Slick Revolution Review: Urban 80 Electric Skateboard.

Urban 80 Electric Skateboard.

Skateboarding has evolved so much over the years and I don’t just mean the skateboarding techniques. Skateboards have gone from wooden boards to incredibly put together remote-controlled boards for an easy commute.

I can’t say I’m not happy about this development because not only has it made skateboarding superfly, it has also made moving around super easy.

There are companies out there that have taken skateboarding design and creation to a new level and who has produced top-notch skateboards.

The focus of this article review, however, is the Slick Revolution’s Urban 80 Electric Skateboard.

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The Urban 80 Electric Skateboard- Overview

Urban 80 was designed for the typical commuter in an urban environment. With its 80cm length, it is really easy to carry around in crowded places, convenient enough to take on a bus or train without hassles.

Unlike the original Flex-E-board, the Urban 80 comes in a smaller package fully packed with more range and power. This makes it a much more portable alternative.

Urban 80 is pretty pricey so it might not be the first choice for someone who doesn’t have a lot of money to spend. The board is a load of technological goodness that has features that will appeal to both skateboard enthusiasts and noobs alike. It comes with an advanced controller fully equipped with 3 different speed modes, an LCD screen and 3 braking strengths which makes the board easily and comfortably controlled by the rider.

If you have to move through smooth roads, going from your home to the office or to school, or you have to shred really tough and hard ground, the Urban 80 has got you covered. It is designed so spectacularly that you get to choose your wheel size depending on how much wheel strength you would need. There’s the 83mm Slick wheels, the 110mm Rough Stuff Wheels, and finally, the 120mm Foam Core Foamies.

The board comes with really strong brakes which does a lot in most emergency situations where you need to make a sudden stop. If you’re new with E-skates, you might find the brakes as too strong or too forceful. But that’s okay because there is a way to rectify that feeling. You mostly just need to get used to strong breaks and know how to regulate your weight when you are about to hit the brakes. Surely it is better to have strong breaks than tired ones.

The Urban 80 Review: Key Features.

We’ve singled out some kickass features of the Urban 80 E-skates, now let’s check out some of the things that makes this board cool.

Features At A Glance

  • 2400 watts of power.
  • 3-speed modes.
  • 3 braking modes.
  • Wheel choice: 88mm Slick wheels, 110mm rough stuff wheels, and 120mm foamies.
  • Top speed: 22mph | 35km/h(83mm Slick Wheels). 25mph | 40km/h(110mm Rough Stuff Wheels).
  • Range miles and kilometres: 15miles and 24 kilometres.
  • Advanced wireless controller.
  • Regenerative brakes.
  • USB output.
  • Weight: 6.5kg/ 14.3 pounds.
  • Climbing gradient: 20%/ 11.3°

 

 

Range.

The Urban 80 is designed to go a good 24 kilometres or 15 miles on average. Depending on the wheel size, the board can do a speed of 22mph and 35km/h, and 22mph and 40km/h. The top speed that can be reached by the 83mm Slick wheels is 22mph | 35km/h while that of the 110mm Rough Stuff Wheels does 25mph | 40km/h.

Which, if you ask me, is a good range overall.

With its 3 speed modes, a rider can easily and conveniently choose what riding experience he wants. You can either choose to practice, have fun, or activate the expert mode. Whatever works for you and makes you feel safe. It’s your choice.

Also, backing up its 3-speed modes is its 3 braking modes. With a feature such as this, you can feel free and confident to explore and ride as fast and wild as you choose to know you can immediately pull to a stop if the need arises.

Weight.

Weighing approximately 6.5kg or 14.3 pounds, the Urban 80 is extremely portable which is a much sort after feature for a commuter skateboard. Despite the small size of the board, it has been tested to perfection and can hold the weight of a rider of about 120kg without causing damage.

Price

Urban 80 was produced with the customers pocket in mind. For the value it offers, the board is worth the cost. So the board surely gives you value for your money.

Power

Irrespective of how harsh your surrounding terrain is, hilly, bumpy, rough, or hard, the Urban 80 has got you covered. You don’t have to be worried about wrecking your board over bad roads as the Urban 80 comes a sturdy suspension and is equipped with 2400 watts of power.

Wheels

Holding up this awesome amount of power are hardcore wheels that are designed to hold against imperfect conditions. With the newly introduce 78A wheels, the rider is sure to enjoy a much more comfortable and smoother ride with added grip.

83mm Slick Wheels

The 83mm slick wheels are the smallest of Urban 80 wheels which are designed for hard grounds and smoother tarmac. It accelerates better but gives a slightly slower top speed.

110mm Rough Stuff Wheels

This wheel gives you a smooth ride over bumpy roads. It is so well designed that you won’t even have to worry about riding into bumps because well, it can handle it.

120mm Foamies Wheel.

If you want to cruise over bumps without the slightest feelings of vibrations or discomfort, this is the wheel to go for. It is the Slick Revolution’s latest addition and it focuses on offering more comfort than the other wheels.

What We Like And What We Don’t

Pros

  • Allows choice of wheels to ensure the comfortability of the rider.
  • Speed modes and break modes make the skateboard suitable for skateboarders of any skill set.
  • Regenerative brakes which allow for reuse of stored energy gotten when brakes are applied.
  • It can be used in rough and bumpy terrains without causing damage to the board.
  • Has a reasonable speed range.

 

Cons

  • Does not come with batteries.
  • Price is a bit steep for newbie skateboarders
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  • ✅ THE URBAN 80 IS DESIGNED WITH THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT IN MIND - at 80cm in length can be carried at...
  • ✅ RANGE AND POWER IN A SMALLER PACKAGE - using the latest Samsung 30Q lithium ion cells, this is the...
  • ✅ CHOOSE YOUR WHEEL SETUP - 83mm Slick Wheels, 110mm Rough Stuff Wheels and the 120mm Foam Core...

What’s In The Box?

The Urban 80 Electric Skateboard, when purchased comes with the following items:

  • 1 Urban 80 Electric Skateboard
  • 1 Advanced Wireless Controller
  • 1 Micro USB Cable
  • 1 E-board Charging Cable
  • 1 E-board Skate Tool
  • 1 Instruction Manual
  • 1 Set of 83mm Slick Wheels or 1 Set of 110mm Rough Stuff Wheels or 1 Set 120 Foamies

 

Final Thought

Having used the Urban 80 Electric Skateboard for a short while, I do think it delivers – on quality looks and balance.

It is very well made and the design works for anyone who enjoys skateboarding, both professionals and newbies alike. I love how its operation does not involve technicalities which makes it easy to operate and control.

If you are in the market for a skateboard, I’ll recommend this one.

The Weight Limit for Skateboard Riding – How Much Weight can a Skateboard Hold

The Weight Limit for Skateboard Riding - How Much Weight can a Skateboard Hold

Weight Limit for Skateboards

One of the most common questions asked by adult beginners to skateboarding is what the weight limit for skateboard riding is? In all honesty, there is no real weight limit for skateboarding. A lot depends on the board you choose – high-quality skateboards can withstand being under your weight for long periods of time.

If you think about it, there are a number of professional skateboarders that may be considered heavyweights, and skateboarders like Stu Graham and the big Ben Schroeder (Big Ben’s skateboarding career ended in 2011 when he collided with a car and broke his tibia). While there are others, who weigh less than 195 lbs – Steve Caballero weighs about 134 lbs (height; 5’3”).

When the professional skateboarder, Danny Way, won the Guinness world record for the longest ramp jump of about seventy-nine feet; he weighed 180 lbs.

Good skateboarding brands often set their weight limit to 250lbs as they are highly durable options. You can also get a sturdy maple skateboard deck that is designed to hold a weight of 220lbs. The risk with this is that there’s a chance of it snapping if landed incorrectly.

Injury when a Skateboard Snaps

Landing incorrectly, especially for larger-bodied skateboarders, may not only cause the board to snap but also can cause severe injuries like ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, bone spurs, fractures, plantar fasciitis, and other foot injuries. A large person, rolling his/her ankle during a kickflip, is likely to fall and get badly injured.

Injuries rate can be reduced by wearing the right protective gear, but it cannot be completely avoided.

People with larger mass should be the ones asking what the weight limit to skateboarding is?

As a heavy skateboarder, the impact of your weight to skateboarding is both a blessing and a curse, the former being that you get an impressive momentum going downhill and the latter any slight mistake that energy could and will cause significant damage/injury.

This doesn’t mean lightweight skateboarders do not accelerate fast enough, they cannot generate the amount of momentum a heavyweight skateboarder would, when going down ramps.

 

 

If you are a heavyweight skateboarder, you will be taking too many risks doing technical tricks you are not accustomed to. Even if you may have seen videos of 300 – 330lbs skateboarders doing tricks, there is still a significant amount of risk.

The only way to avoid such injuries is correct foot placement and knee bending, and any slight mistake could make things turn ugly. A large-bodied skateboarder should avoid jumping high distances or onto rails.  If the board snaps, the trucks will give way and the resulting injury could be long term.

It does go without saying that even the lightweight skateboarders snap their skateboards now and again, but heavyweight skateboards should limit the number of tricks they attempt.

The fact remains that irrespective of whether light or heavyweight, as a skateboarder, you have to learn to distribute your weight correctly, especially when landing.

 

Knowing Your Skateboard Deck

How to apply your weight

Case study: The Derek Lam Skateboard (Click to See on Amazon)

Construction: 7-ply Canadian maple, a deck length of 31 inches and a deck width of 8 inches.

One of the most important things to consider as a novice or heavyweight skateboarder is the deck width; this is because it is the centre that provides stability and support.

The typical width usually ranges from seven to eight inches (this excludes micro boards). However, most heavyweight skateboarders tend to go for broader options – which also has its downsides – as tricks become a whole lot harder to do.

Skate note: Almost all skateboards are thirty-two inches long, but the length of boards is something tall skateboarders put into consideration.

Below is a weight chart showing the various deck options available in based on the size, weight, and age.

Micro size

Deck Width: 6.5”-6.75”

Age:5-7

Average Weight:45lbs

Height:3’4”

 

Mini size

Age: 8 years

Height: 3’5”-4”4”

Deck width: 7”

Average weight: 59-62lbs

 

Small size

Age: 9-12

Height: 4’5”-5’2”

Deck width: 7.3”

Average weight: 63-89lbs

 

Mid-size

Age: 13 and above

Height: 5’3”-5’6”

Deck width: 7.5”-7.6”

Average weight: 102-152lbs

 

Full size

Age: for adults

Height: from 5’7” upwards

Deck width: 7.7”-10”

Average weight: 195lbs

Skate Note: skateboards are more concave in shape than longboards and flat boards that tend to look longer in length because the latter is more suited for longer transportation and the former for technical tricks.

The Weight Limit for Skateboard Riding - How Much Weight can a Skateboard Hold

 

Deck Construction

This plays a major role in the strength of your board. Commonly used materials include bamboo, carbon fibre, laminated maple wood, and plastic, all the listed has both their good side as well as their shortcomings (bad sides).

