How to Build a Bike Ramp Out of Wood

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How to Build a Bike Ramp Out of Wood
Building your own bike ramp is a great solution when you can't get to a skate park. (bmx image by claude wolf from Fotolia.com)

Freestyle BMX is a sport that involves performing tricks -- in the air, on flat ground, or on rails and ledges -- on small bikes built specifically for tricks. It can be difficult to get to a skate park, so build a wooden bike ramp at home.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch plywood
  • 2x4 planks
  • 3/8-inch plywood
  • Hand-held saw
  • Hand-held drill
  • Wood screws

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Instructions

    Constructing the ramp

  1. 1

    Draw out and construct a mock-up ramp out of cardboard or a similar material. Inspect the mock-up ramp to be certain the launch and transition angles of your design are well suited for the area in which you will be riding. In small areas, like driveways, a smaller launch angle will be most manageable. If you have a larger area in which to ride, you may make the ramp as steep as you like.

  2. 2

    Deconstruct the mock-up ramp and use the pieces to trace your design onto plywood. You should have two side panels to be cut out of 1/2-inch plywood, and one piece for the ramp face, which will be cut from 3/8-inch plywood. Use a hand-held saw to cut the pieces.

  3. 3

    Cut one section of 2x4 plank for every 4 inches of the ramp face's length. The plank sections should be one inch shorter than the width of the ramp.

  4. 4

    Secure the side panels of the ramp to the ends of each 2x4 plank section along the edge that will be used as the ramp face. The plank sections should be spaced at every four inches of the ramp face, with the 2-inch side against the edge. This will strengthen the ramp. Be sure the plank sections do not sick out over the edge of the side panels, as this will cause unevenness in the face of the ramp.

  5. 5

    Lay the ramp face over the planks attached to the side panels Screw the face of the ramp face into the plank sections to secure it to the ramp. Be sure every screw sits flush against the ramp face to avoid tire punctures.

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