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Bike Trail Building - Part 2: Quick Update


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Part 1: Cannot Leave Well Enough Alone

I had planned to build a rough bike trail on my property. Over time, as the bike rolled over the trail, the trail would become more distinct. I then got carried away.

Here is the progress as of last night.


This segment is called "Upper Tomato Patch" and drops from my driveway. I widened this segment last night and smoothed the surface a bit.


This is "Lower Tomato Patch". I really did a lot of work on this segment. I smoothed the transition from Tomato Patch segment to the Rocky Wash segment.


I widened Rocky Wash to allow for some fast banking.


I dramatically reworked Rocky Gap. When I took my test bike over this area, I found that the direction of travel through the Gap required a near impossible left turn to stay on the trail when coming downhill. I built up the right hand side of the trail and whacked some roots off the stump to provide a more natural line of travel.


Scramble Hill looks smooth. But It is not smooth. This segment is uneven and rutted. This segment is going to pack down and be a lot like public trails in this area.


I worked over "Tree Bash" quite a bit. I widened the turn. If you try to go to fast through this segment - bash!! - you hit a tree!

Part 2: Test Bike - Specialized Hardrock Sport

I am using the least capable mountain bike at my disposal to test the trail. My son outgrew his large frame Specialized hHrdrock Sport. I got it by default.


This bike is alternately called Little Rocky or Little Blackie.


This bike is pretty much the lowest-end mountain bike that works around here. Little Rocky has OK shifters but weak V--brakes. The front fork is none too good. If this bike can navigate the trail, any of my bikes can.

Part 3: Proposed Route

Here are some undeveloped segments.


Here is the proposed site for Trampoline Cutoff.


This the proposed site for Slippery Slope.


This is the location for No Return Trail.


Here is a picture of the route for the Outer Loop.

Part 4: Time Well Spent?

I have spent over 10 hours working on this trail system. I am only about half way done. Then I am going to need to maintain the trail system or mother nature will reclaim it. However, I should have one full loop done tonight.

Got to go to work. Thanks for reading my blog.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SQUIRRELLYONE 8/16/2012 8:36AM

    I'm glad you're enjoying all the work you're putting into this: for some, it might be consdiered "work"!

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JSTETSER 8/16/2012 6:29AM

    Nice work!

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NWFL59 8/15/2012 7:36PM

    emoticon trail dude! You must be a very efficient worker to have completed so much in only ten hours. I look forward to seeing its continued development and more about your test runs and future usage of your 'backyard' run. emoticon emoticon

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 8/15/2012 12:55PM

    This looks so awesome. Looks like it took you much more time then 10 hours! I can't wait to see the rest. emoticon

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CBAILEYC 8/15/2012 10:49AM

    As I read this sentence "If you try to go to fast through this segment - bash!! - you hit a tree!" I tried to imagine you saying it, and hearing a hint of GLEE in your voice as you did LOL
It looks great, Bruce. I'm also curious what the Mrs. thinks about the new landscaping theme.
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Now.. what tools are you using to clear all these trails? Is it all by hand?
Loving Trampoline Cutoff!
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C~

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LINDAKAY228 8/15/2012 10:11AM

    Love the trail you are building. Wish I had a few acres like that. Not necessarily to bike but for quick hikes when not much time. I love being in nature so much. You are really putting a lot of time and energy into it! Make sure you don't hit the tree LOL!

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LMB-ESQ 8/15/2012 8:27AM

    I wish I had half your energy! Where do you find the time? Reactions from your wife yet?

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MPLANE37 8/14/2012 10:47PM

    I thought you liked rough terrain. If I were you, I would simply mark a trail by some kind of visible wiring (may be also with some small bulbs for night time riding). That would be it!

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TWEETYKC00 8/14/2012 8:28PM

    Looks interesting. I can't wait to hear how the final outlook will be.

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NATPLUMMER 8/14/2012 6:58PM

    Good luck!!

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KKINNEA 8/14/2012 6:37PM

    The real question is what your wife will say when she returns! :)

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KAREN42BOYS 8/14/2012 6:34PM

    This looks very cool. Now you can test to your heart's delight and you could even do some coaching for novice mountain bikers in a controlled environment.

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