Building your own longboard is a fun process as you get to learn so much. All you need is woodworking tools, wood cutting ability and motivation to nail the task well. So let’s start:
Use 2-3 ¼ inch thick plywood sheets to build the deck. To make the whole longboard, these pieces need to be joined with glue or screws. If not to build the deck, you can buy pre-pressed deck. Number of plywood sheets depends upon the flex of the board you want. Some woods like white ash, bamboo, maple and birch are there offering quality where bamboo is the strongest among all. So you can choose any. For longer board, you need 10 inches by 40 inches woodpiece and before getting to build a board, take an idea of the shape of the board you would like to ride.
Go for wood glue, resin or epoxy. Every hardware store has these adhesives that are meant to join the wood pieces tightly and keep the board layers together.
These are the metal bits which are used to attach the wheels to the board. And these are important to keep the board turning when you lean. Most popular trucks are reverse kingpin trucks offering better stability and response.
The harder the wheel, the more sliding ability it has whereas the softer wheels offer tight turns.
Bearings are meant to fit inside the wheels to let them turn smoothly. Usually, people are seen buying ceramic bearings but they are quite expensive as well. Quality does matters!! If ceramic bearings are not in your budget, buy steel bearings.
Cut the wood into strips according to the size mentioned above i.e. 10 inch by 40 inch. Shaping is not a concern here as you just need to cut the pieces for now. Keep the longer strips for longer board and vice versa. Shaping will be done once when the pieces will be attached together into a solid deck.
Draw a straight line on a paper that will be the centre of the board and then draw the shape of the board you would like to have. For your knowledge, shorter boards are more flexible and quickly turn while cruising. So if you are a beginner, keep things simple by building a short board and not the longer one. At the front, draw a slight curve.
With a pencil, trace the board shape on the top wood piece and using adhesive, press the wood together. Let it dry and then carve the shape. Keep in check that you are drawing the deck the same way you want. Remove the imperfections from the board and make sure that half of the board is symmetrical.
Drill holes around the board outline to clamp the wood together. Drill the holes evenly around the board shape and keep them smaller than the screws. Check which points need extra support and add more holes there. All the pieces of plywood must be stacked properly and make sure to hold them tightly so that they don’t shift while drilling. Drill the holes through the wood and ensure that you don’t drill the area that will be your deck. One inch space must be there while drilling the outline of board.
Use a paintbrush and apply adhesive on the inner side of each wood piece. Get them back together making sure that drilled holes are on top.
Stack the plywood pieces and arrange them in a way that the ends of the board are resting on something. And the middle part is hanging free.
On the stack of wood, put weights so that it bends slightly upwards in the middle as when you will stand on it, it flattens out. Leave the board under the weight unless you don’t get a light curve on the wood.
Re-clamp the deck if you are happy with the curve you have got and then put screws around the board.
Take the good looking side of your plywood and make it the bottom of the board. Find the exact centre of the board and draw a line lengthwise down from front to back. Turn the board over and do the same thing for the other side as well. Here you go with the design of the board, take off your stencil now.
Take sandpaper and smoothen the board to keep it free from scratches. Now cover the board with fibreglass resin as it will protect the paint from outside scratches. Mix the fibreglass resin with a hardener and then use a paintbrush to brush the board evenly with its layer. It hardens very fast so be quick while applying. Let it sit for 3-4 hours.
Add any design you like using paint or markers and sand the board down one more time. Go for painting the board with any pattern or color you like to make it look beautiful. Next, add a last layer of fibreglass resin to seal the design finally on the bottom of the board. Do it clearly so that the designing you did is visible through the coating. Cover the whole board with grip tape as it will keep your feet stick on the board while riding at higher speeds.
Now it is the time to put the bearings inside each wheel and attach the wheels to the trucks. The nuts must be so tight that don’t let the bearings come out and offer free spinning of the wheels.
Here you go!! Your board is ready. Now check it once that it holds your weight properly. Before sliding on the hills, make sure that everything is perfectly done.
Longboards have prolonged existence and long shelf life as the name depicts. Due to the fact that longboards were manufactured with a purpose of cruising and not for tricking, you can maintain them and keep them from getting botched. With few cleaning efforts and maintenance, your longboards will serve you for years. The longer you keep riding, the more it will serve you and the less you will have to keep it enact.
