The biggest craze to hit the tracks in the Cooperstown area is already getting great reviews. Rail Explorers recently opened their railbike business, and over 500 people pedaled their way to happiness. You may have to pedal, but there’s a little helper that comes with you.
Rail Explorers CEO/Owner Mary Joy Lu explains, "They’re not getting a free ride, come on. They’ve paid hard to exercise, so yeah they got to pedal. One person in the brake seat controls the pedal assist, so that person needs to be able to pedal at a…you know at a very slight constant rate. The motors we have on here are extremely powerful, and really do most of the work for you."
The bikes can hit speeds up to around 16 miles an hour, but you might want to slow it down to enjoy the scenery. Reservations aren’t required, but they are recommended, and you may want to come more than once to see the change of seasons.
"It’s actually almost more fun in the rain because who goes out in the rain you know. We provide ponchos and umbrellas. If it’s dangerous where the conditions like high winds and you know really teaming rain, we will cancel and reschedule your tour, but if it’s light sprinkling of rain, we go out rain or shine," said Lu.
Rail Explorers Cooperstown Division Manager Sparky Spaulding helps maintain the all steel, commercially made bikes that cost around $15,000 each. There’s a fleet of 25 bikes to which makes this a sizable investment. Sparky says there’s 12 miles of scenery, but the real joy is in the experience.
"Its’ so exciting. There’s nothing like hearing the clanging of the railroad, the bikes on the rails," he said. "The beauty all around. I mean you got to just take a look at this, and we do this for six miles down, and then six miles back. It may sound like a round trip, but on your way back it’s a whole different view. It’s totally awesome!"
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