Thursday, April 21, 2011

Subcategories


I'm deep into pump track research. Scary deep. In fact, I have some dirt that I'd like to start moving, but I'm kinda paralyzed by the amount of how-to information out there, and unable to settle on a design just yet. So I'm just building a pile, until I know where to put it.

The thing that amazes me is that for an activity that is so apparently subculture, how evolved it is in terms of the number of variations. And not really even defined in terms of subcategories. Just all these energetic people cutting the edge and pouring huge amounts of energy into their plans and shovels, all calling their creations basically the same thing. For instance, . . .

"backyard pumptrack" exhibit number one

"backyard pumptrack" exhibit number two

I'm finding that there is the rhythm aspect of pumping and then there is the air aspect, and I'm mostly interested in the rhythm part. That makes me lame and old, but in the end, it's my dirt, my labor, my track, and most importantly, my knees. So bite me, ye airborne youngters. I need your videos, though, so keep 'em coming.

7 comments:

lotrario_joseph said...

You should build the second one.

Alan said...

If you build a pump track--regardless of size--I would...well, what I'd do isn't polite for a family website so let's just say I'd need to call the dry cleaners.

Anonymous said...

When you get the plan made and need labor I'm not afraid to move dirt... Joe T

FBC Spokane said...

I agree with Joe. I am available to move dirt. Tomorrow after 12 works for me. Gimme a call. As for the track, I like the figure 8 or some sort of crossover, where you could pump around the track without leaving the ground, or take one of the crossovers to get a jump in. You could take advantage of this crossover idea to vary the track a bit, so you aren't always doing the same route. By the way, are you doing this in your backyard? I hope so!

JMH said...

Thanks, I just spent the last hour watching pump track videos. Now I want one.

Pat S said...

Joseph, if I can get my hands on part of manito park, it's a done deal.

Alan, thanks for doing your part to keep this site family friendly. If I build it, I'll pitch in on your dry cleaning bill.

Joe and Jeff, thanks. I'm nowhere near being ready to dig, but when I am, I'll be in touch.

JMH, I know EXACTLY how you feel.

theShrike said...

Just start the thing!!! It will come together. I Promise.... .... Like in like a year.