To keep the longboard or skateboard working perfect, little maintenance every few days is good. And bearings play a major role in keeping the longboard fine. If you are a lover of riding in rainy season or have gone through some puddles, then you must regrease the bearings to stop them from gathering rust. I have seen many people keeping an old bearing set for riding and sliding in rain as it will save your new bearings from rusting that you just got. Let’s get to know how to keep the longboard bearings clean:
To take the bearing out, simply take the nut off and slide the wheel. It will bring the innermost bearing to the edge of the axle from where you can take it out. Just use the motion that you use to open a bottle and force the bearing out of the wheel. This way you can remove the bearings from the wheel. Use the same process for every bearing.
Now you have to get inside the cartridges and this is done once when you have taken the bearings out. Mostly the bearings have only one shield and I hope you are lucky enough in that case. Then you have to get the shield out to get your hands in the cage and balls. Getting inside the cartridge with a rubber shielded bearing is easy as you just need to get one shield off with a screwdriver and you are done. Metal shielded bearings are equipped with a “C” clip that needs to be taken off.
While getting the rubber shield off, you may get it damaged but that’s fine. Some bearings give the possibility to remove the cage and balls for individual cleaning also. So it depends upon the bearings your longboard have.
Now grease the bearing races by using methylated spirit. Or you can simply soak them in alcohol or some sort of solvent. Or if there is some spray available to use as a de-greaser, use it to bring all the crap out of the bearings. And if you have nothing, go for lemon juice. It is a great cleaning tool though. Whatever method you choose for cleaning, soak the bearings for 2 minutes at least or put them in a jar and then shake it for 2 minutes. Lastly, rinse them with a clean solvent.
Now you need to dry the bearings. Hair dryers are a good choice here. After drying, use some oil or grease to lubricate the bearings but don’t go crazy with the lubrication. Bearings don’t need much of it. Try lubing the bearings thinly so get faster spin. Oil is supposed to keep the bearings fast but if any crap gets inside then it will be a mess. Plus, while spinning the board, oil gets out speedily that leaves the bearings without any lubrication and they overheat and get melted. So it is not so cool idea to use oil. All you can do is clean the bearings from time to time to keep them intact and working all fine.
Other than oil, we have medium grease i.e. white lithium stuff which can be bought from any bike shop easily. Using white lithium makes the bearings resistant to crap and serve you for longer time than ever. And if you are a rain lover, then this is a perfect option of course. The downside of this grease is that the wheels spin slower.
So I would suggest using light grease for better and proper results. Re-grease with a good lubricant indeed.
Now hit the streets because you are done with the cleaning. But before that, screw the bearings back properly so that they don’t come out while spinning.
Okay guys, this was all about cleaning the bearings that are quite an essential part to keep the boards maintained. Now if you are thinking of how to clean the longboard deck, you must read further because this is a valuable part to know. You might be using your longboard since long but never felt the need to clean the deck. Let me tell you that the board deck is an important thing to offer prolonged life and keep it looking good and clean always. And to your surprise, it doesn’t take much time to clean the deck as well as not much of the cleaning gears are required. Let’s dig deep in the topic of cleaning the board deck perfectly:
To conclude, I would like to say that these methods are quite useful to clean the board. So try them once and get a new looking longboard for sliding or cruising.
How to choose the Drop throught longboards in case you want the benefits that come with such a board?
The Drop Through longboard design is one of the many ways that are used to make longboards suited to the needs of the rider. It is made in such a way in order to reduce the center of gravity of your longboard so that the rides are safer and faster and the rider feels more in control of his board.
The Drop Through longboards have some distinct characteristics that enhance their abilities over other types of longboards. They are mainly suited to the following styles of longboard riding:
The Drop Through longboards are suited to these styles of longboard riding because of the low fatigue they cause their rider. This is achieved because the distance between the foot and the ground is reduced and the repetitive foot travel distance is reduced considerably. Their suitability to downhill riding is because of the low center of gravity they possess. This, in turn, allows these boards to be highly stable at high speeds and hence makes them suitable to downhill riding.
