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Build A Bicycle Ramp

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This is a simple project that evolved from a promise to my son, Max. Earlier this spring, I found him dragging some plywood and bricks out of the garage. I asked him what he was doing, and he said 'building a bike ramp', I told him not to do that, and we would build one the right way.

So we sat down and looked at some commercially available ramps, and got some ideas for size. Then we sketched some construction ideas and came up with a plan.

We went to the local home supply store and picked up a sheet of 3/8" plywood, a 2X4X10 and a box of 2" screws. As we don't have a truck, and the ramp was going to be 2 feet wide, we had them cut the plywood sheet lengthwise. This gave us two sheets of 2'x8' plywood. This is more than enough to make two ramps with scraps left over. Also, I ripped the 2x4 in half (for the support cross beams) on my table saw. You can do the same, or you can use 2X4. Our supplies were about $17 (a real bargain, eh?).

The project shouldn't take more than 4 to 5 hours to complete. I used my table saw, jig saw, and drill. You can use a circular saw as well, just remember to use a guide and cut really straight.

Please wear a helmet when using the ramp. Also, be aware of your ability or the abilities of your child. This ramp was designed for a ten yr old for recreational use. If you are bigger or want to hit it harder I recommend using thicker plywood for your vertical supports.

So what do you need?

3/8" plywood sheet
2x4x10
Table or Circular Saw
Jig Saw
Drill and bits for pilot holes and driving screws..

So, here is the result. Enjoy.

Does it work? Sure check out the video.



 
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emoralesm51 month ago

Followed the basic images to create my own 2' launch ramp (didn't take pictures)...just like to add you do not need to mess with the plywood to make it more flexible i used my wood after a hard rain and it was very easy to bend when soaked in water. also try not to drill screws to vertical because they will be more likely to split and come undone....cheers!

lee_schnitz (author)  emoralesm51 month ago

Nice! Feel free to share a photo if you can!

sk8ter20art6 years ago
drilling screws vertically into plywood is not very strong and can cause the plywood to split and pull out.
what do you suggest to do instead of screwing down in to the plywood? Do you have a ramp instructable?
lee_schnitz (author)  sk8ter20art6 years ago
Yes, that is correct. However, lets not forget this ramp was designed for the recreational use of a 10yr old. Not a skate park with 100+ teens per day. :-)
When he gets bigger, he will need it stronger. P.S. Sk8ter20art is making U look bad.
tswes4232 years ago
Could i pay you to build one for me? I am terrible at that kinda stuff and i dont wanna waste wood. Im young as well so my parents wont help me and dont think its a good idea to build it myself.
sk8ter20art6 years ago
scoring the back of the plywood is not necessary especially for such a small ramp. If you need to make the wood more plyable to bend soak it in water for about 30 mins before bending it (lay it in the grass and set a sprinkler over it). If the curve is too steep you risk cracking the plywood. ( I Built all the ramps at our skatepark many stayed solid for over 4 years with 100 kids on them daily) everything from a 2 foot launch ramp all the way up to a 11foot tall wall ride with 6 feet of vert.
Hey man, hope for some reason you check this and see this but I'm lookin to build a solid slip 'n' slide ramp into my pond after about a 100+foot entrance from said slide. Do you think I should use this same approach and pack some dirt on top to soften the transition from ground to ramp?
Cheers
yeah you can use a similar method as far as ramp design. The main thing i would be most concerned about is the ramp placement and size. you dont want to land in the water where its still very shallow. ramps can be tricky when it comes to the curve. depending on the curve you can go far forward but not high, or go high and not far forward. So finding a good balance is hard.

If your pond has a quick drop off then you can place your ramp at the waters edge and it should be fine, if the drop off is very gradual, then you may need to extend it out into the water or at the end of a small dock.

Hope this helps, i am attatching a diagram i made for a launch box design of mine. I have used this design on several large ramps. It should give you a better idea for support on a larger ramp than this instructable,
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lee_schnitz (author)  sk8ter20art6 years ago
Yes, I was aware of that. Perhaps we will try that next time. Thanks! :-)
2 stroke 2 years ago
would this work for a mountain bike
lee_schnitz (author)  2 stroke 2 years ago
Sure would.. My kids have used it with their mountain bikes.

Have fun, and be safe!
thanks
Calorie3 years ago
I can't even count high enough to document my ramp related injuries, which when I think of it are probably due to those very ramp related injuries.
is your inability to count due to a concussion from launching ooff of said ramp? lol
How Do You Make The Wood Bend?
lee_schnitz (author)  BiKeRiDeR1222 years ago
Check Step 3.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-A-Bicycle-Ramp/step3/Cut-the-deck/

I cut horizontal grooves across the bottom.

Also, as someone else mentioned, you could wet it and bend it too.

Good luck!
masoon3 years ago
Thanks for this instructable! Easy to follow directions, great diagrams, measurements. I made mine wider than yours and added a fourth rib because I'm out of practice and need a bigger target, check out the finished product. Thanks again
lee_schnitz (author)  masoon3 years ago
Awesome!

Didn't see a link or a picture.. feel free to post one!
oops, I'll try again. seriously, you gave me part of my childhood back so thanks again!
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BtheBike masoon3 years ago
sweet black mag skyways
lee_schnitz (author)  masoon3 years ago
Very Cool!

Enjoy your second childhood!
JCK3 years ago
Cutting grooves on the back of wood is called kerfing.
bzn09413 years ago
Simple and yet, reliable! Thumb up!
372jpeg3 years ago
I think the idea of scoring it is great, all of the ramps I have built a usually flat. Great Instructable.
combatcarl3 years ago
Great job, Dad! It's good to see you using your carpentry skills to support your son. I built all of my ramps, to include a four foot half pipe, on my own or with a few friends. I learned through trial and error, whereas your son has your knowledge and experience to benefit from. It's good to see parents actively supporting their child's interests and posting the results here!
lee_schnitz (author)  combatcarl3 years ago
Thanks for the kind words!

Check out my other instructables, most are inspired by my kids, and executed with their assistance.
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lee_schnitz (author)  DELETED_trevyboy3 years ago
You are absolutely correct.

However, those notches hold those supports in place and they will never come out. If they were simply nailed or screwed from the other side, the could and would weaken over time with use and weather.

Sometimes, a little more effort on the front end provides for a better product in the long run. :-)
aaisthestig3 years ago
What is a 2x4x10?
lee_schnitz (author)  aaisthestig3 years ago
A piece of wood that is 2 inches x 4 inches x 10 feet.
Actually, 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 10', but I'm being pedantic. Good work on the 'able.
a 2x4 that is 10ft long
cofee team3 years ago
it is verry good,but is not happy¡¡¡
lol'd
lee_schnitz (author)  cofee team3 years ago
Hrm... Next time I'll try to make my projects happier.... I guess... :-/
just curious? :)
did you use sketch up, solid works, or autocadd for the drawings?
thanks :)
Sketch up!
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