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WITH BIG REWARDS,
 COMES A LITTLE BIT OF RISK.

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR CONCERN.

 FACT: BMX racing isn’t any more dangerous than other youth sports.  Statistics have shown that kids in the traditional (less “extreme”) sports such as basketball, football, baseball and soccer suffer more injuries than in BMX racing. The reason why, perhaps, is that USA BMX requires protective gear.  You can’t go on the track without it. While the level or amount of safety gear is up to you, a rider must at least sport the basics of an approved helmet, long sleeve shirt and long pants. 
Below, we introduce you to all of the safety gear that is available for you to protect every area of your body.

About The Gear

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Helmet
This is obviously the most vital part of safety equipment in BMX, as it protects the most important part of your body - your brain. And don't forget your teeth - which is why USA BMX tracks all recommend a full-face style helmet. While you should have a helmet that passes CPSC standards, a motorcycle-approved DOT helmet is never a bad idea. We've heard it said that you should only buy a $40 helmet if you've got a $40 brain. This is one area in safety gear where skimping on price should not come to play.

Goggles
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Goggles
Eye protection - whether its sunglasses or goggles, or nothing at all, is completely up to the rider. The current "factory" trends in BMX racing though, is to sport the coolest goggles with mirrored lenses. They not only keep any wind out of your eyes, but they also come in handy for psyching out the competition.

Jersey
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Jersey
Race jerseys are available from all of the major bike brands and safety-gear companies. When shopping for a jersey, it's just as important to choose the right color and graphics, as it is for picking one with ample padding and a good fit. USA BMX rules state that you may wear a short sleeve shirt - but only when accompanied with full elbow padding.

Gloves
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Gloves
Hand protection is not required to race at a USA BMX track, but they definitely are recommended by anyone who's bailed one or two times in an asphalt turn. Race gloves come in all styles and materials, so be sure to try on plenty and pick the one that you feel fits you best. Modern-day gloves are a lot thinner than the usual bulky, MX-style gloves that were once popular in the 70's and 80's.

Pants
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Pants
Race-specific pants will provide you more protection and padding for your knees, hips and shins. USA BMX rules do allow riders to wear shorts, but only when paired up with approved full knee/shin guards. For your first BMX race ever, a pair of long jeans will do just fine.

Shoes
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Shoes
Any tennis shoe will do for racing BMX, but the flatter the sole (such as skate shoes), the better for gription on a platform pedal. As you move up in classification (Intermediate or Expert), you may eventually decide to try clipless pedals; which require a special spring-loaded pedal and cleated-shoe that clip your feet to the pedals. Going clipless is only recommended for older riders and experts.

Gear Features

  • 2018 Helmet Buyer's Guide

    2018 Helmet Buyer's Guide

    When purchasing a BMX helmet, there are many factors to consider. Being as it protects your brain, price shouldn’t be your deciding reason. PULL magazine assembled the largest collection of BMX helmets for 2018, and gives you the run-down on what's out there, with what features, and for what price.

  • 2015 Frame & Fork Guide

    2015 Frame & Fork Guide

    Not since the 90's has BMX seen such a boom in BMX frame and fork selection. From the editors of PULL Magazine - the official Membership publication of USA BMX, we bring you this mondo Frame & Fork Buyer's Guide.

  • USA BMX S.T.E.M. Program at Work

    USA BMX S.T.E.M. Program at Work

    Five students at Marysville Elementary School Marysville Elementary School had the opportunity to attend the USA BMX Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) Program during January and March of 2014. The class that was held twice a week for 1.5 hours after school. Rain or shine, students were enthusiastic and loved attending the program, with perfect attendance for each day it was held. CLICK here for their story.

  • ICE DOT Registration Decals added to Membership

    ICE DOT Registration Decals added to Membership

    FREE ICE DOT REGISTRATION w/ every new USA BMX membership: To help keep our members a little more safe, USA BMX is now providing a FREE ICEdot membership for each BMX racer. In case of emergency, ICEdot ensures that EMT’s, Track Operators and First Responders will have access to the racer’s identification, medical info, and emergency contacts right at the scene of an injury.

  • GEAR GUIDE:  Head & Shoulders

    GEAR GUIDE: Head & Shoulders

    GEAR GUIDE: Head & Shoulders When it comes to gear, the single most important part of your safety equipment is unanimously your helmet - afterall, it protects the most important part of your body: your BRAIN.

  • 2013 Frame & Fork Buyers Guide

    2013 Frame & Fork Buyers Guide

    Your frame is one of the most important elements of your bike. It is the foundation to having a machine that will assist you in achieving your goals as a BMX racer. ...and we've got ALL of the BMX frames available, here for you.

  • Nike creates Speed Dots for Team USA Uniform

    Nike creates Speed Dots for Team USA Uniform

    For most BMX racers, families and fans, the perception is that Nike designers were more concerned about what the clothing does, than how it looks. While USA BMX doesn't beleive the "Bad News Bears" baseball look will catch onin our sport, it will draw more attention to our racers and make them stand out amongst a sea of MX-inspired riders from around the globe.

  • Goggles

    Goggles

  • Protection

    Protection

    Get your body covered!

  • Race Gloves

    Race Gloves

    A hands-on experience.

  • Race Jersey

    Race Jersey

    Always looking good

  • Race Pants

    Race Pants

    Dress in Style

  • Helmets

    Helmets

    Always covered, a smart choice!

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