In a drop through longboard, the deck is cut out at two places where the trucks are to be mounted. The trucks are bolted above the surface of the deck at both the nose and tail. This effectively reduces the height of the deck in proportion to the thickness of the deck. So while other boards are top mounted on the trucks, the Drop Through decks are mounted through with the trucks.
A comparable style of the longboards is Drop Down longboards. Their decks are mounted on top of the trucks but the deck drops low at the places where the feet rest while riding. These allow them to achieve a similar effect without the trucks’ baseplates being mounted through the deck.
For bombing hills and achieve insane speeds, you should with some harder wheels rated high on the durometer. This enables the wheels to achieve and maintain high speeds.
For those who ride the drop through longboard on the street to commuting from one place to another, the choice should obviously be larger and softer wheels. This provides the necessary grip while also helps absorb bumps in the pavement.
The choice of trucks is similar to any other longboards. The reverse kingpin configuration is suitable for longboard rides of all types. Further, since the aim is to reduce the height, a shorter overall height of the trucks should be preferred. The axle should extend out in accordance with the needs of the board, decided by the deck width.
The ceramic bearings can do wonders for any longboard rider in any style whatsoever. The level of ease, assurance, and longevity they provide is unmatched. However, it is not possible for everyone to get a ceramic bearing for the longboards.
So a good set of after-market bearings is the best thing you could choose for your longboard. The ABEC ratings are not as important performance dictators to bearings as durometer ratings are for wheels. So go with a bearing brand that has been tried, tested and proven.
Some video we found on the internet should give you more information:
In order to choose the best drop through longboard for yourself, first decide what it is you specifically want to do on top of it. Depending on your use, decide about the bearings, the wheels and other elements of the longboard.
People who want to bomb hills need great bearings and hard wheels to reduce speed wobbles. Commuting people need large, soft wheels aided with the help of decent ceramic bearings.
People who are just freestyling and freeriding can just buy a complete drop through longboard with good reviews from its users. There are a plethora of great longboards available with plenty of reviews to decide you easily.
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So you have got your first longboard and wish to do some cruising on it. Simple enough! It is if you are willing to follow our longboard guide for cruising. The first thing to do is to choose a suitable longboard because every board is more or less specific to a certain style of longboarding. While some are made for cruising, others are built to bomb hills. It is all in the type of deck and other configuration. So let’s dive into deciding how to be a great cruiser on longboards.
The type of deck goes a long way in deciding how a board behaves on the surface you are going to use it on.
God, choosing a longboard is quite a confusing task. You have a variety of styles, shapes and sizes to choose from. Being a beginner, you may feel awe-inspiring to pick a board from a pool of boards but actually it is not. With this article, I would like to enlighten you guys about the riding styles and most common shapes of boards. Once you get hold of these elements, it would be easy for you to choose the type of board you need.
Obviously, the better you get an idea about the shapes and styles, the easiest it will be to choose the best longboards. Take a sneak-peak on the factors to be considered:
This one is the most common question which you need to ask yourself in order to choose the perfect board.
An all-purpose way of riding is cruising and carving. The board used for this purpose is designed to make you take wider turns while riding whilst you are hitting concrete surfaces.
Quick sliding with technical tricks is all about free riding. In this, the rider manoeuvres the board while downhill riding. Various tricks are used one after another to control the longboard effectually.
It is the regular type of riding. You can do anything like dancing, sliding, goofy riding and anything you think of doing. This style is inherited from skateboarding and slots in various technical tricks. Anyone whether a neophyte or an expert can try this style. Enjoy it, it’s a fun guys!!
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Guys, it’s all about speed, speed and speed. That’s all…
Just ride down the hills at as greater speeds as you can. Maintain full balance over the board while bombing the hills and terrains. You being a beginner should pick up slow speed at first and then move onto higher unless you don’t have tried your hands on boarding tricks.
Now, when you are aware of longboarding styles, let’s get our hands rolling with various longboard shapes.
Depending upon the style you choose, it’s the time to focus on shapes now. All the styles get covered up in two shapes of boards i.e. Directional and Symmetrical. Both these shapes go perfect for every rider whether beginner, intermediate or expert.
Directional: Clear from its name, this board goes into one direction only and the most used directional board is pintail.
Symmetrical: Such boards are perfect for free riding and freestyle riding. These are also called bidirectional boards wherein the front and back of the board looks the same. You can stand in any direction while riding to hit the roads smartly.
