Balance Beam Designs & Layouts:
Balance beams are similar to ladder
bridges, but serve a different purpose by providing the rider with the
challenge of balance and elevation. The width of a typically balance
beam can range from 2 ~ 6 inches; (skinny) to 8 ~ 12 inches depending upon
the desired challenge.
Balance beams can be constructed to
achieve an endless array of technical challenges. Structure distance,
incorporating turns and changing elevation all provide adjustable attributes
ultimately leading to the rider developing his or hers technical skills.
In short, when building a balance beam structure, you should start small and
increase the challenge in phases.
Here are a few things to thinks about
when building your balance beam:
Build you first balance beam about 6-12 inches off the ground with your exit
side slightly lower then your entrance side. This will allow you to
effectively roll down the beam rather having the need to pedal across the
Once you have master rolling across
your structure, try roll half way across and stop your bike; balancing
yourself in one place for at least 5 seconds and then continue.
Now elevate the exit side of the beam at least 6 - 12 inches higher then
your entrance side. You now will need to pedal up the balance beam
increasing the challenge due to your changing body position.
Once you mastered the above examples, you can increase length, change
elevation and incorporate turns. The design is up to you, just have
fun doing it!
Example Designs and Layouts:
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purposes only and do not constitute a standard, specification or regulation.
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Simple balance beam design using 4"x6" PT Lumber. Estimated Structure Cost: $45 ~ $65