This post will further elaborate on each material for better understanding as to which will better withstand

  • The laminated maple Wood is the most used, including the youth and beginner model. It is between 7-9ply, and a well-crafted one can withstand a weight of 220lbs. Some notable brands use this material, some of which include: Birdhouse, Element, Powell-Peralta (the flight deck is manufactured with a thin layer of carbon fibre, making it very sturdy), Plan B, and Zero. Also, some fairly good brands still make use of the laminated maple wood; examples are Playwheels, a 28-inches by 7.5-inches skateboard, and the Kryptonics recruit, a 31-inches by 7.5-inches skateboard with a limit of 110lbs. It is important to note that not all skateboard manufacturers place a weight limit on their board.
  • The carbon fibre is what the strongest skateboard decks are made from. They are featherweight and are known to splinter upon snapping. Most of all, the strongest deck in the market has carbon fibre in its make. Some which include the Revdeck by Revolution Enterprise, the Lithe Slate 2 Deck (made of both carbon fibre, light woods, and maple woods). The latter of these skateboards do not splinter because of the added materials.
  • Other brands can produce their boards from fibreglass, birch wood and even coated with the famous epoxy resin, an example is the Lib-Tech skateboards, having a coated core made of poppy wood.
  • The vinyl plastic, these are used for plastic boards that are majorly used for transportation and not tricks. They are used for both longboards/cruisers and skateboards; these boards are pretty strong. The penny skateboard is an excellent example of these categories.

 

How Trucks Affect Weight

Heavy skateboarders should also pay attention to the trucks on their skateboard. How durable your trucks are matters a lot because when you land, your weight is all on the trucks.

The sturdiest trucks are often made using 356.0 T6 aluminium and can bear a weight of about 250lbs.

Skate Note – For any skateboarders over 250lbs, it is a risk doing complex tricks. One sensible option is to pick out harder bushings; more on bushings can be found in our previous post, check it out!

 

Final Thoughts

If you read through this post, then by now you will know that there is no official weight limit for skateboard riding. However, there is a limit to the number of tricks you can perform while heavyweight.

Even tricks as basic as kickflips or ollies will be all the more difficult, if you are over 220lbs, you stand a risk of getting injured. s an alternative, you could simply opt to use longboards instead. They are often used for commuting but there are electric boards available that can withstand the weight of a 250 – 330 lbs rider.

How Skateboarding Became Popular

How Skateboarding Became Popular

Skateboarding has been around for quite some time now but have you ever wondered how skateboarding became popular? Well, let’s try to answer that question. Skateboarding is more than just cruising around. Skateboarding is reaching heights never dreamed of and is finding its place among traditional sports like baseball and football. Skateboarding is a lifestyle.

Skateboarding is love.

Parents aren’t so resistant to the idea of their children preferring to skate versus trying out for shortstop on the HS Baseball team. It is fascinating that in such a short time Skateboarding has gained such ground. Over the past 60 years, skateboarding went through a kind of evolution.

Let’s dive a little deeper into the history that’s shaped skateboarding today.

The Beginning Of Skateboarding

By the early 1950s, surfing can be traced as the source of skateboarding. Surfers in California got the bright idea to surf concrete and invent skateboarding. The origin of the first skateboard has never been proven as it seems to have been the spontaneous invention of multiple people.

Wooden boards with roller skate wheels slapped on the bottom where the makings of the original boards these pioneers took to the streets. You can imagine the looks on the faces of people seeing this for the first time. As you might imagine, a lot of people got hurt in skateboarding’s early years.

During this time, skateboarding was seen as something to do for fun after surfing.

Some surfers had the idea to transfer the feeling of riding waves onto the streets to defy times of days with a gentle swell. Not without any reason, these dudes were called ‘asphalt surfers‘. At two spots in the world, a kind of skateboard was developed for the first time in the early 1950s: California and Hawaii.

They used shorter surfboards and wheels made out of metal without some bearings. In the late 1950s, skateboarding had the first peak. During the post-war period, the U.S. economy boomed and this also affected the toy industry. During that time, the toy industry became aware of the board with wheels.

In 1959, Roller Derby released the first official skateboard with some new technical developments. Thereby, the handling characteristics have been improved. For this reason, skateboarders were able to develop new tricks and manoeuvres.

 

Skateboarding Becomes More Popular

Between the years 1959 and 1965, skateboarding became more and more popular in the United States. Particularly affected were the states on the east and west coasts. Due to industrial development, the skateboard’s status changed from toy to sports equipment.

By 1963 skateboarding was all the rage. The popularity of the sport was at its peak. Companies such as Jack’s, Hobie, and Makaha started having real competitions consisting of Downhill Slalom and Freestyle where skaters like Torger Johnson, Woody Woodward, and Danny Berer paved the way for future skaters.

In 1962, the surf shop ‘Val-Surf‘ in Hollywood sold the first self-produced skateboards. These boards featured a typical surfboard shape and roller skate trucks and were sold as complete boards. In the same year, the company Patterson Forbes developed the first industrially produced complete boards with more developed trucks.

In 1963, the publisher of the ‘Surf Guide Magazine’ Larry Stevenson released the first advertisement for skateboards in his magazine. Also, the clothing industry specialized more and more on skateboarding. One of the most famous skateboarding shoe brand named Vans was established in 1966.

From this day on, Vans supported skateboarders from all over the world. Especially shoe companies like Vans, Etnies, Converse, and DC Shoes developed and manufactured skateboarding related footwear and streetwear.

Another landmark event in 1963 was the first skate contest in Hermosa Beach, California. Skateboarding was not just cruising anymore. Skateboarders showed their skills in different disciplines like slalom or freestyle and companies started to assemble a team to sponsor the riders.

As the popularity of skateboarding began to expand, the first skateboarding magazine ‘The Quarterly Skateboarder‘ was published in 1964.

Skateboarding – The First Crash

Then in 1965 for some reason, skateboarding seemed to simply die. Considered to be a fad that came and went, skateboarding seemed to fade overnight. Most people assumed that skateboarding was a fad that had died out, like the hula hoop. Skateboard companies folded, and some people who wanted to stay true to the sport had to make their own skateboards again from scratch.

They had created homemade boards and fine-tune their craft. One of the reasons suspected for skateboarding losing some of its ground was the fact that the sport was very dangerous. The clay wheels they used were everything but safe and lead to many injuries.

Skateboarders who continued the sport were using clay wheels for their boards, which was extremely dangerous and hard to control.

But then in 1972, Frank Nasworthy invented urethane skateboard wheels, which are similar to what most skateboarders use today. His company was called Cadillac Wheels, and the invention sparked a new interest in skateboarding among surfers and other young people.

Skateboarding – 70s Evolution

In the spring of 1975, skateboarding took an evolutionary boost toward the sport that we see today. In Del Mar, California, a slalom and freestyle contest was held at the Ocean Festival. That day, the Zephyr team showed the world what skateboarding could be.

They rode their boards like no one had in the public eye, low and smooth, and skateboarding was taken from being a hobby to something serious and exciting The Zephyr team had many members, but the most famous are Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and Stacy Peralta.

Then in 1978, Alan Gelfand (nicknamed “Ollie”) invented a manoeuvre that gave skateboarding another revolutionary jump.

He would slam his back foot down on the tail of his board and jump, thereby popping himself and the board into the air. Rodney Mullen was one of the first riders who transferred the Ollie for different manoeuvres onto the streets and spread a new style of skateboarding.

Next to other fun sports activities like BMX or inline skating, street skateboarding developed more and more and became very popular.

 

Skateboarding – The Second Crash

At the end of the 1970s skateboarding took another hit. It faced its second crash in popularity. Public skate parks had been built, but with skateboarding being such a dangerous activity, insurance rates got out of control. This, combined with fewer people coming to skate parks, forced many to close.

But skateboarders kept at it. Through the ’80s skateboarders started to built their own ramps at home and to skate whatever else they could find. Skateboarding began to be more of an underground movement, with skaters continuing to ride, but they made the whole world into their skate park.

During the ’80s, smaller skateboard companies owned by skateboarders started cropping up. This enabled each company to be creative and do whatever it wanted, and new styles and shapes of boards were tried.

Skateboarding Evolution Till Date

Skateboarding continues to grow as the anti-establishment subculture that we all know it as. Skateboarders had become hell-bent on progressing their passion for the sport so they started building their own ramps in their backyards. It’s no secret that this became a problem for local construction companies when they started to notice their lumber was disappearing.

During this time many new board shapes took form allowing for skaters to overcome obstacles otherwise impossible. Another invention in the 1980s played a major roll in skateboarding history. The intention of VHS. Stacey Peralta and George Powell’s Bones Brigade team starts recording skateboarding videos that will reach kids all over the world.

The team included Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, and Kevin Staab. This is the team responsible for The Bones Brigade Video Show.

At the end of the 1980s skateboarding took yet another dive in popularity when vert skateboarding became far less popular than street skateboarding. In the early 90s skateboarding starts to rise again as it found some common ground and harmony with the emerging punk music.

Then in 1995 ESPN holds the first-ever X-Games. The event was a huge success and brought skateboarding into the mainstream light sparking interest in many more young kids. Because of brands like Chocolate, Girl Skateboards or Flip Skateboards, the skateboarding hardware was developed more and more and skateboarders could buy high-quality skateboards in every bigger city.

More indicators are the big and worldwide known events of ‘Street League‘. ‘Street League Skateboarding’ is a contest series for international pro skaters. Here, you only see the best street skateboarder you can think of like Nyjah Huston, Eric Koston, Paul Rodriguez, Andrew Reynolds, Ryan Sheckler or Torey Pudwill. Due to the cash prizes of 200,000 US Dollars or more for the winner and 10.000 visitors at the “Street League” stops, skateboarding became more of a professional sport.

Skateboarding – The 2000s

Since 2000, attention in the media and products like skateboarding video games, children’s skateboards and commercialization have all pulled skateboarding more and more into the mainstream. With more money being put into skateboarding, there are more skate parks, better skateboards, and more skateboarding companies to keep innovating and inventing new things.

Tons of companies emerge to sponsor different events and skateboarding has become more and more acceptable in society. The notion of skateboarders being criminals has dwindled. The X-Games continues to become more and more popular with skateboarding at the helm.

In Germany, street skateboarding is the most popular discipline at contests just like in the USA. The European and German skate scene is independent, has its own industry, pros, and a national contest series. This is evidence of how big the role of skateboarding is in our society.

One of the big factors today that makes skateboarding so huge is the fact that pros make real money. Wining events can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Kids are realising that you don’t have to become a doctor or lawyer to make a buck. Skateboarding has become a job for a lot of people. Because of the increasing networking inside the skate scene, skateboarding will grow and bring more innovations in the future.

Skateboarding has also played a big role in fashion earning its place among the masses. Companies like Diamond Supply Co, Hurley, Vans, and RVCA all making millions off the skateboarding lifestyle.

Skateboarding is no longer merely the realm of misfits and guys who wear needlessly oversized pants. Skateboarding has now permeated society, leaving a surprisingly large footprint on global pop culture. Some of the popular culture we can find skateboarding include;

Music

As skateboarding became more accepted by the mainstream, the music became more inclusive, expanding to the commercially friendly sounds of bands such as Blink 182 and The Offspring throughout the 80s and 90s. With the line between skate punk and pop now thoroughly blurred, the sounds of Good Charlotte and even Avril Lavigne ensure skateboarding’s musical influence continues whether the originators of skate punk would enjoy this comparison or not.

Fashion

From the functionality-based early days of tight shorts, T-shirts and tube socks in the late 70s and 80s, skate fashion has evolved into a massively commercial enterprise. As skateboarding’s popularity increased and skateboard videos became more widely viewed, opportunities arose for companies to appeal to the lucrative youth market, leading to clothing sponsorships for well-known skaters and events such as the Vans sponsored Warped Tour music festival.

