Getting to Know Your Skateboard

We’d all love to just pick up a skateboard, ride it all we want, and not meddle with the technical stuff that goes with it. But skateboarding is a gear-intensive sport. As such, things break down and need to be replaced at one point or another. Because of this, it’s important that you try to get to know your skateboard pretty well. It surely makes looking for parts and talking to the people at your skateboarding shop a lot easier. electric skateboard with remote control

Aside from that, understanding how your skateboard works makes it easier for you to know which parts to upgrade once your skills have outgrown your current set up. For example, if you want more control over your board, you’ll probably want lower trucks and/or smaller wheels. See what we’re getting at here?

To get to know your skateboard better, we’ll show you the most essential parts of the skateboard you need to be familiar with.

1. Deck. The deck is the wooden platform of your skateboard. It’s usually oval-shaped, and comes in a variety of widths and lengths. The width and length of your particular deck depends on your height and the size of your feet.

Decks come in different designs. If you want your skateboard to stand out, the design of your deck should be one of your primary considerations.

Wooden decks are still the popular choice among skateboarders despite the fact that decks made of different materials have recently cropped up.

2. Trucks. Trucks are the metal parts that are attached to your deck. Your skateboard wheels and bearings are, then, screwed onto the trucks. As with the deck, trucks come in a variety of heights and widths. Bushings in the trucks are also important as they dictate how much control you can have over the way your board turns.

3. Skateboarding Wheels. Starting out with steel and clay wheels in the past, skateboarding wheels have evolved into the strong urethane wheels of today. Skateboarding wheels vary in height and hardness. Just like other parts of your skateboard, the particular type of wheel you need depends on the type of skateboarding that you do.

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