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Beginners Tips for Skating at a Skatepark

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If you’re a beginner skateboarder who’s thinking about taking their first trip to the skatepark, or if you’ve been before but want to learn more about them, this guide is just for you.

It’ll cover the beginner-friendly tips you should know before your visit so that you’re all the more prepared to shred and have fun.

1) Learn the Basics First

Skateparks can be busy areas where tons of people come to hone their skills. Because of this, it’s best to learn the basics of riding a skateboard - that being pushing, turning, stopping, and holding your balance - before taking on the obstacles and ramps at a skatepark.

That way, you’re both more prepared for the twists and turns of the skatepark and less likely to trip up any other riders with falls and board slips.

If you’re new to skating and want some helpful tips on how to get started, check out our tutorial here.

2) Learn Skatepark Etiquette

Most skateparks have both written and culturally embedded rules to them.

An example of a written rule would be for all people to wear a helmet while skating at the skatepark. Although, this rule is more lenient at some parks than others so it’s best to gauge the area first and consider your riding abilities before deciding NOT to ride with a helmet.

An example of a culturally embedded rule would be to not “snake” behind other skaters. Snaking refers to when you either cut someone in line before they drop in or interrupt their run before it’s complete. It can often lead to collisions and beef with other skaters, two things you don’t need at a place where people go to have fun and practice their passion.

The written rules you can find at your local skatepark, likely on a gate or wall near the park. The other ones will be covered here so you can skate more confidently and only ask questions if you really need to.

Do’s

✅  Be Vigilant

Skateparks take time to digest. There are a lot of moving parts. So when you first go to one, look around.

Scan the park and observe how other people are using it; where people begin and end different obstacles; how people engage one another; and where people sit down when they take breaks.

✅  Get in Line

As we covered earlier, no one likes a snake. So to avoid causing trouble for your fellow riders, be sure to first look for the flow of riders already taking on the course. Then, take your turn after the last person in line.

✅  Ask Questions

Sure, you don’t want to look like a total newb if it’s at all avoidable. But hey, if you’re new to something, there’s no shame in getting more knowledge about what’s proper and what’s not.

So, before assuming something’s okay, just ask other people who might be affected by whatever you’re going to do.

When you’re hopping in line and considering using wax to grind a rail or ledge, for example, asking questions is extremely important. It ensures all parties are aware which helps them plan accordingly.

You never want to be the reason someone gets hurt. So, always ask “Who’s the last person in line?” and “Is it cool if I wax that ledge?” before you just go ahead and do it.

✅  Be Friendly

Riding at a skatepark can sometimes feel like working out at a gym. Some people may say what’s up and converse for a bit, but many people keep to themselves and listen to their music.

Being friendly encourages a healthy environment for all participating parties so do your best to socialize and be kind to people.

Having people who cheer you on and are happy to see you will make your time there an all-around better event. And, if not obvious, having a happier mindset helps with learning new tricks.

Don’ts

🚫  Don’t Practice Tricks in the Way Obstacles

If you see people are riding a certain path on an obstacle, or planning on jumping a flight of stairs, don’t practice your tricks there. Instead, find some flat ground somewhere else and practice over there. This way you’re not blocking traffic and being a hazard to anyone.

🚫  Don’t Sit on Obstacles or the Coping

Once again, you don’t want to be a hazard or a hassle to other people. Sitting on obstacles blocks their path and can lead to them hitting you or hurting themselves. If you need to sit, find a place on the side that’s out of the way of other skaters. Most skateparks have benches or standing areas so this shouldn’t be hard.

Also, don’t dilly dally on the coping. The coping refers to the metal pipe that covers the ledge of the bowl. Skaters ready themselves near the coping before dropping in, as well as grind it or pass it while maneuvering through the bowl. By hanging your board off the coping while others are riding, you run the risk of injuring them. So, don’t do it.

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🚫  Don’t Litter or Leave Your Personal Items Lying Around

Both of these should be a given. You don’t want to litter because you don’t want to trash up the park which can bring down its overall image and feel and create unnecessary obstacles people should not have to deal with.

