Define a field of action before you start a session, and have the discipline to drop off the Flybar if you are near your edge. Make sure to check and obey laws regarding use on public property.
Safety gear is a must – there is no compromise about this. Don’t even think about jumping on a Flybar without one. If fit and worn properly, helmets prevent hundreds of serious injuries every year. Choose one that’s been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and make sure that you adjust the fit correctly. The helmet should fit snugly – if you can tip or twist it out of position, the straps are too loose. It should sit squarely atop your head, not tilted back, to protect your forehead in case of a forward fall. Knee and elbow pads are also essential gear that should be worn.
DO'S AND DONT'S
Steer clear of streets, parking lots, and any other area vehicles may use. Maintaining your balance (and attempting challenging moves) is going to require your full attention. It’s all about focus, not about trying to dodge SUV’s.
Using your flybar too close to other people is dangerous and rude. There is no way to predict how they will react so back off. Respect their safety and their space.
Do not try to jump on a surface which is wet, oily, or even lightly covered with sand, gravel, leaves, or litter – you will greatly reduce the traction of your Flybar’s tip. You want to maintain an upright posture, not skid off balance.
Once you have mastered the flybar it’s possible to bounce so high that the top of your head will be 10-12 feet in the air. Even novices, however, should check for overhead clearance all around the field of action.
Remember, you want to maintain a position perpendicular to the ground. If the surface slopes sharply, that’s just not possible, and it is far more likely you’ll skid sideways and fall.
At peak compression, the Flybar can pack over 1,000 of force. Don’t jump on plank floors, lawns, or any other surface you wouldn’t be confident driving car across.
You’re in greater danger of skidding or experiencing a jaw-jarring drop if you use your Flybar on any surface with holes (e.g. storm grates) or irregularities such as speed bumps or curbs.
Always make sure all connections are secure. That means you should make sure that the piston is safely secured, the foot is on tight, the handlebars aren’t loose, and the outer shell is bolted securely.
With experience and skill, you’ll be able to react to pretty much any situation reflexively. But skill develops slowly, so take your time. As you put in the hours, you’ll become instinctively aware of how much traction you have, how high you’re going to bounce, how to correct your balance and where you’re going to land. Be prepared to bail out at any time. Always be sure to exercise caution and common sense.
Never jump without making sure the surface is safe – solid, flat, clean, well lit, and dry. The best bet: concrete. Stick to outdoor areas that are free of hazards and give you plenty of room to maneuver (you’ll need several hundred feet of clear surface on all sides).