Today, we’ll be building a multipurposeramp which can be used for a BMX or mountain bike. My friend James is helping out withhis truck and workspace Our ramp will be made from just one pieceof 12â€� plywood and some 2×4’s. Including the screws, the materials are only about $50.I’m spending slightly more for pressure treated wood and stainless deck screws, justto make the ramp more resistant to the outdoors. With normal wood it’ll be just as sturdy. First we’ll draw the profile of the rampon the plywood. My ramp has some curve to it, so we’re using a PVC pipe to trace asmooth bend. Once we’re done tracing the
shape, we’ll cut it out with a jigsaw anduse it as a template for cutting another piece. These pieces will become the sides of theramp. The rest of this wood will be used for theriding surface, but first we need to cut a bunch of support beams from the 2×4’s. Theseshould be cut to the width you want your ramp to be, but we’ll need to make them slightlyshorter to account for the plywood. You’ll see why in a minute. Next, we’ll use our beams to frame out theramp. We’ll fasten them in place with two deck screws on each side. Once the ramp isframed out, we’ll cut the faces from the
remaining wood. We’re cutting some extraangles and sanding for a tighter fit, but this part won’t make or break anything. The faces get attached with screws, just likethe beams. Since the curvature of the ramp is really mellow, the plywood easily bendsinto place when you screw it in. We’re also making sure these screws are buried real goodso they can’t stick out and become a hazard. I’m going to need to stencil my channellogo on here, but one thing at a time. As you can see, we measured the beams so thatthe face would hang over the edge slightly. This ramp should hold up to everything fromoversized riders to crashes. Although it’s
small, it’s really fun. I can’t ride onit here for long, so let’s pack up and go someplace else. At just 6 feet long, this kicker ramp couldfit in the back of an SUV, although it’s probably a two person job. If you’re justdragging it around it’s not too bad. For absolute beginners, this ramp providesa few challenges and plenty of room for growth, but the back side makes it possible to rollover without jumping it. Riding the ramp the opposite way is great practice for gettingover obstacles and learning to bunny hop. On a BMX, you can get creative with nose bonks,manuals, and all sorts of fun stuff. We could
have made this back side go all the way tothe ground, but the 4â€� drop makes it a lot more interesting. If you want to build this exact ramp, there’sa link in the tutorial description with a materials list and measurements. What I really wantyou to get from this tutorial though, is a starting point to design your own ramp. Your ramp canbe bigger, smaller, wider, or have a totally different shape. You can even add handles,wheels, or a custom paint job. A piece of sheet metal at the bottom can even make itwork for skateboards. The best part is that a custom ramp could cost less than one mountainbike tire. Most home improvement stores can
even make the big cuts on site, so you canbring the lumber home in your Toyota Corolla. What do you guys think? How can we improvethis ramp without making it bigger or more expensive? Give the newbies some inspirationby sharing your ramp building tips in the comments. Thanks for riding with me todayand I’ll see you next time.