And, you don’t want to leave your personal items lying around because people can easily crush them accidentally. And at that point, who’s fault is it? More than likely, the person who decided to put their phone on the ledge where people grind all the time.

And finally:

🚫  Don’t Show People Up

If you see someone practicing a trick and they’re having trouble landing it or just failed, don’t be the person who goes right after them and lands the trick right in their face. It’s discouraging and disrupts the feng shui of the environment.

If you know other tricks, try those. If you don’t, it’s a great conversation starter to let the other person know that you’re also practicing that trick. It’s also a great opportunity to give someone some encouragement which helps with making friends.

There are several other rules of engagement and some parks may have their own that you’ll have to pick up on when you visit them, but these here give you a basis of how to operate at a skatepark.

For more information on skatepark etiquette, check out this video here.

3) Bring Protective Gear

If you’re new to skating at a skatepark, you should definitely consider wearing protective gear. We’re talking full-on protection: a helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads, and the right shoes.

Your health is a top priority. Be safe rather than sorry as you learn the flow of the skatepark.

Consider decreasing the amount of protective gear you wear as your skills and confidence improve.

If you’re looking for quality protective gear, here’s a list of products worth checking out.

Helmet

JBM Skateboard Helmet

Wrist Guard, Knee Pads, & Elbow Pads

JBM Adult/Child Knee Pads Elbow Pads Wrist Guards 3 in 1 

Shoes

DC Men’s Court Graffik

4) Get to the Park Early

Not only does the early bird get the worm, but they also get the skatepark to themselves often.

If you’re looking to practice without having to worry about other people disrupting your rhythm, get to the skatepark before other people show up.

5) Bounce Back

Falling is a natural part of skating. Even so, when you’re at a skatepark, it’s important to do your best to bounce back up as soon as you can.

Staying on the floor too long prolongs you in danger from other riders; and their danger from you.

So although it may hurt, or although it may feel embarrassing, when you fall do your best to get up ASAP.

6) Get the Right Tools for the Right Job

Depending on what kind of skating you plan on doing the most, you’ll want to have the right skateboard set up to meet the needs of the task.

Vert Skating

Vert skating, for example, is best done with wider boards. Although it’s commonly associated with large ramps, vert skating is simply a style of skating where the rider transitions from a horizontal plane to a vertical one. Like going from the flat part of the middle of an empty swimming pool to the top part of it near the coping: that’s vert skating.

Wide boards help with stability and give your feet more room to land on. This will help you keep your balance and improve your board control while you skate. It depends on your shoe size and preference, but for many people, you want to think 8.25”+ in terms of deck width.

High-sitting, loose trucks also help with bowl skating. These features help you turn more easily. And, although you won’t always need them, large wheels that are on the harder side are also helpful. They’ll roll longer which will help maintain speed more effectively. Think 56mm-60mm tall, with a durometer of 96a-100a.

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This combination of parts ensures you’re as prepared as possible for the challenges of vert skating. What’s more, these components arm you to have the most fun while doing it.

Lewis Farley does an amazing job of explaining why vert set-ups require the materials they do.

If you’re looking for quality parts for vert skating, check out these suggestions below.

Deck

ICE DRAGON Canadian Maple Skateboard

Wheels

Spitfire Formula Skateboard Wheels

Trucks

Independent Stage 11 Skateboard trucks – Set of 2 (144(8.25″))

Bearings

Bones Reds Skateboard Bearings 8-Pack

Grip Tape

Mob Grip Perforated Black Griptape 

Street Skating

Street skating boards can be smaller than vert skating ones, though either choice is really a matter of preference.

Still, if at the skatepark you plan to do more street-style moves, like flip tricks and grinds, then picking a smaller, lighter board may be more beneficial.

Once again it depends on your size and preference, but for a general rule of thumb, a 7.75”+ board will suit most teens and adults.

Smaller wheels will be lighter as well, but they’ll also have lower top speeds. Depending on where you skate this could be beneficial or not.

