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  1. #451
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    californiagrown, that trail is a work of art man, very well done.

    I have been hitting the backyard hard the last 3 weeks. What started as just a small little transition on the pump track turned into a winding and twisting new line that turned into cleaning up a big berm on the jump line that turned into setting up a long and low into the berm that turned into building a step on step off and alternate line of a couple rollers into a shark fin. Good times.

    Pump track addition before and after...

    This is first roller extension I put in. I figured I'd just do a quick inside line.....



    Well.... "quick" turned into this...






    I had been needing to reshape the big berm on the jump line. It just wasn't riding well and speed was lost.

    Much better




    Now that more speed was had coming out of the berm, this lone small jump just would't do...




    So I got to work digging




    And digging.....changing the little double into a double roller




    And more digging and fine tuning






    Until finally...





    The main pump track now connects to the big berm and double roller to shark fin. I can't add any rollers next to the wood ramp as that is a driveway for folks who store their trailers here. That is the reason for the moveable wood ramp as well.
    There are other ideas, but now warm weather is baking everything rock hard so digging will likely come to and end for a time. I guess I'll go ride now.

    Before and after, from above




  2. #452
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    We definitely need to come visit you.

  3. #453
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    We definitely need to come visit you.
    Always welcome!

  4. #454
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    That is some commitment. Wow.

  5. #455
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    Hell yeah CS! that looks like an awesome spot for evening sessions with BBQ, beers and buddies. Looks like some prime doubles to make into campfilre jumps too haha. When you have a lot of time on your hands its easy to get carried away and OCD and before you know it you have something way better than you originally set out to build!

  6. #456
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    A couple of us are doing some re-routing of our "downhill" trail. Nice to get out and do some work. There's a section that's just kind of straight and fast with three tight switchbacks and we're sending it a little farther out into wider corners and keeping the trail pretty raw, mostly just scraped off organic material and some wider off camber bits without a set line.

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  7. #457
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    Nice to get out today without any bugs. One thing I don't do much of is dig and build berms. We've been so focused on building a network we can finally spend some time digging, but shit it is so much work! Then you ride it and it's gone by in a second or two!

    Berm into a little step up...in time with more work.

    Honey hole

  8. #458
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    I'm really not very good at MTB, but enjoy it, and really enjoyed building this trail this past fall/winter/spring in my free time. Its short, steep in spots, and built to look kind of difficult but not actually have any difficult moves because i kind of suck haha. Everything flows really well together, and and im slowly getting more confident keeping speed up. Pretty cool little 300' vert lap i can do door-to-door from my condo in suburban Seattle in under 25 mins. Video edited to remove the entrance/exit portions.


  9. #459
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    Looks fun!

  10. #460
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    Progress from the other day, basically have 2/3 of our re-routing done. Another couple of work days and it should be good to go again.

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    Steeper and more off camber than it looks going down to that berm.

  11. #461
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    Bought some rakes to help make loam great again and used it for loam berms Click image for larger version. 

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  12. #462
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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    Looks fun!
    Yeah it does!

  13. #463
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    Quote Originally Posted by californiagrown View Post
    I'm really not very good at MTB, but enjoy it, and really enjoyed building this trail this past fall/winter/spring in my free time. Its short, steep in spots, and built to look kind of difficult but not actually have any difficult moves because i kind of suck haha. Everything flows really well together, and and im slowly getting more confident keeping speed up.
    There's nothing quite like riding a bit of dirt you've had worked from top to bottom! Finally got to ride an 880m long section that has taken over 60+ hours and it was jank good times

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  14. #464
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    Everything is super dry now, so I guess we'll just ride..



  15. #465
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS View Post
    Everything is super dry now, so I guess we'll just ride..


    That yard looks ridiculously fun. Did you import the dirt? Doesn't look like you dug down much, if at all.

  16. #466
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    I’m sure all builders can relate...

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  17. #467
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    Quote Originally Posted by rip View Post
    I’m sure all builders can relate...

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    Gold.

    I'll work on an edit of what I've put together so far at the house... it ain't much, but the kids, wife and I love being able to rip 2 laps whenever we want.

  18. #468
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    So i found the tool stash of some folks who had built a half-assed jump on my trail. It contained a shovel, a bigass handsaw... and a hand trowel with a 4' long handle. It was the weirdest tool ive ever seen. It literally was a hand trowel that was attached to like a fullsize shovel handle. I have no idea what that could be used for?

  19. #469
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    Whatever you'd use a regular trowel for, except with social distancing. Duh.

  20. #470
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    Easier nature dumps?

  21. #471
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    Paved this section which was getting wornClick image for larger version. 

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  22. #472
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    Stupidly steep section of trail on old classic Cuntbuster

    Pic 1 looks uphill

    Pic 2 placed big cedar across trail.and dug and hammered it in

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  23. #473
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    Restored a couple more trails and brought some old stunts back into playClick image for larger version. 

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  24. #474
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    Quote Originally Posted by rip View Post
    Iím sure all builders can relate...

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    I wish everyone would take 30 seconds out of their ride to move that branch, rock, whatever out of the way.

    Warning rant - fucking roadies in the woods are the worst offenders. They somehow think the trails are like the pave and the street sweeper just comes along to take care of it for them.

    We rode a brand new trail yesterday that has a deep mud hole at a low spot. Its brand new, so not finished. I assume builder will bridge it maybe. So we stopped and took 3 minutes and filled it with deadfall and made it much more rideable until a permanent fix occurs. It's just not that hard, but when your kom hunting I guess it is.

  25. #475
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    I think a lot of people just assume the work naturally pops up. Also a lot of people are casual users so to them, their forest activity isn't a priority. Plus laziness as let's face it trailwork takes time and does involve effort.

    Anyhow I generally keep my expectations for help on trailwork low. They're generally met

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