Building the Backyard “Maim Frame”

As it stands, we have a great starting point
for downhill trails on Berm Peak. We have a route to the summit, an official
trailhead, and a big roll-in called the Flight Deck. We even have a map of the property, and a
rough layout of what our future trail system could look like. Today, we continue our work on Woodpecker,
the first of our downhill trails. I’m trying to make the most of the land
up here in Stumpthorne, and that means I can’t just choose the path of least resistance. There are quite a few dead trees in the way,
and although they work great for lining the trail, I need to move them all myself. A lot of you have asked why I don’t buy
or rent a machine, like a mini excavator or skid steer. It would make building go a lot quicker, and
allow us to build bike park features like jumps. But I want to become proficient at hand cutting
before we get into any of that. Hand cut trails have great character. They can be built surgically, keeping the
underlying root systems intact. This keeps them narrow, loamy, and beautiful. Not that there’s anything wrong with machine
cut trails…no. Machine cut trails can be awesome, but hand
cut singletrack is quickly becoming an endangered species. I want to give it a chance to flourish here
on Berm Peak, and that means this is going to take time, and sweat. But out here in Stumpthorne, there’s not
much to do besides route the trail, clear corridor, and rake. We won’t need to cut bench or anything like
that until we get to the steeper parts of the property. And that means, we can finish this trail rather
quickly. Woodpecker can now be ridden as a loop, climbing
back to the trailhead by middle and upper Berm Peak Express. The climb only takes a minute or so, and the
trail itself lasts just under 30 seconds. Given the remaining elevation we have, that
means a 1 to 2 minute downhill run is absolutely in our future. Better yet, we’ve completed this loop just
in time for some special visitors. Phil and Hailey are in town, and this is the
first time they’re seeing any of this stuff. Phil is a connoisseur of sketchy features. Last year he visited me at Berm Creek after
I broke my collar bone, and dug some pretty insane stuff in the snow. I guess we’ll just pick up where we left
off. We started thinking of a feature we could
build in one day, and strongly considered an A frame like this one. Instead, we opted for a slightly modified
A frame with a turn at the top. Go straight, and nosedive off the end. This would be less of an A frame, and more
of a Maim Frame. With a little planning and some preparation,
we’d be ready to jump into this project full force the following morning. And that, would require some digging. Aside from some post holes we haven’t dug
much on Berm Peak. One thing I’ve noticed is the total lack
of rocks. This has destroyed my dreams of uncovering
amazing rock rolls, but you never know what’s lurking on the other side of the property. Still, this clay packs really well and will
make for great dirt features down the line. This clay is also great for securing posts. We’re not using concrete mix out on the
trail, so dirt needs to be tamped down really aggressively after each shovel full. If any settling occurs and the feature ends
up being slightly off level, life will go on. And indeed these kinds of projects involve
a lot more guess work than even I’m used to. To make this stuff fit the terrain and get
all the angles right, a tape measure and level can’t do all the leg work. We won’t really know how this thing rides
until it’s done. Some of you may notice that we’re also using
different lumber. Most of the stuff I’ve built outside has
been made of treated pine, which is soaked in this slimy preservative. That helps the wood resist decay, but it also
makes it risky to handle without gloves, and dangerously slippery when wet. So I’ve been experimenting with rot resistant
hardwoods from my local sawmill. These locust planks are from the low grade
pile, so they’re the planks with all the knots, bows, and twists that people don’t
want for building decks. The roughness and inconsistency makes them
cheaper than the appearance grade stuff, and grippier on bike tires. This stuff is hard to work with. It pushes my Ryobi saw to its limits and dulls
drill bits, but it’s very strong and as I said, makes for great traction. Given the safety and environmental benefits,
it’s worth using out here. Between the holes, moving supplies around,
and actually putting this all together. Constructing the maim frame took the better
part of a day. But with a little bit of light to spare, we
were ready to actually ride the Maim Frame. In the future I’ll alter the trail to improve
the approach, but as is, the Maim Frame is really challenging just to get over. Of course, that didn’t stop Phil from tryin
to air it—and attempting to ride it from the other side. In typical Phil fashion, he cleaned it after
a few tries, but for me this would be a slightly bigger challenge. When we last left off with Kevin, he was sending
these huge jumps at Windrock on a cheap used downhill bike. But the Maim Frame is unlike anything he’s
ever ridden before. We can improve the approach to the maim frame
with fairly little work, but in the future I’m going to spend more time focusing on
the approach to features like this. I couldn’t have pulled this off in one day
without Phil, Hailey, and Kevin’s help, so definitely check out their very different
YouTube channels below. As excited as I am about the Maim Frame, I’m
even more excited about having an actual loop on Berm Peak. With each home improvement project, we’ll
add to Woodpecker until it lives up to its name, and then move on to building more trail. Until we break ground again, thanks for riding
with me today and I’ll see you next time.

100 thoughts on “Building the Backyard “Maim Frame”

  1. Hey Seth you probably not going to see this but I'm wondering if I can end up flying you out to Vermont we have amazing snow at this time of you know winter and I know you guys don't get snow down there that much which is a bummer for you guys but I'm willing to fight you guys down there down to me and we can ride on my local Trail sometimes but if you're not in town for that's okay just hoping that you'll be able to see this cuz I would love to fly you out to Vermont The Fat Tire Bike will work the best

  2. I am not really into biking. I do it sometimes but that is just on a road or asphalt trail but I like his vidios just because of the creativity he puts in his builds

  3. A SDS+ hammer drill with a wide chisel bit is a killer digging tool or for some extra moolah a SDS Max with a spade bit. Roots, rocks, concrete clay, shale… make life easier.

  4. DUDE! Leaf blower!! We build trails on our property and once you try a powerful back-pack leaf blower you'll throw the rake away! You'll need that to locate (clear the leaves from) the trails in another month, anyway.
    Love your channel and look forward to each new video.

  5. Phil is a beast. One of my favorite rider's hands down. Congrats on the trail Seth it's coming along nicely. It's alot of work a group of friends and I built a bunch of trails behind a friends house with a below ground level dirt jump that you rode down into and jumped out of. And then a wall ride. It was a short trail but took us a month to finish.

  6. Seth: Arrives at house, immediately goes to woods
    Also Seth: We'll take it
    Realtor: You haven't even seen…
    Seth: Did I stutter?

  7. That trail is looking pretty slick, you are so lucky Seth to have such a sweet property to build your own trail system. I bet in years as the trail matures it will freaking awesome.

  8. you should try to make a techy by keeping some of the trees as an obstacle and adding some rocks, it would be a nice contrast to the flowie stuff, just an idea.

  9. For the main frame you just built is was great but it would be cool to cut down some limbs in front of it and build a berm so you could exit faster as well so people could have more choices😀😀love the vids

  10. Get Backyard trail Builds out here to work on the trails with you! He is awesome and could build some seriously cool stuff with you!!

  11. Sick Video Seth please make a Jump over a big Stone so you can make a tire tap or anything like that but still can Jump it normal🔥

  12. Someone tell Kevin to check his front hub or spoke tension, because front wheel is looking a little bendy. Could be normal, just concerned for his safety!

  13. Loving this series almost more then the last one but not quite lol
    Hope to see more builds soon!
    Keep up the amazing stuff Seth!

  14. Yo have you ever co spidered a jigsaw instead of a circular saw it uses removable blades so it can be more versatile like cutting metal at something like that

  15. As someone who lives very close to a granite belt, please dont complain when youre digging rock free holes 😛 Im super jealous hahaha.

  16. i'd love to come and ride berm peak but sadly i'm all the way across the world in new Zealand great progress though keep it up.👌

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