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Choosing and Maintaining Skateboard Wheels

In: Build a Skateboard, How To, Products, Warehouse Skateboards

You’ve decided on size. Style. Deck. Features. Now you’ve got to determine what kind of skateboard wheels are going to get you to where you want to go.

 

There are two main choices in skateboard wheels: diameter (millimeters) and durometer (hardness). Both of these choices are a matter of personal preference, and what you intend to do on your skateboard.

 

Picking diameter.

Skateboard wheel diameter is measured in millimeters and the lower the number, the smaller the wheel. Simply put, smaller wheels = slower ride, larger wheels = faster ride. Smaller wheels make sense for those planning on doing tricks on a shortboard. For cruisers and longboards, larger wheels give you the speed and balance. The most common range for street and park skating is between 50mm and 60mm, while wheels larger than 60mm are usually used on longboards or cruisers. All that said, we advise beginners to start with skateboard wheels in the middle of the range, ~53-55 mm.

 

Picking durometer.

As we mentioned, durometer measures the wheel’s hardness. The higher the number, the harder the wheel, and the general rule of thumb is that harder wheels are faster, and softer wheels are slower and offer more grip. If you’re a street skater, you’ll most likely opt for softer wheels. If you’re going to be at skate parks, harder wheels are best for smooth surfaces.

 

Maintenance.

It’s tough to pinpoint exactly how often you should replace your wheels. Wheels gradually wear down and decrease in diameter with use; so the more often you skate, the more you’ll have to replace. Regardless, you’ll have to replace your wheels at some point in time. Use your skate tool to unscrew the nuts on each axle, and then just slide the wheels off. If you want to reuse your bearings, extract them from the wheels using a bearing puller. You can also prolong the life of your wheels by rotating them periodically. All you have to do is remove them and then rotate them in an X pattern: your left rear wheel becomes your right, and your right rear becomes your left.

What Size Skateboard Do I Need?

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So you’ve made the distinction between a shortboard, cruiser, old school, and longboard. Awesome! Now what?

 

The width you need depends on your height, shoe size, skating style, and personal preferences. Length and wheelbase are essential, but width is the most important part of choosing a skateboard deck. The general idea is this: wide decks are more difficult for tricks but great for stability; narrow decks are great for tricks, but a little less stable.

 

Other factors to consider when buying your deck: length, wheelbase, mounting holes, ply, and concave.

 

7.5″ to 8.5″ is the standard board width for adult riders skating streets or doing more technical tricks.  Decks 8.25″ and larger are best for vert, pools, cruising, and just going old school.

 

It’s not uncommon to change your deck after a few weeks, especially if you skate hard. If you see that your wheels are uneven (wet and cold areas will do this!) or your deck is showing signs of splitting or cracking, it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

 

We have a ton of skateboard decks to choose from. Don’t forget to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter if you ever have any questions!

 

 

SurfSkate Skateboards In Stock Now

In: Fun Stuff, Industry News, New Arrivals, Products, Warehouse Skateboards

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve actually seen skateboarding change due to technology.  Sure, we’ve seen Impact and P2 technology become a reality in a number of decks, and yes, we have to admit that there is a change in feel and pop.  However, we haven’t seen a change in design so much that the actual function of the board itself has transformed.  That’s why when we first saw our first batch of SurfSkate skateboards show up in our office we we’re super stoked.  At first they appear to be normal cruiser style boards with a retro surfboard shape design to it.  If you look a little closer, you’ll see the magic lies in the trucks.  The rear truck is comprised of a wider base than the front truck, which freely rotates a full 360 degrees.  This unique truck design allows it’s rider to mimic the exact motion as a surfboard.  The flex, board shape and truck design allows for full free motion in the front of the board, resulting in the ability to shift your weight from rail to rail and build acceleration in the same way a surfer does to get across the face of a wave.  The fully rotational front truck allows the rider to carve turns in any direction, as sharp as you want and still maintain full control.  Pumping up banks and cruising down hills no longer requires wearing out your wheels by doing powerslides.  Simply shift your weight, feel that front truck rotate and whip a 360 without ever damaging your wheels.  If you don’t believe us, check out the video below!

Skateboard Decks: Styles and Features

In: Build a Skateboard, How To, Products, Warehouse Skateboards

The skateboard deck is the actual board that you stand on, and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and weights depending on what you plan to do with your skateboard. (Our last post differentiated between long and short boards – check it out if you’re still unsure.)