Movies And TV Shows

From Bart Simpson and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to serious documentaries such as Dogtown and Z-Boys (and its biopic counterpart, Lords of Dogtown), skateboarding has long been a common subject in movies and TV. The infamous Jackass crew also largely emerged from the skateboarding scene, with their anti-authoritarian sentiment and ‘anything goes’ attitude proving appealing to mainstream audiences regardless of their interest level in skateboarding.

Games

Skateboarding’s usage in videogames similarly extends far beyond an appeal to skateboarding enthusiasts. Tony Hawk’s game series remains one of the most successful in videogame history despite the majority of players unlikely to have ever picked up an actual board.

One benefit of skateboarding is that it is a very individual activity. There is no right or wrong way to skate. Skateboarding still hasn’t stopped evolving, and skaters are coming up with new tricks all the time.

Skateboards are also continuing to evolve as companies try to make them lighter and stronger or improve their performance. If this is what happened in the last 60 years I can’t help but wonder what skateboarding has in store in the next 60 years.

Does Skateboarding Help You Snowboard?

Does Skateboarding Help You Snowboard

Skateboarding is a great off-snow board sport and a lot of the skills you learn in skateboarding will help in your snowboarding as well, particularly in the freestyle area.

So if you’re wondering, does skateboarding help you snowboard? The answer is yes! Roughly about half of the pro snowboarders were at some point skateboarders as well. From what studies have revealed, it’s quite common for a lot of snowboarders to be skateboarders as well.

Skateboarding helps you to learn snowboarding fast, you might not even need to join a class. Learning to ride a snowboard is a bit more difficult, but learning the tricks will be a lot easier.

Snowboarding is a very active sport and getting to grips with the technique can often take some time. As an avid snowboarder, you might find that you’ve already got the technique nailed, but when you need to take some time off during the warmer weather, coming back to the slopes in winter, you may feel a little rusty.

Skateboarding and snowboarding have a few things in common, the biggest difference is that your feet are strapped to a snowboard and you’re taking it up against snow instead of concrete.

Carving, doing tricks and riding work a bit different though.

So many people use skateboarding to help them transition to snowboarding or practice on it when they can’t snowboard. So, does skateboarding help snowboarding?

Keep reading and find out.

Skateboarding Versus Snowboarding; Comparisons

There are so many similarities between skateboards and snowboards that people use them for cross-training in the summer. As you skateboard down the street or your nearest hill, you’ll feel like you are right there on the slopes and you can practice your technique.

Many of the tricks from skateboarding transferred over to snowboarding. Once you get used to a snowboard it much easier to learn these tricks if you know how to skateboard. The only other thing that comes to mind is that you stand sideways on both a skateboard and a longboard.

Here are some comparisons between both;

  • Stance and Balance

One of the things that make skateboarding and snowboarding so closely related is the stance – which many often refer to as ‘surf stance’. It is basically, standing sideways on your board when facing travel direction.

Both have goofy (right foot in front) and regular stance (left foot in front). There is this also something called board feel. If you know how to ride a skateboard, a snowboard takes less time to get used to. The steering has some similarities, mainly how you distribute your weight on your back and front. Making a turn is different though. Both sports require bending the knees a little to maintain balance.

Even though a snowboard is typically longer than a longboard, your stance on both types is similar in width, about shoulder width. Your feet are closer to the tips on a longboard than on a snowboard.

Where things may differ is that you may not have as much of a ‘duck stance’ on a skateboard than on a snowboard. Your feet are generally more parallel on a skateboard.

Another key difference is that on a snowboard, your feet are strapped through the bindings, whereas they are free moving on a longboard. As a result, balancing is a bit different, since you can lean forward or backwards a lot on a snowboard without losing your board, something you can’t do on a skateboard.

The weight of your boots and bindings on a snowboard also affect your balancing differently compared to a skateboard.

  • Riding Skill

Your natural balance is similar when riding a skateboard or a snowboard. However, when riding a skateboard you have the 4 wheels rolling on the ground, whereas on a snowboard you ride mostly on the edge of the board – you typically don’t ride on the flat except in more advanced scenarios. Edge riding is a key difference with skateboarding.

The body motion for carving, on the other hand, is very similar on a skateboard and a snowboard – e.g. using your head, shoulders, and upper body to initiate turns. On both, you shift your body weight to lean onto an edge for turning. On a skateboard, leaning makes your wheels turn, whereas, on a snowboard, it makes your board edge into the turn.

Stopping on a skateboard is often done through foot braking or bailing and outrunning, which you can’t do on a snowboard since your feet are strapped to the board. Stopping on a snowboard, however, is very similar to power sliding on a skateboard, making your board skid across the slope by shifting your weight off and pushing out.

Sliding on a longboard also bears a huge resemblance to making beginner turns on a snowboard which typically involves constant sliding on the ski run.

  • Turning and Curving

On a skateboard, you just lean in the direction you want to go while applying a bit of pressure to your heels and toes. When you want to turn a snowboard, you use your whole body to make turns. When it comes to the learning curve, most people agree skateboarding is harder to learn than snowboarding.

Stepping on a skateboard on pavement will make it roll immediately, with the possibility of the board shooting out under you.

On a snowboard, you’re bound to the board and initially parallel to the slope so you’re pretty safe at first. If you fall off a skateboard, you risk hitting the concrete and hence you can get hurt pretty badly even a very low speed. On a snowboard, you’ll fall in the snow – even if there’s ice, it’s typically not as bad as concrete.

  • Cost and Accessibility

Snowboarding is a lot more expensive compared to skateboarding.

Not only the equipment like a board, boots and clothing, also your lift tickets can be expensive. On top of that, a trip can become even more expensive consuming booze and paying for accommodation.

You can practice skateboarding anywhere, in flat areas and parking lots for flatland tricks, on bike lanes for cruising, on nearby hills for free riding, or in city streets and skate parks for street, transition, and pool skating. You can practice tricks such as Ollies and kickflips anywhere without having to spend a dime, and access many city skate parks for a very small fee.

In contrast, most people will need to go through some effort and make time to travel to a ski resort to go snowboarding.

  • Hazards

As mentioned earlier, skateboarding has a greater risk of hurting yourself even when riding slowly by hitting the pavement with your body or head. That is why it is important to wear a very good skateboarding helmet before attempting to skateboard.

Snowboarding is not as bad since you’re riding on snow most of the time and you can slide when you fall. Little falls hurt a lot more when skateboarding due to impact and road rash.

Practising skateboard tricks can also result in constant bruises on knees (unless you wear kneepads), shins, and ankles.

Snowboarding can also result in serious injuries from falling downhill at high speed. The mountain environment can also be very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, particularly on more advanced slopes.

All in all, skateboarding is probably riskier than snowboarding at a beginner level.

  • Skill Transfer

One thing is for sure, your balancing skills from one sport will no doubt help you pick up the other much faster.

Unlike “normal” non-boarder newbies, skateboarders who start snowboarding are typically able to link turns and ride down a slope on the first day. As I mentioned, carving turns down a hill on a skateboard is very similar to doing so on a snowboard – a skateboarder mainly need to get used to riding the edge and pivoting on the front foot.

The reverse is not always true: being a snowboarder doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to find your balance on a skateboard right away as riding on wheels often takes more practice.

A lot of skills transfer from skating to snowboarding.

Unfortunately, the actual basic riding of a snowboard is quite different. However, if you are a longboarder and love doing slides, you will pick it up quick because beginner turns are one constant slide from the top to the bottom.

As a snowboarding instructor, it can be hard to teach new snowboarders the balance and stance that is needed to become proficient at snowboarding. It’s a good idea to suggest that new snowboarders try out skateboarding first to get to grips with the movement. The skateboarding to snowboarding transition is relatively easy as they are so similar and it’ll mean that any new snowboarders will be able to get straight onto the slopes and enjoy some of the winter snow.

With the longboard, you use the same stance as you would with a snowboard, and they are around the same size, making it easier to teach snowboarders if they’ve given skateboarding a go in the first place.

Some say skateboarding is easier, others say snowboarding is easier. Both are right because there are a few aspects that are easier to learn when snowboarding and the other way around.

In my opinion, however, riding a skateboard is easier to learn, like pushing and just cruising around.

Once you get how balancing works, you only have to move your weight around and slightly press your feet when steering. Riding a snowboard is a bit more difficult than riding a skateboard. You easily make too much speed and don’t know how to stop. When starting you often get your snowboard’s edge stuck resulting in a slam. Even though snow is a bit softer than concrete, it still hurts.

Skateboarding tricks, on the other hand, are much harder. There’s a mental part that makes it more difficult, you need to commit to a trick to land it.

Why Skateboard Tricks Fail

Fear is often a cause of why tricks fail. A boardslide, for example, is way more difficult on a skateboard because you need much more control. A boardslide on a snowboard is easier because you just need to make a small jump, have a larger sliding area, and your feet are attached to your snowboard. Same goes for jumps, much easier when snowboarding – plus landing in snow beats landing on a hard concrete surface.

So it’s a bit of both. You’ll learn to ride a skateboard faster but the tricks are harder. Riding a snowboard is harder but the tricks are easier for the average person. Skateboarders and snowboarders agree that skateboarding is more painful when things go south. And of course, you would rather land on snow than hitting concrete.

If you’re thinking of picking up skateboarding outside of the snowboarding season, go for it!

It’s probably easier to learn how to skateboard if you already know how to snowboard. Your feet are closer together and you can jump off. When it comes to the more technical stuff you probably have a harder time learning. An ollie on a skateboard is quite different as doing an ollie on a snowboard. Board slides should be easier though, you already know how a board reacts when you slide, still you need to be able to ollie a bit.

Just like snowboarding, learning to skateboard means getting the basics down before you go to the technical stuff. Start slow and don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.

So, for the question – does skateboarding help you snowboard? The answer is YES!!! Skateboarding can improve snowboarding;

  • Helping you balance on a moving board while in a surf stance
  • Teaching you how to carve into turns and how to slide to shed speed
  • Helping you master freestyle tricks common to both sport.

Skateboarding and snowboarding are complementary sports, and many riders cross-train for one by practising the other. Skateboarding can easily and inexpensively be practised outside of the snowboarding season.

Skateboarding lets you stay in shape and hone your balancing, carving, downhill, and freestyle skills from Spring to Fall. Conversely, snowboarding, if you have the time and budget for it, can keep you riding when it’s too cold and icy out there to skate.

Snowboarding is a great sport, and there is no feeling like being on those slopes. It’s important to remember, however, that skateboarding is quite similar to snowboarding and it can be the perfect solution for those who cannot snowboard throughout the whole year.

Is It Bad To Skateboard On Wet Ground?

Is It Bad To Skateboard On Wet Ground?

Have you ever wondered if it is bad to skateboard on wet ground? As a new skateboarder, it’s okay to have tons of questions and in fact, you should have tons of questions. You just need to be aware of the right questions to ask also know when to check the right source. That increases the chances of you knowing if it is safe for you or not, and what to do to avoid getting caught out.

So in this article, I will be addressing the very important safety question: Is it bad to skateboard on wet ground? Is it dangerous, unsafe, or just downright tricky? To find a suitable answer to this question, I am leveraging on the experience I have skateboarding as well as the bit of research I have done to hopefully give you the answers you need.

There are a number of reasons why skateboarding on wet ground is not a great idea. All of them bordering on your own safety and the wellbeing and integrity of your skateboard. For instance, think about what happens to wood and iron when they get wet, especially on a regular basis.

The wood on your board (deck) gets really damaged and the board’s bearings rust.

