Bike-Park Riding Essentials
Whether you are riding some ramps or dirt jumps, be prepared to stay stoked.
Riding bike park & what you need to know!
Before heading out for some epic riding, whether you're riding bike park or shuttling, you're going to need a few things to ensure an ultra fun and of course a safe day on the trails. Having some of these essentials will help you ride longer so that nothing stops the fun!
Safety & Protection
Riding bike park can be hard on the body...and the bike. Make sure you're prepped to keep yourself safe and comfortable.
Protective bike gear is a critical piece of equipment for any kind of aggressive riding. Protective padding has come a long way, gone are the days of bulky, hard, stiff armour that leaves you sweaty and contributes to fatigue. Modern cycling protective gear is lightweight, mobile, minimalist and extraordinarily ergonomic. Purpose built with cycling in mind, these pads will keep you protected and comfortable no matter where your bike takes you!
At The Bike Zone, we offer a large selection of bike protective gear including shin guards, knee pads, hip protection, arm guards, elbow guards, and any other guard you can think of!
Bike Safety Components
BMX HUB GUARDS
BMX riding can be abusive on your bike, especially if you are putting those pegs to use. Hub guard protects the hub's body, spokes or driver against the damage caused by grinding. All hub guards are divided into a couple of groups depending on the type of use - Front: male, female, Rear: male, female, drive side, non-drive side; and material - Plastic, Metal.
BASH GUARDS / CHAIN-STAY PROTECTORS
Your drive train is generally one of the most expensive parts on your bike, keeping it protected while you get a little reckless should be a priority. There are multiple ways to keep it safe, such as guarded chain-rings and BMX sprockets, specifically designed bash guards and chain-stay protectors. All guards and protectors come in a variety of sizes, mounting types and materials.
Helmets & Gloves
Head protection and clear vision is essential while you are having fun on your bike.
Helmets provide the much needed protection and safety you need in the case of a fall or crash. No matter how careful you are or how skilled of a rider you are, accidents happen and when they do, you'll be happy that you wore a helmet to protect your precious cargo.
Gloves for gravity riding host a variety of purposes such as grip, protection, dexterity, and shields your hands from the elements on mud filled rainy days. Like a second skin, the technology in gloves makes them more comfortable than ever and purpose built for the demanding dexterity that's required on your bike.
There is a whole lot of personal preference when it comes to bike gloves which is why at The Bike Zone we have brought in a huge selection of models to choose from!
Stash your tools and spares away on your bike, because nobody likes a sweaty backpack back.
Frame bags and straps can assure you are riding nice and light without any extra weight on yourself like a backpack. Keep the clutter low and your airs high, stash away your tools, spare tubes, phones and keys. Keeping the pockets light will have you riding with most comfort, and that’s exactly what you need when at the bike park.
Tools & Spares
Nobody likes sudden flats, when you are mid session. Stay prepared to the occasion, and go with the stoke.
A multi tool is really handy to carry with you in case of any minor repair you might need to make. Things like a loose stem or handlebar can happen if you're not checking regularly. Or perhaps you need to make a minor adjustment to your saddle height. With a multi tool you'll be able to make those small adjustments without a problem.
We stock a variety of multi tools that include the basic essentials to more complex tools that include chain breakers. The multi tool is the ultimate package to complete any on commute repair.
Carrying a spare tube is absolutely essential! Flats happen, and when they do you'll be happy you came prepared for the job with a spare tube.
Your tire tube size can be found on the side wall of your tire. It's also important to take note of the type of valve stem your bike has. A schrader valve will look familiar, like the valve stem on your vehicle. A presta valve is a long skinny valve stem with a little nut on the end of it.