Video: Shimano Celebrates Trail Builders in 'Make Your Mark - Shape Your World'

Apr 2, 2020 at 10:21
by SHIMANO  

Rolling through the forest, tires gripping effortlessly as they round another sculpted corner, it can be easy to get lost in the natural experience of mountain biking. Yet, trails are rarely formed naturally. Every foot, every inch of the trail has been painstakingly crafted by shovels, rakes, and pulaskis. The men and women who dedicate their time to these labors are the unsung heroes of the sport.

bigquotesIn my mind, trail work and owning a mountain bike go hand in hand.Derrick Bell, trail builder



46 Comments

  • 47 1
 "Trail work and owning a mountain bike, kind of go hand in hand." These people get it.
  • 8 0
 Oops, downvoted by mistake. Those up down arrows should be farther apart pinkbike.
  • 3 0
 @Kootbiker: LOL, I hear ya! I’ll make up for it... there we go.
  • 2 0
 no dig no ride!!!
  • 38 0
 The unexpected thing is to see that many animals use the trails I made everyday.
  • 11 0
 Agreed like mini widlife highways
  • 12 0
 Sometimes when I ride one of the trails I've built I find wild boar have actually improved it by loosening up earth while they're rooting around. I've just got to work out how to harness their digging power full time and I'll be set!
  • 20 0
 I swear elephants use ours...at least it looks that way. I’m not sure there are wild elephants in Derbyshire but it’s surely not inconsiderate riders stomping all over fresh builds!? Nah.. must be the elephants
  • 10 0
 The unexpected thing is to see animals riding and jumping the trails I made every day
  • 5 1
 In Colorado we are constantly battling hunters and their advocacy groups that proclaim trails hurt wildlife and force them to leave the area. When I see constant hoof prints from deer and elk on even the most used trails I can't help but to smile.
  • 10 0
 Its amazing how quick deer start using the mountain bike trails I've built as their own. Whether this is actually beneficial for the ecosystem with the extreme overpopulation of deer here it VT is up for debate however, so don't forget to go hunting. #makewolvesgreatagain
  • 3 0
 @Linkpin: sprinkle peanuts or other boar snacks on your anticipated line, and let the boars do the initial dig for you...
  • 2 0
 Truth! Around here, your trail isn't official until a bear shits on it. Like, right in the middle.
  • 1 0
 A fox has been taking a dump on one of my jump faces for about 3 years now!
  • 1 0
 @flowgnar: That's a bloody big poo...
  • 29 0
 We need more videos about the great work trailbuilders do.
  • 3 0
 its definitely about time that they were more in the spotlight.
  • 1 0
 I hole heartedly agree. Nothing gets me more stoked to put shovel to dirt then a good build edit
  • 12 1
 As a full-time builder it is awesome to see the positive response and stoke this has created. I would like to add a grounding reminder that a proliferation of unsanctioned trails is a great way to blow up your local spot. Most secret trails don't stay secret, GPS ensures that. Heat maps offer a lot more information to land owners and anti- bike advocates than a handful of cars at the bottom of a hill did a decade ago. I would encourage everyone who wants to build to reach out to their local MTB group, chances are they have a decade worth of ideas and need volunteers. On the other hand a call from a land manager to discuss a new rogue trail can strain a delicate relationship.
  • 9 0
 I got a 3.5 ton excavator waiting for me right now. For the next 10 days, my easter holiday will be spend digging a new trail. The sun is shining, the weather is finally improving. I got some new ideas to test out, and some interesting terrain to utilize. I cant wait to get started, and I cant wait till its done, so I can hear peoples reaction when they ride it for the first time.
  • 3 0
 Its too tempting for me to put my college fund into an excavator and build sick trails instead
  • 10 0
 Pretty sure Willie Wonka said it best - Trailbuilders are the music makers, the dreamers of dreams.
  • 10 0
 Rogue hoe. Garden rake. Flat shovel. These are my tools, and the landscape is the canvas on which I create my art.
  • 2 0
 and the five gallon bucket!
  • 6 0
 I have been building trails in the woods for 12 years or so now , started with nothshore stuff which eventually rotted or destroyed to learning how use what you've got around you with less damaging impact to the forest , occasionally we get some dicks turning up, making a mess , leaving rubbish & abandoned trails get left..!, but we carry on having fun
  • 7 0
 thank you builders, stating the obvious but we tend to forget without your work - we'd have nothing
  • 1 0
 Yup. We have one of the best trail builders in our area. His work is smooth as butter
  • 5 0
 Personally the most satisfying trail building is when you hardly have to use a shovel because you are using the natural shapes of the terrain so well. Makes the trail ride that much sweeter too when it's raw and natural
  • 8 0
 thank you, every trailbuilder in the world.
  • 5 0
 Thats what I do now ! Im locked, but my house is on the mountain. Im digging all days ! :-)
  • 3 0
 Jelly.
  • 1 0
 Makes me so happy I live near the woods. I've been out there with the shovel and clippers as well. The trails should be in good shape once we're allowed to ride again!
  • 5 0
 I just made my own heavy gauge McLeod. What a trail weapon... love making trail.
  • 5 0
 Owning a mountain bike and building trails goes hand in hand..... So much truth.
  • 2 0
 me and about 20 other kids made a pretty nice jumpline in Fairfax California (deerpark jumps) and today they are getting steam rolled. RIP. i spent over 50+ hours there and so did a good amount of other kids and now they are just getting steam rolled. big oof
  • 2 0
 So sorry to hear about Deerpark. Been years since I’ve been there, been always was impressed with the line. God damn NorCal man, what can u do...
  • 1 0
 *been = but
  • 2 0
 Just spent the past 6 months cranking out a fresh trail and boy is it rewarding to drop in to that fresh loamy goodness for the first time!
  • 2 0
 What's the folding McLeod the French builder has? If anyone can drop a link to it it would be greatly appreciated.
  • 2 0
 It’s made by trailboss. They make very nice packable tools but I wish they made a full sized McLeod head.
  • 2 0
 Thanks for that. It appears that they sell a rogue 70HR head for their tools which would solve your lack of a full sized McLeod head dilemma.
  • 2 0
 They aren't cheap but I'd sure love to have one... all of my local trails are walk/bike access only so getting up there takes some serious effort, and there is basically no way to safely ride with full size tools so I've been doing a lot of hiking!
  • 3 0
 We make them in Bellingham, WA. Hit me up at bill@trailbossusa.com if you're interested. FYI for squidcore, we can put a full width McLeod head on one if you'd like. We have some on the shelf.
  • 2 0
 The rake in the pic for the video, where would I get one?
  • 1 0
 I've been building for 22 years in my area, I love creating something out of nothing and other riders enjoying your work
  • 1 0
 This is what we need!

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