Apart from the damage you get to your skateboard, there’s a high chance of injury to yourself as skateboarding in such conditions is unsafe for you, the rider, as well. So, bearing these in mind, if you have an option that will lead you to avoid skateboarding on wet ground, I’d advise you to take it.

Now let’s discuss in more detail the things you need to know if riding your skateboard on wet ground is inevitable. How to stay safe, and how to manage the situation if anything goes wrong in the process.

The Hazards Of trying to Skateboard On Wet Ground

Like I mentioned earlier, skateboarding when it is wet is not a great idea and should ideally be avoided as much as possible. There are a number of dangers that it is worth noting.

  1. Distorted Skateboard Deck.

Wood and water are not a good mix. Your skateboard has a deck and that deck that is made of wood. Do the math.

Riding your skateboard when it’s raining or immediately after a rain shower and the ground is wet can be pretty detrimental to your skateboard. Now, I know there are situations where doing this is unavoidable. For instance, a surprise downpour of rain randomly catching you out. While the weather is out of our control, it is important to take immediate care for your skateboard right after.

Never leave your board dripping wet.

Employ whatever means to get the moisture off, whether with the use of a hand towel or a hairdryer.

  1. Your Trucks And Bearings Will Rust.

This particular problem is not one that can be completely ignored because damage to your bearings and trucks will eventually endanger you – the rider.

When your trucks and bearings are wet, there’s a higher chance that it will lead rust.

It doesn’t take a lot to make them rust as well. Just a little splash of water frequently and that’s that. Bearings are not cheap to buy, so before you grab your skateboard and head out onto a wet surface – think about it. Think about how much it’ll cost you to replace the damaged part. Although, skateboard bearings have varied prices, these cheap ones with over 1,000 user reviews are great options to have just in case.

If your skateboard happens to come with expensive bearings, then you should wipe it down after using it on a wet surface. It is best for you to take your skateboard apart and have the bearings wiped with a paper towel, blowdried and lubricated properly before putting it all back together.

Dangers To The Skateboarder

There are videos out there of skateboarders who have performed awesome tricks in the rain or on wet ground. What you don’t see is how much of a challenge it was to see what record they could break despite the considerable risk to themselves.

While it is fun and cool to see the tricks being performed, it is also very risky to skateboard on wet ground or in the rain. When you are on a wet surface, the wheels on your skateboard lose its grip on the pavement. When this happens, it is easy to lose control of your skateboard, hydroplane, and have a bad fall, which most likely will result in a very serious injury.

How To Know When Your Board Is Waterlogged

While this article mainly focuses on skateboarding on wet ground, sometimes, it happens by accident. It’s easy to ride into a puddle by mistake and when that happens, there are ways to know when your board is waterlogged.

The Weight

Skateboards that are waterlogged are a lot heavier than one that isn’t. To be precise, they are about three times as heavy so when you notice that your board is waterlogged, you should pick it up and figure out a way to attend to it.

The Sound

If you notice your board is giving off a muffled sound and has less bounce, especially when you land a trick, then it most likely is waterlogged. A sure way to test this out is to stand on tail or nose if you board and let it fall on a tough surface. If it gives off the usual sound it does when you land a trick, then it is not waterlogged.

Your skateboard shows visual evidence of distortion. If your board seems like it has changed shape, looks twisted or warped, then it has been exposed to moisture. Warped boards aren’t only caused by wetness, but also prolonged exposure to humidity.

How To Dry Off Your Wet Skateboard.

There are a number of instances of how your skateboard could get wet. It might just be a case of you forgetting to take your board back into the house after a day of playing or riding in the park and it rains, for hours.

There’s also a chance that the damage to your skateboard will mean little can be done to save it, if at all. You can try leaving it out in the sun to dry, but there is little or no chance that it will actually be saved.

 

 

If, however, you got caught in the rain for a few minutes while out with your skateboard or you rode over a puddle for a few seconds, then this is what you have to do:

  • Dismantle your board, removing all the hardware. Use a towel to dry off the board, hardware, grip tape, and the trucks as best as you can.
  • Take out the wheels from the skateboard and dry the outside and inside of the bearings using a Q-tip. Use some skateboard lube on the wheels to lubricate the bearings while rotating the wheels. To avoid rusts, do this within a day of your skateboard getting wet.
  • Put your board’s deck out in the sun with the grip tape faced up to dry it out. If it rains all the time, then air-dry it.
  • To check if your board is dried and good to go, drop it and listen to what sound it makes. Check the weight as well. If it still feels heavy and makes a muffled sound, then your board needs to be replaced because it is waterlogged.
  • If it sounds the way it should, you can go ahead and reassemble the parts.

So there you have it. Try as much as possible to avoid riding your skateboard on wet ground or in the rain, for your sake and the sake of your board.

As much as you can, try using any of the above methods to properly clean your skateboard to help avoid damage and rust.

How To Progress Faster In Skateboarding

A variety of options can flash through your mind when thinking about skateboarding. You will be forgiven for asking yourself if it’s a surfboard with four wheels attached to it. While waves help guide a surfboard, the rider’s feet help propel the skateboard. A skateboard can take an individual a short distance on a road and can even be used to perform stunts.

So if you’re wondering how to progress faster in skateboarding, then this post will explain everything you need to know. But first, let’s look at skateboards and what they consist of. A closer look at the skateboard shows that it consists of three parts: The truck, the deck, the wheels. What an individual stands upon when riding is called the deck. It’s best described as 32 inches long, 8 inches wide and less than one and the half-inch thick. The truck which is made of metal holds the deck to the wheels. The wheel’s inches which are about one and a half in diameter are made of polyurethane.

On its own, this cannot be used to describe what skateboarding is. An array of skateboarders have helped define and influence the growth of skateboarding.

Types of Skateboarding

  • The Street: The skateboard rider tries to overcome challenges on paved surfaces such as streets
  • The Ramp: This type incorporates ramps such as half-pipes or mini-ramps that are typically less than 6 feet high
  • The Vert.: The Skateboarder rides on a vertical ramp mostly 10 feet in height that is a larger version of a half-pipe.

Riding Styles

  • The Regular: The skateboarder’s left foot is in front while standing.
  • The Goofy: The skateboarder’s right food is in front while standing.
  • The Mongo: The skateboarder pushes the deck with the front foot.

Skateboarding Safety Tips

Always ensure you wear a helmet before getting on the deck for a ride. All skateboarders should wear a helmet. Also, knee pads, wrist guards, and elbow pads tend to be a good idea for everyone, especially people who are new to skateboarding. Mouthguards are also good protection against chipped or broken teeth.

On average, 85,000 people are treated in the hospital emergency rooms for skateboard related injuries. Over the years, skateboarders have also been killed by head injuries and collisions with cars.

The Reason We Aren’t Learning As Fast As We Could

There are a number of different reasons why people can get bored with skateboarding while learning. The main reason is the ‘stuck in a particular spot syndrome‘ – in other words, the inability to progress. In the process of trying to nail an Ollie, some skateboarders can get stuck. They also fall off the deck countless times. This could be particularly frustrating for the learner which could lead to giving up, heads dropping amongst others.

Besides getting stuck and falling off skateboard decks, another reason people stop is that they lack the basic idea of the required moves to progress. A lot of people learn by watching YouTube videos and witness how stunts are being performed by skateboarders but get frustrated with their inability to do the same.

A skateboarder tells a story of his journey from practising to becoming great at skateboarding. In his words, “Practice sessions never crossed my mind when I initially started skating. Practising tricks was a waste of time I said to myself. I was only interested in skating with friends in whatever way I wanted; a factor that contributed to my slow progress in learning”.

It took him 6 months to learn to kickflip and he skateboarded almost every day with a session lasting about thirty minutes. He tried scores of kickflips every session. Over the six months period, he had attempted a total of about one thousand six hundred and eighty kickflips.

Being conversant with the techniques acquired in the practice sessions, it would take twenty-five minutes to attempt 1680 kickflips which would have been learned in only thirteen days

The combination of the practice sessions with visualisation, goal setting, and success questions dramatically reduces the lengthy time in learning. They are indeed powerful techniques and if diligently followed, one can learn a new trick in a session or two at most.

Preparing Your Practice Sessions

Preparing properly for practice sessions can be achieved by watching numerous skateboarding trick videos to have a clear picture of what you want to achieve. You can also read up on the different kinds or types of trick trips available.

Pre Practicing Technique I: Stretching

Stretching is a key factor in this technique. This is because it increases flexibility, balance, circulation and reduces and most importantly the dangers of getting injured.

There is a high tendency that you skateboard better in the summer than the winter. This owes partly to your muscles being a lot looser in the summer, which is due to warmth in temperature which results in better muscle efficiency.

The focus would be on dynamic stretching. This is different from static stretching which involves maintaining a position till you get to the farthest. Dynamic involves the movement of parts of the body. Unlike static stretching, which involves holding a position and reaching to the farthest point, dynamic stretching involves moving parts of your body and carefully increasing reach and speed of movement.

Knee runs, butt kickers, hops, skips, lunges leg kicks and, slides amongst others are some of the dynamic stretching exercises you can practice.

Pre Practicing Technique II: Visualisation

When you have stretched your body for between five to eight minutes, the second aspect of preparation can take off which is visualisation. This involves sitting in a comfortable position and seeing yourself nailing the trick.

Before attempting any trick, it is good practice to visualise for about three to five minutes. Station yourself in a particular spot and imagine in your head the board meeting your feet, landing and rolling away.

You might think it isn’t worth your while but I can assure you it is well worth it when you perform the three-sixty flip after hours of consistent practice.

Just so you know that the mental aspect of a skateboard is equally important as the physical aspect.

Practice the trick you have learned over and over again while keeping your focus intact. Also, keep asking yourself success questions as you progress. You should also remember not to get dehydrated.

Overcoming Frustration

Every person learning how to skate can get frustrated one way or the other. Don’t be fooled; even an amateur who became a professional was once frustrated. It could come in the form of a fall from the deck, an ankle injury, slow progress to perfection. It is a phase that will come and go – it all depends on how you deal with it.

On the road to skateboarding perfection, frustration is that route you must ply whether you like it or not. The response to frustration could vary from slamming their skateboards to breaking it entirely.

Not handling the frustration properly can mar the entire process and hold you back from being as successful as you should be.

Dealing with Frustration

One of the best ways to deal with frustration is to not pay attention to that whatever it is that frustrates you. With skateboarding, you should look away from things that would frustrate you because the more you think about it, the more you can end up getting wrong.

 

Secrets of How To Progress Faster In Skateboarding

Whatever it is – amateur or pro skateboarding – it is safe to say it is 80% mental and 20% physical.

The Attitude of Great Skateboarders

The mindset you have is fundamental to doing well at skateboarding. This is because without the right mindset anyone would experience difficulties learning. The effort of trying to come up with a new trick would become enormous and in general, confidence would be lacking.

Possessing the right attitude is essential becoming successful at skateboarding. Having the right attitude will give you confidence in your ability and allow you to consistently improve.

Anything Is Possible

Belief is also important. You need to believe in yourself that whatever challenges or obstacles that come your way you will overcome them. The potential of being a great skateboarder has to be nurtured with self-belief. Irrespective of the potential, if self-belief, is lacking, then the greatness in you cannot come alive. Whatever you choose to believe in, is what you become.

There Is No Competition

There is no competition. You are only in competition with yourself to always try to improve from where you left off. Imitating someone you see online could be fatal as it would only limit you and your ability to get better.

The quote below is a testament to buttress the fact that you are not in competition with anyone but yourself to get better by the day. You need to carve out a niche for yourself and be unique in your way. Let dedication and selflessness speak for you and put you at the pinnacle of what you do.

