Life On The Edge

May 18, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I love jumping my bike with friends and I love following or leading one or more people down a trail or a jump line. There is this incredible since of connectedness that I feel when jumping my bike in close proximity to another rider I know and trust. It’s an amazing. But every now and then, things take a turn and I get an up close and personal look at how close I can get to the edge without actually falling off. Here, Fred Phillips leads a run on Grasshopper Trail that I don’t think I will ever forget…

 

Getting RRAD at Roosevelt

May 18, 2015 at 9:31 am

You just gotta get rad sometimes and this local program to get kids on bikes and caring for the trails is one hell of a good start. This is video from one of their recent bike rodeos for kids. Good fun for a lot of kids. Can you imagine this as your school day?! For more information on the RRAD (Ride, Run And Dig) Program see their Facebook page here. Thanks to Chris Mellick for heading for inviting us out!

Working Out The Kinks

May 18, 2015 at 6:47 am

This has to be one of the most challenging features that I’ve ever tried to integrate into bike trail, in the most challenging zone that I’ve ever tried to build it. It’s been a rough build season with plenty of setbacks, but the testing has begun on the Lewis Brothers Rhythm Method. In this video Scotty Savo and myself test it out.

 

End of the Building Season

April 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

April is the official end of the trail building season for me and my dedicated crew. I’ll have pictures and a write-up of what we’ve been working on for the last 5 months within the next week. I will also have an official trail opening (for the season) coming up in mid-May. If you thought that you might like to try riding some of the features, but wanted to see someone do it first, then this would be your opportunity. If you have no desire to ride it, but you want to see it done. That’s fine too. This is your chance. Either way, it should be good fun. If you would like to attend, use the contact tab and send me your phone number and email and I’ll make sure that you know about it when it happens. Be sure to include “Trail Opening” in the notes field.

And if you came out to dig this past winter, thanks! I could not do this with out people like you!

Mike

Grasshopper Update Fall 2014

January 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Here we are, back in the trail building season and working on year two of the Grasshopper rebuild on Galbraith Mountain. After two months of work, I think it’s a good time to put together an update on what we’ve done so far and share my plans are for the rest of the season.

The freshly packed dirt on the Alexis Step-Up landing and exit berm. This is what the rider sees upon landing the Step-Up. (There's just something about freshly packed dirt that makes me feel all giddy inside.)

The freshly packed dirt on the Alexis Step-Up landing and exit berm. This is what the rider sees upon landing the Step-Up. (There’s just something about freshly packed dirt that makes me feel all giddy inside.)

 

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Grasshopper Trail Days for Spring 2015

January 3, 2015 at 4:35 am

Winter and early spring is trail time. Me and my friends (that means you if you live in or near town) will be continuing work started last fall on Grasshopper Trail on Galbraith Mountain here in Bellingham, WA. We made some significant progress in tuning older, existing features as well as building new jumps last season and we’re going to continue that down the hill by building feature after feature, jump after jump, one right after another until the whole hill is covered in roller-coastery, bermy, jumpy, flowy goodness. If that sounds like your idea of a good time, come help! All are welcome and appreciated!

All work days start at 12 noon and go for 3 to 5 hours. Bring gloves and a snack. I provide the tools. Just ride up on your bike and meet me at the Alexis Step-Up Jump (see picture below). You can’t miss it! Take Fire Circle trail at the top of the Wall fire road climb, turn left on Grasshopper (There is a sign now) and ride down the trail until you see the jump.
The Alexis Step-Up Jump on Grasshopper Trail

Grasshopper Trail Work Days

  • Saturday, January 10, 2015
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015                  (DAY WAS CHANGED!!!!)
  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
  • Sunday, February 8, 2015
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Sunday, March 8, 2015
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • Sunday, March 29, 2015

I will also do additional days as time allows. Click on the contact tab and email me your name, and phone number and I’ll make sure you get added to the email and text lists.

Thanks!

-Mike

Sponsor

December 30, 2014 at 10:47 pm

John JohnstonSuccess in life doesn’t just come from within. It comes from the people that believe in you. I’m lucky enough to have a growing short list of people that do. John Johnston, owner of Chuckanut Engineering, is one of the original backers of my trail building efforts as well as this website. Thanks for all your support, John!

 

 

 

 

 

Chuckanut Engineering Logo 2

 

Deep in the Loam

December 22, 2014 at 5:27 am

It’s rare to show up to ride a new trail and find yourself deep in the loam, digging into every corner, tires sticking to the ground like Velcro on a cable knit sweater. Often, on trails like these, the traction is so good it’s almost impossible to inadvertently break the lugs free and slide. Impossible that is unless you actually want them to. In that case, the lightest flick of the hips can be enough to get the bike moving sideways in the most relaxed and confidence inspiring way. If you haven’t ever experienced this yourself, that’s unfortunate. It’s crazy fun. Here is Mark Allison and Ryan Macbeth showing what it’s all about.

Video by Brian Chapel

From the Skunkworks

November 29, 2014 at 10:09 pm
Illustration of new Step-on/Step-off Banana Feature planned for Grasshopper Trail.

Illustration of new Step-on/Step-off Banana Feature planned for Grasshopper Trail.

I’ve got a whole gaggle of new ideas in the planning stages for Grasshopper Trail build season this year. Here’s a taste…

 

…and Yes, it is to scale.

Big Start to Grasshopper Build Season

November 17, 2014 at 8:52 pm
Angus Campbell pushing rocks on Grasshopper Trail

Angus Campbell pushing rocks on Grasshopper Trail

Saturday was the first trail work day of the 2014/2015 build season on Grasshopper Trail at Galbraith Mountain. We roughed-in a very looooong berm just after the Alexis Step-Up. We also removed two stumps that were in the way of the intended future route and threw a hell of a lot of dirt. Everyone put in their time and worked hard, but if I had to nominate someone for trail builder of the day, it would go to six-year-old Angus Campbell. I had mentioned to the group that we could use rocks as fill for the berm and the next thing I know Angus is pushing sandstone chunks 50 feet up the hill one right after the other, most which are larger than the size of his head! (see picture on the left). And he did this for pretty much the entire afternoon!
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