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Skateboard Upgrade (2)

Posted on the 11 May 2022 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth

Continued from here.
Ebay told me that my new truck bushings wouldn't be here for a fortnight, so I went back to the shop and bought some Independent medium soft in orangey-yellow (£6 for the set). This improved the steering no end. The problem was then that I got 'wheel bite', so I tightened the trucks quite a bit. And promptly fell off on the test run and bruised my thumb as it it would only go in a straight line.
So today I loosened the trucks again (back to easily steerable), fashioned some risers out of an old plank and while I was at it, shifted the front trucks an inch forwards and took a circular saw to the front to get that 'cruiser' look*. Not quite symmetrical but never mind. The thing now runs silky smooth, I just need to find a place where I can 'practice' (i.e. fall off without people watching): Skateboard upgrade (2) * I have immersed myself in skate culture by watching a few videos on YouTube. They are very elitist. Only the small skateboards with a kicktail at each end are actually referred to as 'skateboards'. These are for doing tricks, which cause concussion, fractures and bruising. The really long ones without kicktails are called 'longboards'. These are for whizzing downhill at dangerous speeds. The middle category, medium size with a slight kicktail at the back and front wheels closer to the actual front, for people who just want to roll down the pavement (and who don't have a death wish) are derided as 'cruisers' and don't seem to count.

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