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... he missed his train...(5 posts)

... he missed his train...Akirasho
Nov 18, 2001 7:39 AM
The actual article discussed taking bikes on trains in Britain... but you gotta love the nostalgia...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: ... he missed his train...Birddog
Nov 18, 2001 4:05 PM
I first saw a picture like this, (maybe this same one) when I was in grade school in Scholastic Magazine. The article was about how some guy was the first person to ride a bike 60 mph. They laid wood between the rails for the bike and he rode in the vacuum created by the fairing at the back of the coach. This eliminated crosswinds etc and gave the rider the "perfect" set up to break the record. Isaw this article in the late 50's
Some background on that photoDAC
Nov 19, 2001 6:05 AM
The railroad used was the LIRR, on Long Island, and this stunt was done nearly 100 years ago. Several miles of planking was installed between the rails, the train was brought up to speed, and when they hit the planking, this guy with a specially designed racing fixed-gear (with something like 150 gear inches) Hit the decking pedalling (some sort of sling held him, first), and he set a world speed record for cycling top speed. Of course, this was mostly due to the 'dead air' in the enclosure behind the railroad car (specially constructed for this stunt), but it did remain a record for many years.
His name was "Mile a minute Murphy" (nm)Kerry Irons
Nov 19, 2001 5:43 PM
early motor-pacingJack S
Nov 19, 2001 6:41 AM