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How to Skateboard for Beginners

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A skateboarder in action at Venice Beach Skate Park in Los Angeles, California, USA

For some, learning to skateboard is as daunting of a task as asking their crush out for the first time. For others, they just want enough coaching to be able to ride without falling every three seconds. 

Whether you’re looking to become the next Nyjah Huston or simply want to learn a few tricks you can do in your spare time, it all starts with this question: “Just how the heck do I stand on this thing?”

We’ve all been there before. If not with skateboarding, with something else. 

Sometimes our interests and innate talents don’t always align. Nevertheless, there are helpful guides out there that help catch us up to speed and get the balls (or wheels) rolling.

And this is one of them.

1) Choosing Your Skateboard

When it comes to beginning your skateboarding journey, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to choose your board. Now, of course, you could always practice on your friend’s or sibling’s skateboard, but if at all possible, it’s best to get your own so that you get used to it. 

Board Measurements

Okay, so while getting a skateboard from a brand you like or with a design that matches your personality is great and all, the main reason you want to pick out your own skateboard is to ensure it’s the right size for you. 

While it mainly comes down to preference and style of riding, there are three main measurements to keep in mind: width, length, and wheelbase. 

Width – The most important measurement of a skateboard’s deck and numbers you’ll often hear when people are referring to their boards. 

Most decks fall between 7.5” and 8.5” wide. The width of your board should fit your foot size and skating needs. 

Riders who are taller/ those with bigger feet, generally tend to pick wider decks. The same goes for people who want to skate vert ramps. This is because the wider surface both gives them more stability as well as more room to land on. 

Smaller riders and street skaters usually go for shorter widths. The smaller size, of course, makes sense for smaller bodies and smaller feet: less work to control. 

The main reason, however, why street skaters often prefer smaller boards is because it’s easier to flip their boards with the smaller stature and lighter weight. There’s more maneuverability. 

Length – Measuring from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, most skateboard lengths come in between 28” and 32”. For most riders, board length won’t be a major concern. 

Wheelbase – The wheelbase refers to the distance between the inner front and inner back mounting holes. 

Wider wheelbases provide more stability while also making your turns wider. While some skaters may benefit from the extra stability, others enjoy making sharper turns. To achieve this, they use narrower wheelbases. While they do have less stability, they’re afforded more maneuverability which can help when performing quick turns. 

Again, remember that the most important aspect of your board is its width. That, and how it makes you feel. 

This video by Braille Skateboarding does a good job of explaining the importance of width and preference. Check it out to get some more insight on measurements. 

2) Figure out Your Stance

Speaking of feels, you’ll definitely have to get a feel of how to comfortably stand on the board.

There are two, sorta three…but two main stances: regular and goofy. 

In regular stance, your left foot leads and you push with your right. In goofy stance, your right foot leads and you push with your left.

Then, there’s mongo. 

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Mongo stance, which is less common and less encouraged, refers to when you push with your front foot instead of your back. You can push mongo either regular or goofy, though it’s often better to learn one of these rather than stay mongo. 

The Slide Test

If you’re unsure which stance works best for you, an effective way to figure it out is by performing the slide test.

Doing so is mad simple with low risks.

  1. First, put on a pair of smooth socks.
  2. Secondly, find a smooth surface like a hardwood floor
  3. Finally, build up a little speed then land and slide across the floor

Generally, the foot that you lead that slide with will be your lead foot. 

Another, fairly low-risk way to figure out your stance is by hopping on a board and having a friend gently push you forward. While it may seem a little scary if you’re brand new, do your best to use this as a learning experience. 

Lean back and forward while on the board and see how your body feels when leading with your left vs leading with your right. 

After a few minutes of this, you should have a good idea of which stance is right for you. If not, you should at least have an idea of which one you’d like to learn the basics in. 

3) Getting on Your Board

All riigghht, look at you. You made it to the fun part: getting on your board. 

Now, if you figured out your stance with the help of a friend, then you’ve already beat this level. Congrats.

Next thing though, those training wheels come off.

To get on your board by yourself:

  1. Grab your board and go near a wall, bench, or something that you can use to support you while you practice.
  2. Place the board down with the nose facing the wall. 
  3. With your knee slightly bent, place your lead foot at the front of the board near the front truck bolts. 
  4. Using your bent knee and the wall for support, lift your back foot onto the back of the board. Place this foot perpendicular (width distance) to the board.
  5. Now that both feet are on the board, turn your front foot so that it’s also perpendicular.
  6. And now, balance!
  7. Once you’ve got this down, repeat the same steps without support and golden, Ponyboy. 