All and all, consider what style you’d like to do the most and what set up will get you there the most efficient way.

Sometimes it’s having a board that’s more tailored to a specific style. Other times, it may be having an all-around board.

For suggestions of good street skating parts as well as one great all-around skateboard, check out these items below.

Deck

[CCS] Blank and Graphic Skateboard

Wheels

FREEDARE Skateboard Wheels

Trucks

Independent Stage 11 Skateboard trucks

Bearings

Bones Reds Skateboard Bearings 8-Pack

Grip Tape

Mob Grip Perforated Black Griptape 

All-Around Fully Complete Skateboard

Skatro – Pro Skateboard 

7) Practice at Home

The final tip on this list might seem a bit counterintuitive, but it’s helpful if you want to always be on your A-game.

Practicing at home with a grind rail or mini ramp can be a helpful way to polish your techniques when you can’t make it to the skatepark. It’s also a great way to practice before you make your first visit. Which can be reassuring to people who are shy to practice in front of people.

If you’re looking for equipment to practice with at home, here are a few products worth considering.

Ramp + Rail

Ten-Eighty

Rail

Madd Gear Grind Rail

Mini Ramp

Ramptech 3′ Tall x 4′ Wide Quarterpipe

Conclusion

Skateparks are an excellent way to take your skating to the next level and meet new people.

They do take some time to get an understanding of, but once you get the hang of them, they can be a lot of fun and broaden your scope of the sport.

If you’re looking to go to one soon, be sure to review this list to refresh or learn some major tips on how to perform at your best. But in short: be kind, be smart, wear protective gear, and don’t snake.

Seriously, don’t snake.

It takes time to be great. But with enough practice, you’ll get there.

Best of luck to you.

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What’s great about this bench is that you can remove the top (the one made with old decks) and now you have a skateable bench. It has storage too so you have a place for your new skateboards or whatever needs storing.

A skateboarder may need to replace their decks in a few months to a year, depending on how hard they grind and how often they ride. Probably millions of skateboards are discarded each year and most of them end up in landfills.

This is just one of the ways worn-out decks can be repurposed. There are also initiatives to recycle and repurpose old wheels to keep them out of landfills.

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How To Install Skateboard Trucks? Step By Step Guide

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Not only the riding and doing tricks on a skateboard is fun, but the installation of its part is also exciting.

The structure of the skateboard is amazing as it will not only provide you with entertainment but also will let you understand how skateboards are made.

Just like other parts, the trucks of a skateboard are easy to install too so in this article we will talk about How to Install Skateboard trucks.

The installation process will let you learn and understand what steps to take to get trucks and ride the way you want.

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Joining different skateboard parts together and making them ready for riding makes it more reliable for riding.

This is because you would know what joint you have made and how strong they are.

We have prepared this page to teach you the correct and easiest way of installing skateboard trucks on the skateboard.

Make sure you understand every step with proper understanding and have the right tools with you.

The whole process will only take around 25 minutes.

Furthermore, very few instruments are needed for proper installation, so you should not be worried about the tools.

How to Install Skateboard Trucks?

This installation of trucks on a skateboard method is the most effortless procedure that does not require many tools and can easily be performed within 20 minutes.

1. Assembling and Making the Truck Ready To Install

First, collect all the tools you need for the installation process.

Some of the necessary items are mentioned in further detail, which you should have before initiating the installation process.

Keep in mind that each skateboard will need two trucks.

There will be two wheels on each truck.

There is one hanger and one kingpin in each truck.

If you look into the further details, you will see two bushings, two washers, and one nut in each kingpin.

Some of the brands are manufacturing skateboards in which the trucks already contain assembled kingpins and hangers-on.

Now what you need to do is purchase a good quality washer, nuts, bolts, and bushings.

These things are readily available in the market, or you can also look for online purchases.

Now looking at the truck’s baseplate, it contains six holes of different sizes.

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Four holes are comparatively smaller and constructed explicitly for bolts and nuts when attaching the bolt and base plate.

The two remaining holes are made for kingpins and hangers and are relatively more significant than the other four.

