Dude, I wish I was as rad as you when I was 16. Holy ****, that video is awesome. I'm not even kidding. That video had me laughing my ass off.
Ok. I image that's in your backyard. You need to get a hose and use water when you build the lip, and basically use water everywhere when you pack it, and probably before you ride in the future. For the roots, you should get a pick-axe. This tool is great for breaking the ground up. I have no problem using a pick-axe to churn up the ground and get through roots bigger than the one in your video.
As far as getting things up to size, I just decide where each lip and landing will go, and then I know I'm going to be digging and bowling out everything in between. Then you'll end up with some decent sized jumps, because you just have to dig until you're done. I know it seems like you're already digging a whole lot, but you'll get used to it... You just have to dig. You'll hit less roots and probably better dirt as you dig deeper. Organic material that falls to the ground makes up a lot of the first foot or so, which means it won't pack well or hold water. At least that's how it is here. I end up using the ****ty top dirt for the base and backside of the jump, and then when I get down to the good dirt, that's when I start building up the surface. Awesome.
haha, thanks. i was hoping some people would get a kick out of it.
i cut out a lot of stuff because the video was too long for vimeo.
and i haven't even gotten to ride these yet! i hope they're all sized up right. they seem good. just have to get my bike back together.
speaking of my bike, it's looking sick! i'll get some pics tomorrow.
anyone know where i can get some NS district bars?
or are there any other tall bars like it?
thanks in advance.