There are a number of key things you'll need in terms of equipment and safety gear if you want to get into the sport of BMX racing.

If you are just starting out you can get away with the following:
- Gloves
- Full face helmet
- Long sleeve top
- Long leg pants
- Closed in shoes and socks, and
- A Bike of any size, but preferably 20' or 24'.
- Elbow and knee pads.

However, if you want to get serious, you'll need to get some additonal gear. For a detailed list of what is required to get into competitive BMX racing, click the BMXNZ Equipment and Safety Gear Guide below.


Helmets must be of full face construction with a visor of at least 10cm.

Open face hemlets are not permitted under any circumstance.

Helmet strap must be securely fastened at all times during the race.


Pants shall be loose fitting and manufactured of tear resistant material. Denim is not permitted under circumstance. Lycra material is not permitted for outer wear.

Loose fitting shorts made of tear resistant material may also be worn if used together with knee and shin protection that has a rigid surface.


Other protective equipment may be worn under your jersey and pants. Mainly optional, except when wearing shorts, such as:

Knee and Shin protection

Elbow protection

Chest and back protection

Neck protection [such as the Leatt Brace system]

Knee and elbow protection is compulsary for 7 and unders

Race Plates


Jersey must be loose fitting with long sleeves extending down past the rider's wrist. Lycra material is not permitted for outer wear.

The jersey must be tucked into the rider's pants so as not to cause interference or get caught up should there be a riding incident.


Gloves must have fingers that completely cover the rider's fingers.

Under special circumstances only, the competition doctor may allow riders to compete without gloves.

We have a small selection of loan equipment for use when trying our track for the first time.


Shoes must be enclosed toe and should be of sturdy construction and be securely fastened to the rider's feet by a lacing system or velcro straps.

For bikes with 'flats' [flat pedals] the best type of shoes are soft soled street shoes; brands such as 5 Tens or Vans.