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Which Types Of Longboard Wheels Should You Use?

Long boards are associated with the wheels on which they roll on when you ride. Obviously, wheels are there for good reason and they must be soft to roll faster while riding the board.

Also, the riding experience must be smooth and seamless offering better grip on the board and this is all because of good quality wheels. Soft wheels give more control over the board and in this guide; you will get to know the types of wheels that are to be considered.

Which Types Of Longboard Wheels Should You Use

Which Types Of Longboard Wheels Should You Use

The shape, size, urethane properties, durometer and the core placement plays a major role to find the best type of long board wheels. Let’s start with study these factors in detail:

Size

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The very first thing that comes in mind while choosing the best longboards wheels is the size that you want. Almost all the wheels are around 64-80mm in diameter where 70mm is common. The basic thing behind the larger wheels is that they accelerate slower as compared to smaller ones.

But they have higher top speeds with easy roll over on cracks and garbage etc. On the other hand, smaller wheels do fit on more long boards but they have slower top speed.

You have to check whether the wheels cause wheelbite and they fit perfectly. Reverse kingpin trucks offer more wheel clearance so go for these. Having cut outs on the board is good as any wheel size fits on such boards. And if there are no cut outs, you have to add a ¼ inch riser pad so that the wheels can accommodate wheels larger than 70mm.

Lips

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It is the outer part of the wheel that means the edges of the contact patch. Shape of the lips tells you much more about the way a board rides. The wheels offer more grip if the lips are thick or sharp whereas if the lips are rounded, they break down easily offering smoother transitions from grip to slip.

For free riding, rounded lips are fine and for downhill riding, sharper wheels are preferred.

But if your purpose is to use your board for transport purpose, then lip style is not that important. In fact, if you are not going to slide the wheels, lipped wheels are perfect especially when you have to carve deeper. Also, lipped wheels don’t make you lose traction at all.

Durometer

Durometer rating is associated with the hardness of the wheels. Having a durometer of 75-88aa means that the long boards are very soft as compared to those wheels that have a rating of 90-101a. Basically, lower durometer wheels are grippier and also roll slower whereas higher durometer wheels offer lesser grip and also roll faster.

Hard wheels slide faster than typical wheels and also have a tendency to slow you down less thus making you glide across the road surface easily. Soft wheels slide slow and also slow down faster and these wheels are often referred to as buttery wheels that are quite easy to control.

For all types of long boarding, 78a and 80a are the most common types of durometers. It is because they have a nice blend of perfect grip, slide ability and rolling speed.

Urethane Attributes

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No doubt, durometer makes it very easy for you to narrow down your choice regarding wheels, but let me tell you that not all 78a wheels perform equal. Urethane formula of the wheels explains the performance of the wheels on which the longboard rides.

Grip, slide ability and durability are all different in every urethane formula and it is you who have to decide which one to pick. The perfect way to know about urethane formula is by trying various formulas to know the preferences. Get a feel by trying various urethane formulas.

Many companies have mentioned different formulas for freeride and downhill. Basically, it is seen that freeride formulas are much easier to slide and faster too. Also, they offer less grip and durability as compared to downhill formula.

Core Size

Shape, size and composition etc. are all the factors that decide the performance of the long board wheels. If you add large diameter to the wheel, it will roll faster and it is a major benefit for downhill, transportation and freeride. It is because wider composition of the core supports the urethane that further makes the wheels more durable.

Also, it supports even wear out of the wheels. If the core is made of hard material then it will enhance the rolling speed of the longboard wheel thus making it slide faster. For downhill racing, easy and quick slow down is quite easy and this is the reason why the companies pay special attention to manufacturing the wheels with perfect size and core.

If you ask me, I would like to tell you that RAD wheels are greatly designed keeping all the factors in mind. Such wheels have durable grip, faster rolling speed, slow and even wear out. So make sure to focus on the core size and shape.

Core Placement

Core placement of the wheels are divided into three categories and I would be explaining the main category i.e. centerset. Other two categories are: offset and sideset. Each category has its own performance and sliding attributes.

Centerset category is that in which the core is placed directly in the wheel’s center. This style has the most perfect grip than other two. Grip is perfect because a large inner lip is created while riding and also the wheels offer longer life as they can be flipped inside out.

These wheels have even wear out and this is the major reason why freeriders prefer centerset placement of the wheels. Also, the centerset core performs great when paired with round lips and small contact patches.

I hope you guys understand well that which factors are important to look in the long board wheels while buying one. So whenever you plan to buy a longboard, consider these factors to make a smart purchase.