If you need a visual, as most of us do, check out this video here

4) Pushing

Now here comes the kicker…or pusher. 

As a beginner, pushing on a skateboard might feel impossible. “How am I supposed to put my foot down while this thing is moving?” 

It can be difficult to imagine. 

Learning to do this, however, is essential to mastering the basics of skateboarding. Well actually, it is skateboarding. It’s not like you’re looking to become the next best balance boarder. 

Here’s how to push:

  1. Put your front foot straight (length distance) on the board just a little behind the front truck bolt. Leave your knee slightly bent
  2. Keeping your balance with your front foot, use your back foot to propel yourself forward
  3. Practice this walk-pushing a few times before putting both of your feet on the board
  4. After getting comfortable with walk-pushing, pick up your back foot and place it perpendicular (width distance) on your board.
  5. Right after, turn your front foot so that it’s also perpendicular to the board. Your feet are now in the standard riding position. Holding out your arms may help with balance.
  6. To push again, turn your front foot so that it is straight again
  7. Bend your front knee, and with your back leg, slightly kick out in front of you and land your foot on the ground as if trying to do a light scoop
  8. Once you regain momentum, repeat the first five steps.

And there you go. As a beginner, it can take some time to get into a groove. It’s all good.

Just take it slow and with practice, you’ll get it down. 

Check out this video here if you need more help. 

5) Turning

Learning to turn on your skateboard is the next step you’ll want to take..well you already took steps when you learned to push.. so, it’s the next turn of events. 

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Puns come and go.

Just like obstacles and people that you may have to dodge with your new turning abilities. 

There are two ways: leaning to turn and kick-turning

Leaning to Turn

If you’ve already learned to balance on your board while moving, leaning to turn should be fairly simple. 

To do so:

  1. With your feet perpendicular to the board, apply pressure on either your toeside or heelside to begin leaning in that direction
    1. Toeside = Where your toes are
    2. Heelside = Where your heels are
  2. To maintain your balance while turning, bend your knees slightly and lower your center of gravity. 
  3. Use your arms to help keep your balance

Kick-turning

Kick-turning helps when you want to do quick turns. Before trying them while moving, learn how to do them while standing still.

To perform:

  1. Start with your feet perpendicular to your board
  2. Move your back foot to the tail of your board. Be careful not to apply pressure until you’re ready to turn. 
  3. Slightly apply pressure to your back foot. This will raise the board and your front foot with it. Remember to evenly distribute the weight between both feet and avoid having the tail hit the floor.
  4. With your shoulders guiding your movements, steer your board either toeside or heelside. 
  5. Just as with leaning to turn, using your arms may help maintain balance.

The same rules apply to doing kick-turns while moving. Just remember to start slow until you build up your confidence and comfortability. 

The tightness of your trucks dictates how sharp and wide your turns will be. It’s up to you to decide how tight or loose you want them to be. Know that, however, there are certain benefits and drawbacks to either side.

Tighter trucks will feel more stable but offer less turning capability. And looser trucks do the opposite; more turning capability at the price of some stability. 

It’s best to test out some boards to get a feel of what you want. 

6) Stopping

Now that you know how to go, you gotta learn how to stop.

And, for some, doing so effectively takes just as much practice as learning to push. 

Because of that, pay close attention to these four beginner-friendly stopping methods. 

That way you learn the basics all the quicker.

Foot Brake

Foot braking is the most common form of stopping and is easiest to perform at slow speeds. 

There are two versions of the foot brake: stomping and sliding.

To perform a stomping foot brake:

  1. While moving, make sure your front foot is straight and slightly bent at the knee.
  2. Turn your back foot till it’s a little over a 45-degree angle with your front foot and the board.
  3. Bending your front knee, lower your center of gravity as you prepare to carefully stomp on the ground with your back foot.
  4. Stomp on the ground with your back foot. Be careful not to place too much pressure on the floor where your back foot is now stuck, leaving your front foot (and the rest of your body) to get pulled by the still moving skateboard.
  5. Do this until you come to a complete stop.

