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Kids Bike Ramps, Manual Machines, & Other Ways To Make Your Backyard Rad

Balance Bike On A Ramp

BMX parks and bike skills parks are awesome, but we don’t always have time to get to them. By adding some bike ramps to your driveway, a manual machine to your patio, or a full-fledged pump track to your backyard, there are lots of ways to sneak in a little bike skills practice.

In this post, we’ve compiled lots of ideas to make your at-home “bike park” rad. Some of these are cheap and easy, some are major commitments. Likewise, we’ve tried to include a mix of commercial options, as well as DIY projects.

Soak up some inspiration, grab your kids, and go get started!


Commercial Ramps

Don’t have time time or inclination to build ramps? These ready-made options are professionally designed and sure to please.

Sender Ramps

Sender Ramps

Sender Ramps have all kinds of rad ramps–straight and curved and rolling, tiny and huge. Whatever you’re looking for, they have it. And it’s probably WAY nicer than anything you could have built yourself.

Learn More: https://sender-ramps.com/

OC Ramps

oc quarter pipe ramp
Photo credit: OC Ramps

These are well-made wooden BMX ramps that the whole family will have fun with. Their quarter-pipe ramps feature wheels on the back – making the ramp easy to push around the street, garage, or side yard.

Learn More: https://www.ocramps.com/bmx-ramps/

Ten Eighty Launch Ramp

This is cheap, fun, beginner ramp. Kids of all ages will enjoy this ramp. It’s easy to pull out and put away, and works just as well with skateboards and scooters as it does with bikes.

Learn More: https://amzn.to/3aqMfT4

Freshpark Bike Ramps

freshpark bmx jump

We like the Freshpark bike ramps because unlike their wooden counterparts, these powder-coated steel ramps are weatherproof. They also fold up so you can store them away for the winter more easily.

The pieces are designed to mix and match so you can even create a full pump track with the rollers.

Learn More: https://www.freshpark.com/products/bike-ramps.html

Landwave Ramps

The Landwave ramps are generally marketed for skateboarding, but work well for bikes too. You can connect them in multiple ways, and they do a good job of staying connected. Best of all they are relatively affordable.

Learn More: https://amzn.to/3cR3fUo


Commercial Manual Machines

Manual machines are a great way for kids to learn to manual, as well as burn off some energy. They are relatively easy to build, but if you want a more polished version, you can buy one ready-made.

Sender Pro Core Manual Machine

The Sender manual machine is the creme-de-le-creme of manual machines. Set it up in the backyard for some skills practice, or even in the living room.

Learn More: https://sender-ramps.com/

Byclex Manual Trainer

Byclex Manual Trainer

Will work with wheels as small as 20 inches, and can double as a bike stand.

Learn More: https://www.etsy.com/listing/735342910/byclex-manual-trainer


Other Cool Stuff

DD Airbags

bike airbag

Want to be the coolest parents on the block? Put a DD airbag in your backyard. These landing pads are designed to help you kids your kids in their gravity progression.

Learn More: https://www.ddairbags.com/


Build A DIY Bike Ramp

There are TONS of tutorials out there on how to build a bike ramp. If you have some wood, saw, screws, and a little time on your hands, there’s really no limit to what you can create.

Here are some of our favorite tutorials:


Other DIY Options

Your only limit is your imagination. Here are some great DIY at-home bike park ideas crowd-sources from the Rascal Rides community.

Build A Backyard Pump Track

If you’ve got the space (and your spouse will let you), build a pump track. Pump tracks are one of the best ways for develop skills, and having one in the backyard will let them get their 10,000 hours in.

Build A Teeter Totter

Depending on the age and skill of your child, a teeter totter can be as skinny or as wide as you would like.

Set Up An Obstacle Course With Cones

Cones can provides hours of fun. Set them up so your child can zig-zag in between them, or let them indicate the boundaries of a race course. For kids just learning to brake, you can also set them as stopping points–have them get as close to the cone as possible without running it over.

Build A Manual Trainer

Manual trainers are relatively easy to build, and let even young kids get the feel for manualing.

Here are a few good tutorials:

Create Some Skinnies

Use some 2x4s, logs, or whatever else you have laying around to practice riding skinnies, and riding up and over obstacles.

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