Guide to building a skatepark

Coping

The coping is the circular metal pipe that runs across the lip (the top edge) of transitioned ramps, and on the edge of a grind box. It is always found at the edge of halfpipes, quarterpipes and spine ramps; rarely on volcano ramps, and never on jumpboxes or kicker ramps.
On grind boxes, a rectangular pipe may be used instead of circular pipe. The edge of the grind box is cut so that the pipe sits almost flush with the top and side surfaces.

Expert ramp builders such as Rampchild and Fearless Ramps always use the correct type of coping, but there are some ramp builders who use the wrong type.


this is the correct type of coping, but as you can see, it sticks up too far above the top surface of this ramp, but does not stick out into the riding surface at all.

Coping is used for sliding or balancing tricks. It’s important that:

– it’s made from very tough, thick steel (schedule 40 non-galvanised steel pipe) so that it doesn’t become dented easily.

– it sticks out of the riding surface slightly and up above the top deck slightly, but not too much. About 3/8″ is fine each way, preferably no more than this and no less than 1/4″.

– it is the correct size. We have seen ramps with no coping when there should be a coping, and we’ve seen ramps with coping too small, some too large.

– people do not wax it. Waxing a coping will reduce friction, allowing people to slide faster and more smoothly on it, but this also causes it to be hazardously slippery for bike tyres.

– A rounded rubber or plastic plug is installed in each end for safety. It’s unlikely that an open-ended coping would cause injury, but a plug eliminates any risk of this.

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