Now begin the assembling of the truck by sliding the hanger in the larger.

Try both holes but settle it in the one where it gets fixed.

Keep in mind to hold the hanger properly before you secure and tighten it with a kingpin.

Now you need to take the kingpin in your hand and look for the hole in the hanger.

Make sure not to push or force but slightly and smoothly enter the kingpin into this hanger hole and reach the second hole of the base plate.

You will also need a bushing and washer to thread from both sides of the hanger to assemble the kingpin.

Now you have to focus on the ends of the kingpin.

You need to take the washer and bushing in your hand and slide them into both ends individually.

After tightening and assembling all of these four tools in your kingpin, now it’s time to attach the kingpin to the base plate.

This is conveniently done by sliding it into the holes on the base plate.

Take a kingpin and locate it on the kingpin.

Tight this nut with the help of a wrench or a skate tool with you.

Make sure not to tighten them more than needed and not to leave them loose too.

This is important because in case you have pulled the kingpin nut very tightly, it will damage your board.

And thus the bushing will need replacement later on.

Follow the exact instructions mentioned above for assembling the second truck before installation.

Do not skip any step, as if your trucks are not correctly built; they will not be installed appropriately.

2. Installation of the Trucks on the Skateboard

You first need to make the holes in the new grip tape and, for this purpose, make use of something sharp-edged.

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You can take a screwdriver for this purpose and poke eight holes in your grip tape.

This will take only a few seconds because the holes are already there on the board.

You only need to slide the sharp object which you have taken from the side of the board towards the tape so that it will get holes in it.

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This step is only for installing trucks on the new skateboard; otherwise, if you have an old skateboard and you are installing new trucks, then the holes would be present there already.

Make the holes just the way your board contains.

Your skateboard comprises two sets of four holes in them.

Initiate the process of joining the trucks with the board by inserting four bolts on one side of 4 holes from the top side of the board and four bolts on the other side of 4 holes.

Push them properly.

Push them the way you can see them if you turn the board upside down.

Remember to hold the board with one hand in case you are flipping it and checking it.

Now stick the bolts which are slid into the base plate from the small holes.

Remember and keep in mind that the kingpin side of the truck should be facing the inner side of the skateboard, and the hanger side should be facing the outside of the board.

Safely hold the base plate of the board and trucks in their places and put four nuts over four bolts.

Hold both nuts and bolts in their positions using recommended tools and then move one device by holding the other in its place tightly.

Tighten them but make sure not to tighten them more than the required force because if you have pulled them more than needed, it will break the board.

Repeat the similar process of installing the trucks on the skateboard with the exact instructions mentioned above.

Make sure you do not skip any option and always check that in the end, both of the sides of the trucks that contain kingpins are facing each other.

FAQs

Which way do you install skateboard trucks?

Make sure you install the trucks on the skateboard so that both bushing and kingpin face each other from inwards.

Remember to tighten the nuts and screws together slightly.

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This will help you hold the trucks and the board in one place before you finally pull them.

And in this way, you will not feel any difficulty installing the skateboard trucks.

Why is my skateboard turning the wrong way?

This is possible in case you had tightened the bushings more than required when you were installing the truck in the initial stages.

You can fix this issue by assembling the bushings or replacing them with a good-quality ones.

Moreover, it’s not necessary to get a new bushing each time.

Instead, you can lose them a little if they are tight and use your skateboard.

Do you need speed washers?

Yes, these are essential tools that should be present in your skateboard.

This is because the primary purpose of a speed washer is to increase and enhance the speed and enhance the longevity of the bearings.

It is done by minimizing the friction between the hanger and the axle nuts.

Furthermore, speed washers help block the passage of dirt and dust to reach your bearings as this dust and dirt can affect the functioning of the trucks and wheels.

Conclusion

Skateboarding becomes more adventurous when you install the board on your own.

Installation of the skateboards involves not only installing tires on the board but also the proper installation of the trucks.

The aggregate installation of the trucks is essential because your board is based on the trucks, and if the trucks are not adequately placed, it means that your board is not stable and safe.

