saving My Precious

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail,trail work by HM Friday August 31, 2007

The ever troubling ‘My Precious tree’ descent is definitely one of the eye sore and we are definitely not eaving this ‘mistake’ of ours marked with further user and water induced erosion.

Trail building is a measure three times build once affair.

We remap and reroute a new course down so to cut a crazy 30% grade slope to an easy 10% average grade, increasing trail length by 20metres in the process.

‘SECTION CLOSE’

Monero and one of his buddy started the top soil excavation today. In the process transplant some of the smaller plants off the route and to create new foilage so mark the boundary for the walking path.

With experience hand working for 2 hours, building rolling contour trails is made quick and we’ve now an unarmored path readily cut.

What we lack is some compaction and a small off camber fix.

So dudes out there, do really stay out of this place for now and allow some work to settle before riding this new detour.

5 effective manhours

Patching Up

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail,trail work by HM Wednesday July 25, 2007

Changes occurs, and we are happy to have our new Park managers from Nparks joining us for a few sessions learning what a mountain biking trails should looks like.

We explain our plans for Kent Ridge, corrections and todo and finally a good work session came about today.

Monero and 3 of his gang managed to move some nice recycled broken drains to cache around the exit near Vigilante drive. We are talking about 10 -15 wheelbarrow loads today.

4th bridge step up
We manage a patch up at the 4th bridge, which rutted out over the rainy season to form a good 1.5ft tall stepup. Not really rollable, some bike trial skills will be involve if we don’t fix it.

With improved trail building technique, after so much hands on over at the other sites. We managed to pitch the broken cements and get a good 10% gradient for the bridge exit.


Double Log
The double log low land mud pile never been fun to ride, we broke the first rule in trail building, never build trails on steep slopes and on flat ground. sounds trivial but that’s what we’ve done 1 year ago, and the mud patch never get fix.

We got to apply a permanent solution to this patch, this time with loads of rocks and broken drains.

We elevated the trail and settle to have both sides of the trails being muddy and wet. allowing a ‘2 ft wide causeway’ as our ride corridor.

Mother Bridge exit
Always rutted. and instead of small granite chips patching, we settle for large 200mm big cement wedge, easily broken down so to give a rough texture for a grippy descent.

Let’s hope the trail side wall doesn’t give way further. It seems to have settle down nicely.

The Hole

30 man hours of work today

the juggernaut

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail,trail work by HM Saturday March 10, 2007

completion of bottom of the snake bend new leg, and added a new turn.

the rock push

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail,trail work by HM Thursday March 8, 2007

Dig up new better leg at the bottom of snake bend, and dump one of the obstucting rocks into an existing hole so to make a smoother error free ride.

The reroutes

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail,trail work by HM Tuesday March 6, 2007

the few words in the busy trail work.

we’ve

1. Straighten the bad flow lines before snake bend,

2. marking and prep the slopes after Motherbridge.

3. new leg to remove the bad turn at bottom of the Snake bend

Trail is open!

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail,rides by HM Friday December 29, 2006

After months of waiting, Kent Ridge Mountain bike trail is ‘unofficially’ open for riding.

DO take care riding the trail for now, we haven’t had the time to walk through after the big rainy season to check for dangers.

We do not suggest riding the Northshore playground for now, as we do have some unnailed sections around.

meanwhile have fun, keep to the trail and ride safe.

faraway so close

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail by HM Thursday December 7, 2006

We are almost done with the North shore section.

is rainy and wet, equipment rusting, nailing and finishing getting worse.

Alvin Jeff and me take our work on existing fallen log.

Seriously inexperience on log work we are. can’t seems to secure the pieces together to get a stiff structure with those big logs.

After spending much hours on them, we decided to finish the ramp for the main ride. and finish the banked curve bit.

certainly not fun working in wet environment. Now did anyone took away my rain shelter?

12 manhours today finish minor pieces here and there.. (can be more efficient)

the banked roller

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail by HM Thursday November 23, 2006

With the first ramp built leading to nowhere since day one,

we decided to give this best line the fastest and most technical bridge we ever built.

A banked roller that twist and bank 3 times in a space of 4metres.

Liyana and Alvin got things started with the nailing while I do most of the sawing and wood matching. Hammering nails certainly not something I am good at and I won’t want to spoil that new batch of nails today.

After 2+ months building wooden ‘North Shore’ style bridges, we have certainly gotten better.

Plans for teeter are in place, and a banked wall ride is plan for the exit of this section.

I am still thinking of ways to use the 2 fallen trunks smack in the middle of this section. Seats for spectators? I guess another trunk ride should be more interesting…

building the banked roller

banked roller – 7 manhours.

layout and planking the floor

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail by HM Wednesday November 22, 2006

with the wooden berm stopping at a box T-junction, Jeff started the connecting 1.5metres long floor section, so to finish the loop for the roller coaster straight and the beginner loop.

The fast roller section is also layout.
We can start building this technical banked roller, the most technical till date tomorrow.

I always wanted a skinny to a log, with a log roll into place yesterday, Jeff cross audit the lines and we all agree that there should be a smaller angle of turn so to make the ride possible.

the log skinny (not joint yet)

planking and layout – 6 man hours

the beginner section

Blogged in Kent Ridge MTB Trail by HM Tuesday November 21, 2006

another start early end late day.

With the beginner ‘low’ North Shore section lay out by Jeff a day earlier,

Me and Alvin took 5mins to visualized and then jump straight to build the tall end of the beginner loop.

It took us the whole morning to progress 5 metres, but we managed to get the stiffest and strongest section built yet.

the secret are the new 2in x 3in thick stringers. These are shorter but yet thicker.


Helping hand came from Monero and 3 others in the afternoon. He sure to be a great nailing machine, getting most of the planks in while me and alvin work on placing the beams and stringers.

the rest of the workers got into wood cutting and sawing. Certainly made us a full 3.5hrs production line.

Building our first 8in wide skinny, our first wooden berm and also a receiver for the V-jump.

We are certainly getting the hang of building the structure fast.
Certainly got more experience with these hard wood now, knowing when it will split and how to nurse it in.

Pre work sorting of nails helps a bunch today, we are surprised to find 50% bad nails in our heavy nail bin. And lubricating the nails helps a bunch in getting the nail in straight and fast.

Work done

beginner ride, wooden berm and receiver – 25 manhours

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