How to assemble a longboard

Published: 08th March 2010
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Before buying a longboard, you will have to consider the type of longboarding you will do. If you are just looking to cruise around, just about any board will do. if you are looking to get into the extreme side of longboarding, then you will need something with a little more technology in it. Something like a deck from loaded longboards or a sector nine.

You may just want to go out and buy a longboard that's already setup for you. This is called a complete longboard. The best advice that this guide can give you if you take the route of buying a complete longboard is this: don't waste your money on a cheap board. Your experience will be infinitely better if you spend a good chunk of money on a good longboard. If you'd rather put a deck together, you will need to buy all the parts. We'll explain wheels first.

Longboard wheels vary in size and hardness. Longboard wheels are typically very soft. Softer wheels grip the road more easily and give the rider a smoother riding experience. Softer wheels also work better when a person slides - they act more like a brake than harder wheels do. This is at the cost of the wheels, though. Softer wheels tend to not last as long as harder ones.

You will also need a longboard deck. The only company that really makes these is loaded longboards. Fortunately, loaded longboards are great decks. You can also buy a loaded complete, but some people like to put their own together. Be sure to read about the different types of flex that loaded longboards offer, as it will affect your riding experience.

Finally, you'll need a pair of longboarding trucks. It's hard to advise you what the best types of trucks are, but anything that is made for a longboard will do nicely. Don't just buy a long pair of skateboarding trucks, they act differently (believe it or not). If you find that you're really having a tough time with this, as one of the people working at the store. They will probably share their opinion on what's best for you.

That's about it for putting together a longboard. You'll find as you go through everything that the best way to piece a skateboard together is to go to a shop and look at all the components. Find parts that suit you and your riding style, then put everything together. You shouldn't be too disappointed if you've taken the time to find quality parts.

The writer really likes longboarding and everything about longboards. He's been a passionate longboarder for many years now, and likes to think that he is fairly knowledgeable on the subject. If you are looking for a place to purchase loaded longboards after reading this, feel free to check out

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