Lastly, I would like to say that the choice is yours. Choose from any style which suits you well and the shape you feel is perfect for your body. So grab a nice board to have a wonderful riding experience. Happy riding!!
Longboards have made a heroic entry in the realm of boarding industry. Every rider whether novice or expert is showing pretty good interest in longboarding. But you may feel that choosing a longboard is quite a cumbrous task which strains a lot of time of yours.
With this article, I would like to make it tranquil for you to make your choice. According to me, one of the best ways to cherry-pick an ideal longboard is by keeping your body shape in check. Your height and weight do the best deal in selecting the best board for you. So take a step ahead in choosing the finest board.
Board provides phenomenal riding experience if you choose the right flex and length. Potential level and intensity of the board multiplies boundlessly with just right type of deck. While roving, you yourself will feel that how you’re riding experience gets aptly la-di-da with right kind of board crafted specially for your body type. Let’s translate points for your better know-how about flex, potential and response.
It’s true that nice graphic boards attract you but head up and focus on some more things to choose an ideal board.
Pay for the board you feel is truly a blissful item in terms of graphics, shape and deck, of course. Don’t have a shop nearby? Not to worry… Online shopping is one such beauty to make your purchases easy on the go.
VOILA!! Consider these tips and choose an incredible board to have a magnificent riding experience.
Longboarding, a sport where fitness and intensity goes hand in hand. It gained popularity in late 1950s and was crafted to satirize surfing on concrete surfaces. Longboards are like skateboards but are archetypally wider and longer.
Every best longboards has diverse dimensions reliant upon your body shape and style. Usually, a board is 100 cms long. Quite comfortable and stable to ride, longboards pick up greater speeds easily. Due to the added weight, it becomes a bit impractical to use skateboard tricks for longboarding. So I have jotted down some longboarding tricks, in particular. Here is the goldmine of techniques:
One foot is located on the road and other foot is used to maintain balance in foot braking. The same technique works well if you want to place your foot on the sidewalk. Often, boarders use foot braking to stop the board or slow it down while riding.
Most commonly used in downhill racing, it is a technique to decrease the speed of board around a turn. It is actually cumbrous to slow down the speed mid-turn because boards lose grip. Have fun while riding and use this technique to control the speed which is otherwise too constricted to make while racing.
While roving at higher speeds, the technique of carving works great. Usually, in downhill boarding, the boarder ploys his board in S shaped curves to dawdle down. A series of curves is followed, sloping left then right and slowly taking control of the speed as you head towards downhill.
A technique where boarders stand upright on the boards while keeping their arms stretched out. This way the boarder gets complete control over wind confrontation and the board’ speed tumbles down bit by bit. Although it’s a perfect method to slow down the speed, it cannot be used as a braking method. Since air braking is an idyllic approach for higher speeds, it is often used by the boarders.
This one is my favourite. I love downhill riding and use slide braking to stop the board. Let me explain how this technique works. You need to quickly turn the board to stop it, make sure to turn it sideways to control the sliding and the board will automatically come to a halt. Practice makes a man perfect so try slide braking from either the front or the back. For added stability, you can even stop the board by locating your hands on the ground. I would suggest wearing riding gloves or else you will get your hands badly bruised up.
As the name suggests, the rider moves his feet up and down the board deck. To your surprise, this technique basically comes in use for longer boards. Depending upon your boarding level, you can try twisting, turning and jumping on the board to add zest and zing in your voyage.
So guys hook it up and try these easy-to-do techniques of longboarding. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks of boarding. Have a good day!!
You know that your longboard needs a proper maintenance service when the bearings start to make a clinking noise or the ride doesn’t feel as great as it once did. You may also come to know of it just by the long time it has been since you last cleaned the parts of your longboard.
Cleaning the parts of your best longboard and extending its life are kind of part of the whole longboard enthusiast job requirements. So here I guide through the basic maintenance procedures that you can follow in order to get your longboard new.
You are not going to need a lot of things. Most of these are probably already in your home.
Now that you have most of the basic parts disassembled out of your longboard, it is time start the cleaning procedure that actually benefits the quality of your ride.
