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    road mix has some 3/4 or less in it.

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    Are you Kat Sweet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl
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    I wish! No, though I know her and she's great.
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    Great job!

    I have a small yard like that. Wish I could do the same but all my elderly neighbors would have an absolute fit. Everybody has to have an opinion even when I plant shrubs or trees on my property.

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    You can do what you want on your property! Who knows, the neighbors might end up thinking it's cool! Last night ended up being an impromptu neighborhood gathering for us, with what seemed like half the neighbors magically converging in our yard! They love it. I think people tend to be in favor of anything that has the sole purpose of fun.

    The track is pimpy now! The guys made rollers bigger and more sine wavy, the berms taller, and it's just killer now. Here are some pics from last night, and a video. The one 180 berm still needs to firm up a bit, but other than that it's running just about perfect.













    And a video:

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    I'm beginning to see that the thing that is so cool about a pump track is that anyone can have fun on it. Our neighbor across the street is over 50 and was wearing clogs and hadn't ridden a bike in a while, and she gave it a shot. Our next door neighbor was in pajamas, with no off-road bike experience, and ended up being one of the best riders there. The guy who lives next to him is also over 50 and did several laps, plus another neighbor from 2 houses north put in a nice effort, and me and my partner who aren't very good at it yet, and then my 4 builders who killed it of course... we had every skill level represented and every single person found it both fun and challenging. Even the little kids had fun just running madly around it! I'm starting to think everyone should have a pump track. Imagine how neighborhoods would be brought together, how much fitter suburban America would be, how much more fun it would be for families to ride bikes together in their back yard on a summer evening instead of watching TV or surfing the net. This thing has turned out cooler than I even imagined. Anyone thinking about putting one in should totally do it.
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    i want to build one, but i have a feeling my mom wont like the idea of me building it on our nice green lawn...
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    Quote Originally Posted by henry9419
    i want to build one, but i have a feeling my mom wont like the idea of me building it on our nice green lawn...
    She must not have to cut the grass....
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    Nice job on it and great job on getting the neighbors into it. Makes me want to build one.

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    nice! we have a 35x75' one in my brother's backyard but we use it for RC cars. maybe i should try riding a bike on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trboxman
    She must not have to cut the grass....
    nope me and my dad do...but she thinks the grass is pretty...or something like that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by henry9419
    nope me and my dad do...but she thinks the grass is pretty...or something like that...

    I bet she'd feel differently if she had to cut it...
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    yeah....and if she found out how much fun mountain bikes are...she rides a street bike...on a trainer in front of the tv...gotta get some DH helmet cam footage for her to watch while on the trainer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by A girl from Seattle
    I'm beginning to see that the thing that is so cool about a pump track is that anyone can have fun on it. Our neighbor across the street is over 50 and was wearing clogs and hadn't ridden a bike in a while, and she gave it a shot. Our next door neighbor was in pajamas, with no off-road bike experience, and ended up being one of the best riders there. The guy who lives next to him is also over 50 and did several laps, plus another neighbor from 2 houses north put in a nice effort, and me and my partner who aren't very good at it yet, and then my 4 builders who killed it of course... we had every skill level represented and every single person found it both fun and challenging. Even the little kids had fun just running madly around it! I'm starting to think everyone should have a pump track. Imagine how neighborhoods would be brought together, how much fitter suburban America would be, how much more fun it would be for families to ride bikes together in their back yard on a summer evening instead of watching TV or surfing the net. This thing has turned out cooler than I even imagined. Anyone thinking about putting one in should totally do it.
    Awesome! We just bought our place last September. A large garden is going in, but we'd still have a good bit of room left... Hell, between a garden and pumptrack/"skills area" we'd have far less work to do. Well, just as much, but going towards fun stuff, or things to eat.
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    My Gosh....that looks wonderful Those guys did a great job !
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    any videos yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojotherider
    any videos yet?
    There's one video at the end of her posted photos above. But more videos would be awesome

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    Thanks everyone! There is a video at the end of post #55 and I will try to get another one soon! The problem we've been having here in Seattle is that it's been raining almost nonstop for a couple of weeks now. We did get a couple of good dry days and the track dried out like concrete as we'd hoped, if you can tell in this pic:



    After that I felt I could get away with taking the tarps off, so I did. But I was awfully nervous when it rained hard today, wondering what I would come home to! Here is what I found:



    It's perfect! The rain actually helped its condition, erasing some of the cracks and beat-down appearance. Most importantly, it didn't get soft or slippery, which is what I was worried about. So I'm pretty happy about the whole thing. The guys are going to come back one more time to put a layer of dirt over everything, and then maintenance should be pretty straightforward from there on out.

