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Now that we've gone over what is required for riders, let's go over some of the gear that is optional. While nothing on this list is required we will start off with items the we highly recommend.
Optional Safety Gear
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Bicycle Pump w/gauge

Tire Levers

15mm wrench

4,5,6mm Hex Wrench

Chain Tool

Spare tubes for tires

Chain lube / General Purpose Lube
While there is no official requirement, most riders prefer to wear gloves when they ride. The main benefit of gloves is that they provide better grip on the handlebars. There are some who would say that help protect hands against scrapes in an accident but due to the thin materials that may or may not be true. The most poplular gloves are those designed for MX riders. They are thin and light with grip strips built into the glove where it contacts the bars and brake lever. We would not recommend using fingerless gloves or cold weather/work gloves. Most manufacturers of MX style gloves offer them in a wide range of sizes. Make sure to by a size that fits snug on you fingers but not too tight to be uncomfortable.
I would actually have to say that MX goggles are probably the second most common optional gear that riders choose. The protect your eyes much better than sunglasses in that they have a foam seam on the outside edge. This not only keeps out rocks, dirt, sand but also allows the goggles to breathe so that you don't have an issue with them fogging up. Most distributors and shops carry MX goggle designs but you can also use the ones designed for snowboarders as well. The first warning I was to give is make sure that they fit in your helmet. Goggles from Company A may not fit well into a helmet made Brand B. Most of the time it works just fine, but just be warned that sometimes the don't fit.

Second warning, while tinted lenses look cool, they can cause a problem with vision on the track. This is especially true of snow goggles. If you have a dark or mirrored lens it can make seeing jump faces an issue if it is cloudy or at night under lights at the track. You can purchase an extra clear lens to solve this issue, but sometimes it is more trouble than it is worth. My personal solution is to have two different pairs; one with a clear lens and one with a tinted lens. Not the best solution, but it works for me.

Final warning, wearing goggles may effect your peripheral vision. This can be a plus or a minus. Some people actually believe it keeps them more focused on what is coming up without being distracted by looking to the sides. There are other riders who find it too distracting and do worse when wearing goggles. If you want to give the try I would suggest starting with an inexpensive pair first. No point in spending $100+ for something you don't use.
Roost Guards and Neck Braces
Last thing I am going to discuss are roost guards and neck braces. Roost guards are often used in MX to protect riders from rocks and debris thrown up by other riders. It usually covers the chest, back and shoulders with a hard plastic/composite shell. Some say that it has saved the injury in a wreck while some others complain about how the limit your motion. So a lot of debate with those.

Neck braces are designed to sit underneath a MX style full face helmet over the riders shoulders. They are designed to keep the head from being pushed too far front to back or left to right. This can potentially save a rider a broken collar bone or neck injury. Heads up, neck braces are generally very expensive and most riders forego their protection.

So the you go. That should just about cover safety gear.
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Elbow and Knee/shin pads
I know I mentioned both of these before as being required, but that's only if you wear shorts or t-shirts. Modern designs are much thinner, lighter and more comfortable than the old foam and hard plastic ones from years ago. Now I will point out here that these new pads are pretty specific to BMX and MTB riders. They are not something that most super centers will carry. Matter of fact most bike shops probably won't carry them unless they specialize in MTB. And they are not cheap. They generally run $40-$50 a pair. But some riders swear that wearing these save injuries. Some can be worn under pants and jerseys.