How To BMX Bike
BMX biking is a sport enjoyed by a wide range of cultures and ages. The sport is governed by the American BMX Association (ABA) and the National BMX League(NBL) and takes place at tracks and venues around the world. BMX biking encourages children to exercise and enjoy healthy competition.
- Get a bike. BMX biking requires a specific bike. The style of the bike is made by multiple companies and comes in multiple models. Any of the models are acceptable as long as they have 20-inch or smaller wheels. A secondary style of bike, known as a cruiser style is also acceptable for different classes of racing. A cruiser must have 24-inch or larger wheels.
- Learn to ride. BMX biking requires the rider have basic riding skills. Practice riding in open fields and empty lots where available. Some cities and towns have bike trails to practice on.
- Find a track near you. Inquire at the BMX biking track about applying to race. While you are there, ask questions about requirements and any fees involved. Watch races or practices to gauge the level of riding at the track. Interact with others active in the sport.
- Get all the needed equipment. BMX biking requires a full-face helmet be worn. Long pants and a long sleeved shirt is also required. Boots are preferred, but closed toe shoes are also acceptable. If joining a team, a uniform or specific colors may be required for competitions.
- Start racing. BMX biking is divided into three levels; novice, intermediate and expert. The classes are not divided by age, but by experience. A 12-year old may compete in the same class as a 30-year old who has ridden in the same amount of official races.