Better Safe Than Sorry – Must-Have Safety Gear Pieces When Riding Your BMX
Since it was first introduced at the 2008 Summer Olympics, BMX cycling has become more and more popular. In the beginning, it was strictly a racing sport, but over the years it has evolved into a freestyle pursuit in which riders do whatever tricks they like at any place that works for them– from skate park ramps and dirt jumps, to stair handrails. Today, riding a BMX bike in the streets frequently involves finding obstacles that weren’t designed for extreme sports, and making them work for the rider’s tricks.
Performing challenging tricks calls for some precautionary measures. There are several things you should do to minimize the risks of injury – the use of a proper BMX bike safety gear being one of the most important ones. In fact, having bike safety gear is a requirement for all riders at both club and open day events. Club meetings, coaching clinics, gates and practice sessions – all require riders to stick to the safety requirements that are set out in the BMX Australia rulebook. Here is a list of the recommended BMX bike safety gear.
The reason for wearing a helmet is pretty obvious – to protect your head from any potential falls. The helmet’s hard plastic shell is made from polystyrene and a soft foam to absorb any impact. The holes in the helmet provide the needed ventilation for your head so that you feel comfortable while wearing it. The open-faced helmet model provides the necessary protection without affecting your peripheral vision.
Everyone who has been riding BMX bikes knows just how exposed and vulnerable their knees are. Besides helping protect against cuts and bruises, the main purpose of knee pads is protecting the bones and ligaments in the knee from serious injuries, which usually take a long time to heal. The modern knee pad models are pretty slim and unnoticeable and can even be worn under jeans.
Shin & Ankle Pads
One of the most common injuries you can expect while riding is ‘slipping a pedal’. It happens when one foot slips from the pedal, causing the cranks to spin around and whack the pedal against your shin. Although this might happen to you a lot of times, you will never get used to the pain. Furthermore, this can cause some pretty deep cuts. All of this can be prevented by simply wearing shin and ankle pads.
Besides offering protection, gloves also help you have a better grip while riding. According to experts, gloves provide an extra bit of control when your hands become sweaty, which is also a form of protection. But what’s better, gloves can protect your palms from cuts, which we all know are very frustrating and can make it hard to grip the bar and continue riding.
In addition to wearing safety gear, you should always ensure that your BMX bike is in a good shape before you decide to perform any tricks. Make sure that the frame and forks are not cracked, broken or distorted, the chain and bearings are oiled, and that the tires are properly inflated. These might seem like simple things to do, but they will certainly help keep your incidents and injuries at bay.