The 10-Minute Guide To BMX For Beginners

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The Essential BMX Equipment List

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To perform these tricks you will need to have a decent amount of upper body strength and flexibility in general. The whole point of BMX is to do tricks, so here’s how you do them!

Doing a Tricks

The first thing you need to know when you’re learning is that learning how to do tricks, especially for beginners, can be a frustrating. A lot of it is trial and error because inevitably you’re going to fall…which you’ve already done by reading this!

Don’t take it to heart though, while it’s never going to be easy, there’s a lot you can do to keep yourself safe as you learn.

The most important thing of all is to approach it with confidence. Don’t be shy or push yourself for feedback from other bikers as this will only make you feel uncomfortable and hold you back.

Also remember to take your time. BMX isn’t like any other sport as you’re typically going to spend longer building up to the jump or trick than actually landing it. Especially for beginners.

Protective Gear

Being a BMX rider is as much an attitude or a lifestyle as it is a sport. Every rider has their own individual uniform that they wear every day and is characterized by the amount of protective gear they wear….and the quirkiness of their attire.

Knock on any BMX shop door and you will see a sea of colorfully dressed riders sorting through jump ramps, flipping, finessing, and panache-ing through the air. But do you know what it takes to get your hands on that first set of shiny new bike helmets and pads? And how to go about learning BMX completely on your own?

Here’s the basics on the types of gear you will need, how to pick the right set, and instructions on how to proceed with your learning curve, especially if you’re new to it.

Learning to BMX without any help is a skill of its own, but it’s not as difficult as it seems. It’s a great way to keep yourself in shape, it’s fun, and it’s a confidence boost!

Clothing

To minimize the amount of injuries involved in BMX, the outfit should be comfy and functional enough for doing tricks and stunts.

The clothing should consist of knee, elbow and wrist protection in addition to footwear and gloves. Knee pads provide protection against scrapes, rubber elbow pads against bruises, and gloves not only protect your hands from scrapes and bruises but also keep them from freezing or burning up in extreme weather.

The actual outfit depends on the type of training. If you are into park, run or bike in the dirt, make sure you wear pants that cover all the dangerous areas.

For example, pants that are nice and loose so they don’t get caught in the chain and give you a nasty gash. Also, pants that are made of something that is easy to clean on your bike. Things like white pants can be really dirty and really hard to get clean!

For those on a tighter budget or who don’t feel like spending money on Harley Davidson clothing, there are many great alternatives. Brands like Bell and Ben and also Sidi and Teknic. They’re not the easiest to find, but they’re worth the look online or ask around a bike shop for them. They’re also much cheaper than the Harley Davidson gear, which they should be.