Being able to build and customize something is one of the best things in life. It doesn’t matter if it’s for your car, bicycle, skateboard, or scooter; what is important is that you are getting what you’ve always wanted.
Building a scooter ramp, however, is one of the easiest things to do as it is fun and can expand your creativity. You can try out new techniques and skills you’ve learned with your skateboard, scooter, or bike on your own terms.
What are the Various Types of Scooter Ramps?
Table of Contents
- What are the Various Types of Scooter Ramps?
- Kicker Ramp
- Wave Ramp
- Pyramid Ramp
- Quarter Pipe Ramp
- Half Pipe Ramps
- Box Jumps
- Vert Ramp
- How Do You Make a Homemade Scooter Ramp?
- Cut the Boards
- Frame the Bottom and Top
- Attach the Plywood and Masonite
- Attach the Steel
- What is the best wood to make a scooter ramp?
- Plywood Vs. MDF
- How To Build Scooter Ramps for Your Kids?
- Final Thoughts
Before going into details on how to build scooter ramps, let’s take a look at the different types available.
Launch Ramp, also called Kicker Ramp is the easiest type of ramp for scooterists, skaters, and bikers. It is quite simple in construction, making it easy to build.
A kicker ramp is commonly identified with its inclined plane, ensuring it is suitable and strong for flip tricks.
A wave ramp is not so hard to identify. It is constructed in such a way that it looks like a wave. It has a peak and a fall with several curved surfaces connecting together.
This ramp is quite the choice for scooterists and skaters who want to learn how to control speed.
Looking so much like an actual pyramid, only with the head chopped off, the Pyramid Ramp is a choice for professionals.
It is also called the “double chops jump.”
The ramp is perfect for performing flip and flatland tricks.
Quarter Pipe Ramp
Another popular ramp, apart from the Kicker ramp, is the Quarter Pipe Ramp.
It is measured accurately as a quarter of a circle’s circumference (1/4).
This ramp is best recommended for intermediate to professional skating and scootering.
The Quarter Pipe Ramp leaves you with more opportunities to do air tricks and quick grabs.
Performing a quick grab means you must have practiced consistently with a Spines ramp.
This ramp type is unique, as it features two quarter pipe ramps, placed beside each other (back to back).
Spines also allow for quick transition mid-air. It does this without losing air momentum; hence, it is safe.
Half Pipe Ramps
The Half Pipe Ramp isn’t so different from the Spines because it also features two-quarter pipes placed together for improving launch, speed, and air control.
While you combine two quarter pipe ramps to make a half-pipe or spines ramp; you can also combine two launch ramps together.
The combination of two kicker ramps is the formation of the box jumps ramp.
It is a complete beginner-friendly ramp since tricks can be performed on two major surfaces – flat and sloped.
The Vert Ramp is a further modification of the Quarter Pipes Ramp. The addition to this ramp type is a surface to the vertical end.
This surface allows a skater or scooterist to land back to the launch spot.
How Do You Make a Homemade Scooter Ramp?
Now that you know the various types of scooters there are, you should see and learn how to make a scooter ramp for yourself.
What are the Tools You’ll Need for a Kicker Ramp?
When building Kicker Ramp, for example, you need a couple of tools and also put in some effort. Here are the things that you’ll need.
- 2×4 (8 ins. long) Boards
- Wood – 3/4 ins. thick Plywood
- 3/4 ins. Masonite Sheets
- Measuring Tape
- Circular Saw
- Drill w/Phillips bit
Follow the instructions below to build a DIY scooter ramp.
Cut the Boards
With your tools and materials ready, you should proceed with cutting the boards into different sizes.
If you want a big ramp, then you need to cut the boards into larger sizes; if otherwise, you should cut into smaller sizes.
Cut another piece of plywood into long triangles – depending on the size of your boards.
Frame the Bottom and Top
The next step is to frame the bottom using two 2×4 boards. Ensure these boards are connected with the plywood triangles on each side.
Also, you should frame the top with thin, long sets of boards – so that it forms steps. You should start from the bottom edge and end at the top.
Attach the Plywood and Masonite
Now that you have the bottom and top frame, you need to close up and make it look like the regular skate ramp.
Place another piece of plywood over the constructed boards, so that it forms an extension at the bottom edge.
For more stability, you need to attach masonite over the plywood. This masonite doesn’t have to go all over to the bottom edge.
Attach the Steel
Finally, at the exposed bottom edge, you need to attach steel. However, you need to be careful here.
Once the steel is in place, you can begin to use the scooter ramp.
What is the best wood to make a scooter ramp?
Your choice of wood determines how incredible your scooter ramp will be.
If you use just any wood, you may not be able to use the ramp for long.
However, if you consider Plywood, you’d enjoy the experience.
Plywood is a really great type of wood used for making ramps for scooters and skateboards.
Interestingly, you don’t need a lot of wood to get the whole thing constructed.
Plywood Vs. MDF
Sometimes, you wonder why you can’t use just any type of wood to build a skate ramp. The reason is: various wood types have different thicknesses.
For skating or scootering ramps, you need something strong and flexible. In that case, Plywood fits your needs.
MDF, on the other hand, is another strong choice but it has problems with chipping or cutting. Therefore, you may find it difficult to cut into appropriate sizes for your ramp.
Nevertheless, Plywood and MDF are two great types of wood – only suitable for different purposes.
How To Build Scooter Ramps for Your Kids?
If you are planning to make a kicker ramp for your kids, you can follow the procedures listed above.
All you need are two 4×8 thick plywood sheets, one 4×8 masonite sheet, five 2×4 boards, screws, and a thick piece of steel, amongst other minor things.
By gaining this little knowledge on how to build scooter ramps, you won’t have to spend money hiring the services of someone to construct one for you.
It is pretty simple. The only thing you have to do is to get the right materials and explore your creativity. You can also check YouTube for DIY videos on making skate ramps.