Crew Configuration

Crews typically consist of 3 to 5 individuals: a foreman, occasionally a second operator, and two to four handworkers. All Rock Solid foreman have demonstrated trail building excellence through a tangible review process overseen by Aaron Rogers. 

They are responsible for bringing the vision of the trail to reality and act as jobsite supervisor. They operate the largest excavator to break trails and in rough features. Second operators follow the foreman to narrow the tread width and complete heavy finishing work on features. 

Handworkers bring the energy and their own personal touches to the trails by completing the finishing and rock work. Most importantly, handworkers remove fine debris from the tread and compact the trail and give it an overall polished look. This involves the use of a wide range of basic and specialty handtools and powertools. 

Workflow

Work typically occurs between 7 am and 6pm, Monday through Friday. Work may occur on weekends if weather delays occur during the week. Ideally, work progresses in the optimal or intended riding direction for the trail. 

Crews meet each morning for a brief tailgate meeting to walk the flag line and plan goals for the day. Challenges and unmet goals from the previous day are also discussed.

Dirt.

Our trails fit seamlessly into the landscape. We use earth to carve flow trail features like berms, rollers and jumps. We carve bench trails into hillsides or raise the tread to avoid sticky spots.

Rock.

Earth is supported by rock. We break and chisel rock to armor trails, provide technical difficulty and beauty. Rock work supports berms, jumps, exposed trail segments and serves as bridge abutments.

Wood.

Trails often leave the earth, to cross water, other trails or take a leap through the air. We use wood to craft fine bridges, flyovers and other exciting features. Specializing in cedar, flexible where needed.

Steel.

Steel gives a signature look to any trail segment. We weld bridges, ramps and other trail gaps into sculptures of art. Exposure can require safety and metal railings bring peace of mind.

Bridges

Rock Solid frequently constructs bridges and flyovers, usually over water crossings and other bike trails. These bridges vary in size, complexity, and construction type; from straight cedar log bridges to steel bridges with multiple complex curves. 

Rock Solid can install pre-engineered or fabricated bridges, although custom work is typically requested. In-house CAD drawing services can be coordinated by Rock Solid with an engineer as needed. Our fabrication crew has extensive capabilities and experience fabricating structures in the field and the shop.

Hubs

The Rock Solid team will work directly with you to find a hub set-up that meets your project’s specific needs. We’ve build everything from a simple intersection with proper signage to more advanced designs, complete with elevated platforms. Some of our more noteworthy examples include the Lake Leatherwood Start Hub, Millsap Start Mound, and the Choo Choo Hub. 

Elevated hubs were brought into the cycling world to give trail projects a sense of place – frequently becoming the iconic centerpiece of a trail system and something recognized by cyclists worldwide. Our hub systems serve as few as two trails to as many as 5. 

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