The skate “board” itself is known as the skateboard
deck. The deck is considered the foundation of the skateboard, and is
arguably the most important piece of the skateboard complete. What type of deck
is right for you? There is a lot of information on the web advising skaters
which deck to choose, but it all boils down to personal preference. What do you
plan on doing with your skateboard? How much experience do you have
skateboarding? How much money are you willing to spend? The answer to all of
these questions will help determine what type of deck you should purchase. If
you are a new skater, we recommend you experiment with various skateboards, but
don’t be terribly worried that you will choose the wrong one - you won’t.
When we say skateboard decks are arguably the most important piece of skateboarding
equipment, a strong argument can also be made for
skateboard wheels. There are different types of wheels and the type you
chose will determine the smoothness of your ride. Skateboard wheels also come in
different sizes and textures.
The size of the skateboard wheel has a direct correlation on the skateboard’s
speed. A larger skateboard wheel will increase the skateboard's speed, but the
tradeoff is that a larger wheel is heavier, adding weight to your skateboard. In
contrast, a smaller wheel is not as fast, but the lighter weight helps when
jumping, flipping, etc.
The texture: Harder skateboard wheels will
normally last longer, but they do not provide as smooth a ride as the softer
wheels. In contrast, softer skateboard wheels may not last as long, but provide
for a smoother ride. We recommend you try a variety of wheels to determine your
Skateboard trucks are the piece of equipment
that mounts to the deck and holds the wheels in place.
Selecting the right truck for your deck. Decks and trucks come in different
sizes. The simplest way to choose your truck is to match the truck size with the
size of the deck – if you have an eight inch deck, purchase an eight inch truck.
A skateboard truck is made up of
1. Axle – holds the wheels in place
2. Baseplate – mounted to the deck (attached to
3. Hanger – houses the axle and attaches the
kingpin and bushings
4. Bushings – offered in a variety of durometer
(hardness) ratings and determines how easily the board turns
5. Kingpin – supports the bushings and truck
Skateboard bearings are what allows the wheels to spin on the axle.
Skateboard bearings are
snuggled in races between two shields. Some bearings are accessible and some are
not; it depends on whether the shield is or is not sealed.
maintenance: If you can access the bearings you can take the following steps
to increase the life of your bearings.
Remove the bearings and soak them in a cleaning solvent until the grease and
dirt breaks loose (you may have to use a small brush to thoroughly remove all of
Rinse bearings in hot water until they are void of the solvent.
Dry the bearings.
Lube the bearings (do not over lube) and leave them out for an hour or so then
wipe them off with a soft cloth.
Put the bearings back into the retainers and reassemble.
NOTE: Skateboard bearings come in a standard size and should support any
We know that many skaters do not wear a helmet - we’d like to see this trend reversed.
Skateboard helmets provide
the skater a significant amount of protection during a fall. A skateboard helmet
can prevent injuries and could possibly save your life. Don’t let fashion or
anything else keep you from protecting your head!