What is railbiking?

Railbiking is cycling on unused and most of the times forgotten railways. It gives to a rider an opportunity to enjoy the landscape from a completely different perspective. An unforgettable unique adventure that is indeed worth to try!

 Introduction to Rail biking 

Since the global rise of the motor car and road-freight, much of the 'developed' world has become crisscrossed with abandoned railway lines. These silent, half-forgotten ways are home to wildlife, the occasional hiker, the gentle creep of undergrowth. But many of them provide a long, empty, usually hill-free passage through the landscape. Ideal for cycling, if only there were a way of riding on rails. 

Which, for those of a sufficiently ingenious and foolhardy bent, there is! A railbike is either a bicycle that has been modified to be able to ride on the rails of a railroad or a purpose-built specialized railbike. The most common design has a device attached to it so that the bike will not steer off the rail, while an outrigger is used to support the bike using the other rail. There are even railbike systems where the attachments fold up and work as a trailer so that it can also be used as a regular road bicycle to get to and from the rails. 

The trick with using abandoned tracks is to remember that they are no longer maintained. Things like overgrown vegetation and misaligned track can be challenging during a ride so the rail bike guides must work well enough to cope with them. Clearances need to be close to minimize derailments but have enough play to reduce friction from the guides. Four bikes in and only the one catastrophic derailment to date, I'm pretty happy with what I've come up with. 

Now folks, just like anything, there are potential risks involved here, so here are a few pointers: 

1st / Do not use tracks that are used by trains. If the top of the track is shiny, something has been using it and you will likely lose if you try to occupy the track at the same time as whatever it is. 

2nd / Get permission to use the rail and let someone know where to look for you if you go missing. Often the tracks go places where people may not. If you get hurt, you may be on your own, so take a friend so you can blame them if needed. 

3rd/ Take tools to keep your contraption working. I guarantee you that you will need them at some point, as well as stuff to keep you working too. 

4th / Most importantly, have fun!