Before installing the trucks on your board, make sure you learn the proper procedure and follow it as it is.

The above-mentioned article contains the details of installing a truck on your skateboard and a step-by-step guide.

Make sure you understand the procedure correctly.

It will help you in assembling the trucks and installing them both.

Please do not skip any step as it will be dangerous for you as skipping a step affects the installation of the trucks.

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How Tight or Loose Should Skateboard Trucks Be? – Beginners’ Guide

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Are you having trouble deciding how tight or loose your skateboard trucks should be?

Well, you’ve come to the right place to know in detail about the right amount of tightness or looseness for the trucks.

Today we will discuss this confusing topic and our guide will help you understand the looseness or tightness of skateboard trucks as a beginner. Let’s go!

If you ask professionals, you will get mixed answers. Some will swear by the fact that really loose trucks helped them ride easily and feel more at ease.

However, others may tell you that you need to completely tighten your trucks in order to have a safe and stable ride.

Who should you listen to? We think that you should listen to yourself. Does this confuse you? Let’s elaborate on this a little more.

What are Trucks on a Skateboard?

Let’s start off by describing skateboard trucks for all the newbies here. Skateboard trucks are basically metal axles that hold the wheels on a skateboard.

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Every skateboard has two trucks. They are very important in ensuring a stable and safe ride.

A skateboard truck is made up of the following components:

  • Hanger or axle shaft
  • Baseplate
  • Axle nuts and washers
  • Kingpin nut and kingpin
  • Bushing washers
  • Bushings
  • Pivot cup

You must consider the following factors while tightening or loosening the trucks of the skateboard.

  • Maneuverability

You can tighten or loosen your trucks based on your own preference and comfort. Looser trucks allow you to easily make turns and maneuver your skateboard.

However, tighter trucks give better responses while you’re doing tricks or making turns.

This means you need to decide on the tightness of your trucks keeping in mind your usual skating path and your skating habits.

  • Level of Expertise

If you are a beginner, you may need to keep the tightness of your trucks somewhere in the middle.

If your skates are too loose, it might lead to accidents which you definitely don’t want. On the other hand, if your skates are too tight, you may not be able to control your skates properly.

Therefore, you need to achieve a delicate balance somewhere in the middle so that you can ride with ease and have a great time.

On the other hand, if you are an experienced rider, you know your riding style and so you will be better suited to keep the trucks too tight or too loose based on where you are riding and what tricks you want to perform that day.

  • Tricks

Another important thing to consider is the kind of tricks that you intend on trying.

For most tricks, it is better to keep your trucks time because it helps improve reaction time so that you are in better control and you are able to quickly maneuver your skateboard as per your requirement.

Is it possible to adjust trucks on your own?

Yes! This is definitely possible.

It is not a very difficult task and you will be able to master it in no time. You will learn more as you experiment on your trucks.

All you need is the right equipment and you will be able to adjust the trucks on your skateboard with absolute ease.

Before adjusting the trucks, make sure you ride the skateboard for a while to understand what is lacking and what kind of change you want.

Pick up the tools and get to work!

How Tight Should Skateboard Trucks Be?

We will be describing the tightness of the trucks on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is super tight and 1 is super loose.

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  • Downhill riding: For downhill riding, you need to keep the tightness between 7-8. Riding downhill requires speeding so your trucks need to be tightened for that.
  • Cruising: For cruising, you should keep the tightness between 4 to 5. This is because while cruising, you are focusing more on stability rather than speed. You just want to enjoy the ride and you certainly won’t be performing any tricks.
  • Tricks: If you are attempting tricks, that means you have a good hold overriding. You need to decide on the tightness as per your requirement and the type of tricks you want to perform.
  • Skate ramps: For skate ramps, keep the tightness between 8 to 10. This is because you need greater control over the ride. This will also help in improving stability. However, if you feel some hardness while your wheels are in contact with the surface, you might need to loosen the truck just a little bit.

Here are some of the Pros and Cons of keeping the trucks on skateboards tightened.

