As it stands, we have a great starting point
for downhill trails on Berm Peak. We have a route to the summit, an official
trailhead, and a big roll-in called the Flight Deck. We even have a map of the property, and a
rough layout of what our future trail system could look like. Today, we continue our work on Woodpecker,
the first of our downhill trails. I’m trying to make the most of the land
up here in Stumpthorne, and that means I can’t just choose the path of least resistance. There are quite a few dead trees in the way,
and although they work great for lining the trail, I need to move them all myself. A lot of you have asked why I don’t buy
or rent a machine, like a mini excavator or skid steer. It would make building go a lot quicker, and
allow us to build bike park features like jumps. But I want to become proficient at hand cutting
before we get into any of that. Hand cut trails have great character. They can be built surgically, keeping the
underlying root systems intact. This keeps them narrow, loamy, and beautiful. Not that there’s anything wrong with machine
cut trails…no. Machine cut trails can be awesome, but hand
cut singletrack is quickly becoming an endangered species. I want to give it a chance to flourish here
on Berm Peak, and that means this is going to take time, and sweat. But out here in Stumpthorne, there’s not
much to do besides route the trail, clear corridor, and rake. We won’t need to cut bench or anything like
that until we get to the steeper parts of the property. And that means, we can finish this trail rather
quickly. Woodpecker can now be ridden as a loop, climbing
back to the trailhead by middle and upper Berm Peak Express. The climb only takes a minute or so, and the
trail itself lasts just under 30 seconds. Given the remaining elevation we have, that
means a 1 to 2 minute downhill run is absolutely in our future. Better yet, we’ve completed this loop just
in time for some special visitors. Phil and Hailey are in town, and this is the
first time they’re seeing any of this stuff. Phil is a connoisseur of sketchy features. Last year he visited me at Berm Creek after
I broke my collar bone, and dug some pretty insane stuff in the snow. I guess we’ll just pick up where we left
off. We started thinking of a feature we could
build in one day, and strongly considered an A frame like this one. Instead, we opted for a slightly modified
A frame with a turn at the top. Go straight, and nosedive off the end. This would be less of an A frame, and more
of a Maim Frame. With a little planning and some preparation,
we’d be ready to jump into this project full force the following morning. And that, would require some digging. Aside from some post holes we haven’t dug
much on Berm Peak. One thing I’ve noticed is the total lack
of rocks. This has destroyed my dreams of uncovering
amazing rock rolls, but you never know what’s lurking on the other side of the property. Still, this clay packs really well and will
make for great dirt features down the line. This clay is also great for securing posts. We’re not using concrete mix out on the
trail, so dirt needs to be tamped down really aggressively after each shovel full. If any settling occurs and the feature ends
up being slightly off level, life will go on. And indeed these kinds of projects involve
a lot more guess work than even I’m used to. To make this stuff fit the terrain and get
all the angles right, a tape measure and level can’t do all the leg work. We won’t really know how this thing rides
until it’s done. Some of you may notice that we’re also using
different lumber. Most of the stuff I’ve built outside has
been made of treated pine, which is soaked in this slimy preservative. That helps the wood resist decay, but it also
makes it risky to handle without gloves, and dangerously slippery when wet. So I’ve been experimenting with rot resistant
hardwoods from my local sawmill. These locust planks are from the low grade
pile, so they’re the planks with all the knots, bows, and twists that people don’t
want for building decks. The roughness and inconsistency makes them
cheaper than the appearance grade stuff, and grippier on bike tires. This stuff is hard to work with. It pushes my Ryobi saw to its limits and dulls
drill bits, but it’s very strong and as I said, makes for great traction. Given the safety and environmental benefits,
it’s worth using out here. Between the holes, moving supplies around,
and actually putting this all together. Constructing the maim frame took the better
part of a day. But with a little bit of light to spare, we
were ready to actually ride the Maim Frame. In the future I’ll alter the trail to improve
the approach, but as is, the Maim Frame is really challenging just to get over. Of course, that didn’t stop Phil from tryin
to air it—and attempting to ride it from the other side. In typical Phil fashion, he cleaned it after
a few tries, but for me this would be a slightly bigger challenge. When we last left off with Kevin, he was sending
these huge jumps at Windrock on a cheap used downhill bike. But the Maim Frame is unlike anything he’s
ever ridden before. We can improve the approach to the maim frame
with fairly little work, but in the future I’m going to spend more time focusing on
the approach to features like this. I couldn’t have pulled this off in one day
without Phil, Hailey, and Kevin’s help, so definitely check out their very different
YouTube channels below. As excited as I am about the Maim Frame, I’m
even more excited about having an actual loop on Berm Peak. With each home improvement project, we’ll
add to Woodpecker until it lives up to its name, and then move on to building more trail. Until we break ground again, thanks for riding
with me today and I’ll see you next time.

