North Carolina pump track action

Some characters in Charlotte, NC downloaded pump-track plans from this site and have built a sweet one of their own.

Here’s the video (25MB Quicktime)

Here’s the building process on the Piedmont Area Singletrack Alliance forum

Here’s their inspiration: Better Homes and Pump Tracks on

12 replies
  1. leelikesbikes says:

    Lee, I’ve been meaning to send you an e-mail but my buddy Calvin beat me to it. Just wanted to say that I had a lot of fun building this pump track from the plans on your website and me and my friends have had even more fun riding it. Before seeing the pump track videos on your site I had no idea what a pump track was but after riding one I can say that it’s the best workout ever and more addictive than crack cocaine because it’s so damn fun to ride. Keep up the good work that you do with writing and bicycle advocacy and thank you for such a great web site. I visit it regularly.

    Michael Storm
    aka benzmonkeyboy
    Piedmont Area Singletrack Alliance

  2. Kirill E says:

    I know this is kinda off topic…but im moving to charlotte nc this spring….anywhere to ride DH around there?

    Get me on aim, TEAMsantacruz04

  3. Agustin says:

    Hi lee , Im starting to build a pump track in my backyard and I have a concern.Our backyard inclines maybe 15 degrees should the back berm be at the higest elevation?Im using the design of Steve Wentz posted on better homes ….Thanks

  4. leelikesbikes says:


    15 degrees is awfully steep. It can’t be that steep, and if it is you’re not going to pump up the hill. Assuming the grade is only a few percent, yes, put the back berm at the top. On the ‘tricky rollers’ you might want to make four instead of five, and make each a bit longer and taller. That’ll help you pump uphill.

    Good luck, and send me photos.

    — Lee

  5. Agustin says:

    here some pic of the back berm, and how toll and how long the tricky roller should be >the pump track its aprox 95 feet long

  6. Calvin aka Mr Tiles says:

    Hey Lee,

    Just a quick update. Mike is working on a cover for the pump track so we can ride after rain since it is the rain season here. I believe he’s going to use a tarp or something.

    There’s another rider in the area building a bigger PT in his backyard. I’ve seen pics but haven’t ridden it yet. It’s not quite done. I look to be fliming out there soon and will send in the footage when I get it edited. Just wanted to let you know the pump track is an epidemic around these parts! 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. leelikesbikes says:

    That is so rad. I saw photos of the other track — so sweet. I’ll post ’em when I get the vid!

    I just submitted a proposal to build a pump track at a 5-star dude ranch here in Colorado. $500 a day per person — including lodging, food, horseback riding and PUMP TRACK ACTION!!!

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