Portable kicker ramp for BMX or MTB


In another video we built a kicker ramp with
a little down slope for beginners. That ramp now lives at Virginia Key Mountain Bike Park
in Miami, right next to the teeter totter. It works exactly as designed, and the kids
love it. This ramp will live a happy life, and teach many riders how to get air for the
first time. If you haven’t seen the video on that ramp,
check the description for a link. People have been asking me to build a bigger
ramp, but that’s not going to happen until I have a place to put one. Even the last ramp
was a pain to haul around. If I had a place to put a bigger ramp, I’d probably be building
a dirt jump as we speak. In fact, what I really need is a smaller ramp that I can bring places.
This would get far more use, and be an important prop in future videos. Let’s build one right
now. We’re buying one sheet of plywood because
that’s the minimum amount we can get. We’re going to have a ton of wood left over. Because
this ramp is small enough to bring indoors or leave in the trunk of a car, I don’t
need pressure treated plywood or stainless hardware. James is here to help me again, and to make
sure that we’re following all safety precautions. First we’ll trace the sides of the ramp
on the plywood. It’s 3 feet long, 12 inches high, and has a downslope 6 inches from the
end. This sloped part looks useless, but it’s there to stabilize the ramp and keep it from
flipping forwards when you hit it going fast. To trace a nice mellow curve, we’ll use
the PVC pipe method. This bend should give us a pretty serious pop, without being too
steep for mountain bike wheels. Now that we’re done tracing, we’ll cut out the shape with
a jigsaw. Tracing another piece from the first one will ensure that both sides are identical. With a chop saw, we’ll make our 16 inch
cross bars from this 2×4. These will be fastened to the sides with deck screws to create the
frame of the ramp. To cut our surface, we need to measure the curve, and add a couple
of inches to the end. With a flexible ruler, this is an easy task. As is the case with
plywood, it bends easily and stays in place with screws. A little sanding, and our portable
kicker ramp is ready to ride. As you can see, we’ve barely used any wood compared to our
last project. Time to go for a ride. I actually don’t
know many BMX tricks, but maybe this ramp will give me the opportunity to learn some. This ramp turned out so lightweight, that
I can carry it on my bike fairly easily. With a bike trailer, transport would be even easier.
This gives us the opportunity to make any downslope into a landing, so I’ll be keeping
my eyes open for more places to set this up. If you want to build this ramp I think it’s
easy enough by just looking at what we did here, but I left some basic measurements in
the description. Yours can be longer, wider, or steeper, but I think that this size is
a pretty nice balance for portability. If you’ve already built the last ramp, or even
a ramp influenced by the videos on this channel, hashtag it so we can all admire it. Better
yet, post a video clip! #SBHramp Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

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