Now that everything is clean as new, it is time to put them all back into place so that you can bomb that hill in the evening. Here’s how you’re going to do it:
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Now that you have your longboard restored to its former glory, it is time to take it out show yourself just what you’ve been missing these past weeks. Voila!
Yocaher is a name that pops up every time you are talking about the best Longboard brands. The Chino, the California-based company, was started way back in 1975. It would not be wrong to say that they have been an integral part of the evolution of longboards.
As such, Yocaher Longboards Brands has a long history of making good quality products because they wouldn’t have survived for so long. Their longboards are best known for being cost effective yet practical. The products are invariably of a high quality despite the reasonable price. It is for this reason that you should definitely give them a look when buying your first longboard.
1. Who is this board suited for?
Beginners would absolutely love the simplicity of this board. It’s easy to ride, smooth and stable.
2. What is the best part of this board?
It is an overall good board. For the price, though, you get incredibly great grip tape that none of the competition offer.
3. What is the shortcoming of this board?
The Yocaher Punked Lowrider has only one failing: the bearings. If you want the optimum performance from this board, get yourself some good aftermarket bearings and bushings.
1. Who is this board suited for? Who is this board aimed at?
Beginners would. This board, like most Yocaher boards, is made for beginners.
Can experts use it too?
Yes, but they will need to do a proper overhaul of the longboard to satisfy their longboard thirsty souls.
What are the shortcomings?
The usual suspects: bearings, bushings, and trucks. Also, a better deck would do. Again, the price is prohibitive.
1. What is the target demographic of this longboard?
The beginners. It is a logical choice given the price point that the Yocaher Longboard is available at. Must add that it is a great choice for a sub 100 bucks longboard.
2. What is the USP of this board?
The affordable price point. Instead of any mechanical qualities, it is the price that attracts the most. Everything else is great for the price.
3. What are its failings?
Not many. Perhaps the bearings. But $20 gets you a good set of bearing to replace the stock ones and enjoy your longboard experience even better.
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For an average person who is just getting to grips with longboarding and perhaps thinking about starting longboarding himself, it can a tiresome job to decide how to buy a longboard.
However, if you break down your requirements into simple parts, the choice becomes easier to make. Let’s see what the different types of longboards are and what they are suited for:
There are several types of shape for the deck of a longboard. The shape determines the usefulness of the best longboards for a particular purpose like cruising, carving, bombing hills, etc. The following are the main types of decks:
Pintail: These boards are a throwback to the inspiration behind longboards: surfboards. They resemble surfboards not only in their looks but also in the ride feel. The center is usually broader than either the nose or the tail. They are best suited to carving. Most easily recognizable longboards due to their namesake shape.
Twins: These boards have gentle curves on the nose and tail. They have usually wide decks which remains the same in width throughout. They are your go to longboards if you add riser pads and want to carve. They are also well suited for cruising because of their simple shape. Commuters prefer these boards for the very same reason. They are a Top Mount longboard in a way.
Double Drop: Yes, hill bombers love these boards for their stability. They are the hybrids of drop through and drop deck longboards. The lowest of them all, they scream speed and have an extremely low center of gravity. Yes, they are great! Only thing stopping you from buying them is the astronomical price in comparison to other such boards.
Drop Through: This is the board where the baseplate of the truck is attached in a “through” configuration. Instead of being beneath, it is at level with the top of the deck. This achieves a drop in height and adds to stability. Great for high speeds and control.
Drop Deck: This is the board you get when you don’t get your preferred Drop Through longboard. They don’t have the trucks going through the deck, instead, the deck drop between the wheelbase to achieve a reduced high and increased stability.
Top Mount: Carve, cruise, dance, freeride. These boards are the jack of all trades. They are set the highest because, you guessed it, the deck sits simply above the trucks. No gimmicks. Less stability, more agility. Lots of fun. In addition to all this, they are the least expensive because of their simple construction.
The shape of the board is not the only way in which one type of longboard differentiates from another but it is the most important aspect for sure. It lends a lot of characteristics to the board and decides what the board is capable of doing and what it can never do.
There are several other shapes in addition to the ones listed above (type of longboard). However, all of these shapes are usually derivations of these primary shapes or a mix up, just like our beloved Double Drop. You would do well to choose any of these shapes, but there is only so many things one board can do for you.
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