Building the Backyard “Maim Frame”
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100 thoughts on “Building the Backyard “Maim Frame”

  • October 14, 2019 at 11:41 am
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    When your own feature tries to kill you 😆
    Building a wall in there would be a better idea imo
    Plus you wouldn't lose as much speed 🙃

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  • October 14, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    I need a bicycle my got stolen I wish I had a bicycle like Seth’s

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  • October 14, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    great video

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  • October 14, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    Why not keep the trees and use them as a feature

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  • October 14, 2019 at 12:39 pm
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    We're do you get your stickers for your trail signs like the blue sign and the mtb only sticker (want to make my own single track in my yard because of you)

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  • October 14, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    hey seth can you give away the trials bike its been like 3-4 years now

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  • October 14, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    When will you make a BMX video???

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  • October 14, 2019 at 1:42 pm
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    What if your just Gonna invite viewers to build with u

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  • October 14, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    Dude Seth add some dirt jumps

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  • October 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    Can you do a bike review on the Polygon Siskiu d5

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  • October 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    Love watching this series! One day i dream of owning enough property for a dirtbike/mtb personal setup like you. Just those California prices don't help lol.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    should check into timber lok screws. they are equivalent to lag bolts but much quicker and easier to install. in screw aisle at HD. also waddup lefty!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    "Dirt needs to be tamped down really aggressively" Phil jumping all smiling and happy

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  • October 14, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    It looks like shit lol no offense

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  • October 14, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    Your ideas jut keep getting better and better

    Keep up the good content 👍

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  • October 14, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    Seth is an Artist! Awesome!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    no dig no ride

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  • October 14, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    I love your perspective on hand-cut trails!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    Hey seth i have a idea for ur park at the end make like a north shore feture or a big jump anyways love u seth

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  • October 14, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    So good man, keep up the great work. Sitting in an airport, waiting for my flight, and now I’m dying even more to get home and ride.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Phill should have a channel and name it skills with phill

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  • October 14, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    Hey Seth, just wanted to say that today I built my first backyard trail. I'm so happy and did! Thank you doing this trail building series, as well as being so motivational in all of your videos!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Looks awesome but general tip/comment: you might want to leave a little more space between the slats. Cheaper & it will also let water / dirt / etc fall through easier.

    Also, it'd help a lot if you added a little transition at the bottom of the ramps

    great stuff tho!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    4:33
    kill count 1

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  • October 14, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    all your powertools are Ryobi?

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  • October 15, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    That is probably the best hair-mustache combination I've ever seen.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    Jealous of you guys that can bail with ease off your bikes haha!

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  • October 15, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    Hey I have a question about my mountain bike. I know all about tightening the headset by using the top cap before tightening with the pinch bolts, and I have done that. I’ve took my old stem off and put it back on before without problem. I got a new stem and took it to my local rei to have it “ tightened to spec “ which they said should be no more then 4nm. Well it moved on me while riding causing me to wreck. They said there is nothing they can do to it and I took it hone and I tightened it some more and now it don’t move unless you use a lot of force pulling and pushing side to side with the wheel in between you’re leg, my girlfriends bike does the same thing. There’s no way they both have the exact same thing wrong with them, should they have some give to them and move side to side with enough force or is this something to worry about?

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  • October 15, 2019 at 3:45 am
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    Hey Seth, im looking to buy a new bike. I am twelve years old and looking for a new bike, I found a bike that I like called the specialized stumpjumper evo but they are very hard to find used so do you have any recommendations or things to say bout that bike?

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  • October 15, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    The dirt not having rocks is a good thing because now it’s easier to dig

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  • October 15, 2019 at 4:48 am
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    Pleas give me a bike i have 2bikes one is broken.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    I have a shimano SL-M2000 shifter and it broke recently. Is a shimano SL-M310 compatible for it as a replacement?(And yes, the left shifter is the one that went Kaboom and Is the one that I am going to replace.)

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  • October 15, 2019 at 5:24 am
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    the entrance to that is ridiculous, what were you thinking lol

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  • October 15, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    I'm I the only one who's broke and lives in country where nobody has heard MTB trails

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  • October 15, 2019 at 6:42 am
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    You HAVE to make a jump track!

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  • October 15, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    Needs a fes phat berms in the approach

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  • October 15, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    Seth do a video about a Carrera

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  • October 15, 2019 at 9:58 am
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    put oobleck in your tyres

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  • October 15, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    Thanks for building. Everyone wants to ride, few build

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  • October 15, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    you should use the dead trees for features!

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  • October 15, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    Get a high end backpack blower, makes the rake almost pointless.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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    Good job ,super little trail !

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  • October 15, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    Seth looks like my barber but less hair XD

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  • October 15, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    You should build jumps by hand

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  • October 15, 2019 at 11:40 pm
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    I don't ride bikes I don't leave my house but I still always watch your videos because honestly I like your personality and I find things I don't do interesting even if I don't do it if that makes sense

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  • October 15, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    I love your videos and these vids made me get interested in driving trails and making one in a forest near my home

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  • October 16, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    When are you doing next video for been peak

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  • October 16, 2019 at 1:17 am
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    When are you going to make a follow up video on you making a mtb product

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  • October 16, 2019 at 1:30 am
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    Seth, can you bring back the Bike Park Review series?

