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February 21, 2014 in City
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“We were adventurers, you know,” said Dick Smart when asked about his cycling adventures around the world, including Patagonia, Canada, Switzerland and Australia, which he has documented in a new book. Smart now spends most of his time at home in a recliner, paralyzed on his left side from a brain tumor. He was a zealous promoter of rail biking, especially by Railcycle, an invention he perfected.

Dick Smart, shown here in the 1980s, spent years perfecting his Railcycle, a way to ride a bicycle on railroad tracks.