Pros
  • Tight trucks are better suited for kickflips because they allow you to easily hang the heel of your foot off the board’s edge. This helps ensure that your skateboard doesn’t veer off towards the side.
  • They are much better for your ankles and help prevent fatigue and help you enjoy a good ride.
  • They also help prevent any injuries. In case of an accident, you will be able to quickly get back and start riding again.
  • They provide quick response time which means you are in greater control and you will be able to react very quickly.
  • Tight Trucks work better if you want to attain greater speeds. They will help you get better stability when riding at high speeds so that you can avoid accidents.
  • For big drops in play, these work so much better. They help prevent any wheel bites so that you don’t have to face nasty slams.
Cons
  • They cannot be handles easily by beginners and can cause trouble.
  • Do not turn very easily and they also make it very difficult for you line up on any obstacle.
  • They cannot work well with less-than-perfect landings and may cause issues.

How to adjust the tightness of your trucks?

Most adjustments on a skateboard only require you to torque the nuts on the axle bolts and trucks.

However, it is a little more complex to adjust the kingpins. It might be difficult to get it right in one shot only but practice makes perfect.

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You will need one 14mm wrench to do this task. Pick a flat pavement and get to work.

  1. Stand on the deck and firmly press down while shifting your weight to the toe side from the heel side. This will make the board give in. Tilting causes pivoting in the trucks which in turn allows you to steer with ease. If you don’t feel enough tilting, you need to loosen the truck’s kingpin nuts such that the nut’s nylon strip still touches the threads. On the other hand, if the board is touching the wheel’s top while leaning, you will need to tighten the kingpin nuts.
  2. Now, you need to test your board to see if you like the adjustment. When turning, lean on the back side and front side in order to further tighten the turn. A point will come where your board will not be able to lean in any further without touching the wheels. While keeping an eye on how tight you can turn, change directions quickly. This will give you an understanding of how well your trucks are tightened.

That’s it! In two simple steps, you will be able to decide on the tightening of your trucks. Isn’t that easy to execute?

Is it good to over-tighten skateboard trucks?

If you are new to adjusting the trucks on your skateboard, try to be as gentle as possible. If you put in too much pressure, you might end up over-tightening the skateboard trucks. This may cause the bolt to slip and it will then become useless so you have to e very careful.

If you’re not sure when you should stop tightening, just make sure that you are tightening them only as far as the surface of the wood. Your nut should not get embedded into the wood. This will work perfectly for all skateboards.

How to loosen the trucks on your skateboard?

The process of loosening your trucks is similar to tightening them. If you want to loosen your trucks, you will need a skate tool or any other similar tool which helps you loosen the big nut which you will find near the truck’s center on the back of your board.

Just turn it anti-clockwise to loosen the trucks. Loosen them a little bit and then check if you like how they feel. Checking, again and again, makes sure that you don’t loosen them too much.

Here are some of the Pros and Cons of keeping the trucks on skateboards tightened.

Pros
  • They make it easier to make turns without having to press on the tail of the deck
  • They provide better flow of riding
  • You will be able to handle obstacles much better and so a smooth ride is ensured
  • Your landing doesn’t have to be perfect and you can enjoy a carefree ride
Cons
  • They might cause some wobbles during the ride
  • These don’t work very well with tricks
  • They are not great for your ankles
  • You cannot attain high speeds with loose trucks

To Wrap Up

If you keep practicing the adjustments, you will soon find the perfect balance which works best for you.

This will help improve your performance and make the ride so much easier. Evaluate your requirements and the path you have chosen in order to pick the right level of tightness for yourself.

With that being said, there is no right answer to what the perfect level of tightening or loosening is. You just need to play with the adjustments in order to find your sweet spot. Good luck!

FAQs

  • Is it better to have your trucks loose or tight?

This depends on your requirements and level of expertise.

  • Is it easier to Ollie with tight trucks?

With tight trucks, you will be able to ollie higher so tight trucks are better for ollies.

  • How tight can I tighten my trucks?

Tighten your trucks only as far as the surface of the deck.

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