GRASSHOPPER T-SHIRTS!

March 3, 2016 at 7:29 am

The time has come, my friends. The Grasshopper signature T-shirt are ready to order now! If you would like to get one for yourself, now is the time! Use the donate button and note in the description your desired style, size and color.

Shirt Style, Size and Color Options:
1) Unisex or Women’s
2) Sm, Med, Lg, XL, 2XL
3) Grasshopper Green or Gray

Include your email and physical address when you order. Price will be $27 including shipping and tax with PayPal. This is a preorder. Shirts should arrive on March 7, 2016 with individual orders will go out after.

Proceeds go toward trail building efforts on Grasshopper Trail at Galbraith Mountain here in Bellingham, WA with a percentage going to Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition for trail advocacy in greater Whatcom County.

DEADLINE for preorders is MARCH 5, 2016!

Here it is, the Grasshopper Trail T-Shirt! LEFT PANEL -  FRONT of the SHIRT including illustrations of features built during the last 3 seasons. And in the center is the trails namesake. RIGHT PANEL - BACK of the SHIRT including the names of all volunteers that have come out to help since November 2013. Names are in alphabetical order, of course.

Here it is, the Grasshopper Trail T-Shirt! LEFT PANEL – FRONT of the SHIRT including illustrations of features built during the last 3 seasons. And in the center is the trails namesake. RIGHT PANEL – BACK of the SHIRT including the names of all volunteers that have come out to help since November 2013. Names are in alphabetical order, of course.

New Video on the New Entrance

January 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm

I have an update coming soon for what we’ve been doing on Grasshopper sometime this week. Until then check out this time lapse video of building a jump on the new entrance which is scheduled to open this coming May.

 

Grasshopper Entrance Jump Building (Time Lapse) from manualmike on Vimeo.

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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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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It’s That Time Again

November 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

It’s that time of year again. when the rain falls, the ground softens and the weather is right to dig. It’s when I start to feel that irresistible urge to pack up the shovels and saws and return to Galbraith Mountain to build. It’s time to work on Grasshopper Trail…

View of the last berm turn before the Alexis Step-Up.

View of the last berm turn before the Alexis Step-Up.

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Grasshopper Changes

October 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Video of the new stuff on Grasshopper that we worked on during the first winter of building. After this coming build season, expect more riding video from me. Right now I spend more time with a shovel in my hands than handlebars.

 

Volunteers

August 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Anyone that has put in any significant amount of time in building bike trails or dirt jumps can probably tell you that there are a variety of reasons to come out to help. There are the social reasons – Volunteering to do trail building is a great way to meet people who like to ride mountain bikes. There’s the guilt – Using a free resource that someone else has made and you do nothing to help build or maintain sometimes feels like eating from someone else’s cookie jar. But in my experience, there are two main reasons that people come out to work – personal satisfaction or they just want to help. Self-satisfaction is a powerful motivator, of course, but the purest of reasons is – in my opinion – just wanting to help. Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to see plenty of the latter and I thought these amazing people could use some credit for going above and beyond in their efforts to do just that.

 

The Early Morning Crew

Shaping dirt requires getting up pretty early in the morning sometimes. Freshly built berms and jumps require lots of tamping to get everything hard-packed. So, after each weekend build day I would go up before work to put in two hours to shape and tamp. I have to do this before I go to work because of my schedule at the bike shop, so I start riding up the mountain to work at, or before 6am. You would think that I would spend a lot time doing this sort of thing alone. I mean, who wants to wake up at 5am and climb out of bed on a rainy, dark winter morning to ride up a mountain with shovels on backpacks to do strenuous manual labor by headlamps? Fortunately for me, Dan Froula, Chad Anderson and Finn Hopper all do. On the wettest of days, in the worst kind of weather, these guys came out to help.

Dan Froula and Chad

 
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