As it stands, we have a great starting point
for downhill trails on Berm Peak.
We have a route to the summit, an official
trailhead, and a big roll-in called the Flight
Deck.
We even have a map of the property, and a
rough layout of what our future trail system
could look like.
Today, we continue our work on Woodpecker,
the first of our downhill trails.
I’m trying to make the most of the land
up here in Stumpthorne, and that means I can’t
just choose the path of least resistance.
There are quite a few dead trees in the way,
and although they work great for lining the
trail, I need to move them all myself.
A lot of you have asked why I don’t buy
or rent a machine, like a mini excavator or
skid steer.
It would make building go a lot quicker, and
allow us to build bike park features like
jumps.
But I want to become proficient at hand cutting
before we get into any of that.
Hand cut trails have great character.
They can be built surgically, keeping the
underlying root systems intact.
This keeps them narrow, loamy, and beautiful.
Not that there’s anything wrong with machine
cut trails…no.
Machine cut trails can be awesome, but hand
cut singletrack is quickly becoming an endangered
species.
I want to give it a chance to flourish here
on Berm Peak, and that means this is going
to take time, and sweat.
But out here in Stumpthorne, there’s not
much to do besides route the trail, clear
corridor, and rake.
We won’t need to cut bench or anything like
that until we get to the steeper parts of
the property.
And that means, we can finish this trail rather
quickly.
Woodpecker can now be ridden as a loop, climbing
back to the trailhead by middle and upper
Berm Peak Express.
The climb only takes a minute or so, and the
trail itself lasts just under 30 seconds.
Given the remaining elevation we have, that
means a 1 to 2 minute downhill run is absolutely
in our future.
Better yet, we’ve completed this loop just
in time for some special visitors.
Phil and Hailey are in town, and this is the
first time they’re seeing any of this stuff.
Phil is a connoisseur of sketchy features.
Last year he visited me at Berm Creek after
I broke my collar bone, and dug some pretty
insane stuff in the snow.
I guess we’ll just pick up where we left
off.
We started thinking of a feature we could
build in one day, and strongly considered
an A frame like this one.
Instead, we opted for a slightly modified
A frame with a turn at the top.
Go straight, and nosedive off the end.
This would be less of an A frame, and more
of a Maim Frame.
With a little planning and some preparation,
we’d be ready to jump into this project
full force the following morning.
And that, would require some digging.
Aside from some post holes we haven’t dug
much on Berm Peak.
One thing I’ve noticed is the total lack
of rocks.
This has destroyed my dreams of uncovering
amazing rock rolls, but you never know what’s
lurking on the other side of the property.
Still, this clay packs really well and will
make for great dirt features down the line.
This clay is also great for securing posts.
We’re not using concrete mix out on the
trail, so dirt needs to be tamped down really
aggressively after each shovel full.
If any settling occurs and the feature ends
up being slightly off level, life will go
on.
And indeed these kinds of projects involve
a lot more guess work than even I’m used
to.
To make this stuff fit the terrain and get
all the angles right, a tape measure and level
can’t do all the leg work.
We won’t really know how this thing rides
until it’s done.
Some of you may notice that we’re also using
different lumber.
Most of the stuff I’ve built outside has
been made of treated pine, which is soaked
in this slimy preservative.
That helps the wood resist decay, but it also
makes it risky to handle without gloves, and
dangerously slippery when wet.
So I’ve been experimenting with rot resistant
hardwoods from my local sawmill.
These locust planks are from the low grade
pile, so they’re the planks with all the
knots, bows, and twists that people don’t
want for building decks.
The roughness and inconsistency makes them
cheaper than the appearance grade stuff, and
grippier on bike tires.
This stuff is hard to work with.
It pushes my Ryobi saw to its limits and dulls
drill bits, but it’s very strong and as
I said, makes for great traction.
Given the safety and environmental benefits,
it’s worth using out here.
Between the holes, moving supplies around,
and actually putting this all together.
Constructing the maim frame took the better
part of a day.
But with a little bit of light to spare, we
were ready to actually ride the Maim Frame.
In the future I’ll alter the trail to improve
the approach, but as is, the Maim Frame is
really challenging just to get over.
Of course, that didn’t stop Phil from tryin
to air it—and attempting to ride it from
the other side.
In typical Phil fashion, he cleaned it after
a few tries, but for me this would be a slightly
bigger challenge.
When we last left off with Kevin, he was sending
these huge jumps at Windrock on a cheap used
downhill bike.
But the Maim Frame is unlike anything he’s
ever ridden before.
We can improve the approach to the maim frame
with fairly little work, but in the future
I’m going to spend more time focusing on
the approach to features like this.
I couldn’t have pulled this off in one day
without Phil, Hailey, and Kevin’s help,
so definitely check out their very different
YouTube channels below.
As excited as I am about the Maim Frame, I’m
even more excited about having an actual loop
on Berm Peak.
With each home improvement project, we’ll
add to Woodpecker until it lives up to its
name, and then move on to building more trail.
Until we break ground again, thanks for riding
with me today and I’ll see you next time.

