– Want to start with skateboarding?
– Are you new to the whole skateboarding as a sport?
– Or want to buy a skateboard for your kids but not sure what to get?
Getting started with skateboarding can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. There are so many brands, size and color choices, wheel options and wood combinations to choice from. Here some hints and tips that might help you pick the right skateboard for you.
As a beginner skateboarder, you can go to a department store and buy the first cheap skateboard you see, but chances are, you might not enjoy it as much as you could. Why? There might be cheap wheels under it that won’t turn well or things might break faster, you end up buying another one, which turns out to be more expensive in the end.
To start off right and enjoy skateboarding from the start, buy a good quality skateboard. This doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive skateboard out there, no, there are many mid-range boards that are very good and last for quite some time. Skateboards between 50 and 100 dollars are good for beginners and will have well-made wheels and trucks and can easily turn. This is what you want. You can feel a big difference riding on a cheap versus a quality board.
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You need to know a little about the skateboard so it will be easier to choose, so let’s look at the parts and put it all together.
First thing you see is the board. The deck of a skateboard is most often made out of hard rock maple and has 5-9 plies of wood. The more plies, the heavier the board. Most boards are 7 ply and are perfect for beginners. When you are a beginner and need to choose a skateboard, it is best to buy a complete skateboard. There are many decks out there, but then you need choose all the other parts yourself (bearings, griptape, trucks and wheels) to make a complete skateboard which can be challenging. That might be too much for a beginner. Most skateboard and longboard shops have already chosen a good setup for you to make it easy. When you get to know your skateboard and their parts and want to upgrade, it is much easier to choose different wheels and trucks at that time.
Kids can ride a skateboard that is called a “mini” skateboard. These are generally skateboards that are 7.5″ wide or less. Skateboards are mainly measured in their widths and not their length. If you are older you will most likely feel better with a wider board. Most skateboards are about 28″-32″ long.
54-56mm is the normal wheel size for street skateboarders. If you are only looking for a cruiser skateboard, you might want to consider 58mm or bigger wheels. The larger the wheels, the smoother you will cruise, the less likely you will feel rocks or cracks.
Bearings are the small rings that go inside the wheels. This makes your wheel turn. Bearings come in Abec3, Abec5 and Abec7 and Abec9. ABEC stands for Annular Bearing Engineers’ Committee, and is the American method for rating the accuracy and tolerance. The higher an ABEC rating, the more accurate and precise the bearing is. Most skateboards have either Abec5 or Abec7 bearings.
Some equipment tips before you begin skateboarding or when you want to buy a new skateboard:
- Board: go for – 7+ ply deck
- Bearings: look for abec5 – rated
- Kids boards: go for 7.25″ – 7.5″ or less
- Smoother ride: choose soft and large wheels
- Board for tricks: choose harder and small wheels
- Safety: Always wear a helmet and safety gear
Choose your board wisely to get the most out of it, go shred and have fun!