Indoor bike park – Would you use one?
Probably would always be a last resort, depending on the weather .
If it was full of some decent dirt features and not just loads of silly wooden circus tricks then probably more likely to. It would be great in the winter months.
There was a video on dirt a while back of an indoor dirt and pump track. Looked brilliant fun and used the walls and everything..
The trouble is they tend to get used as creches. Full of grommits in most skateparks. Hopefully you’d not havePosted 4 years ago
the scooter issue in a dirt park.ads678Subscriber
I thought about this a while back. Thought about looking in to buying an old mill or something and building a multi level bike park where you ride down through big holes in each floor so you could have drops n stuff and wall rides/berms to get you round the corners and table tops/doubles in between. Would need to be big floor spaces but I reckon it’s doable in the right hands. Came to the conclusion it would probably cost than it’d make though. If someone else builds one though, I’d go!Posted 4 years agoneilc1881Subscriber
The one in Dirt is owned by a friend of a friend, so I’m lucky enough to have ridden there. Great fun and pretty addictive if you are into dirt jumping and actually want to ride through winter. Hard work too! Just in the process of digging a new pump/dj track in Talybont so I may yet make a (less than) triumphant return to the skies.Posted 4 years agomikey74Member
Be great if we could save a block of flats from dereliction, leave the lift in (for lazy buggers)then create a long spiraling downward trail inside?
I like that idea.
On the indoor mtb park thing: If it was within 5-10 miles: Yes, I would, assuming the content was worth it. Any further and it’s a no.
The trouble is I am more into DH these days and that would be difficult to recreate indoors, other than the above flats thing.Posted 4 years agojonah tontoMember
those “bucking bronko” machines are not the same as riding an unbroken bull are they? everyone knows that….. the trail you ride is different every time in a thousand different ways.
once someone can recreate a constantly changing environment, ill pay to ride.
till then ill carry on with the beautiful, challenging, free version, nature gives us, thanks.
sure the weather aint always what you want, but if you learn to look at the long term picture, its almost always perfect.
[sometimes your ahead (dusty trails) sometimes your behind (mud in your eye) but the race is long, and in the end its only with yourself – baz lurman]Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
yes, if they got it right.
Pump track, skills features, foam pit/airbag with skills coacjing, heating & cafe.
Maybe throw in a spin/rpm studio or some plug in turbo spots with power meters etc or those static race type things.
It would be the indoor climbing version for biking. Maybe not a weekend venue but more an evening or skills place. However it would need to be near to a big population centre and far enough away from proper riding to work.Posted 4 years ago
Considering a climbing wall entry has gone up lots due to insurance I’d be expecting £10 entry (per person) and knowing how tight some people are about paying for a car park I can’t see that part working so well.klumpyMember
What could a mountain biker want with a bike park? Mountain bikes are serious offroad vehicles and a bike park has nothing to offer us…
Ahem:Posted 4 years ago
(video embedding still a complete mystery to me. No S’s in my http, still don’t work, bloody useless…)alpinMember
often thought that Munich could do with something like this….. local trails are too muddy to ride in the winter (riding them just ruins them for summer) and the alps are covered in ablanket of snow.
i think more of a dirt jump/pump area with rocky sections rather than lots of wood.
the trick is building some sort of elevation into it. doesn’t need to be massive but ~10-15ft woulod be good as you could build small technical sections.
wouldn’t be a proper ride as such, more a place to practice and hone some skills…
somewhere with good transport links close to a large population.Posted 4 years ago
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