Off to the Ranch #16: Building Little Woodie | New trail feature

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Today's post is different, but kinda the same.

The intro phrase above belongs to Seth, from Bearm Peak. Watching his videos on Youtube inspired me to produce trail building content. The evolution of his own DIY bikepark gives so much ideas that makes me anxious. And anxiety moves me.

So, here I am with another wild build. This time, instead of building a natural ramp over a rock, I'm going to build a wooden ramp over another rock. There's no exit like in the previous build, but the rider has the option to jump or avoid the rock at all. Let's call this the Little Woodie.

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More trail building


Natural features require some luck. The cattle sculpted the trail going past the rock, so I decided to open a secondary line to incorporate the rock into the trail – the photos don't show the true size. The rest is creativity, some scrap wood, and tools.

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Preparing the entry line

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The rock


I started by laying two wooden beams on top of the rock to have an idea of how the ramp would be. It's is important to double check. You don't want to discover the ramp is messed up after it's secured to the ground.

Once I was happy with the positioning I began to cut stakes with a machette. These four stakes will secure the ramp in place.

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Positioning

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Cutting stakes


Mr. Whacker did the trick. Luckily the soil was loose and I didn't find any underground rocks blocking the stakes. I hammered them down as far as possible; the farther the firmer.

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Whacking stakes down

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Stakes


After hammering the stakes, I cut the excess and nailed each to the two main beams. The ramp began to take shape. These four stakes lock the ramp in place, but it's still wobbly. It'll be firmer once I add the planks.

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Cut cut cut

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Hammer hammer hammer


We have a pile of scrap wood, so I picked planks from there to cover the ramp. All different lengths, but it's no problem. I just roughly marked them and prepared to cut.

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Picking up wood from the pile

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Marking


Our table saw needs a new table. Priorities. Trail building is cooler. {laughts}. It does cut well and that's what I need when cutting old hard eucalyptus. With all the planks done it's time to nail. (I carried them down the trail in one go, which turned out exhausting).

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Watch out!

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Planks


Most trail builders use screws for practicality and security. I would do the same, but screws are pricey. To hell with inflation! If nails don't hold the thing together, and if I decide to keep the feature as it is, then I may add screws. Until then, more rides are required.

Lastly, good ole hoe served to sculpt the soil just before the ramp.

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Nailing the planks

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Preparing the entry


The final result looked awesome. I don't know how tall that ramp is, but the photos don't show the true dimension. It's not an advanced feature; it's not for beginners either. This rock is bigger than the one in my previous post. For that reason, I decided to make it optional.

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View from the bottom

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View from the top


After riding Little Woodie a few times I concluded it's quite fluid. One can jump off the ramp or just roll out of it. Beginners can always take the main route and avoid the rock at all. After this experience, I feel like moving to bigger projects, scarier jumps, and more technical features.

I've recorded a video of the proccess to make this post supper dupper sexy. Enjoy.

Peace.


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Always happy when there is an option to avoid it :)
Pretty cool though!

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True! Especially when we come bombing down the trail and there's no time to align for the jump \o\

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I think I haven´t featured any of your cool posts from the ranch in my upvote giveaway yet. So this one will be there! ;)

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Weheeeee! Thank you. I'm anxious to go back to the ranch to create more stuff. I'm stuck in the capital right now.

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An improved version - approved!
But where is the 1m high ramp?

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AHahhahha are you conspiring against me? There's a 2m-high rock amidst an absolute jungle. If you help me open a trail in there I'm up for the challenge.

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thanks for sharing the latest goings on in the ranch! good to see what happening and the kind of challenges you face.. <3

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And thanks for the supportive comment! I'm enxious to go back to the ranch, but I'm kinda stuck in the city =////

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I hope you're not using yoru Dad's wood again young man..

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