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    Good job! Pointers to landscape contracters who could build a backyard pumptrack?

    Woot! "Landscaping" has risen to the top of the family budget.

    We need to:
    • move a whole bunch of dirt,
    • probably bring in some rocks for decorative value,
    • build a few short masonry retaining walls,
    • possibly move some mature arbor vitae screens,
    • till in some compost for drainage, and
    • sod.


    At the end of the day, the hope is to have a level surface a bit smaller than 40'x60' for the pump track.

    There's a site plan but it's better to have a feel for what looks good rather than sticking to the plan.

    This isn't necessarily time critical to get started, except for the bit about moving the arbor vitae screens, which obviously doesn't want to be done in high summer. The arbor vitae screen move is actually to some neighbors across the way and up the street.

    This is in the Clyde Hill part of "north Bellevue".

    Thanks,

    Rolland

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    I have a recommendation for a team that could help. Feel free to PM me for details, and I'll point you in the direction you need.
    Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so."

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    This

    Got your PM, but I'd suggest the above as well.
    Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so."

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    Thanks, guys. I sent those guys a PM on the facebook widget. You think it's ever going to take off, this social media thing?
    Rolland

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    What you can do when you think outside the box. A picture of my buddys pumptrack. It's the best pumptrack i've ever been on, by a lot! His 6 year old loves it too.

    Epic trails get built in the Northwest by epic people!

    Sustainable quality trails please.

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    Yeah, I don't think we have quite that much space. But I can get almost enough space to do something like this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REmlsvWKpDc
    Rolland

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    I thought pump tracks were passe' like skinnies already? I rarely use mine anymore and am thinkingof returning it to mowable yard....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    I thought pump tracks were passe' like skinnies already? I rarely use mine anymore and am thinkingof returning it to mowable yard....
    You live in the boonies and can get to the trail in a reasonable manner.

    I need to get the landscaping done so I can ignore most of the lawn.

    The pump track is just a bonus so I can get some exercise in and make sure the kids have a chance to ride too.

    Besides, when did I ever follow fashion? I still have an Econoline van, 26" wheels on the MTB and Speedplay Frogs as pedals for long rides.
    Last edited by The Sagebrush Slug; 03-21-2013 at 12:48 PM. Reason: needed more smilies :D
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    Pointers to landscape contracters who could build a backyard pumptrack?

    What you need is this...
    http://youtu.be/d2wqdHUad3s

    Cheers,
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbcracken View Post
    Actually, Mike, that's exactly what The Wife wants. I wasn't going to try to get all the way around the yard in the initial pass.

    FWIW, we've heard back from exactly zero landscapers, either here or elsewhere.

    Maybe that's what I'll do this summer, rent a mini excavator for a week.
    Rolland

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    I helped build the three pump tracks that 'the shovel crew' built. I've got thousands of hours of volunteer work at various local trails/dirt jumps.

    I'm more than happy to help you with design and show you how to shape/pack the track.

    I don't do yard work though, you're on your own with that.

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    Try these guys...Britton is my neighbor.
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    Awesome vids & pics. Skinnies can go and I won't miss them that much, but I hope pumptracks stick around for a while... I still suck at them and with all my injuries need a *lot* of time to get better .

    Seriously, pumptracks should be around for a long time. Low real estate, low materials cost, awesome skill builders, a great workout, low risk, fun, tiny kids love 'em, can be designed for all skill levels and ages, and they don't eat derailleurs and rotors. Downside: they do take a lot of time and skill to build well and require ongoing maintenance. Good luck Sage!

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    I sent you a PM, let me know what you think
    Epic trails get built in the Northwest by epic people!

    Sustainable quality trails please.

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    Got, mtbty, thanks!
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    I need some more dirt for my pumptrack - any idea where i can get hold of some good stuff on the east side?
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