger pieces or bike connectors to pack. Theres a bunch of scrap available so melting and casting the rollers shouldnt be an issue. One problem i forsee is whether or not the emt conduit will suffice for framework, i may have to use scrap alum extrusions or even steel, havent crushed any numbers on it yet to see conduit will be strong enough. Im not entirely opposed to cutting up trashed bikes and welding shit together either. Garbage hounds like myself have to make do with what we find, this could radically alter the finished contraption.

    Ill try to add pics and drawings of progress, hopefully this project will be done by spring.


    http://blog.sfgate.com/bicycle/2014/09/09/alan-selfridge-and-his-1986-railbike/

    This is probably a better example and closer to what i envision, its also my original inspiration.
     
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    NP, you should check it out sometime if you're ever housed up and looking for a movie to watch. It's definitely one of my favorite flicks.

    Sounds like you know a lot about building bikes, I'm excited to see this project unfold. Will you be traveling with all that stuff (when it's finished I mean) or is it more of something to mess around with while you're in one spot?
     
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