How to Build a Bicycle Ramp


A bicycle ramp is a small, angled ramp used to help a bike get airborne. Building a bike ramp is a fairly easy task and requires few materials. This is a simple bike ramp that takes approximately four to five hours to build. Read on to learn how to build a bicycle ramp.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 2-by-4 cut 10 feet long
  • Saw
  • 1 3/8-inch plywood sheet
  • Drill
  • Screws

Build the Brace

  • Cut the 2-by-4 foot board lengthwise, making it 1-1/2-by-1-1/2 feet. After that is complete, cut three 24-inch boards and one 23-inch board.

  • Measure and cut three 24-by-12 inch rectangles out of the plywood.

  • Stack boards on top of each other. Draw a curve across the rectangle. This is the side of the ramp. The more angled the curve, the more air the bike gets from launching off the ramp.

  • Create the curve in the ramp with the saw by cutting along the line you have drawn. Cut all three rectangles the same way.

  • Measure the curve. Divide the curve into three equal sections. Make squares along the edge in the middle of each section. They need to measure 1-1/2-by-1-1/2 feet.

  • Cut out the boxes you have drawn. Cut out the back corner of one of the curved boards. This is the center brace for the ramp.

  • Slide the 23-inch board through the notch in the center board. Line the other two corners up with this board.

  • Screw the sides to the 23-inch board.

  • Place the 24-inch board into the slats cut for them. Screw them into the braces with one screw on each end.

Make the Ramp

  • Cut the plywood into a 24-by-26 inch piece.

  • Score the back of the plywood. Cut lines 1/8-inch deep and 1 inch apart across the back. This allows the plywood to bend.

  • Screw the plywood into the supports.

  • Turn the ramp over.

  • Cut a 34-by-24 inch base out of plywood.

  • Attach the base to the ramp with screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Helmets need to be worn while using the ramp.

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