No one can be like you. They can only look like you. It is only you that can do what you can do best. So try to develop yourself by learning a trick or two each session and watch yourself become a case for perfection. There is real fun in skateboarding. Embrace it.

Skating with better people increases the chances that you will progress a lot quicker. You get to learn more tricks from them, master the ones you already know to perfection through them and learn a lot of new stuff together. If you learn with people better than you are complacency would set in and there would be a level of regression. However, leaving your comfort zone to advanced territory tends to be a stepping stone to fast progress.

Set Goals and set deadlines

Setting goals can be a huge step in your journey to progress faster in skateboarding. Just like any game player trying to learn a new skill, you just need to dedicate yourself to the task ahead.

Each accomplishment made, helps to justify the amount of time you dedicate towards learning to become a better skateboarder. By writing down your goals on a piece of paper, a jotter or by creating a to-do list you are able to monitor how well you’re doing and how many tricks you have mastered. So if you ever get to the point where learning becomes more difficult, going back to what you have written will help you strengthen your resolve.

Setting deadlines also helps to control the amount of time you spend learning and practising your skateboarding tricks.

When you put a time frame in place, chances are that you’ll notice that it doesn’t take as much time to learn a trick as earlier thought. All that is usually needed is an extra push, the kind of push you get from setting deadlines.

I believe that these few tips would go a long way to settling nerves to help you along in the learning process and remember, learning never ends.

Conclusion

Skateboarding has become very easy to learn and in the shortest amount of time possible. However, it is important to note that the mind must be engaged vigorously. With a positive mindset, you will progress faster than expected. This is because if you believe it you can do it. Make sure you focus only on things that will improve your skills and see your mistakes as a learning process

Skateboard Bushings Guide For Buyers

Skateboard Bushings Guide

What are bushings? They are those rubber rings made of polyurethane, attached to a truck’s kingpin; they help navigate your board. These bushings come in pair and are usually adjustable for user convenience, but before picking your skateboard bushings, you must consider your weight, style, and most especially, your board type.

Most times your selection range narrows down to the style you perform, for instance;

  • For longboards, softer bushings are best for carving.
  • Racers and downhill skateboarders should get stiff bushings for stability
  • For technical tricks and street skating (daredevils), a cone/barrel shape bushing is preferred.

Keep in mind that bushings also come in different shapes, sizes and quality. And as this buying guide will show you, buying low-quality bushing for your skateboard will not enhance your riding experience but make it less responsive. It is also worth noting that the rebound effect decreases over time, which is also a good reason to get a high-quality bushing at the initial stage.

What Kind Of Skateboard Bushings Are Best For You?

Not all bushings can be applied to any skateboard, even interchanging your bushings is a tricky idea. Regular skateboard users can use bushings with 87A or 92A hardness, but longboarders might have little difficulties picking out the right bushings.

Bushings can be soft or hard. The former makes it easier to turn, but with the disadvantage of less stability and the latter, stability is guaranteed, but making turns and pivot will be trouble, and even with adjustment, both still retain their perks.

Top Bushing

Let’s talk about how bushings work

Bushings come in different thickness/hardness and shapes; they play a significant role in the navigation, i.e., steering, although the pivot cup also helps in turning your skateboard. The right bushings can contribute to a successful skateboard performance.

Bushings usually have a board side located atop, and a roadside at the bottom, which is were most of your weight is resting. The roadside portion accommodates most of the forces when that comes from your steering and compressing the bushing itself. While the board side receives less impact – it supports the bottom bushing while holding your truck together. And if the bottom bushing (roadside) is maxed compressed, the board side (top bushing) assumes duty.

Regular skateboard bushings: coming in different shapes and styles, the durometer varies upon skateboard type and your preference. Bushings come in three shapes: barrel, conical, and eliminator, but with improvement in modernisation, more bushing shapes have been invented, which brought an end to the relentless experimenting of bushings by skateboarders.Regular skateboard bushings

Now, where barrel-shape offers less turning and more stability, cone-shape offers better turning and less stability, so often you’ll see technical skateboarders who prefer to combine these two bushings. The most important thing to be aware of is that the durometer (hardness) depends on the tightness of your trucks and weight. Also, street skateboarders can use the barrel/cone-shaped bushing, but the recommended bushings used by skateboarders are the Bones bushing.

Although all skateboard trucks bushings are mass-manufactured as stock, this still has its shortcomings as not everyone weighs the same, and some skateboarders may want to personalise their tightness. And as stated earlier, hardness can be in the range of 87A, 90A, and 92A, but keep in mind that unless there is a break or tear in your bushing, you don’t need to replace them.

Longboard bushings: These bushings are based on your weight and style. Skateboarders that love carving might want to get soft and responsive bushings, though for downhill skating, a stiffer and less responsive bushing is needed for balance. There are numerous varieties of longboard bushings to pick from. You should know that washers have a great impact too in carving, stability, and responsiveness.

Bushings for better carving and cruising: If you are looking to use barrel bushings or cone-shaped bushings, then it is handy to know that they are considered to be softer bushings for more responsiveness and turning. In addition, flat washers and cup washers are the ones to get if you are after optimal turns and more stability, respectively.

Note – flat washers are less stable.

Below is a chart for Longboard bushings hardness compared to the weight required for carving and cruising

Weight (KG) Weight (Pounds) Stiff Medium Flexible
79 - 100 + 175 - 220 + 97a 93a 91a
56 - 79 125 - 175 91a 89a 87a
45 - 66 100 - 145 88a 87a 85a
34 - 56 75 - 125 85a 83a 80a
23 - 45 50 - 100 81a 78a 65a

Downhill bushings: Depending on your weight, you need a double barrel bushings or stepped bushings with cup washers for the utmost stability.

Below is a chart for going downhill with longboard bushings

Weight (KG) Weight (Pounds) Stiff Medium Flexible
79 - 100 + 175 - 220 + 100a 93a 91a
56 - 79 125 - 175 93a 90a 88a
45 - 66 100 - 145 88a 87a 85a
34 - 56 75 - 125 85a 83a 80a
23 - 45 50 - 100 81a 78a 65a

Bushings for Freeride: for free-riders, your bushings must be a bit harder compared to cruiser bushing- slightly hard on the durometer scale. This is because free-riders will need firm stability, especially when sliding or going fast and a bit of responsiveness when turning. A double-barrel setup is recommended for free-riders.

Below is a chart showing the hardness needed for freeride bushings VS rider weight

Weight (KG) Weight (Pounds) Stiff Medium Flexible
79 - 100 + 175 - 220 + 97a 93a 91a
56 - 79 125 - 175 91a 89a 87a
45 - 66 100 - 145 88a 87a 85a
34 - 56 75 - 125 85a 83a 80a
23 - 45 50 - 100 81a 78a 65a

Let’s talk about the different shapes of bushings

skateboard bushing shapes

Bushings come in various shapes but not all the shapes available are suitable for your style. Regular skateboards usually only require the classic combination of cone and barrel. For longboarders, on the other hand, there is more of a range to pick from. This basically boils down to what type of longboarder you are and the type of longboard you ride.

The good thing about normal skateboards is that they are very  similar in shape and components which makes choosing the right bushings for you – a lot easier. The bushing seats have the largest density, pressure surface and provide utmost stability even at a very high speeds.

Double barrel bushings

double barrel bushings This is recommended for downhill and speed junkies; even free-riders could use this as long as it is a longboard that is being used. To achieve more stability and rebound, a cup washer should be added.

The popular brands for regular skateboards include,

  • Bones
  • Independent
  • Khiro
  • Oust

Popular longboard brands include the following,

  • Venom
  • Ronin
  • Rad

Note – this bushing is not suitable for slalom and carving.

Cone barrel-shaped bushings

It is a typical combo used by technical skateboarders; most trucks come with this combination as their stock bushings. A combination of barrel and cone is known as the standard bushings or regular. The barrel provides stability while the cone provides easy pivoting and turning. cone barrel bushings Some skateboarders prefer a different degree of hardness for each bushing – the softer the conical bushing, the easier it is to steer and pivot while the harder the barrel bushing the more stability provided. It could also pass as an excellent combo for cruising and longboards.

Cone bushings

These are the best for cruising and longboards because of its high turning and caving ability. The conical bushing is manufacture with less medial support; thus it promotes more and easier caving, due to its conical shape it has lesser mass and resistance, i.e., less polyurethane which gives a great deck lean performance. Therefore a wild skateboarder ought to get a different shape or else with too much deck lean, you risk unstable turns. To eliminate this flaw, you can combine it with a harder barrel bushing. In fact, with more deck clearance, wheelbite is terminated; thus, if you weigh under or over 140lbs, use a softer durometer like an 87A or 93A durometer.

Double cone-shaped bushings

From research, many skateboarders have said and agreed that the bones hardcore cone-to-cone bushing, is the best. The top bushing can be harder than the lower if you are a stiff skateboarder or into skate transitions. double cone bushings Bone bushing come in three types;
  1. Soft bushings; 81A durometer for 61B
  2. Medium bushings; 91A durometer for 71B
  3. Hard bushings; 96A durometer for 76B
The above are the most common bushings, especially for street skateboarders, and they offer more stability than the standard (cone barrel combo). Here, your weight and durometer scale must be put into consideration.

Stepped bushings

The single stepped bushing is highly recommended for longboarders and downhill riders due to their high rebound power, stiffness, and their compressing coupled with releasing ability at the centre. They are less responsive and are crafted to fill the bushing seat; they come lacking a standard- with multiple shapes, and because of their shapes, they make a great combination with barrel and truck bushings.

The stepped bushing can be straight, curved, or angled.

Note – stepped bushing is not suitable for regular skateboards.

Double Stepped Bushings

These bushings are epic; they not only create a vast lean resistance but have high rebound power, which means they snap back to the centre in swift action. Their stiffness and tightness are 100 per cent efficient, especially if you need your truck to be very tight, thus suitable for fast, speedy longboarders.

double stepped bushings

They somehow have a long surface like the barrel and sometimes referred to as stepped barrels. Moreover, it is possible to combine barrel and stepped to give barrel/stepped bushing; placing the stepped at the bottom with the barrel atop gives your truck ultimate stability. The former is in charge of lean resistance and stiffness, while the latter is all about your rebound. With this combo downhill, longboarders will make sharp turns at ease.

Note – the barrel and stepped bushings is not also suitable for regular skateboarding.

Other bushings may include…

There are different kinds of bushings, one of which is cone-shaped but tagged hourglass bushing. Its top possesses small surface great carving and turning is allowed. Longboarders become more responsive, but downhill riders tend to wobble due to high velocity.

The larger surface at the top offers more resistance, and the bottom provides excellent rebound; for stability, it is advisable to add a cup washer. This combo is suitable for slalom more than it is for regular skateboards.

How Your Bushing Choice Is Based On Your Weight

Yes, the type of bushing you choose is weight bound because when you make turns, your weight compresses the bushings, therefore, a bushing that is too soft may cause an imbalance of which a harder bushing might correct.

Skaters with heavier weight ought to use harder bushings, which makes your ride less responsive, although this depends upon their style and preference unless your trucks are tight; it is no use going with a soft bushing.

So if you’re a heavy skateboarder, you need to get harder bushings.  

 

What Is A Bushing Durometer?

It measures bushing, just like wheels. Durometer has two common types A & B Like wheels, with the A-scale going from 1-100, so anything above a hundred doesn’t even exist, and you should know that the durometer A-scale is 20 points higher than durometer B-scale. The durometer comes in three forms: soft, medium, and hard.