Building the Backyard “Maim Frame”
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100 thoughts on “Building the Backyard “Maim Frame”

  • October 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm
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    O seth you are now a carpenter
    Yet, youtuber man

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  • October 11, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    Phils laugh is the best!
    It sounds like the dolphin he uses for expletives on his channel.
    Love it

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  • October 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Congratulations on trending!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 12:49 pm
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    Awesome You inspired me to make my own backyard trails

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    Then he shows off with a tire slide. Pffftt! Lol

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    Nope!!!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Hi Seth, how do you like Vittoria tyres so far? I have ben riding their MORSA TNT now over a year and i love them.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    Wow. Phil is back 👌🏻

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    I live on 6.5 acres of rocky Texas Hill Country and have had dreams of building trails for years. I'm now hoarding scrap wood and thinking how I'll get started. Keep up the good work.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    Phils hardcore

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    Just make sure you don't film ur corpse

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    You should upload more often, I love the content

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  • October 11, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    Yoy could build a trail where you send it of the maim frame and loop around to the end

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    your merch is so comfortable

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Zen and the art of mountain bike trail building 👌.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    I would suggest cedar if it is at all available to you. Rot resistant and super grippy! I live on Vancouver island and there are lots of cedar mills out here to get off cuts from but I understand that it might not be available to you

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm
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    You should buy an ATV to help haul your tools and clear trails.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Finally

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    What cutting that tree? That would make a awsome jump! Why not make it more natural?

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  • October 11, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    I need to say it. But i love your videos man. You always motivate me to finally pick up mountainbiking again. Haven't done it in 5 years or so since switching to the motorised version of offroading. And now after having crashed and broken my foot 2 years ago, i want to get a bit more fun off the more physical activity. So thanks mate for bringing me back. (Now i only need to save up for an entry bike)

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    Trending?!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    2:36 seems dangerous.

    I've never done anything like this, looked at or learnt anything so I guess if people go slow and learnt he track for the first few runs cool, but that tree seems like a QUICK way to get a bad injury. I thought you path went left since the first thing you see is the open space to the left, but in reality it's to the right. If you're going too fast, you've already chosen to go left but now you try to go right, boom, right into the tree.

    Or maybe I'm dumb and this is just a personal thing? Either way, just seems pretty dangerous.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    H+H = E

    life hacks! 🤘🏾👍🏽

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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    Love your videos, Seth!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    Cant wait for the next episode! I think at the rate your going… berm peak is going to be amazing once its finished. Awesome vid guys !

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    I think you should build a nice wallride for your next feature

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    When you notice seth spelled main grame wrong on the title

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    Seth whats the bike you use the most

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    Seth do you have a girlfriend and if so dose she ride whith you

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    You should upload all your trails to Strava and name them! Then you and your friends can compete for the fastest time down every trail!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:46 pm
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    hey i like your channel a lot, but consider tu upgrade the quality of the video to 60p

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    Me: The Main Frame Looks Easy! Also Me: Oh shoot! There’s a 1 foot drop! I better stop my bike and ride off the trail without control.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    This is the best "home improvement" channel on youtube. =P

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Hard work pays off! Kudos to you and your friends!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    its matter of time before that feature claims someone badly. its design screams pain is coming. smooth the transitions on and off of it with more dirt.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    Best bike Chanel I swear 😂🦌👌🤘🏼

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    Can you make a vid on all the bikes you use and keep up the good work👍🏼👍🏼

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    Could you do some random content on the tires you use and why and maybe test some different ones on downhill rides thanks

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    Why you don't make some burms to keep momentum ..? I thing will be fun !!
    Hello to all dudes!!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    Hey Seth have you heard the news of jordie lunn’s death

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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    Hey Seth you should come to fort Bragg in California. I know you probably get suggestions often but fort Bragg trails are very different. They are difficult. You will love it. BKXC came here he loved it. You should take him lol. Thanks Seth for inspiring me to start MTB.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    My dad made a trail in the forest

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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    What’s the music at 9:00?

