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    Skills Area Input Needed!!!

    For better or for worse, we have a big chunk of change in our trail building grant that it looks like we can use to build a fairly sizable skills area at the project trail head.

    Problem is, none of us have the first clue what to build or how.

    So, we are looking for good descriptions of popular skills area features. If you have built them before and have plans you could share, that would be great. Approx. cost of construction for each piece would also be nice.

    A little more description of the area in question.....largeish flat space that leads into a nice slope that is as open and grassy as the flat. So if there are things that would be better on a grade or vice versa, that's cool.

    Thanks in advance.

    Grant B.
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    Give a look at ProgressiveBikeRamps.com or the FlowForm features from Alpine Bike Park. Both are excellent products and if you can't afford the real thing, it can also be used as inspiration to build your own with wood.
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    Spend the money and go to Rays, (cleveland or Milwaukee) before the end of April. Ride, observe, measure and take photos.
    Seeing lines, entrances and exits would have value. Of course, any well developed skills area would provide you with the same value.

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    Skills Park Build: Best approach?

    One way to think about it is what are some of the skills....
    -- Balance
    -- Jump
    -- Pump (rollers and berms)
    -- Drop
    -- Negotiate rough terrain (eg rock garden / logs)
    -- Hop (bunnyhopping onto ledge/platform etc)
    -- Wallride

    As I said in the other thread, I don't think you have to have these things separated. A lot of them could be mixed in a loop trail.

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    Thanks. Great input from all of you.

    GB
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    Action Sports Construction offers fast and efficient construction of such facilities. They are hired to build the Sea Otter Classic every year. Check out ActionSportsConstruction.com for more info.

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    I agree with CMC, look up Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, CO. IMBA did a good vid on Valmont posted on youtube.

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    A good cost estimate per Square Foot for wooden structures is $10 - $20 per square foot. The metal/wood fabricated features are quite a bit above that $50-$100 per square foot. Not counting the concrete footings and shipping costs.

    Check out trailbuilders.org to find trail contractors around the country and get a few bids to ensure you get the best product for the best price.

    Good Luck!

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    Can't believe no one has mentioned Lee McCormack yet: Lee Likes Bikes

    He's been building pump tracks and training for a long ass time. I have several of his books and they are all very good.

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    One thing that is really important is to figure out who your users are going to be. It's common for very experienced riders to build things that they think are easy, but still scare the s**t out of beginners. There should certainly be things to challenge those with well honed skills, but also things for beginners to have fun and learn on too but not be so challenged it's not fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelscott View Post
    Can't believe no one has mentioned Lee McCormack yet: Lee Likes Bikes

    He's been building pump tracks and training for a long ass time. I have several of his books and they are all very good.
    Lee designed and built the Lyons Bike Park here in CO. He even went out on the local trails to measure rock drops and ledges to recreate in the skills area. For descending and ascending lines. Smart fella that Lee is. Check his website to contact him about designing the park. Lee is one of the pros I see at Valmont. He coaches all levels of riders there as well.

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