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Navigating Your First Skateboards FAQ

Navigating Your First Skateboards FAQ

Shopping for your first deck can be overwhelming. Here's a list of 12 questions covering skateboard parts and common questions about skateboarding.

What are the different types of skateboards available?

There are several types of skateboards available, including:

  • Street Skateboards

  • Cruiser Skateboards

  • Longboards

  • Downhill Skateboards

  • Park/Vert Skateboards

  • Electric Skateboards

What size skateboard should I get?

The size of the skateboard depends on your riding purpose:

  • For street and park skateboarding, skateboard decks are generally between 7.5" to 8.25".

  • For cruising and commuting, a wider deck might be preferable.

  • Longboards vary in length from 33" to 59", ideal for cruising and downhill.

How do I choose the right skateboard wheels?

The right wheel depends on your activity:

  • For street and park skateboarding: 50mm-60mm wheels.

  • For cruising: 54mm-60mm or even larger.

  • For downhill racing: 70mm-75mm.

Shop wheels here.

What is the significance of the skateboard's concave?

Concave refers to the curvature of the deck from side to side. A more pronounced concave allows better foot grip and makes it easier to perform tricks. The type and depth of concave can vary based on personal preference and the intended style of skateboarding.

Are pre-assembled skateboards a good choice for beginners?

Yes, pre-assembled or "complete" skateboards are a good choice for skateboarding beginners as they come with components that are well-matched and are generally more affordable than purchasing parts separately. You can generally purchase these from your local skateboard shop.

Shop Complete Skateboards here.

What are the key components of a skateboard?

A skateboard consists of three parts:

  • Deck: The flat board you stand on.

  • Trucks: Metal T-shaped pieces that attach to the underside of the skateboard and hold the wheels in place.

  • Wheels: Circular pieces that allow the board to roll.

  • Bearings: Located inside the wheels, they facilitate the rotation of the wheel.

Check out the selection of skateboard parts from Amateur Athlete Skateboard shop.

How often should I replace my skateboard?

The frequency of replacement depends on how often and aggressively you use your skateboard. Aspects like the deck might need replacement over time, if they show signs of splitting or deep wear. Wheels might need replacement once they're worn down or lose their shape.

Are electric skateboards worth it?

Electric skateboards are great for commuting and for those who want a different skateboarding experience. They come with a steeper price tag, so consider your intended use, budget, and check the legality in your area before purchasing.

What protective gear should I wear?

Safety is paramount. It's recommended to wear:

  • A helmet

  • Knee and elbow pads

  • Wrist guards

  • Proper footwear (skate shoes)

Can I customize my skateboard?

Absolutely! Many skateboarders customize their boards by hitting up their local skateboard shop, choosing specific decks, wheels, trucks, and bearings. Additionally, adding grip tape designs and deck graphics is a popular and easy way to personalize a skateboard.

Where is the best place to buy a skateboard?

Both local skate shops and online retailers offer a wide variety of styles of skateboards. Local shops are great for hands-on guidance and supporting local businesses, while online retailers often provide a broader selection.

How do I maintain my skateboard?

Regular maintenance includes:

  • Cleaning and lubricating bearings

  • Checking for loose or damaged hardware

  • Inspecting the deck for cracks

  • Replacing worn-out grip tape

Remember, choosing a skateboard depends on your personal preferences and intended use. It's always a good idea to consult with experienced skaters or professionals at most skateboard shops to get guidance tailored to your needs.

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