For Joe Dykstra, trail building began at an early age when he was enlisted to help his dad cut and maintain hiking trails across his family’s property. Shortly thereafter, Joe became interested in mountain biking when he and his friends discovered how much fun it was to ride their BMX bikes down deer paths. Eventually, Joe swapped out his Haro for a Cannondale and began transforming the family forest into a mountain bike trail system.
Joe attended college and later seminary, then worked building full-scribe log homes for a company in Wisconsin. Other noteworthy jobs include pouring concrete and working at a cross country ski resort. Working each of these places familiarized him with using heavy equipment to shape dirt and snow with a well-rounded knowledge of construction.
After a moment of clarity, he moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with the intention of building his own log home. Ultimately, it was the fulfillment of this dream that brought him into contact with Rock Solid back in 2018. Since joining the team in April 2018, Joe labored as a handworker and became an assistant foreman on a variety of projects. For the past year he’s been honing his building skills working as a foreman in Fayetteville, AR and Beaver Bay, MN.
While Joe’s always appreciated smooth flow trail and getting his tires off the ground his favorite trails are chunky and fast. Think ripping Colorado single track, weaving in and out of trees.