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  • October 16, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    You should go to two rivers bike park in NIXA,mo

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  • October 16, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    You could build a foot down arena

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  • October 16, 2019 at 4:27 am
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    Interesting to see how you got the angles right on the top deck of the "Maim Frame" — looked like a good method.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 8:03 am
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    Phil always makes everything look easy

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  • October 16, 2019 at 10:44 am
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    Ride the murdermachine

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  • October 16, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    a hack I used to put my grips on is put vasiline on the inside of your grips and the section of handle bar that your putting your grips on. just a hack to try. p.s. i'm 12

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  • October 16, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Do you know what kind of knee/shin pads are the best right now for a decent price?

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  • October 16, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    Why dont you build jumps over the fallen trees? Or a see saw type thing maybe

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  • October 16, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    10:50 so fcking clean

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  • October 16, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    Hey Seth, I was watching your Pacific NW trip again and I have some insane DH up by Cle- Elum Washington. if you would be willing to you should do another pac nw trip and me and a group of 5 riders can shuttle up and show you the best dh trail in Washington.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    curious on how you made the map?

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  • October 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm
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    I am so thankful you are doing this series right now. I just bought a house with some acreage in Burke Vermont right dead center of the Kingdom Trails system. I'll be carving single track all throughout my 13 acres for my kids and I to ride. Lots of hard work and it is nice to see you doing the same with your new property.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    I was just wondering, where do u keep all of ur bikes now tgat u dont have a bike dungeon

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  • October 16, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    Do a bike hack video

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  • October 16, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    You should go to black rock mtb park in oregon

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  • October 16, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    SBH what state do you live in I’m going to Florida and your my favorite YouTubed if you live in Florida could I meet you?

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  • October 17, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Get proper tools Seth! None of those transformers alien rifle looking things

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  • October 17, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    2:03 Resourceful

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  • October 17, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    Do you measure mountain bike size by wheels or frame?

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  • October 17, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    Hey seth i loooove your vids

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  • October 17, 2019 at 3:04 am
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    Awesome to see the trail evolve! Great work as always!

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  • October 17, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    its a main frame not a maim frame like if u see it now

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  • October 17, 2019 at 4:19 am
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    Bruh I've never touched a mountaim bike but I love these vids

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  • October 17, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    The original main frame computers are obsolete now, surpassed by modern PCs.
    So the Maim Frame will be obsoleted by the Laptop Leap?

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  • October 17, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    build some jumps

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  • October 17, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    Im Not Efficient
    Im Not Clever

    But When I See Seth's Video
    I Click Fast..

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  • October 17, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    You should do some bmx stuff! It's been so long haha

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  • October 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    I clapped for Kevin…Haha

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  • October 17, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    I wish you were my dad 🙁

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  • October 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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    Lobe this project pls make more vids

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  • October 17, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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    why didnt Phineas and Ferb do this??

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  • October 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    For all of you handy bike people, I have a question. When I’m peddling there is a creaking noise in my bottom bracket, I brought it to the shop and said something and of course they were not help and it’s still going on, anyone have any suggestions?

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  • October 18, 2019 at 12:25 am
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    Hi seth I am looking for a new mtb could you do a budget kids mtb video

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  • October 18, 2019 at 12:38 am
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    Your so close to 2 mil!!!!!!

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  • October 18, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    Phils laugh when shit gets sketchy makes me smile every time.

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  • October 18, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    Did you know ryobi means scrap mettle in Japanese (it means it low quality)

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  • October 18, 2019 at 2:39 am
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    "Just watched your collab with parktool" You should really come to Michigan we may not have a lot of elevation but we have some jumps and a lot I mean a lot of pumptracks and or tracks and we have some very tecky trails

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  • October 18, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    Just to let you know chainsaw chaps are useless with electric chainsaws electric chainsaws do not stall I don't want to be Captain safety I'm just worried about you losing your leg

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  • October 18, 2019 at 3:40 am
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    MTB life hacks please

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  • October 18, 2019 at 4:13 am
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    🤘

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  • October 18, 2019 at 5:03 am
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    I’ve been looking for a good bike for around 200 dollars. I’ve been using a bike I bought from Walmart around 6 years ago and I don’t know what to get. Does anyone know about any good bikes?

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  • October 18, 2019 at 5:55 am
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    Hey Seth, I've watched your videos and used some of the hacks. I have found a trail here in Kernville, Ca. It's called Cannell Trail. Its 25.5 miles long with a feature called The Plunge, at over 5000 ft. I think you would have a blast on this black diamond trail.

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  • October 18, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    Do you use strava (the fitness program)

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  • October 18, 2019 at 7:19 am
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    When does the next video come up

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  • October 18, 2019 at 7:19 am
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    ?

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  • October 18, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    Ok, we can now change the channel name to "Seth's Trail Hacks"

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  • October 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    Seth's local hardware outlet
    must love seeing him walk into their shop,they must have $$$ signs in their eyes & be hearing caching!! Cash register sounds too ☺☺

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  • October 18, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    I know nothing about bike trailing but that thing looks too narrow, you should compensate a thicker deck for the angle.

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  • October 18, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    Great Project !

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  • October 19, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    I’m making my own trail any tips

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  • October 19, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    Cut the trees behind it so you can jump it or ride the corner

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