How to Build an MTB Ramp

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How to Build an MTB Ramp
Dirt ramps are often built on downhill mountain biking courses. (Jim Arbogast/Lifesize/Getty Images)

MTB refers to a genre of bike riding known as mountain biking. While many forms of cycling take place on paved terrain, mountain biking trails often have a natural dirt construction. An extreme form of mountain biking, defined as dirt jumping, utilises man made ramps that feature a steep incline. The dirt ramp allows you to jump your mountain bike across long distances while reaching high altitudes. Building your own mountain biking ramp requires little more than a few household tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Flathead shovel
  • 2 gallon jug of water
  • Watering can
  • Bucket

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  1. 1

    Carry your ramp building tools to a public mountain biking trail where you have permission to build. Locate an adequate ramp building area free of trees and other mountain biking hazards. Insert the tip of your flat head shovel into the ground. Lift a shovel full of dirt into your wheelbarrow. Repeat the digging process until you have filled the wheelbarrow.

  2. 2

    Place your first load of dirt onto the desired ramp location. Fill the wheelbarrow once more utilising the flat head of your shovel. Place the second load of dirt on top of the first. Create an inclined dirt ramp by shaping the mound with the backside of the shovel head. Add an extra load of dirt to increase the size of your ramp.

  3. 3

    Pour some water out of the 2 gallon jug and into your watering can. Tilt the watering can forward to add water onto the face of your newly constructed mountain biking ramp. Utilise your shovel to throw a small amount of dry dirt onto the top of the moistened ramp face.

  4. 4

    Rub the dry dirt across the face of the ramp using the backside of the shovel. Slap the flat head of the shovel against the ramp face to pack in the dry dirt. Continue the slapping process until you achieve the desired incline of your ramp. Add more dry dirt if necessary. Pour the rest of the water out of the 2 gallon jug and into your bucket.

  5. 5

    Lower the metallic head of your shovel into the bucket of water. Raise the flat head of your shovel out of the water. Place the backside of the shovel head onto the ramp face. Rub the wet shovel from the top to the bottom of the dirt ramp. Dampen the shovel when it runs out of moisture. Allow 45 minutes to pass before testing the construction of your new mountain biking ramp.

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