    I learned you can do a test to find your soil composition. Soil is composed of sand, silt, and clay (with possible organic material as well). To find out how much of each you have, you put soil and water in a jar, shake it, and let it sit for a day or two. When it settles, the bigger/heavier sand particles are on the bottom, the silt is in the middle, and the clay is on top. Here is what mine looks like:



    In this pic, the top layer is water, then clay, then sand at the bottom. So our soil appears to be about 65-70% sand and only 30-35% clay. I would have guessed the opposite since it seems like there is a ton of clay in it! No silt or organic material that I can see. Very interesting (to me at least, but I'm nerdy). I guess a little clay goes a long way! I think our dirt is pretty perfect for our application.
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    Cool! Looks like you got yourself some perfect dirt! Mind if I ask a couple questions?

    -Where did you buy/get it?
    -Do they have different compositions of dirt for sale?
    -How much did it cost?
    -How many dumptruck loads or cubic yards?


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    -Where did you buy/get it?
    lots of local places will sell dirt, call around for pricing. I searched for top soil

    -Do they have different compositions of dirt for sale?
    yes, if you dont know what you are buying over the phone ask to stop over so you can inspect their dirt. my dirt guy had probably 6 different types of dirt he sold, fill, top soil, screened, etc.. once you are on site, make balls of it in your hand, you will know the good stuff when you find it. my guy calls it 'gold clay', but was completely confused on what i wanted it for. told me no one ever buys it and had to rip it out of the ground

    -How much did it cost?
    dirt is cheap, it is the delivery fee... $100/10yards delivered is what I paid. Could have got it cheaper if I called around more but I cant complain.

    -How many dumptruck loads or cubic yards?
    I did 10 yards at a time as I was working solo. 30 yards total.
    this build was 28 yards, two loads of 14

    -how much dirt will you need?
    more than you think! you will find a use for it!

    -is it worth it?
    YEAH!

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    Very nice!! Looks like a lot of fun in the backyard! That's one of the things on my to-do list when I buy my new house.

    I might try to work some wood into it as well.

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    I would echo most of DL1030's responses above.

    -Where did you buy/get it? In the Seattle area, we got ours at Gerrard Recycling. Another place, Pacific Topsoils I think, said they had a 50/50 clay/sand mix they thought would work well. You have to call around and tell them what you want. If you say topsoil, they may be misled into thinking you want a garden-type soil. You don't want too much organic material. I hear baseball diamond clay is also good, but expensive.

    -Do they have different compositions of dirt for sale? When evaluating different soils, I agree with DL1030 that the ball test is a good one. If you take slightly damp soil and close it in your hand, it should remain in a cohesive ball when you let go. If it crumbles apart, find something else.

    -How much did it cost? $5 per cubic yard for the dirt plus several hundred bucks for delivery.

    -How many dumptruck loads or cubic yards? We used 2 dump truck loads. A standard dump truck load is 12 CY but we think we had more like 14 CY per load, so ~28 CY total. Of that, there is still perhaps 5 CY left. Some of that will go on the track next week and the rest will be a "borrow pile" for future repairs/changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GDubT
    I might try to work some wood into it as well.
    That would be sweet, I seriously considered making one of the berms into a split-cedar wall ride!
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    Backyard pump tracks are always sweet! Some advice: if you make your berms 2 to 3 times larger and make your rollers not so peaky but more rounded the track will flow much better for you and you'll be able to carry much more speed. You've got a great start, looks fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JefedelosJefes
    if you make your berms 2 to 3 times larger and make your rollers not so peaky but more rounded the track will flow much better for you and you'll be able to carry much more speed.
    I completely agree!! I'm trying to go in that direction.
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    Look at you Seattle people all hopped up on coffee gettin' stuff done

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    OK, here's a better video now that it's running faster:

    http://s204.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=MVI_1751.mp4


    And some photos of the new and improved track. Berms have been getting bigger!





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    That is so damn cool!
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    so awesome.

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    First off awesome job. My wife gave me the go ahead to do something similar in our backyard this summer so I'm starting to design my layout. I've got a 25'x75' rectangle along the back of our place to build in.

    Now that you've finished yours for the most part if you did it over what things would you change? My biggest concern right now is drainage.

    Thanks again for the great documentation!

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    That is so freaking cool. You rock!

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    Hey that is just great... Very envious of you to have made a pump track in your back yard! Sweet!

    You have to get real low into the bike more and really push hard on the backside of all the various rollers etc...to get more speed and flow. It's great to have a couple of jumps in there too (which you kind of have already) because it helps improve jump ability long term.

    Really nice track man, keep up the great work and the vids, thanks so much for sharing. It's motivated me to get my arse on the saddle for some more trail time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by berrywise
    Now that you've finished yours for the most part if you did it over what things would you change? My biggest concern right now is drainage.
    The main thing I would change is to make the berms bigger right from the start. Getting them to the height I want is going to take some work at this point. Drainage is a concern too, but not as much as I thought it would be. It seems like if you get the right dirt and pack it hard, the track can take a lot of rain, as last weekend proved. We got almost 2" of rain in 2 days, and I only waited an hour or two after it finally stopped raining and was able to ride the track no problem! Puddles do form in the low spots, but somehow they get absorbed pretty quickly and the track has stayed hard. It would be a good idea to make sure every surface on your track is sloped very slightly inward or outward though. It hardly takes any slope to keep puddles from forming. I'll probably be adding some slope in a couple of places.

