Wear a helmet. Wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads too. Pump tracks are deceivingly dangerous because of the amount of speed you gain. I’ve seen some serious injuries on them.
In my opinion, three elements contribute to a great pump track experience.
- Flexy deck
- 32″-38″ deck
- 70mm+ wheels
A flexy deck allows you to spring out of your pumps and gain a crazy amount of speed. It’s hard to explain how awesome it feels.
A longer deck adds a lot of stability for high speeds. You can go shorter but increase your chances of getting speed wobbles.
Larger wheels will help you maintain high speeds.
Those are my two main takeaways, but you don’t necessarily have to follow that to have fun on a pump track. I’ve seen and ridden many different setups that don’t fit the above characteristics.
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Below are fun boards to ride on a pump track.