To perform a sliding foot brake:

  1. While moving, make sure your front foot is straight and slightly bent at the knee.
  2. Turn your back foot till it’s a little over a 45-degree angle with your front foot and the board.
  3. Bending your front knee, lower your center of gravity as you prepare to carefully slide on the ground with your back foot.
  4. Carefully apply pressure with your back foot while keeping most of the weight on your front foot. 
  5. Do this until you come to a complete stop.

The sliding foot brake is a helpful stopping method when you’re going too fast to do a stomping foot brake and you’re not quite comfortable with other stopping methods. 

Still, it’s important to note that performing sliding foot brakes will quickly wear down your shoes. 

Heel & Tail Scrape

The tail scrape takes what you learned in kick-turning and applies it to halting your forward momentum.

To perform:

  1. While moving forward, have your feet perpendicular to the board.
  2. With your front foot near the middle of the skateboard, move your back foot onto the tail.
  3. Press down on your back foot until your board begins to scrape against the ground. This is an indication that you’re slowing down.
  4. Once you stop, you can either hop off the board or lean forward to begin rolling again

Note that performing tail scrapes often can lead to razor-tail. It’s when the tail of your board begins to lose its protective coating and starts to thin out. 

If it gets too thin, pieces of your tail can begin to chip off. 

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A heel scrape is very similar to a tail scrape, but instead of using the bottom tail of your board to slow yourself down, you use the heel of your shoe. 

To perform:

  1. Do steps 1-2 of the tail scrape. Instead of using your tail, move your back foot further back until it’s slightly hanging off your board. 
  2. Apply pressure to your heel until you come to a stop.
  3. Use your arms to help maintain balance.

Also, it’s important to note that repeatedly doing heel scrapes will eventually wear down your shoes so keep that in mind. 

Carve to Slow Down

Carving refers to performing a series of turns repeatedly, alternating between toeside and heelside each turn. 

While it is a method of gaining speed, carving while moving is also a great way to slow down. 

To perform:

  1. With your feet perpendicular to the skateboard, repeatedly perform toeside and heelside leans, alternating between the two
  2. Instead of propelling yourself forward in a scooping-like manner, think of applying slow, yet smooth pressure to both of your feet as you perform each turn
  3. Your speed will eventually reduce giving you time to perform a foot brake, heel or tail scrape, or jump off your board safely. 

Use Grass or Gravel

Another, surprisingly practical way to stop on a skateboard: roll onto some grass or gravel. 

Now, if you’re going pretty fast, this method might send you flying forward if your momentum stops too abruptly. 

Remember to bend your knees and sort of scoop the board forward as you slow down, using your arms to help keep your balance until you’re fully stopped. 

7) Learning to Fall

Yeah, it’s going to happen people. 

Whether by rock, curb, or crack, or during high jumps and wild stunts; at some point or another, we’re all going to fall off our boards. 

What’s important though is that you get back up. 

That, and learn to fall better. 

Oh yes, there’s a science to this. 

Try Not to Panic

“What do you mean? ‘Try not to panic.’ I’m falling. Like, towards the ground. That’s high-velocity impact we’re talking about man.” 

Understandable, yes. 

But, it’s even more important to remember that if in the face of dirt that’s preparing to meet your face for an evening’s lunch that you might have missed; if you can, instead, keep your cool and position your body in a way that minimizes the overall damage or avoid eating dirt entirely, then you’d be much better. 

Right?

So, when it comes to those panicky moments, do your best to remember that you still have time to adjust your posture. Don’t just give up. 

Brace yourself.

But Don’t Use Your Hands too Much

High impact falls can fracture or break the bones in your hands and wrist. Of course, there are certain wrist guards like the 187 Killer Pads Derby Wrist Guard that will help minimize the damage. 

Still, if at all possible, perform a quick shoulder roll or tumble to protect your body from severe harm.

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Now, once again, if your face is about to collide with the unforgiving pavement, toss this out the window and use your hands.

Just don’t lead your falls with always bracing to use your hands. 

Use your momentum, instead, to propel yourself to a better falling, or standing, position. 

Use Protective Gear

As a beginner skateboarder, using protective skating gear is a great way to increase your safety while still helping you learn the craft.

Helmets like the Triple Eight Dual Certified Helmet or the Montana Skateboard Helmet are excellent choices for headgear. 

The Triple Eight helmet meets the ASTM F-1492 Skate safety standards, making it an ideal selection for riders looking for protective gear with a trustworthy back record. 

