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Railroad tracks ...(7 posts)

Railroad tracks ...Humma Hah
Apr 23, 2003 12:50 PM
As you guys all know, I spend most of my time on the cruiser, a nearly indestructable tank with 1 3/4" tires and thorn-resistant tubes, 36 heavy-duty spokes per wheel, and a steel frame based on a cantilever bridge design.

I don't fear railroad tracks, I cream 'em at full speed. I cross two sets each way to work every day.

On skinny-tired bikes, I'm used to riding either nice pavement or a track. I've always been told you basically don't wanna be creaming obstacles on 'em. Now that I have the vintage Paramount going, and considering I'd like to ride it about another 30-40 years, any recommendations on crossing the tracks on it? They're the worst thing I encounter on my commute.
re: Railroad tracks ...Fredrico
Apr 23, 2003 1:23 PM
Hey, Humma,

I've been riding skinny tired bikes over railroad tracks for 18 years, and can attest the best way to go over them is straight on, never at an angle. That polished steel is really slippery. 28C tires on 36 spoked wheels has sure helped, but ya gotta just bump over the tracks nice and easy, and that usually means slowing down to walking speed. I lift my butt off the saddle just before I hit the first track, using my legs as shock absorbers. Never broken a spoke.
yup, no problemDougSloan
Apr 23, 2003 1:26 PM
Definitely hit them at a right angle.

Learn to bunny hop, even a little bit. At least get off the saddle and bend the arms to absorb the bumps. I never had a problem.

Doug
Thanks ... that's what I was hoping you'd say.Humma Hah
Apr 23, 2003 1:43 PM
Yes, I hit them squarely, out of the saddle, and soaking up the bumps. The 'Mount has classic 36-spoke wheels, and I'm expecting to stay with 28 mm for my riding style.
Don't 'bunny hop' if they're wet...nmbicyclerepairman
Apr 23, 2003 3:03 PM
Hit them square, and think light thoughts.... (nm)Gregory Taylor
Apr 23, 2003 1:56 PM
Hit them at 90 degrees.High Gear
Apr 23, 2003 5:51 PM
Even dry RR tracks will take you down faster than you can say sh#t if you hit then wrong. Wet ones are the worst. I went down last year while talking to another rider. I didn't know what hit me, it happend so fast. Now I have respect for even the dry ones.