While building several garage mini ramps throughout my "adult" years, I have learned some important lessons. The biggest one is nothing is permanent, including your residence. If you happened to find this post while searching ramp plans, I want you to consider taking the additional time to build your next ramp in a way that allows it to be broken down into sections. This just takes a little planning and very little additional lumber. Personally, I prefer using carriage bolts and a rail system to join the modular units.
I am a big fan of indoor ramps for one reason, there is a roof overhead. Living in Montana, this has gotten me through many of a winter doldrums. Garage ramps are also great for a range of skill levels because they are typically restricted by ceiling height.
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The ramp I currently own was moved out here via van lines from Ohio. If you or your kids love skating, this pricey investment could be with them for years to come. In the case that they out grow it, then it could be sold or donated to a youth facility. This ramp has also been setup at four different locations to date. The larger pieces are manageable in a standard pickup truck box, and I have even assembled it a couple times by myself.
Currently the ramp resides in the back of my garage, while still allowing us room to park our cars in the front. The left side deck is the same height as my work bench and acts as an extension for long materials. The right side is deep enough to store a wheelbarrow and push mower during the winter. I can say at this point that it has not been a burden, it has forced me to be highly organized with the rest of the garage. I often tell curious neighbors, "I am not a golfer and it is great exercise." I do prefer skating on concrete, but once again it is an issue of permanence.
I have no idea how old this post is but I thought I'd comment anyway. I'm building a ramp in my garage that has 9ft ceilings. Do you think a 3ft high ram would be too tall?
How high is the ramp in your picture?
I have always set up a makeshift platform at the desired height of a new ramp before I start building anything. This gives you sight lines and the best idea of how comfortable the head height will actually be.
The ramp above was 3' tall and the garage ceilings were closer to 10' in height. I think you could make your ramp as you described, but keep in mind your ceiling will always be in play. That is the trade-off, if you built at 2'6" you would probably never think about the ceiling while riding.
A typical tranny skater rides in a flex-knee, squat stance which makes the compressed ceiling height possible. But keep in mind, sometimes your arms and hands are above your head for balance. I have punched rafters many times before, and that can end a session too. Best of luck with the build, more ramps for everyone!
Yeah, thanks. Once the garage floor is poured I'll build a platform to see. I'm 5'11 and my kids are much smaller...for now. Thanks for your input. Your ramp looks great!
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