It features an adjustable chin strap and two sets of moisture-wicking Sweatsaver Fit Pads

The Montana Skateboard helmet is CPCS certified and features an open vent for breathability, moisture-wicking fabric to reduce sweat in your eyes, and adjustable straps, and an adjustable dial system to enhance the comfort and feel of the helmet.

Falling on your skateboards is one of those things you have to experience to learn.

As scary as it sounds, employ these tactics and protective gears and you’ll be more prepared for the falls that eventually lead to the great tricks.

Looking for more info on how to fall properly? Check this video out here. They do an excellent job of explaining what to do, and what not to do. 

8) Practice and Perfect the Basics

Once you’ve got all the basics down -pushing, turning, stopping, and slowing down - it’s important you practice these often to keep your move fresh. 

Try different speeds, new terrain, and even introduce some obstacles to add some extra flare.

Whatever you do, practice, practice, practice. That way, you’re ready for the next step.

9) Try Beginner-Friendly Tricks

Now that you’re a master of the basics of skateboarding, it’s time to reap the sweet benefits of your diligence and do some tricks!

Here’s a video with five of the easiest tricks to learn as a beginner.

On top of that, and the trick everyone wants to pull off once they learn to stand on the board, here’s a video on how to ollie. 

Two Beginner-Friendly Boards

1) Krown Rookie Complete Skateboard

Coming in at 7.5-inches wide x 31-inches long, the Krown Rookie Complete is a good starter board for people who want a quality skateboard without breaking the bank.

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It comes with a deck made out of sturdy maple wood, heavy-duty aluminum trucks, 52mm 99A high-rebound urethane wheels, and ABEC-7 bearings. 

Anyone just getting into skating who wants to test the waters and still have a worthwhile board should check out the Krown Rookie Complete. 

2) Cal 7 Complete Standard Skateboard

Another sweet board that will serve beginners well is the Cal 7 Complete Skateboard

It comes in various widths so pick one that matches your foot size and skating needs. It includes 52mm 99A wheels, 5-inch tumble finish trucks, ABEC-7 carbon bearings, and risers pads to prevent wheel bite. 

It’s slightly more expensive than the Krown Rookie, but the quality of the board is worth the extra money. 

If you’re a beginner looking for a good starter deck, consider giving the Cal 7 Complete a buy.

Conclusion

In the end, learning to ride a skateboard takes time, practice, and a desire to do some really cool stuff. It’s a lot of fun but it may not happen overnight for everyone. 

But, a little elbow grease, and elbow pads, goes a long way.

Remember to perfect the basics before trying more difficult tricks; use protective gear to prevent severe damage; and, most importantly, to have fun.

You have the tools now. 

Go out there and be awesome.  

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How to Clean Skateboard Wheels – Simple & Easy Tips For Skaters

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How to Clean Skateboard Wheels – Simple & Easy Tips For Skaters

Are you in search of techniques to help you clear the dirt from your amazing skateboard wheels? Has your skateboard speed reduced due to excessive use? This article will list the easy methods that will teach you How to Clean Skateboard Wheels easily by yourself. Skateboarding is a very popular and fun sport. To avoid the hassle of traffic, Skateboarders often use skateboards for commuting. Skateboarding can help with daily travel and save money and time.

People using skateboards for travel will accumulate dirt, hairs, thread, mud, and other obstacles in them. Dirt built up inside wheels slows the speed. Dirt removal increases the life of skateboards and saves money. Bearing balls also accumulate dirt easily as they have space between them. This dirt sticks and makes rolling hard. It will take much effort to propel the skate as wheels are hard and the ride with be bumpy.

Cleaning dirty skateboard wheels is a very easy process. Even beginners can easily learn to clean their skateboard wheels at home. The process is very simple and quick so anyone can learn it quickly. If you feel your skateboard speed is reduced or you are using your board excessively then its a clear signal that you need to clean the wheels of your skateboard.

To begin cleaning wheels firstly get all the required stuff ready. Keeping all the required stuff around will save a lot of hustle and make cleaning quick and easy.

List of things needed for cleaning skateboard wheels

  • A wrench or skate tool
  • Cleaning solution
  • Citrus spray cleaner
  • Toothbrush
  • lubricant oil
  • Pin
  • Cloth or tissue paper

Place all the necessary stuff near your skateboard and wear gloves if you feel necessary. Wheels and bearings have to be dipped in a solution so that dirt becomes soft. This step can cause skin sensitivity in some individuals or might cause dryness so those people can wear gloves for precaution. Follow the steps listed next orderly to have exceptionally clean wheels at the end.