How To Slide On A Longboard – Follow These Steps

Long boarding is an art and technique that not everyone knows. To excel in long boarding, you must know the tips and tricks so that you can slide easily with full control over the board. Once when you will learn these basics, you will get to know how to slide. Sliding on a long board involves pulling the board out and let the wheels move freely so as not to grip the pavement.

how to slide on a longboard

how to slide on a longboard

While sliding on the long board, you must wear special gloves having plates which will act as brakes. Number of ways is there to slide on a long board but the most basic method is bending down and keeping your hands on the ground in front direction when the board slides out. It is the common method of stopping while sliding and even the expert boarders follow this technique.

In longboarding, there is a common sliding i.e. Coleman sliding. It is one of the most essential basics to try once in your boarding career. Pro boarders try this sliding technique due to it being the most commonly used methods to brake on a board.

In Coleman slide, you have to foot break, jump off and ride out the board. In fact, while learning the sliding technique, you will get to know that these options are not much efficient while riding at higher speeds. So here sliding plays a major role when you need a safer and stylish boarding. However, Coleman is the safest options when you want to learn longboarding, sliding or braking. The technique was invented by Cliff Coleman in 1970s that is 180 degree heelside slides which helps and allows the boarders to ride the board safely even in higher speeds and inclines.

how to slide on a longboard

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You may be a beginner in sliding that is why you are here to learn how to slide on a longboard. So let me tell you that longboarding is definitely not an easy chore as you have to be very relaxed and patient while learning it. In start, you may get injuries while riding or stopping the board but that is not the end guys. Just keep learning and one day you will be an expert boarder. Today, I am jotting down the steps to slide on a longboard, so don’t waste time and read them below:

Steps

  • Sliding on the best longboard for the money is never going to be easy for the first time. You have to maintain a good balance or else you will fall down badly. Good pushing and turning around the board while sliding is very important. So if you are taking it lightly by just getting up and get on the board without even the knowing the balancing thing, sliding would cause troubles for you. Also, the ride will be sloppy. Before starting, I would highly recommend you to watch some videos over the internet to get a basic idea of how to slide. Watch someone sliding so that you can understand better. Watching videos is good because it is hard to learn sliding just by reading some words on it.
  • Go for an easy set up for the first time and don’t overburden yourself for more. Use a double kickboard as it is quite a basic board to get into. When you are just starting, consider riding the board between 35-40 inches.
  • In this step, you have to stand on the board following some tips. Keep your back foot pointed to the right and the front foot tad to the left foot. Read it again to understand it better. The back foot plays a major role as it has to be at the part of the board before kicktail comes. Next, the heels of your foot must be hanged off the back as it will help you with side carve. Guys, this is the most basic form of sliding a longboard and it can be changed to form the advanced version by adding some tricks to it. However, sliding is a trick and skill.
  • Start sliding the longboard by kicking off on some flat surface that is either concrete or asphalt. Don’t push yourself while riding and try going on a speed that is comfortable for you.
  • While riding when you bend down on the board, you need to bend your knees as well to get a better grip. To slide, you must remember that to switch to heel side, only 3 seconds are there so make it accordingly. Knees must bend a little to crouch on the ground.
  • Keep the one hand on the board side and other on the ground. One hand must be positioned between the legs and other one must be reaching backwards directly opposite of the way in which toes are pointing. Don’t forget to wear sliding gloves otherwise your hands will be bruised or injured badly.
  • Now, this step is difficult as you have to carve heel side. But don’t worry; you will learn it with regular practice. Look backward like you are looking at your butt. Your body must follow the motion and your hips must be committed to the motion.
  • Riding in one direction is fine but some people like jumping to the opposite toe side Coleman slide. Try both the directions changing the direction of your foot. Just keep on practicing and you will learn sliding.

Hope you will learn the tips of how to slide on a longboard. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Being a beginner, you may feel scared riding the board too fast but don’t be or else you will not be able to slide properly.
  • To commit to the slide, make proper use of head, shoulders and hips.
  • Don’t go too far with your hands or else your hands, butts will be ripped and the pants will be torn if you fall.
  • Never keep both the foot together, keep them separated so that each foot remains at the each board’s end.

Happy long boarding!!

What Size Skateboard Should I Get? (How To Know That)

When talking about skateboard sizes, there are two possible meanings.

For some people, they will think of the length of the skateboard when being asked about the size, while other people will be talking about the width.

Here at our website, we have a lot of articles concerning length and the difference between the best longboards and a regular skateboard, so in this article when we speak of size, it will be the width that we are covering.

