Safety In BMX

Safety In BMX

Spills are always possible and can happen during a race or even whilst practicing. Although injuries can happen to any rider, by observing all safety requirements these injuries can be kept to a minimum.
Safety gear is a requirement for any rider at all club and open day events. Gates and practice sessions, coaching clinics and club meetings as well as all sanctioned open meetings require the rider to observe the safety requirements that are set out in their ABMXA rule book.
All State accredited Coaches must have a current first aid certificate Clubs will have accredited first aid people in attendance at Club meetings, Coaching Sessions and Open Days. 

The following is a list of recommended safety gear. Basically all skin should be covered, so this means long pants, socks that cover the ankles, long sleeves, gloves and a full faced helmet. (Tear resistant shorts worn with ridged knee and shin guards are permitted in place of long pants)

  • Racing Pants – Light weight Moto -X racing pants are usually made from nylon or sail cloth materials as these are more difficult to tear. Padding is inserted into the knee and hip areas. Tracksuit pants or jeans are also suitable but do not afford the same protection.
  • Gloves - Most riders use Moto-X gloves as these provide the best protection. They must cover the entire hand.
  • Shoes - Any flat soled tennis-style shoe or runner will provide the necessary adhesion to the pedals. Some riders will have clipless shoes and pedals but these are not recommended for beginners.
  • Socks - As a minimum requirement, rider must wear socks that cover the ankles.
  • Helmet - A BMX helmet is very similar in design to a Moto-X helmet, but is constructed of light-weight materials. Full face helmets of a one-piece construction. 
  • Racing jersey - A racing jersey is essentially a long sleeved shirt, some have padding sown into the elbows.

 Race Worthy Bike A race worthy bike is a necessity and is a bike where:

  • The frame and forks are not cracked, broken or distorted, are the correct size and in good condition.
  • Wheels are no larger than the maximum diameter of 53.3mm
  • Tyres are properly inflated and have no splits or separations
  • Chain and bearings are oiled/greased and effectively tensioned
  • The axle does not extend more than 6mm beyond the axle nut
  • There is ample padding to cover stem, handlebars and the frame (optional)
  • Brakes operate effectively and lock the back wheel
  • Pedals have effective grip
  • Handlebars are no wider that the maximum allowable width of 735mm

Thinking of getting into BMX and not sure of how much to spend on getting kitted out? This is an approximate guide of what you might expect to pay at your local bike shop for a new kit:

  • Complete, race ready bike $500.00
    Race Pants $120.00
    Jersey $ 45.00
    Gloves $ 25.00
    BMX Full Face Helmet $150.00
    Total $840.00

Most clubs will have second hand bikes for sale ranging from $150.00. You can wear jeans or track suit pants and a long sleeved top until you can afford a jersey and race pants set. Some clubs will have Club jerseys for sale. Any type of gloves that cover the hand and all fingers are okay.

The helmet is a very important purchase; it is there to protect your most valuable asset, your head! It should fit properly so there is little or no movement when shaking head. Don’t want it to slip forward over your eyes while you are riding! It should be lightweight and not have any cracks. Motor bike helmets are okay but you will find they are bigger, sometimes heavier and not as sleek in design as the BMX ones.