Couple Bikepacks on Railroads With Tandem Train Track Bike

What does a mountain biker do when they want more access to the outdoors, but railroads are in the way? Rethink the wheel, of course.

“Riding the Rails” explores professional mountain bike athlete and engineer Alex McAndrew’s journey to experience the abandoned railroads of Vermont around his home.

Why? McAndrew noticed the railroad tracks around his property provided access to new parts of nature and the outdoors. Wanting himself, his wife, and their dogs to get out to explore them, McAndrew set out to find out how they could make that happen: riding the rails via a custom-built train track bike.

“After weeks of work, the pair developed a tandem device that allowed them to do what they set out to do,” teased Smartwool. “Ride the rails!”

“Smartwool wants to inspire people to get outdoors, and have fun while doing it,” wrote the brand. So naturally, the concept of McAndrew’s rail-bike journey was a perfect way to get that message across.

riding the rails film

This is Smartwool’s first presented film.

Filmmaker: Evan Kay; Run Time: 10 minutes.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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