Dig and Build
Dirt Jumps and Trails
HOW AND WHERE TO BUILD
BMX AND MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
Regardless of where you live, you can find a place to ride
your bmx and mountain bike.
Dirt jumps, freeride drops and bridges, mountain bike trails and bmx
tracks are all great places to ride. If you
don't have any trails or jumps, you can build them. All you have to
do is find the right spot and get to work.
If you are fortunate, your city may
have trails or parks developed specifically for riding. Many times
the city or county can provide you with access to land if they do
not. You just have to use a little tact in getting this done. If you
don't have any luck this way, there is always your backyard or you
may be able to find an empty lot or some woods near by. Many trails
have been made on abandoned lots or in desolate wooded areas. Be
careful here because most landowners do not like people riding on
their property. If you want to do it the right way you can try and
convince the landowner to lease or loan you the land for riding.
On to the building. Depending on what
kind of riding you want to do, you can build a track or trails in
the woods. You can rent or borrow equipment if you have major land
clearing to be done or you can start with the basics a shovel and
some clippers. These tools can also be helpful; A handsaw for
cutting up downed trees, a chainsaw for cutting up downed larger
trees, a hatchet for roots, a yard rake for clearing and smoothing,
a iron rake for moving debris and dirt and a hammer and nails if you
will be building wood structures. Be careful to not cut down any
live trees more than 2" in diameter, this can be very detrimental to
the environment and how others will look at your project.
You can get wood from a number of
places the obvious of which is the local lumber store. But, if you
don't have funds you can always work with scrap. If you see a
house being built, ask the contractor for any scrap wood. Make sure
you only do this while the contractor or owner is present or you may
be arrested for theft or vandalism.
Once you have the right place the
next step is to get busy. Get your friends and design something you
think will be fun. You can borrow ideas from places you've been or
you can be creative. This is what makes it fun, but you also want to
make sure that what you build something that is functional. If
you've never built anything like this before you definitely want to
pay close attention to places that have been successful. Once
your spot is built you will enjoy hours of countless fun here as
well as take pride in what you have built. Have fun!
Dig and Build Part II
See what we did with
40 loads of dirt and a John Deere Tractor
See what some old guys have done with a
few shovels, saws and hammers. The DVD video features old and young
alike on a variety of jumps, trails, ramps, bridges and other riding
terrain. You may even be inspired to get on your bike and ride.
Old as Dirt DVD