    Other than that, I can't think of anything I would change, except maybe to buy a house with a bigger yard! Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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    Wow thats a awesome track. The town i live in had a company come in a build a killer pump track if you were ever looking at rebuilding yours i would highly reccomend them. I am probly going to hire them to come build one on our family farm this fall.

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    I want to see what it looks like now
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    I definitely wouldn't mind having that in my yard. Are those intrigued neighbors of yours into biking? You should charge people for using it (: you can run your own biking amusement park

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    Awesome!
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    any update on how this is shaping up?

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    Nice track - how is it holding up?

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    Man, I am so jealous! I am the main rider at the house though my twin daughters both have 24" mtbs and my wife has a 26 (basically all my XTR components from my old xc bike since I went SS). I have asked about a track on several occassions and she shot down the idea. Finally I managed to add in a little line at the back of our yard that simply has a couple of little rollers (basically, I just started riding it and dug out a little and piled dirt up making the rollers). One day I saw our daughters on it and then the wife came out and hopped on it on her bike. We were all stoked and having a blast. About two weeks later, we got a letter from the damn HOA stating that we did not have a permit for a track and that it was against HOA rules! Hell, it's not even a track, its just a straight line about 30' long with a couple of 18" rollers in it! And who the hell complained???? My neighborhood sucks! On a good note we do have a pump track but it is about 10 miles away from my house but about 500 yrds away from my daughters practice soccer field!!!

    Keep riding and enjoy that bad boy!

    On a side note, I got to go out to Seattle a few years ago for a conference. Great city! I missed the football game because I was sitting in Jimmy's (or Johnny's-can't remember the name for sure) Tattoo shop for about 5 hours getting a tattoo done! I would love to live out there! Funny, there are coffee shops on every corner like we have 7-11's out here on the east coast. No one drinks Starbucks out there either (which as guest visiting from MD, I found all too commical as folks out here survive off it).

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    Thanks for the recent comments everyone! A couple of people have asked for an update, but there isn't too much new to report at the moment. Maintenance has continued to be very easy, I get the occasional weeds and grass trying to grow up through the track but I either pick them or spray them every 2-3 weeks (takes like 10 minutes for the whole track) and that keeps them under control. The track remains hard and concrete-like with no obvious signs of deterioration, though it does get dusty and slippery in the summer if I don't water it from time to time.

    Next step: make the berms bigger and maybe introduce a slight slant to the inside all the way around the track to facilitate drainage and help reduce "flinging off into the fence" incidents. I hope to get to that sometime this winter.

    1SPD, what a bummer about the HOA and nosy neighbors. I guess we are lucky. Our neighbors continue to think it's great and have been asking when we're having another pump track party for the neighborhood! At least more and more folks seem to have a pump track somewhere near their house that they can go play on, even if it's less convenient than having one right in your back yard.

    And 1SPD, yep, most Seattle folks think Starbucks is crap! We have so many good coffee houses that roast their own and do it right. Glad you liked Seattle, we really like it here too. It's getting crowded though because everyone keeps moving here. I might have to move north to Bellingham someday. They have big lots up there, so I could put in a HUGE pump track!!!
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    Wow that is AWESOME! How much do you think it cost to make?

    Forgive me for being new but is a 'pump' track one where you should be able to make it around without pedaling after you get some momentum?

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    This is the kind of energy that drives our sport,passion! You ROCK!

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    So rad! I live in Bellingham and I just put a pumptrack in my backyard!

    Quote Originally Posted by A girl from Seattle View Post
    Thanks for the recent comments everyone! A couple of people have asked for an update, but there isn't too much new to report at the moment. Maintenance has continued to be very easy, I get the occasional weeds and grass trying to grow up through the track but I either pick them or spray them every 2-3 weeks (takes like 10 minutes for the whole track) and that keeps them under control. The track remains hard and concrete-like with no obvious signs of deterioration, though it does get dusty and slippery in the summer if I don't water it from time to time.

    Next step: make the berms bigger and maybe introduce a slight slant to the inside all the way around the track to facilitate drainage and help reduce "flinging off into the fence" incidents. I hope to get to that sometime this winter.

    1SPD, what a bummer about the HOA and nosy neighbors. I guess we are lucky. Our neighbors continue to think it's great and have been asking when we're having another pump track party for the neighborhood! At least more and more folks seem to have a pump track somewhere near their house that they can go play on, even if it's less convenient than having one right in your back yard.

    And 1SPD, yep, most Seattle folks think Starbucks is crap! We have so many good coffee houses that roast their own and do it right. Glad you liked Seattle, we really like it here too. It's getting crowded though because everyone keeps moving here. I might have to move north to Bellingham someday. They have big lots up there, so I could put in a HUGE pump track!!!
    Thanks for all the details and pics

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    Love the project, need some pic of the track in use!

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    I wish my parents would let me do this!!!!!

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    awesome! great thread, just bought house with a backyard big enough for a pump track.... hmmmm!?
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