Step1:

Position skateboard and remove wheels

Position the skateboard upside down. The deck riding surface will be facing down and the wheel will be up. Use a skate tool and remove the axle nut from the wheels. Remove all skateboard wheels using the same technique. Next, remove a washer. Place all-wheel parts in one place so that they are not lost and you can find them later easily. Nuts and washers are small and can be easily misplaced so it is better to keep a container near and place them in it.

Placing nuts and washers organized in a container will make it easy for you while reassembling. Some skateboards might not come with a skateboard tool so use a wrench instead. Select wrench size according to the wheel nut size. Remove nuts of all four wheels and next simply slide the wheels off from the truck axle.

Step2:

Removing bearing from wheels

This step will require some hard work. Some skate tools have a protruding end for extracting the bearing. The bearing press is a device used from removing or replacing the bearings at a shop. This can help a skater easily remove the bearing. Another technique to remove the bearing is to pry the wheel and bearing about a half-inch onto the axle. Next twist the angle of your wrist so that the bearing will come out. Bearings have to be separated from the wheel before cleaning as water exposure is harmful to the bearing. The bearing will rust and erode if exposed to water. Rusted bearings need to be replaced as they hinder the efficiency of the skateboard.

This step can be hard depending on the type of wheel. Screwdrivers can be used to extract bearings. Put a screwdriver in the middle of the wheel then put some pressure and pull the bearing out. Each wheel contains two bearings. An outer and an inner bearing with the spacer in between. Wheel bearings contain balls that roll inside the bearing.

Step3:

Washing the wheel

Skateboard Wheels have spaces that can accumulate anything from the surface you ride on. When wheels have accumulated dirt and sand and other things theyll slow down. Friction will be increased. Skater will have poor stability and balancing will be hard. Dirty wheels will stop skaters from long commuting at fast speed even tricks cannot be performed with dirty wheels. People using skateboards often should clean their skateboard wheels once a month or whenever they feel a need. Cleaning will give wheels a good long life and save you from buying a new pair of wheels.

After long use of skateboard, the wheels will have strongly attached dry dirt which will take time to remove. Prepare a soapy cleaning solution in a container. It takes time for the solution to dissolve the dirt so wheels should be left to stay in there for a while. Soak the wheels in that solution for half an hour. The dirt will have to soften after this time and then will be easily washed. Wash the wheels with enough water so all the mud and dirt are drained. The cleaning solution contains any detergent or soap used for cleaning dishes or other surfaces dissolved in warm water. This solution will act to dissolve the dirt which has become hard. When the dirt is softened by cleaning solution it will be easily drained by water.

Step4:

Scrubbing the wheels

Water will help remove all mud from wheels but to remove deep dirt, hair, threads, and other sticky stuff and for a thorough cleaning scrubbing should be done. Any brush can be used for scrubbing the wheels. Scrubbing will remove all remaining grime. Some brushes are designed to especially scrub wheels but if you dont have one then an old toothbrush or piece of cloth can do the same job. Due to the warm water solution, the entire dirt is soft now so brushing will be easy to remove whatever is left. While scrubbing pay attention to all the tiny spaces in the wheel as well where dirt may remain accumulated. Tiny spaces accumulate most dirt. With great attention scrub off all 4 wheels of the skateboard. Thorough scrubbing totally cleans the wheel surface, this will make the wheel surface look like new.

Step 5:

Drying the wheels

This step is very important and should be done very carefully. After scrubbing the skateboard wheels should be washed with a generous amount of water. When wheels are properly clean dry them using tissue papers or a piece of cloth. Dry the inner and outer surface of the wheel completely. When drying take away the wheels from the washing area or any other source of water. Place wheels in a completely dry environment rub the surface fully and try to remove maximum moisture. Let the wheels stay outside in the air for some time or it is better to keep wheels in some sunlight so that they are fully dry.

Never hurry to place the wheels back after cleaning. The moistened wheels will be heavy and so give a bad skateboard ride experience. Moisture affects other skateboard parts lethally especially wheel bearings and skateboard decks. The bearings will rust. The deck is also affected by moisture and may break due to repeated wetting. Similarly, if wheels are not dried properly the wet wheels will attract again. When wheels have properly dried assemble them to replace them in the skateboard.

