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Skateboard Buyers Guide

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When choosing a skateboard, consider your weight or size first before deciding what size board to go for. The heavier you are the better off you'll be on a larger, wider board, however you may prefer to start off on a larger board anyway to provide you with stability until you decide what style of riding you are going to adopt. Here's a little technical stuff to help you.


THE BOARD

Decks are usually made from layers of laminated wood plys (usually 7) and vary in length and size. Most deck widths range between 7.5 and 8 inches, and lengths, from around 31 to 32.5 inches. Your choice will depend on the type of riding you want to do. The smaller, lighter decks are usually easier to control and flip whereas the larger, heavier decks are more stable and are good for carving. The rest is down to personal preference in terms of wheel base, nose or tail length.

Grip Tape is applied to the top of the deck and provides you with traction. There are loads of different colours & graphics available but all do the same basic job.

 

TRUCKS & WHEELS

Trucks are the metal parts under the deck that the wheels are attached to and they enable your board to turn and grind. They are comprised of a baseplate, kingpin, bushes, hangar & axle. The baseplate is the bit that is bolted to your board. The kingpin is the big bolt that comes up through the middle of the baseplate. It is used to adjust the turn response of your board, the tighter it is the less your trucks will turn. The hangar is the bit that you grind and the wheels are attached to the axle.

Wheels vary in hardness (durometer) and size. What to buy is up to you and the type of surfaces you ride on. Firstly the wheel needs to fit the size of the board i.e. smaller boards need smaller, lighter wheels (52mm-55mm) and larger boards with bigger riders need (you guessed it!)..bigger wheels (56mm-60mm). The most common size is 54mm. Generally, the larger the wheel the faster you'll ride, although smaller wheels are easier to manoeuvre. Durometer is the hardness rating of wheels. The harder the surfaces you ride, the softer your wheels need to be eg. 87A are great for really rough surfaces, 97A are good for general street & skate park surfaces and 100A are the choice of pros as they are fast and slide well. Some wheels are 'Dual Duro' which means they have a hard core with a softer layer on the outside.

Bearings enable the wheels to turn and there is a vast range on the market. They usually have an ABEC rating (indicating precision engineering) and generally range from ABEC1 to ABEC7. The higher the rating, the faster the wheels will turn. Most casual riders use ABEC3 - 5. They are available in packs of 8 (2 for each wheel).

anatomy of a skateboard

PROTECTION

Thankfully it's totally cool to wear protective gear and all the pros do too. Invest in a decent helmet (click here for lots more info about skateboard helmets, buying the right helmet, measuring the right bit of your head etc.) , crashpants, elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards. Don't ruin a good day's riding by a trip to casualty.

 

TIP

If you're new to the sport, just try out a friend's skateboard first and get the feel of how to manoeuvre and stop, then go and have fun choosing your own.


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The information on this site is provided as a guideline only. It is your responsibility to learn and understand the proper techniques associated with safe participation in these activities. Boardology Ltd assumes no liability for user application of the information provided in this site and any application of the information is at your own risk. Always follow manufacturer instructions and the directions of a certified instructor.

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