  • Soft durometer: it is usually below 90A or 70B, suitable for lightweight skateboarders, and it also turns and compresses swiftly.
  • Medium durometer: it ranges from 90A, 96A, and 70B, 76B, respectively.
  • Hard bushings: 96A or 76B

Getting to know the right washers…

This goes back to longboarders and downhill riders. Cup washers hold bushings together, making your skateboard truck tighter but flat washers free bushings for swift turns. Flat washers offer less rebound, though the wider ones make the turn easier; they snap your bushings in place more quickly than the narrow types. The narrow washers will allow deeper carving but less stability, and they also take time to snap back to position.

In short, longboarders and cruisers should get flat washers while downhill riders and regular skateboarders should go for cup washers.

Note – The washers are of two shapes flat and cup-shape, as deduced from the previous text.

When To Replace Skateboard Bushings?

If you see a crack, crumble, tear, or you start hearing funny noise, although they can be long-lasting, their lifespan also depends on your skating style. Some of these sounds can be as a result of your bushings drying out, it is fixable though, all you have to do is to add candle wax or grate some soap in. Weather can be a factor in wearing out your bushings.

Some skateboarders complain of clicking sounds; this, on the other hand, is caused by your washers, which may be due to it moving around the kingpin, replacing them is the best solution.

Note – All longboard skateboard bushings are usually the same size, so they can be swapped anytime with different varieties, but not all are suitable for all skateboards.

Skateboard Truck Bushing Washers, Setups, Maintenance And Tips

  1. When getting a bushing, don’t forget to add washers as they can increase the performance of your skating as well as your stability.
  2. For loose setups, use a set of soft cone bushings and flat washers.
  3. To achieve tight setups, get barrel bushings coupled with cup washers for stability.
  4. Do not over tighten your nuts, as it could damage your bushings and pivot cups
  5. To avoid wheelbite, use a set of medium-soft bushings or just soft bushings with cup washers, but heavy skateboarders need to harder bushings to prevent wheelbite.

How do you break in bushings?

Tightening your trucks can help to speed up the process of breaking in your new bushings. You can untighten them later.

Usually it can take anything between  3 to 7 hours to fully break your bushings in.

How do I know if my skate bushings are bad?

Once your bushings begin to show cracks, begin to crumble, or begin to squeak or look squashed, then your skate bushings are bad and need to be replaced. Usually, how long bushings last for will depend on the frequency and aggressiveness you put into your skating. Other factors that are worth considering is the temperatures that you skate in and where you store your skateboard each day.

High temperatures will wear down the bushings on your skateboards a lot quicker, the same way that storing them in hot and moist environments will shorten their lifespan. 

Can You Push With Your Front Foot On A Skateboard

Can You Push With Your Front Foot On A Skateboard

When you push with your front foot on a skateboard it is referred to as ‘Mongo pushing’. It tаkеѕ mоrе tіmе tо get іntо a proper роѕіtіоn and уоu’ll have less bаlаnсе bесаuѕе the center of уоur ѕkаtеbоаrd dесk рrоvіdеѕ lеѕѕ ѕtаbіlіtу. Prореr рuѕhіng mеаnѕ you рut your frоnt fооt near thе front оf уоur truсkѕ (nеаr the bolts). Thеn уоu uѕе your back foot (and leg) tо рuѕh уоurѕеlf fоrwаrd.

Now fоr mоngо, іt’ѕ a dіffеrеnt ѕtоrу. It’s unclear whеrе thе рhrаѕе саmе frоm but уоu dоn’t hаvе to have a wіld іmаgіnаtіоn to knоw whаt it means.

When уоu рuѕh mongo уоu рlасе your back feet nеаr the center of your bоаrd and uѕе уоur front foot tо рuѕh. In order tо gеt back іntо position уоu need tо place уоur frоnt fооt on уоur bоаrd, while sort оf ѕіmultаnеоuѕlу moving уоur back fооt tо your tаіl . Stіll fоllоwіng?

It tаkеѕ a lot longer thаn gеttіng іntо a normal stance. It’s not all bаd, уоu can unlearn аnd thеrе аrе a few advantages if уоu ѕtаrtеd оut pushing уоur skateboard this wау. It’ѕ nоt оnlу about thе time іt takes to gеt оn your board, so lеt’ѕ tаkе a сlоѕеr look.

The Advаntаgе оf Puѕhіng Mоngо

Let’s ѕtаrt wіth thе advantages bесаuѕе even though pushing mongo іѕ frоwnеd uроn, you’ll hаvе a much еаѕіеr tіmе lеаrnіng to rіdе fаkіе! You рuѕh mоngо аnd then when уоu hаvе еnоugh ѕрееd уоu оnlу hаvе tо рlасе уоur front foot nеаr thе truсk bоltѕ and bасk foot оn уоur tаіl. So nоw уоu’rе rіdіng fаkе lіkе it’s second nаturе.

Riding switch wіll аlѕо bе a bit lеѕѕ аwkwаrd іn thе bеgіnnіng. Yоu аlrеаdу рuѕh with your frоm fооt ѕо уоu оnlу have to рlасе уоur back foot a little mоrе tо the frоnt оf уоur board. Thеn you оnlу have tо рut your frоnt foot оn your tаіl. Steering wіll ѕtіll fееl a bіt odd but practice mаkеѕ реrfесt.

Tо bе fair, thе benefits dоn’t outweigh the cons.

 

The Cоnѕ

Pushing mongo іѕn’t very efficient, there аrе a couple of disadvantages thаt аrеn’t аlwауѕ too оbvіоuѕ. You nееd ԛuісk access to уоur tail соnѕtаntlу whеn уоu рuѕh around. Yоu nееd it tо оllіе, kickturn, hop cracks, аvоіd ѕmаll rосkѕ etc.

If уоu рuѕh rеgulаr this wіll be much easier because іt juѕt tаkеѕ less tіmе tо get іn thе rіght position. You оnlу have tо hаvе to tаkе your back fооt off and оn your tаіl. Mоngо rеԛuіrеѕ a fеw еxtrа steps аnd ѕоmе саn even be a bіt rіѕkу. If it takes longer tо gеt іntо a рrореr аnd ѕtаblе роѕіtіоn, you can’t deal fаr as fast wіth unexpected еvеntѕ. Yоu hаvе lеѕѕ tіmе tо react аnd уоu рrоbаblу experienced this уоurѕеlf аlrеаdу.

Alѕо, wеіght dіѕtrіbutіоn аnd center оf gravity come іntо рlау. Yоur ѕtаtіоnаrу bасk fооt is bеtwееn thе mіddlе оf уоur bоаrd аnd tаіl. It makes the rіdе unstable and bесоmеѕ more арраrеnt аt grеаtеr ѕрееdѕ. It’ѕ аlѕо way hаrdеr tо mаkе corrections whеn something or ѕоmеоnе іѕ іn уоur path. уоu don’t have these issues whеn you рuѕh nоrmаl. Your frоnt fооt is placed nеаr the bоltѕ of thе front truсkѕ whісh give уоu muсh mоrе ѕtаbіlіtу.

Skаtеbоаrd Stаnсе

Most skateboarders rіdе rеgulаr оr gооfу. Goofy means уоur rіght fооt in frоnt and rеgulаr mеаnѕ уоu рuѕh уоur ѕkаtеbоаrd with your left foot іn frоnt. Mongo pushers саn bе both rеgulаr аnd goofy ѕkаtеrѕ but juѕt never learned how tо рuѕh a board рrореrlу.

It’s juѕt whаt уоu рrеfеrrеd when you fіrѕt ѕtаrtеd ѕkаtеbоаrdіng, mауbе іt wаѕ еаѕіеr or fеlt mоrе stable, іn thе lоng run, іt’ѕ gоіng to саtсh uр.

Even Sоmе of thе Bеѕt Skateboarders Puѕhеd Mongo

Sоmе of thе mоѕt stylish and tаlеntеd skaters ѕtаrtеd оff рuѕhіng mоngо. But while thеу ѕtаrtеd out as mоngо pushers, thеу соrrесtеd thеіr pushing рrоblеm. Aѕ a рrо, уоu rеаllу саn’t get away wіth рuѕhіng with уоur frоnt fооt аnd can make оr brеаk your career. Stуlе іѕ іmроrtаnt аnd mоngо looks wеіrd.

Bіll Dаnfоrth

Bіll Dаnfоrth is рrоbаblу thе most infamous mоngо рuѕhеr аnd wаѕ also notorious fоr hіѕ рumріng ѕtуlе. He was аlѕо саllеd ‘thе Nоmаd’ аnd оldеr skaters ѕоmеtіmеѕ ѕtіll rеfеr to hіѕ ѕtуlе аnd саll mоngо рuѕhіng ‘рuѕhіng Dan’.

Rаndу Colvin

Randy Colvin’s раrt іn Two World Induѕtrіеѕ Men (1990) сlеаrlу ѕhоwѕ hіѕ mоngо pushing ѕtуlе. Even though he showed ѕоmе gnarly ѕkаtіng, іt’ѕ just ѕtrаngе tо ѕее a ѕkаtеr аt thаt lеvеl push with hіѕ front fооt. Fаkіе nоѕе grіndѕ оf rаіlѕ, wallride tо nоllіе аrе thіngѕ уоu dоn’t еxресt frоm a mоngо рuѕhеr. I dоn’t think you can gеt аwау wіth it this dау, but thе stuff hе ѕhоwеd in the еаrlу 90’s wаѕ іmрrеѕѕіvе.So how dо you stop рuѕhіng mongo?

Tоm Pеnnу

Prоbаblу оnе оf thе mоѕt surprising nаmеѕ оn this lіѕt іѕ Tom Penny. Tоm was a mongo рuѕhеr when hе started оut. Thеrе іѕ supposed tо bе a video ѕоmеwhеrе whісh ѕhоwѕ hіm рuѕhіng with his frоnt foot, can’t fіnd іt, unfortunately. Tom іѕ a lеgеnd аnd ѕооn corrected his stance.

Chrіѕ Cole

Chrіѕ Cole? Fоr rеаl? Yеаh, еvеn Chrіѕ Cole ѕtаrtеd out рuѕhіng uѕіng his frоnt fооt. Chris іѕ оnе оf mу fаvоrіtе ѕkаtеbоаrdеrѕ, not just because of hіѕ mаd ѕkіllѕ but he’s just a grеаt guу. In the dосumеntаrу Mоtіvаtіоn 2, Jamie Thоmаѕ nоtеd that hе оnсе told Chris to ѕtаrt pushing like a regular (оr goofy) ѕkаtеbоаrdеr if he wants tо advance his саrееr.

 

Ignоrе thе Hесklеrѕ

If you don’t feel lіkе lеаrnіng to рuѕh in a normal wау, thаt’ѕ fіnе! I gеt thаt ѕоmеtіmеѕ уоu саn fееl рrеѕѕurеd bу your peers аnd people hесklіng уоu for riding mongo. I pushed thіѕ way fоr уеаrѕ аnd nоbоdу cared аt аll, аt lеаѕt where I’m frоm. Nоbоdу thought there wаѕ аnуthіng wrong wіth іt, juѕt a bіt dіffеrеnt.

I dесіdеd to dо something аbоut it because I juѕt wаntеd tо rіdе mоrе efficiently and nоtісеd I hаd trоublе kееріng mу balance іn соnfіnеd ѕрасеѕ. I’m glаd I dіd though! Also, even ѕоmе аrе рrоѕ switch between mоngо ѕtуlе аnd normal.

