If you happen to have a longboard, I’m sure you’re having so much fun riding it after getting one from our AuthorityAdviser buyer guide review. Maintenance may not be less of your worries now since longboards have minimal care requirements. Unlike skateboards, this is made for cruising and less impactful activities. But, like other sports equipment, longboards also need some love and care.
Taking care of your longboards is not just for it to look sleek and new. It can help ensure your safety, especially when using it daily. Longboard accidents are sometimes caused by lack of tending. It can further help in keeping the board in shape so you can enjoy a long equipment lifetime.
Now, you might be worried about its costs and is on the verge of closing the page. Let me stop you there. If there is one thing I can assure you, it is that all these tips are inexpensive and simple too. All you need is a few minutes of your time and you can get a dose of your fun and adrenaline.
Tip No. 1: Properly brush the deck
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Let us begin with tip number one. Even the neophytes in longboarding wouldn’t miss out the deck because this is the biggest part of the longboard. It is where you stand on the board. Though the biggest, it is also often neglected.
Don’t commit that mistake. You have it clean it up. Wiping the deck with water or regular cleaning solution will not cut. You will need materials that are suited to the surface of the deck. Rat Vision recommends using a sander cleaner and grip gum to brush through the deck even to its deep ends. For the brush, you can use wire or brass since these are sturdier, but softer to prevent deck damage.
Here is a video on how you can thoroughly clean your deck.
Tip No. 2: Proper storing
Ride anytime, anywhere may be your personal slogan for longboarding. Outdoor summer ride is always fun and even more exciting is riding in the rain. What your friends or you might not know is that extreme exposure to the sun and/or rain can weaken your wooden board.
Aside from cleaning your deck, you need to store your longboards properly. It is preferable to place them indoors. You also have to make sure that it is stored safely. The board should not be placed with a heavy load (i.e., boxes, furniture, etc.) and out of the way to prevent you from accidentally slipping or tripping over it.
Tip No. 3: Regreasing the bearings
Over time, you’ll feel your bearings stick or hear squeaky sounds from your board. It is an indication that you need to grease your bearings. This may not be a “problem” that your friends might not know, but it is an important reminder nonetheless.
There are two reasons why you need to grease the bearings. First, it ensures good wheelspin. The bearings are basically the mechanism allowing the boards to run. So, it always has to be in its best shape. Secondly, greasing helps minimize rusting.
This tutorial from Lush will teach you how to lubricate your bearings.
Tip No. 4: Check and do adjustments
Our fourth tip is to check and make adjustments to your board. It can mean adjusting your trucks to the smaller components as the nuts and bolts of the board.
After spending time with your board, you’ll eventually find the right tightness or looseness of the parts of your board. For instance, you might want to loosen your boards as you learn to control it for sharp twists and turns.
The bolts and nuts, however, need to be tightened to ensure that all parts and joints of the board are kept together.
Ultimately, the adjustments depend on your riding comfort. You just have to always put safety as a priority.
Tip No. 5: Rotating the wheels
Wheels don’t thin out evenly. Some wheels wear out more than the others. If you don’t have the budget to buy new ones, one thing you can do is to rotate them regularly on different sides (rear to end, left to right). I bet your friends have no idea about this.
What you need to do is place the worn out wheels on the side that is less used and the less thinned wheels on the other side. Remember! This tip is only a temporary hack. If you are not confident that the wheels are salvageable, it’s better to just replace them with new ones.
Tip No. 6: Replacing kingpins or placing risers
Wheelbite is a thing you want to avoid. Whether you’re a new rider or an old timer, you’d do anything to prevent this from happening. Wheelbite is when the wheel hits or grinds on the deck bottom, abruptly stopping the board. It is a cause of accidents to some riders.
There are several ways to prevent wheelbites. You can install a riser at the bottom of the deck as wheelbites are due to the very close distance of the wheel from the deck. Supplementing this trick is the installation of stronger kingpins. Find out this simple wheelbite solution here.
This article is commenced by our founder Walter after his e-skateboard broke down.