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    At my friends trail we have a big 2 meter high dirt bumb that the foxes dug up, it is so cool to take a 90° turn on it and take some speed on it. It continues in a big cave….

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    I dont know how well it would work but you could put clear grip tape on the boards so you can pedal without slipping

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    Nice!, you could add some rollers before to dial in the entry speed, since it looks like requires some pedals before.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    Please review the microshift advent 1×9 best shifter for your buck

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    The sketch factor is high my friend!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    literally so addicting watching all ur vids lmao

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    They need some jumps

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    You can use a heavy duty stapler to make slippery wood less "slippy", its inexpensive and lasts

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    These berm peak videos are just mint 🙏🏼
    There could be 2000 of them I ld watch them all. 😅

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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    Where’s the new video you missed last week

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    So glad to know that your Okay.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    Keep making more on berm peak,
    Love the videos

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    Noticed Seth talking about the boards and how they can get slippery in the rain a possibility would maybe to get chicken wire down onto the boards I’ve noticed it on a few wood features at local trails- ofcoarse though it’s up to you.

    Also really loving the videos at the new house👍

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    You should fill in the side of the Maim Frame with a berm and make the wooden part the “Hard Line”

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    Hey Seth I reckon you should use the logs you get from the dead trees for making small and large jumps.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    Seth under the flight deck you should build a tool shed or a coffee room

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:23 pm
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    Phil could use a Tarzan yell so people would know which way to look

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    We entered the maim frame

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    On the inner angle, i can imagine a wallride type feature. Maybe to jump of or stuff

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    #30 on trending nice 😂

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    No bypass?

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    4:12 phil looking like an 8 yo that didnt get his way

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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    Your trending in Canada!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    Workers at the woodshop: Aw great its this guy again

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    Any particular reason u don’t just get a badass backpack blower tho? A nice big red max would clear a lot of that out fast.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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    Have you ever thought about trying to do a diy build a bike for entry level riders that may not have the bigger budget like lets say 3 to 400 bucks for a ok durable trail beater

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  • October 11, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    And thats what the cones-suer of sketch can do

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    For a recommendation make one come off the other side since there are three different sides to it

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    Dude, 18th on trending!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    can't believe you do all the work without machines

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    Enjoy making trails such an accomplishment!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    Made it to trending!!!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    Make a jump trail

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    Awesome trails dude 🤘

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:52 am
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    Do more of this please

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    Who will be the first one to drift their front wheel just a little too far to the right?

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:09 am
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    Being close here in Knoxville, I would enjoy to visit your trail system to ride one day.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:22 am
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    I need a new fat bike I’m on a mogose makes fat bike

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:43 am
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    i just want you to know that im far from the mountain biking sport or trail building – and im thoroughly enjoying this series and looking forward to the next installment. Great job filming and editing all the progress. As a creator myself i understand those efforts! <3

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:14 am
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    I ‘‘tis me again

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    When you build with a machine you use you’re hands to control that machine so machine cut trails are technically hand cut so…

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:30 am
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    Nice background music at 9 mins in

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:30 am
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    hey is there a video on the shovel shooter? ive tried to find it with no success

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    Do you ride flats or clips I ride clips

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:35 am
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    My dream is to have no rock and your over here wanting it 🥴

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:40 am
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    Alright NOW I KNOW YOU CAN MAKE A CANNON JUMP!!!!

    Also I just wanna take a second to say Jordie Lunn a freerider past away recently and I just wanna say Rest In Peace you savage shredder

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    main frame looks like pit. Glad you send phil in the bushes. Keep raking the forest floors!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    Real A frames go between 2 trees that barely clear your bars😉

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    Nice seth

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    Seth has a tiny peenis

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  • October 12, 2019 at 3:27 am
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    So, I build trails at Green Woodlands in New Hampshire, and one thing that may help with post setting without rocks is quickrete. And ps, if you are ever up this way, you gotta check it out

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  • October 12, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    Do you still own your bmx race bike? If so how much would it be if you sold it? I might be interested…

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  • October 12, 2019 at 3:40 am
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    You should make a double or triple hump or even some jumps!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:03 am
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    Looks fun but needs to be wider

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:05 am
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    I love Phil's rapid fire "yeah". It's always interesting to hear the sounds other make while they ride… Having started videoing myself riding, I discovered that I curse a lot more than I realised :-/

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    Damn.. he is called Phil with skilz for a reason.. thumbs up

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