Building and Riding the Backyard “Flight Deck”

Last week, we built a mountain bike trail in my backyard, the Berm Peak Express. We built it wide and.

Last week, we built a mountain bike trail
in my backyard, the Berm Peak Express. We built it wide and flat, so it could double
as an access road to the trailhead at the summit of Berm Peak. Naturally the summit is where all our downhill
mountain bike trails will begin, and today, we’re making the summit even higher. The plan is to build a large 6 foot tall platform
to roll in on. This will allow riders to get up to speed
almost instantly, making better use of our limited space. This platform will be the largest wooden structure
I’ve ever built for a video, and if you don’t believe me, just ask old Ridgy. Any wood I use on Berm Peak will need to be
hauled out here by hand. In the Pacific Northwest, rot resistant species
like Cedar can be harvested on site and used to build features. Not out here. In the Southern Appalachian mountains, very
few trees would be considered rot resistant, and so treated lumber is the most resilient
option for outdoor projects. But the chemicals in this stuff are nasty. So, I’m working on obtaining some rot resistant
lumber from a local mill to experiment with in future videos. Still, it’ll all need to be hauled up here
too. Like the bike wash station, we’re building
what is basically a deck. But this time we need to dig much bigger holes,
and contend with roots. This reciprocating saw has been a lifesaver
in these tight spots where swinging a machete just isn’t possible. Since continually exposing this saw to dirt
and moisture may shorten its life, I’m interested to see by how much. Since we’re on a slope, it’s very difficult
to map these holes to my plan. So digging them wider than needed is important. Wide holes allow for adjustment later on,
and this is crucial since I don’t know what I’m doing. You would think that building a rectangle
would be simple. But this is a rather large rectangle on an
uneven surface. I’m using temporary braces to hold everything
in place, while trying to position 12 foot 6×6’s to a reasonable degree of accuracy. With each adjustment, we get closer to this
structure bring square, level, and plumb. Okay, so we’re installing joist hangers
again, but it’s going a lot smoother this time. In the bike wash video I expressed how difficult
these were to install and a bunch of you guys pointed out that there’s an easier way. Just position the hanger, bang on the tab
near the top, and then install your fasteners. That’s how the hanger was designed to be
used, but I never took a close look at it. Thanks to you guys, I get things done quicker
and have leftover time for things like shovel cannons. With all our joists installed, it’s time
to turn this thing into an actual platform. These deck planks are a lot like the ones
from the bike wash, but way cheaper. They have warps, bows, and knots in them,
that make them undesirable for pretty home improvement projects. But for the flight deck, nobody will know
the difference. I waited to get this far in the build to prune
this tree because I couldn’t reach it before. But, it’s nice to have the rest of it encroaching
on the deck just a little bit. Since the plan is to build ramps off this
thing in every direction, it may be hard to find a way around this tree in the future,
but we’ll try. With a proper surface for standing and riding
on, the Flight Deck is now officially a deck. You know what that means. Some trials skills would have made that huck
to flat a tad easier. Now, let’s move on to making this thing
usable. You may have noticed these posts extending
much higher than the structure. They’re for a railing. To stiffen the railing, we’re adding another
post in the center. That’ll get fastened to the beam with lag
screws, and we’ll cut a hole in a plank so it looks like it belongs there. Now given the purpose of the flight deck,
it may seem pointless to add a railing to it. But with multiple riders congregating up here
I want something for them to back up against. We can assume they’ll be facing the ramps,
so this reduces the risk of someone slipping backwards off the platform. But there’s another reason for the railing. All our trail building tools will be stored
right here, at the trailhead, so we’re building a rack. These pipes are made from leftover material
from the shovel cannon. But in this much smaller configuration, they
can only shoot gardening trowels. But we’re not finished with the Flight Deck
just yet, we still need an easy way to get bikes on top of it. This 12 foot ramp will be as long as the flight
deck itself, so it makes for a really mellow climb to the top. A lot of ramps like these contain nubs to
use as footing when hiking up, but this ramp needs to be smooth so we can use it for riding
down to a future trail. Of course that will require some landscaping. For now, we’re using the underside of the
flight deck to store some lumber, and the Endurbarrow Version 2/AKA the shovel cannon. But I may do a little more with this spot
should the need arise. And with that, I think we’re off to a pretty
good start with the flight deck. It’s tempting to point downhill and start
cutting trail tomorrow, but this is the only acreage I have. We need to get it right the first time and
make the most of this space. So next week, we’re going to summon the
brain trust, take a serious walk through these woods, and come up with a plan to turn this
place into a mini bike park. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

