Anyone who has seen experienced BMX riders doing their thing on ramps, jumps and a variety of assorted obstacles will appreciate just how much skill is required to ride at the highest level and make everything look extremely easy. Of course that's simply not the case and even the most consistent, professional competitors have to put in hours of practice on an ongoing basis. Whether you are starting to ride or have been messing about on two wheels for years, it is important to remember that safety is one of the most important aspects of riding a BMZ bike.
As with so many sports, BMXing has the potential to be extremely dangerous. At times you are travelling at speed, heights can be involved and taking a fall can result in serious injuries. If you spend enough time on a bike then sooner or later you are likely to fall off – you might be doing 50mph at the time, or you might just lose your concentration or balance while stationary and end up on the floor. Accidents happen in all sports, and the important thing is recognising this and make sure that you take precautions, ride sensibly, only take calculated risks and wear top quality safety equipment that will help to protect you from sustaining a serious injury.
Wearing a suitable crash helmet whenever you climb onto a BMX bike is essential, no matter whether you're practicing or taking part in a competition. A good helmet will help to prevent potentially serious head injuries in the event of a fall or a collision and it is the one piece of safety kit you do not want to be without. A solid pair of gloves that will stop your hands becoming scraped and scratched are also a good idea, as are crash pads which do a great job of protecting your knees and elbows and stop them from taking too much of an impact. Remember, safety gear is not optional and neither is it for wimps or amateurs. You won't find a professional rider that competes without the right safety equipment.
Making sure that your equipment is up to the job is essential, and the most important piece of equipment you'll own is your bike. Ensuring that it is in good condition and is safe to be ridden is of course vital. Some riders will carry out maintenance themselves, but if you are not comfortable with this level of technical work then head down to a professional bike shop where specialist technicians will be able to give your bike the once over and make sure it is fit for purpose. Having confidence in your equipment is essential as this will clear your head and ensure that you can concentrate on your riding and not have to worry about whether your brakes are going to work when you need them to.
Have fun BMXing but always remember that safety has got to come first. BMX workshops have become far more common in recent years and if you are either new to the sport or are interested in progressing and learning new skills, then this might be the ideal way to it. Also, perhaps consider joining a BMX club or attending a meet where you'll be able to meet like-minded people, discuss the sport and most importantly have fun while riding.