Part 3 of the trail building series explains how to design and build turns and berms into a mountain bike trail. What tools to use to build mountain bike jumps.
Kevin johnstone is an avid mountain biker from ontario canada.
Build mountain bike trail. The i m b a states that it is required for all trail builders to use a clinometer. The answer is simple. Part 3 of the trail building series explains how to design and build turns and berms into a mountain bike trail.
Many thanks to nikki whiles and trailcraft for the help in preparing this article. In fact the accuracy and ease of use of the clinometer is heavily endorsed by the international mountain bike association. He has worked with the worlds 1 bike park builder jay hoots for a number a build sessions spanning 2 years.
Removing top soil soft organic matter digging shovelling bench cutting carving a flat trail into a section of sloped hillside. Anything you have to hand. When building mtb tracks the main actions you ll be taking are.
If the trail is left as is then when people ride it they will slide down the trail slowly eroding it. Hike or ride your bike carefully over the trail several times to compact the soil more easily. The best way to dig out the trail is to start at the highest part and make it level with the lowest part by removing dirt.
He has been building trails for 4 years across canada. He spent 2 seasons improving the trails at kelso conservation area in milton. Packing the ground is one of the more labor intensive tedious aspects of building a mountain bike course but it s also one of the most important.
Ideally the trail should always be slightly slanted to shed water but when it is at a big angle it needs to be cut out. If the dirt is too loose when you ride the course on your mountain bike your front wheel will slip. Clinometers will help you build a trail that is sustainable and long lasting.
Join me this summer for my mountain bike trail. Written by james mcknight published on 15 07 2019 1 40 pm utc. A shovel and wheelbarrow or flexi tubs will help move the large amounts of material needed to.
Making a banked turn on a mountain bike trail is even more work. Making mountain bike trails is a lot of work.