100 thoughts on “Building and Riding the Backyard “Flight Deck””

  1. I reckon you should just make your own business and make the trail public and make people pay to get in the you will 1 make more friends 2 more income 3 more income = more content and your trails deserve to move public because of how good they are

  2. Why not ramp both sides rather than launching yourself off one and potentially racking the nuts, messing up your bike/ ankle or just plain falling off when you try to bail? I thought idea was speed

  3. I can't explain what feeling I get for seeing these videos but is a inspirational and motivating one? can't wait for the next episode

  4. How long will it be before Seth realizes his calling is to own and build a full-size bike park? An endless supply of build videos awaits 🙂

  5. Hi Seth, are you ever going to come back and visit Florida I go to Markham park every weekend and would love to shred with you

  6. Well, if you have bottle cage on downtube then it's effective for you: when you fit your bottle cage , put your bottle in it and leave atleast 5 to 6 cm space and cut a 'U' shape from a plastic sheet 2 cm wider than bottle and make the entire structure 10 to 12 cm Long. Make it movable so you can flick bottle in and out of your cage.
    This hack meant to keep your bottle head out of dirt and drink dirtproof water.

  7. Seth, consider doubling up the two perimeter joist you used to hang all of the other hoist on. These 2 perimeter joist are doing most of the supporting of the deck above. You could add a joist right on top….or, even better right tight below. Looking good so far! Can't wait to see the rest of the trails and features! BTW nice timber screws!

  8. You should have had illegal mexicans haul the lumber and build and at the end of the week called immigration enforcement on them without paying them. That way they would learn a lesson and get a free trip home in time for Christmas

  9. Hey Seth, i wanna buy a diamondback release 2, but i live in Bavaria, Germany (the alps). And i want to know if there is any Website, bikeshop,… Where i could get one, or anything here that could help me if there is anything wrong. Thanks, and dont stop making the best content in youtube

  10. hey seth would you consider buying a cheap mtb on amazon like a euro bike or something else then test it on the trails your making.

  11. Make the underside of the flight deck a hammock hangout spot with a bike rack on the side and a water jug and some refreshments

  12. Put tarps around the sides and the under side of the deck so you can use it as a spot to hide out during rain of it comes down to needing it.

  13. Try thermally modified lumber. They bake the sugars out if it and it's pest and rot resistant. Lasts 15+ years without any treatment or stain

  14. Wouldnt it be beneficial to add a small slope at the bottom of the drop so you dont land completely flat? I imagine it would use some of that energy from falling to forward motion.

  15. bike hack suggestion to seat tubeless tires into the beeds remove the valve core and put the blowgun in the hole and shoot air in it. It is very easy to seat a tire with that technic.

  16. Turn the underside into a bush cafe for those intermittent showers during sessions, small billy for tea, aged coal burner, stump seats, an am radio, & obligatory med kit

  17. Seth, love your channel. I just found it while binge watching bike videos waiting for the the ebike I ordered to arrive. Getting back onto a bike after 60 years of not riding You do awesome work. I've learned a lot from your hacks and product reviews. I am subscribed now and looking forward to each new posting.

  18. I like how you use Ridgeline than using a very reliable Ford F-150/ram 1500 ?. I also use-one, underrated MUT. Btw I love your trails.

  19. Like seeing your carpentry skills improving! That's a big 'ol drop. Wish I would still have my 10 acres here in AR to create a forested pump track to build my skills up.

  20. Cool project, but didn't see any concrete going in around the post footings. A heavy winter, with all that tree rootage about keeping the ground saturated, could see the flight deck become a flat deck.

  21. Wow. Your YouTube videos are great. Do you plan on adding to or extending the launch pad in order to get more speed to take off from your recently built launch pad? After watching the video multiple times, I see you can only get one full crank before having to launch off the deck, thus slow speed therefore a greater possibility of nose dive/OTB. Has anyone gone OTB at 6 feet? I hope not. As you know, when multiple bikes are on the deck, the space will be even smaller. Just curious. Like many, we are looking forward to seeing your new trail fully complete. No pressure, no hurry, no worries. I posted this on the Seth Bike Hacks facebook fan page and I was quickly redirected. All good. 🙂 ?‍♂?

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