How to Design BMX Jumps

by Philip Foster
The steeper the jump, the higher you'll soar.

The steeper the jump, the higher you'll soar.

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BMX, also commonly referred to as bicycle motocross, is an extreme sport that involves long-distance tricks and high-flying stunts. BMXers use inclined jumps and sloping ramps to perform somersaults and spins. BMX jumps come in a multitude of shapes and designs. Certain riders prefer to build expensive jumps out of concrete or wood. You can save on costly building supplies by constructing your jumps from dirt. Transworld BMX recommends using a flathead shovel to design the shape of your homemade jumps.

Items you will need

  • Spade
  • Pushcart
  • Flathead shovel
  • Watering can
  • Tamp
  • Waterproof tarp
Step 1

Use the spade to dislodge the dirt and place it in your pushcart.

Step 2

Repeat the digging process until you have filled the cart with dirt. Push the cart away from the hole and dump the contents onto level ground.

Step 3

Refill your pushcart and dump the contents onto the first mound of dirt. Repeat the process until you have created a mound of dirt that stands between 3 and 4 feet in height. Scrape the flathead shovel against the mound to create an inclined jump.

Step 4

Dampen the sloping face of the jump with your watering can. Toss a spade full of dry dirt over the top of the wet ramp. Push the dry dirt into the jump with the head of the tamp.

Step 5

Allow your homemade jump to dry for 30 to 45 minutes. Ride your BMX up the jump slowly to ensure it has solidified. Cover the jump with a tarp when you get done riding to prevent it from deteriorating due to rainfall.

About the Author

Philip Foster has been writing professionally since 2010. His work has been featured in the literary-arts magazine "The PEEL" and the weekly newspaper "The Mountain Xpress." Foster is an expert in various extreme sports. He cooked in a restaurant that offered organic and vegetarian cuisine for over three years. Foster received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University.

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