For the Beginner
What you should know about BMX racing, and then some...
BMX racing emphasizes individual performance with a team spirit. BMX racing offers every rider the ability to participate at his/her own pace. No one sits on the bench. There are no coaches deciding who gets to play, every one gets in on the action. BMX racing fosters good sportsmanship, respect for others and their property, courage and determination. BMX racers range from 5-and-under classes to 51-and-older — so the whole family can race !
Let's begin by reassuring future BMX racers (and/or parents) about two important things:
BMX racing is no more dangerous than most team sports. Statistically, it is safer than nearly every traditional after-school activity or sport, with the possible exception of Drama Club. You will get a little bit scraped up, but in general the time you spend on a track will be safer than your time on the street.
BMX racing is not dirt cheap to do, but a sensible rider and his/her family can race a complete season for less money than nearly any other non-school-supported sport.
What equipment do I need to race BMX?
First and foremost, you obviously need a bike. You don't need an expensive, fancy bike to race, but USABMX requires that your bike must have:
20" (or smaller for class racing) and 24" (cruiser) wheels (the same size on front and back).
Handlebar grips that fully cover and enclose all metal and openings on the handlebar ends. Handlebars may not exceed 30" in width.
Some form of operating braking system. A rear hand brake is best. A coaster or front hand brake is permitted but not recommended.
All equipment must be safe and in good condition. Make sure bolts are tight and there are no broken welds or jagged exposures.
A number plate with current earned or ABA-issued number.
Your bike must not have:
· Any kickstands, chain guards, fenders and reflector brackets.
· Any freestyle-type pegs.
What gear do I need to wear to race BMX?
To race, you must be wearing:
Helmet with a permanent strap attached; snaps are not allowed. A full-face helmet is strongly recommended.
Long pants (waist to ankles). No shorts — with or without shin and/or knee pads — will be allowed.
Gloves (not required, but a good idea)
What will all of this cost?
Here are some approximate start-up and continuing costs for BMX racing. You can spend a lot less on a bike by searching the classifieds, pawn shops, or websites like eBay or Craig's List. There are even great deals at your local track.
** If you're not sure that you're ready to commit to racing, USABMX offers a FREE One-Day trial.
Make sure your bike and attire meet the USABMX requirements, and join us at the track!