Read on to learn about the different widths offered and then figuring out which width is right for you.

What Size Skateboard Should I Get

What Size Skateboard Should I Get

 

Different Sizes

Skateboards can be broke down into four different main sizes.

You have micro decks, mini decks, mid-sized deck, and full-size deck.

Each of these has some variation in specks, but we will cover the most common details of each one.

One of the best things about the sport of skateboarding though is how customizable the skateboard is to you, so once you become an experienced rider, you can get a board that meets your exact specifications.

Micro Decks

Micro deck skateboards are called this because they are small. Even though they are small though, they are not as small as a penny board. Micro decks are still in the normal skateboard family. A typical micro deck is 27.2 inches to 27.6 inches long. For the width, it normally runs from 6.5 inches to 6.75 inches. Continue reading to find out who this board size is best for.

Mini Decks

A mini deck is a little bigger than a micro board, but not much. The length is normally around 28′ while the width is normally seven inches. This small size difference may not seem like much, but it does make a difference.

Mid-Size Decks

Mid-size decks are starting to get more into what you might see on a regular basis at a skate park. The length of these boards normally is 29 inches, and the width is 7.3 inches.

Full-Size Decks

Last we have what is considered full-size decks. These have a bit more range than the others because the most people buy this kind of boards.

The length of these kinds of boards normally doesn’t vary much and falls around the 29-inch area, but the width can differ greatly.

The standard full-size board has a width of 7.5 inches to 8 inches. A more trick type board has a width of 8inches to 8,25inches, and a cruising board has a width greater than 8.25 inches.

How To Know What Size Of Skateboard To Get?

How To Know What Size Of Skateboard To Get

How To Know What Size Of Skateboard To Get

Well, there are a couple of factors when determining what size skate deck to get.

The first factor is your height and more importantly your foot size.

The second factor is what kind of riding you will be doing.

First, we will look at foot size though. If you are younger and have a foot size of 3 or smaller, then you will want a micro board most likely. Normally people that fall into this range are kids who are just learning how to ride. The typical age is 5 or younger for micro boards and 3.5 inches tall or shorter. If your feet size doesn’t match your height though, then most of the time it is better to go by foot size than height when choosing a board.

Mini boards are for riders who have slightly bigger feet than a micro board. If your foot is size four to six, then you will probably want a mini board. This normally means kids who are around six to tween years. The typical height of a mini board rider is someone who is between 3.5 inches and 4.4 inches tall.

Once you get to a mid-size board, you are getting into a little older of person. Most mid-size board riders are in their teenage years, but not adults yet. Some adults though do ride the smaller boards though. Most of the time a mid-size board works best for someone who is 4.5 inches tall to 5.2 inches tall and someone that wears size seven or eight shoes. This means that women riders may fall into this range even as an adult.

Last we have the full-size boards which have more variety in what size to get. Most riders of full-size boards are adults, and that means that they can make their own decisions better on what type of board is most comfortable for them. Typically though, a standard full-size board rides by someone who is 5.3 inches or taller and a shoe size of nine or greater. Depending on how much bigger your foot is though, you might want to get one of the wider full-size boards for the most comfort.

The last

The other factor besides height and shoe size that determines what size board to get is the riding you will be doing.

If you are going to be doing normal street riding with some tricks, then you might not need as much foot room as someone who is going to be doing a lot of cruising.

When cruising, you will be standing on your board for longer periods and need to be able to be comfortable.

If you are going to be doing a lot of tricks or riding ramps and things, then you might also need more foot room to be able to move your feet to kick off the board or have more landing room when coming back down from your tricks.

This is why your riding style also affects the board size you need, and it isn’t just based on your shoe size.

How To Choose Longboard For Cruising

How To Choose Longboard For Cruising

Lastly, some people stand in different ways on their board to be comfortable. If you stand with your feet perfectly even with each other, then you won’t need a board that as wide as someone who stands with their feet, not in line with each other. Some people like having one foot closer to the edge than the other, and not have both in the middle of the board. Once you have been riding for awhile, you will learn the stance you like, and that will help you better figure out the size of deck you need.

Conclusion

So to finish things up board size or width depends on a few factors. The main one is your shoe size, and this is especially true for younger riders because they don’t know their style yet. As you get older though the board width depends more on the riding you will be doing and your stance. Your shoe size and height still matters some, but it isn’t the main focus when you get into a full-size board. Remember when picking out a skateboard that the most important thing when it comes to the width of the board is comfortable. If it is comfortable for you to stand on and ride, then you have most likely found the right width for you and your riding style.