If реорlе gіvе уоu сrар аbоut your pushing ѕtуlе іt’ѕ рrоbаblу best tо ignore thеm, уоu dо you! It’s juѕt lіkе thаt mall grаb thing, nоbоdу cares except fоr posers. Sеrіоuѕlу, whу dо people care? Aѕ fаr as I’m соnсеrnеd уоu gо rіdе thе streets іn уоur Trаѕhеr ѕhіrt, рuѕhіng mоngо аnd whеn уоu’rе dоnе grаb your truсkѕ tо carry уоur bоаrd around. Don’t сhаngе your ѕtуlе just tо fіt in.

Hоw tо Stop Puѕhіng With Your Front Foot on a Skateboard

I used tо рuѕh mоngо because it wаѕ just thе wау I learned to ѕkаtе as a kіd. It never оссurrеd to mе that іt’ѕ a tеrrіblу іnеffісіеnt wау tо рuѕh a ѕkаtеbоаrd. I fоrсеd mуѕеlf not tо рuѕh mоngо, соnѕtаntlу repeating that tо mуѕеlf when I dіd it аgаіn. It’ѕ nоt еаѕу to get rіd оf ѕоmеthіng thаt’ѕ so dеерlу wіrеd іntо уоur brain.

So how dо you stop рuѕhіng mongo?

I started by juѕt сruіѕіng a smooth street or раvеmеnt, thіѕ way іt mаdе іt a bit easier tо fосuѕ. It wаѕ hard at first bесаuѕе іt juѕt fеlt unnatural аnd іt wаѕ very awkward. I fеlt I lооkеd lіkе a bеgіnnеr and was a bіt еmbаrrаѕѕеd tо be hоnеѕt. It dіdn’t take very lоng bеfоrе іt gоt better. One thіng that hеlреd wаѕ tо lean оn my knее wіth my hand, ѕоmеhоw it mаdе mе fееl mоrе соmfоrtаblе. In ѕhоrt, hеrе’ѕ what tо do whеn you want tо ѕtор pushing mоngо:

  • Fіnd a ѕmооth rоаd/раvеmеnt/ѕіdеwаlk аnd ѕtаrt рuѕhіng nоrmаl
  • Uѕе уоur hаnd (lеft оr rіght, dереndѕ оn your stance) аnd lean оn your knее оnсе you fееl a bit mоrе соmfоrtаblе.
  • Tаkе іt ѕlоw, уоur bаlаnсе mіght bе a bit оff.
  • Fоrсе yourself every tіmе to push normal when уоu push mоngо. Gеt оff thе board and get in thе proper роѕіtіоn.

You’ll ѕооn rеар the bеnеfіtѕ when уоu vіѕіt your lосаl ѕkаtераrk. Aftеr a whіlе, you dоn’t wаnt tо gо bасk.

Conclusion

Puѕhіng mоngо has a lot оf dіѕаdvаntаgеѕ but уоu ѕhоuldn’t change your ѕtуlе bесаuѕе реорlе dоn’t like hоw іt lооkѕ. Do іt fоr thе right rеаѕоnѕ аnd ѕtаrt рrасtісіng. Yоu’ll bе рuѕhіng ‘nоrmаl’ in nо tіmе dереndіng on how long уоu’vе bееn dоіng it.

Nоw if you wаnt tо become a рrо, уоu really ѕhоuld ѕtор рuѕhіng wіth your front fооt. Sоmе got аwау with іt іn thе early 90ѕ, but thоѕе dауѕ аrе lоng gоnе. Skаtеbоаrdіng has come a long wау ѕіnсе thеn аnd the rіѕе оf Instagram аnd Yоutubе demand thаt уоu ѕkаtе wіth ѕtуlе оr уоu can fоrgеt аbоut a following.

Aѕ fоr mе. I саn ѕtіll rіdе faster when I push mоngо and іt рrоbаblу is bесаuѕе I dіd it for a very long tіmе. I dоn’t regret rеlеаrnіng how tо push but іt was a bіt embarrassing sometimes.

Nowadays, I rіdе fakie lіkе a boss, ѕо there’s thаt!

How To Longboard Uphill

How To Longboard Uphill

Longboarding Uphill

All longboarders, enjoy carving down those steep or mild hills and cruising and pushing on flat, smooth ground. In time, whether you enjoy downhill or not, or you are thinking of skating downhill, you should know, as a skateboarder, you will encounter uphill races, and this post will prepare you for it.

Why do skaters longboard uphill? There is something frighteningly thrilling about climbing/riding on an inclined plane. The feeling of going up and down, with the breeze zooming pass and around you, are all so exciting. Still, there are also a few reasons why skaters take this exciting risk.

  1. For the fun of it. As a free-rider, you will enjoy the travelling down the long windy roads, the slides, and carves.
  2. For fitness longboarders, riding on an upward inclined plane will help build your muscles as well as your endurance.

Skate Note – another name for fitness longboarding is also called skogging (skating + jogging).

How do you longboard uphill? You have to push, walk, and pump. It takes great stamina for you to pump, and it also requires good skogging techniques; in fact, it is seen as a full-body workout. And most fitness skateboarders tend to this feature, they usually work and develop this skill which keeps them physically fit as a bonus. Others mentioned earlier like walking is not as yielding as the other. Still, it is also a sporty and yet effective action when longboarding uphill. All three techniques are used and required upon the style or manner and the area you wish to longboard, also keep in mind that your ride’s setup has a great impact on your performance.

Now, we would break down each technique needed for riding uphill and state when to use them. So, let us begin!

Using the Pushing technique uphill

This is a typical aspect of longboarding uphill. Going through downhill sections or a short uphill – it is normal for you to kick push your board as you would on flat surfaces. In the case of longer inclines, you need to build your endurance because you are going to be needing it – with good endurance, you can avoid getting off your longboard during your ride.

Using the Skogging technique uphill

An alternative to pushing is the skogging, i.e., pushing with both feet. The technique is;

  • The normal push- with your front foot on deck, you kick with your rear foot.
  • The mongo push- with your rear foot on deck, you kick with your front foot.

Both alternative footings allow you to distribute the burden on your legs and muscles. If you succeed in building this skill, it provides you with the strength and endurance to longboard on long incline routes.

Skate Note – the skogging technique can be applied to long-distance rides on flat surfaces or ground.

 

Using the witch pushing technique uphill

Besides the alternate footing, switch pushing is also applied by longboarders. It is far different from skogging because when skogging, you only change your footing while maintaining your natural stance, unlike switch pushing that has to do with switching your stance. To switch push (switching stance), you interchange the regular stance (left foot in front) to the goofy stance (right foot in front) and vice-versa.

This technique also engages your muscles, so thus it is another way to build muscles, it also helps improve your longboarding skills by teaching you how to balance and use your weakest leg. Still, you need to practice often to become good at it, and to this, you must first master skogging before venturing into the push stance.

Using the pumping technique uphill

The second central aspect of longboarding uphill is the pumping technique. This particular skill is a fluid yet powerful motion that maintains stability in your momentum when longboarding across the road; this is usually as a result of a stream of specific body movement in continuous motion.

Pumping on flat ground is rather easy as the event is much slower and relaxed, unlike riding uphill with the gravity against you, thus you have to do faster and shorter rotations with your weight on the front trucks.

Other pump actions include…

Tight quick pumps: with less activity from the superior (upper) part of your body, you can make short pumps and tight carves with your hips, but keep in mind that overly forceful pumps can lead to speed loss. Instead, try short quick pumps with your front foot in the bolt, this will yield a better riding performance.

Starting with a good initial velocity can grant you a significant momentum uphill, but with time that momentum begins to decline. What to do? With the influence of your shoulder’s rotation, you can create broader and stronger pumps with a lower frequency to minimize your speed loss.

Deep and powerful pumps: Some riders focus more on powerful pumps and craves. These riders forcefully bring the nose of their longboard in after every carve they make, simultaneously dragging in their front foot as they push their rear foot behind them, this synchronous action provokes the thrust and acceleration they require for such skating.

To give your rear foot enough power to push, you must rip your board vigorously in and out of carves through running a high turning rear truck, but to do this, you must practice often; in the end, it becomes an added advantage to your uphill riding skill and performance.

How to Setup For Longboarding Uphill

The uphill pushing setups

The commuter-oriented longboards (an example being the Loaded Dervish Sama) are the best longboard setups for the pushing technique uphill; they are usually low-riding that is the drop-through or drop deck with an ample wheelbase for stable pushing power, accompanied with little flex and mellow concave for kicking and easier movement respectively.

The Uphill Pumping Setups

As stated above, loosening your rear truck allows more fluid and powerful pumps. However, a softer bushing and a shorter wheelbase may also help you with pumping uphill without affecting the effectiveness on flat surface or ground.

A good brand is the Bennet 4.3″; it is a narrow front truck that aids easier longboarding uphill with long gradual climbs.

Skate Note – the 5″ truck is a better choice for mixed surfaces (a ground with both flat and uphill system), while a 6” truck would be best for riders that love speed.

Still on the Bennett, its small wheelbases and super turning capability assist in pumping even at low speed, which is what most longboarders require and go for. Suitable decks to follow this great addition are the Subsonic Illuminati 28″ and the GBomb Freewill 28″. These decks being higher above the ground helps with control over your uphill pumping, also the slalom setups are very high of the ground (comes with risers).

Skate Note small wheels are in fact the best for longboarding uphill, as no matter how skilled you are, sometimes it may be difficult for your board to have enough momentum to pass over stones -that may be on the road- as pumping requires low speed in order to prevent a mishap.

P.S- the Orangatang 75mm In-Heats is a brilliant wheel to consider.

 

The Right Arm Motion to Longboard Uphill

This is as important as your setup; it aids the efficiency of your pump action. This is often described as being a combination of ‘shadow boxing‘ and the ‘rocking a baby‘ kind of movement. It is a standard utilization for pumping up a slight incline route. Another is the circling motion of the rear arm, which also produces a great skating effect.

Skate Note – between uphill pumping and uphill pushing, the pumping technique takes more strength, and it is somehow slower than the uphill pushing. In fact, given the downside, the pumping technique remains an excellent skill and is found worthy of most skaters/riders and not to mention pumping requires full-body action; thus, a better body workout.

Most times, combing both techniques is a great skill achievement that will enhance your longboarding uphill and general skating ability.

 

Skate Bonus: what Surfskate truck is suitable for uphill pumping

Case study: the Carver C7 surfskate truck

The C7 is great for longboarders because it is easy to use when learning to pump as it guides you through the motions, plus its uphill pumping ability is impressive. These kinds of surf trucks are suitable for shorter distances, medium speed rides, cruising areas, riding up small uphill, and surf-like style pumping.

This surfskate can help prepare you for longer, tougher, and more skillful performance, but then you have to prepare the arrival of another surfskate like the G-Bomb bracks.

 

Last Note

From all that’s being said so far, there are various ways to longboarding uphill, all of which vary upon your speed, efficiency, the effort needed, and, most importantly, the setups.

 

 

How to Choose Best Skateboard Wheels for Street & Cruising

Best Skateboard Wheels for Street

Getting back to skateboarding recently after a 10-year break meant I had to know my wheels and boards all over again so with my decision to take up the sport once more, I had to do some research.

 

The kind of skateboard you pick depends a lot on how often you skate, locations you frequent and your general style. For wheels, the type of truck and its diameter will determine the type of wheels to get.

