Getting Started with BMX

BMX is fun and competitive sport that is easy to learn with just the following basics! Please remember no kickstands or reflectors on your bike are allowed on the track, a helmet, long sleeve shirt, pants and close toed shoes are required to ride. 

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The Bike 

Any BMX type and size will do, but it is recommended that you start with one that has no more than a 20" wheel diameter - as that is the allowable limit in the Novice class.

There are 2 basic types of bicycles used in BMX:   BOYS/GIRLS, bicycles with 20 inch or smaller wheels CRUISER, bicycles with 24 inch or larger wheels BMX racing does not require a lot of expensive equipment. 

Balance bikes and racers are also welcome. Balance bike competing or practicing are generally ages (2-5 ) on push (non pedal) bikes.

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The Equipment

A helmet is required: a 'FULL FACE'. You also must wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and enclosed shoes. Shorts, cut-off's, tank tops or short sleeved shirts are not allowed at anytime while racing or practicing at a sanctioned event. Elbow pads, and knee pads are recommended along with riding gloves if feasible. Whitney Mesa does offer some helmets on a nightly loaner basis, but can not guarantee proper size in stock. Currently we do not have loaner bikes available.


The Membership

ALL riders who would like to practice and or race at Whitney Mesa BMX are required to have a VALID USA BMX Membership, entry fees still apply for practice and racing. Whitney Mesa can offer a FREE one-day membership to new riders to try BMX.  You can choose a 30 day membership for $30 or you can join for a full year membership for $60. This membership allows you access to all USA BMX Sanctioned tracks in the United States and Canada to race and practice at, including competing in USA BMX National Events and races.