Step 6:

Cleaning bearings

Bearings and wheels need to be separately washed because bearings are extremely water sensitive. Theyll easily rust when exposed to water. Bearings become useless after water exposure so while washing wheels keep bearings away at a dry place in some container. Cleaning bearings takes effort as each contains eight small bearing balls which can be misplaced easily. Remove the bearing shield using a pin and then use spray citrus cleaner to remove dirt. Lemon juice can be used also. Bearings can be soaked in alcohol or any other solvent and then after 2 minutes rinse with a solvent.

Dry the bearings in the air or with an air dryer. Wheel bearings need to be lubricated so that wheels will move more smoothly and efficiently. Any oil or grease available can be used. During lubrication it is a must to avoid over lubricating as over lubrication will increase friction and thus the temperature of the wheel bearing. With over greasing, pushing bearing elements while rolling becomes hard and takes more effort.

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Bearings after cleaning should be dried quickly because they will rust if moist. It is best to rub off the wet surface and use a drying device for bearings. Drying in the air requires time which might affect the bearing. To know more about the bearings check out the list of Best Bearings available on the market.

Step 7:

Reassembling

Now all skateboard wheels and parts are clean and ready to be replaced. All the parts should be properly dried before placing back because moisture causes erosion and permanent damage. Firstly arrange the wheel bearings. The bearing shield should be put back on the surface of the bearing. The shield helps with keeping the lubricant inside and keep bearing balls rolling smoothly. Placing bearing back into wheel can be difficult for some so shopkeeper use bearing presser which will easily align the bearing in the wheel. To fit bearing into wheel first place one bearing on the truck axle and pry it off. Assembling the wheel is easy as one just needs to reverse the steps done earlier.

Push the wheel on the wheel axle and the bearing will fit in. After one bearing is placed, put a spacer then put the other bearing and push it similarly on the axle so it fits in. Use the same process for all four wheels. The bearings should be properly aligned and tightly fitted. After wheels and bearings are properly placed put the washer and axle nuts and screw the wheel nuts tightly.

To Sum Up

Anyone whether a pro skater or beginner can use these simple steps to clean the skateboard wheels. A Simple and easy method that gives better speed and stability. Give your wheels a good wash after a ride on a rough road or at the weekend after daily commuting for work or studies. Whether using a skateboard for transport or entertainment it doesnt matter, everyone should wash the board because it will not take much time although improve the performance extensively. Shops offer the same service but for a higher cost than cleaning at home.

As with all other devices used daily, skateboards also need maintenance. Skateboards are simple in design and can be easily managed at home after knowing some basic techniques. The steps to Dirty wheels not only affect the speed but the shape and appearance of wheels are affected very much. The wheels arent able to run smoothly over surfaces but instead, the skater will feel jerks. Wheels move smoothly and faster after cleaning and lubrication. Skaters requiring good speed and stability should clean their board often. Without proper maintenance the life span of the board will reduce, performing tricks will become difficult and the need to buy a new skateboard will cost a lot more money.

FAQs

How often should skateboard wheels be washed?

It mainly depends on individual conditions of use. If a skater is using a skateboard for daily commuting then frequent washing is necessary. Also if learning tricks at some dirty or muddy place then wash off immediately so dirt isnt accumulated or wheels will get damaged. For frequent users wash the skateboard once a month at least. People using skateboard occasionally or for only fun should wash off grime once in 3 to 4 months. Dirt if accumulated becomes hard and increases friction so it’s best to wash often.

Why cant wheel bearings be washed with wheels in the water?

Water bearings need to be separated from the wheel as they are water sensitive. Exposure to water even for a short duration will rust the bearings and theyll become useless. Bearings should only be washed with alcohol, solvent, or citrus spray. After rinsing the bearing should be dried promptly as any delay will cause it to rust and affect its smoothness. After drying and rinsing, bearings need to be lubricated as well so that friction is reduced and bearing balls roll smoothly.

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Watch How Old Decks Transformed into Custom Benches in this Video

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Watch Welcome Skate Shop staff and their friends turn old decks into custom benches in this video released by Vans as part of their efforts to promote artists and creativity. Welcome Skate Shop is based in Leeds, UK.

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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Havoc 5.0 Skateboard Trucks, Black

Pair of Havoc Aluminum Alloy Trucks. They come stock with a flush kingpin (less grinding hangups) and cast polyurethane bushings. The hanger Measures 5.0, or roughly 7.63". These will fit any board from 7.4" to 8".

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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