The performance of your wheels is critical, so while the technical stuff can be boring, it is vital information.

 

The Best Wheels Under Different Circumstances

The location you are skating on determines the performance of your wheels. Cruisers require different wheels same as street skaters and vert skaters. There really is no type of wheel that is great for everything.

Now to the good stuff!

Street Wheels

So what are the best skateboard wheels for street? Street wheels are designed with a smaller diameter between 49mm and 53mm. Street skating requires skateboards with small components for easy manoeuvrability and quicker response.

Wheels for street skating also require harder wheels of 99A and 101A. Softer wheels will have your skateboard bouncing all over the place as you perform tricks.

 

Skateboard  Wheels for Mini Ramps

Go for large diameter wheels for mini ramps, 54mm preferably. You may go below at 53mm or above if you wish. When purchasing mini ramps, look for:

  • 96A to 101A durometer or 82B.
  • Conical shaped wheels with a soft texture and round lips.

 

Wheels for Bowl Skating

A large diameter will help you maintain speed when skating Bowl though this type of skating is strenuous. To use bigger wheels, try to get an old school deck. Bowl skating also requires suitable bearings such as Bones Swiss which is affordable and durable.

 

Skateboard Wheels for Cruising

For cruise skating, something over 60mm will suit you nicely. Anything smaller will accelerate quickly but won’t roll for long. My cruiser wheel guide will show you wheels that are perfect for cruising.

Riser pads are helpful too in preventing wheel bites.

Your cruiser wheels should have:

 

  • A diameter of at least 60mm
  • Softer wheels with 96A durometer
  • Large contact patch

You can make your wheels more lightweight by replacing them with plastic.

 

Skateboard Wheels for Concrete Skate Parks

Skating on concrete will require you to get 53mm-54mm wheels with the durometer around 96A and 101A. Wheels should conical shape with round lips.

 

Skateboard Wheels for Cruising and Tricks

If you want to combine cruising around and doing occasional tricks, your wheels should be between hard and soft that lets you pop your deck and still ride smoothly.

Look out for:

  • The durometer of 86A and 95A
  • Diameter somewhere between 54 mm and 56 mm

 

Skateboard Wheels for Transition Skateboarding

A good transition skateboard ought to have about the same features of skatepark wheels. Durometer should be around 96A and 101A with a range of 53mm and 54mm or in between. Spitfire, Ricta, and Bones are the brands to look for.

Skateboard Wheels for Transition Skating

Soft wheels will do. Anything other than soft wheels is uncomfortable and noisy. Ask the salesperson for a way to reduce vibrations to prevent tingly sensations and limit the likelihood of falling.

 

Skateboard Wheels suitable for skating coarse surfaces

  • Soft wheels with a durometer between 78a and 87A.
  • Square lipped wheels
  • Threaded wheels.
  • Large contact patch.

 

One Wheel to Rule Them All

As impressive as the prospect sounds, there is no such thing as a wheel that anything and everything a skater could think of. You can’t perform all the tricks there are and still cruise home smoothly. Check out Bones All-Terrain Formula if you’re a skater that likes to do everything without having to swap. An ideal Wheel will have a diameter between 53mm and 55mm.

 

Skateboard Wheel Technology

Here we would learn the anatomy of skateboard wheels

  • Flat spots are checked using urethane flat-spot machines.
  • A wheel abrasion machine designed to simulate long use checks durability.
  • Concentricity testers are used to test wobbles and smoothness.
  • A dynamometer tests the wheel speed.

 

Choosing the Right Wheel Height and Diameter

Diameter makes a huge difference when it comes to wheels. The large diameter will give you speed. Smaller wheels help will you to execute tricks as they are lighter. The diameter of wheels is measured in millimetres (mm), from 48mm to 60mm. For longboard and cruiser, wheels are up to 75mm.

Small wheels are lower in size, great for acceleration but they won’t go fast. They are perfect for street and skate parks but not vert and larger bowls.

 

Medium Sized Wheels

These are between 53 MM and 59 MM. Go for an average diameter if you are a beginner. This is still suitable for street skating, verts and ramps.

 

Large Wheels 60 MM

Large wheels are good for longboards and old school boards but not street decks. With these, you will get a grip, speed and momentum, but they have low durometer.

 

Small Wheels vs. Large Wheels

Small wheels will not go over obstacles as easily as large wheels. Larger diameter means the larger distance between your board’s tail and the ground. Unlike small wheels though, it is harder to flip your deck due to weight.

 

Low, Mid, and High Trucks and Maximum Wheel Size

Lack of standard in the industry is to blame in this case as there three standard heights. Most brands, however, prefer to refer to their trucks as high or low even when they are really in between. Get high trucks if your wheels are above 53mm and leave it at 53mm if your trucks are low. Choose 60mm wheels for mid trucks.

 

Picking the Right Wheel Hardness (Durometer)

Durometer is a made-up word by scientist Albert Ferdinand Shore from the Shore durometer machine used for measuring the hardness of materials. It will go up to 100 depending on how hard your wheels are and vice versa.

 

Difference Between A & B Durometer Ratings

Durometer A scales do not cover the entire range of skateboard wheel hardness, unlike durometer B scale, meaning that anything over durometer 95A is hard to measure accurately.

Brands nevertheless stick to durometer A as skaters are more familiar with it. C and D scales also exist, but skateboard wheels use just A and B.

Durometer A skateboard wheels between 78A and 87A

Soft wheels are usually under durometer A (87A), giving them grip on rough surfaces. This makes them suitable for longboards and cruisers.

 

Soft Wheels

These are between 88A and 95A. They are great for cruising and will move effortlessly through cracks and rocks. They have lesser grip though.

Hard Wheels

These are between 96A and 99A and are the hardest available on the A scale. Ideal for street and park skating, they are the most common on the market.

101A+ Wheels

101A+ will do very well on rough and slick surfaces. They are so hard they do not exist on the scale. Experienced skaters and pros mostly use 101A+ wheels.

 

Durometer B wheels between 83b and 84b

The Shore Durometer B wheels are the hardest on the B scale. Durometer B wheels are right for high speed and quick acceleration but not ideal for slippery or rough surfaces. B wheels are used by experienced technical skateboarders and pros alike. They are also great for street and skate parks.

Contact Patch

The surface determines the contact patch of your wheels you skate. Contact patch evenly distributes your weight, meaning that a small contact patch will send the weight to your wheels.

Pressure on the urethane will reduce your momentum. Never substitute your longboard wheels for a regular skateboard and vice versa.

The importance of your contact patch is such that a large contact patch will give you more grip and reduces rolling resistance.

 

Shape and Width of the Wheel

Narrow Outline Wheels

These are designed for technical skating. Less contact with the ground means more responsive thanks to a small lip radius. This is most likely the most common wheel.

Wide Wheels

Wide wheels have large contact patch that makes them great for skateparks, verts and bowls and speed skateboarding. Heavy wheels mean they are difficult to get off the ground for technical moves, but they are stable.

Classic Shapes

Classic shaped wheels will give you a smooth ride plus speed, momentum and grip. They are bouncy and hard to control, making them ideal for cruiser boards. Make sure your wheels have this shape if you are looking to get a smooth ride.

Conically Shaped Wheels

These are wider from the core to the outer edge allowing the contact patch to be wider with less weight. They will support tricks and street or park skating.

Lip Radius

While I have scarcely heard of it before, research helped me discover that lip radiuses are the piece between the side of your wheel and the contact patch.

Most skateboarders require round lipped wheels because they are suited to street, vert, bowl and park skating.

Square lips will give you more grip and make pushing effortless. Skaters who like to cruise will enjoy square lip wheels immensely.

 

Wheel Texture

Your wheels will feel sticky or smooth depending on the urethane formula. While the texture differs, most wheels are made from polyurethane.

Sticky wheels have more grip as they can stick to surfaces and will offer a smooth ride though they are not precisely very responsive.

Threaded wheels are wheels that are made of a threaded structure. They are good for riding over an obstacle and also suitable for rough surfaces.

 

Wheel Core

Cores are minute details of wheels you rarely think are essential. They initiate the performance of wheels and have a couple of different types. Regular wheels have a small ledge that prevents your bearings from shifting. Plastic cores, on the other hand, boost your bearings’ performance.

 

Reliable Brands

Reliable brands for quality wheels have formulas such as STF, Formula Four, SPF and ATF. These refer to the components or mixture that goes into production or the purpose for which the wheel is designed. Many brands make their wheels out polyurethane. Any material except these means you ought to run in the opposite direction. There is, however, the science behind the fact that they don’t all use the same material.

 

Spitfire

Spitfires are the most popular wheels on the market today. They are designed with a durometer range of 99A and 101A. The key features of Spitfire wheels are that they don’t have flat spots. Your wheel won’t show signs of wear and tear even when you slide.

 

  • Spitfire Formula Four Classic

These feature standard narrow profile, meaning responsiveness and speed due to small contact patch. Sliding is also more comfortable with this type of wheel.

  • Spitfire Formula Four Classic Full

Large contact patch makes it suitable for sliding at higher speeds. They are slightly wider than the classics.

  • Spitfire Formula Four Conical

Its shape makes it lighter and responsive. This is due to removable urethane.

  • Formula Four Conical Full

The wheels are designed to provide more stability, making it like the classic full. If you are not hesitant around mini ramps, then its wide contact patch is perfect for you.

  • Formula Four Radials

These are solely for transition skateboarding. Its wheels have a wide contact patch that won’t compromise speed.

  • Formula Four Radial Slim

They are similar to the former but with narrower contact patch. They are also faster and slimmer.

  • Formula Four Lock-Ins

Conical shaped wheels but with a difference in the edge which helps in lock-ins and provides more control.

 

Bones

Bones are side by side with Spitfires in terms of durability and quality. With high-quality wheels for every type of skateboarder, they are a famous brand with STF wheels.

Bones wheels have wheels of up to 100A hardness in durometer for street skating and SPF wheels with durometer of 83B and 84B.

Their solid formula does not show signs of flat spots and the quality materials that go into its production help all Bones wheels keep their shape and size for a long time.

 

Bones STF Wheels – Street Tech Formula

  • Bones STF V1

Are all-round wheels built for street skating? Its sturdy build means they last long and endure harsh surfaces.

  • Bones STF V2

Are great for curbs and rails as they slide and lock in easily. They are also light and nearly weightless.

  • Bones STF V3

Are lightweight pro wheels perfect for sliding?

  • Bones STF V4

Have very flat spot proof and are all-around wheels with the larger surface patch. They are very flat spot proof!

  • Bones STF V5

Are specially designed for long grinds and slides. They are fast and light, making them good for momentum and vert/bowl skating.

  • Bones SPF P1

Built with narrow wheels that make them responsive, these are perfect for technical skateboarders.

  • Bones SPF P3

Wheels are a bit wider than the P2. This allows for maximum stability (as far as wheels can provide). If you skate at high speeds and you are looking for something to keep you stable while you ride, then consider these wheels.

  • Bones SPF P4

P4 wheels are designed to be like P1 for technical park skaters. P4s provide perfect and excellent support for a bowl and vert skating, making them a great all-around transition wheel.

  • Bones SPF P5

These wheels are specifically designed for the hardcore bowl and vert skaters. It’s designed to make it great for locking your grinds and slides on-ramps and other surfaces.

 

Mini Logo

This is the wheel to buy when you are on a budget. They provide A-cut wheels plus C-cut wheels for bowl skating, vert skating and street skating respectively. They are perfect for beginners but will not last as long as Bones or Spitfire.