 

Before getting into the technicalities of actually choosing a skateboard deck, it’s helpful to get to know the different styles of boards that skateboarders use. The four types are:

 

Shortboard
Cruiser
Old School
Longboard

 

Shortboards are the shorter style boards and are designed and shaped for getting you in the air.
Cruisers are perfect for – you guessed it! – cruising around. Decks are typically mid-length and versatile and maneuverable.
Old school boards are usually asymmetrical with a wider nose. They’re a popular choice for those looking to skate pools, ramps, or carve the streets.
Longboards are perfect for the skater that is less interested in tricks than transporting. Some are specifically designed for downhill racing. They sit a little closer to the ground and are symmetrical in shape.

 

Decks vary in size, but most are between 7”-10” and made of seven-ply maple wood, bamboo, resin, carbon fiber, or plastic. Decks have changed over the years, and if you’ve been checking out different decks, you’ll notice that designers are constantly looking to improve the design. One of the best parts of building a skateboard is being able to customize its look and feel based on your needs and brand preference.

 

Here are some factors to consider when buying your deck:

 

Width | The width of your skateboard typically will depend on your height and shoe size.  You don’t want your toes or heels awkwardly hanging off your board while you’re trying to do a trick.  If you’re a younger skater, you probably won’t feel comfortable skating a board bigger than most adults skate.  Also keep in mind that width can affect how hard it is to flip certain tricks.
Length | Typically the length of a skateboard is going to be relative to its width.  If you’re comfortable with the width of the skateboard, the length is going to comfortable as well.  Cruiser style skateboards often are going to be shorter, this is because cruisers aren’t designed to perform tricks; they’re made simply for transportation and easy storage.
Wheelbase | The wheelbase (the distance between your boards inner mounting holes and indicates the span of your wheels) affects the stiffness and control of a skateboard.  The wider the wheelbase is, the more flex you’ll feel, which can make carving and turning much easier and fun.
Ply | A skateboard’s ply describes how many layers of wood the actual deck is made out of.  Most street style boards are made up of 7 ply’s of maple wood.  Longboards and downhill boards typically are thicker and made to handle more weight.  Skateboards with lower ply have more flexibility.
Concave | “Concave” refers to the actual shape and curves of the skateboard.  The ends of a skateboard, which are referred to as the “nose” and “tail” of the board, curve upwards and are important factors when it comes to “pop” and the ability for the board to be flipped.  Although they look very similar, there are a wide range of concaves and shapes.  Discovering which concave is the best for you is all based on trial and error.

 

We have a huge selection of all of the things you will need to build your own skateboard, and an awesome team to walk you through all of the stages of buying your first skateboard.

Skateboards: Getting Started

In: Build a Skateboard, How To, Products, Warehouse Skateboards

We get pretty excited at the sheer thought of someone getting on a skateboard for the very first time. We remember what it’s like to stare at different parts and accessories wondering what we needed, and the rush we felt buying a skateboard for the first time. How do you even begin making selections? There is a ton of opportunity and combinations for you (if you’re a beginner OR experienced!), so we’ve mapped out some key things to think about when you’re first starting out.

 

Deciding which type of skateboarding you’ll be doing is the first thing to consider. Are you street skating, ripping the skate park, pools or just learning your basic flip tricks? If yes, then shortboards (measuring 28” to 32”) are for you. If you’re more interested in getting from point A to B, longboards are shaped to give you a wider, more stable stance while cruising, carving, or riding downhill. This is also a good option if you’d like to eventually compete in slalom and downhill racing.

 

Pre-assembled skateboard completes are an awesome option if you’re new to skateboarding or aren’t quite ready to build your own custom skateboard. Warehouse has everything you need to build custom skateboards as well. This is a basic list of what you’ll need to build your own skateboard:

 

1. Skateboard deck
2. Skateboard trucks (two trucks)
3. Skateboard wheels (four wheels)
4. Skateboard bearings (two per wheel, eight total)
5. Skateboard hardware (set of eight bolts and nuts)
6. Skateboard grip tape
7. Riser pads (set of two)

 

From there, you’ll make some more decisions: decks, trucks, wheels, bearings, etc. Warehouse has the largest selection of skateboards and skateboard parts, and our main guy Graham lives and breathes skateboards. If you ever have questions about the process or our products, hit us up on the Warehouse Skateboard Facebook or give us a call.