- The Skateboard Thread
I figure there are a few skaters on here (and I’ve not found a decent forum for it yet) so I thought I’d start a little thread…
I used to skate a lot ’til my early 20s – mostly street, I was never any good but I had a few flip tricks, boardslides, 50-50s etc more or less down (on small things, not hitting any massive stair gaps or railslides or anything!). But that was nearly twenty years ago now.
Recently got back into it a little bit – I don’t have much time to ride due to a new baby and my bikes living in my parents’ shed due to our lack of space, so I’ve just been cruising back and forth to work. Hopefully might start popping to the park down the road in the future…
Currently riding a fairly nice Chocolate deck with crappy Route One trucks and wheels, but it pretty much does the job. The wheels are pretty small at 53mm not to mention super hard at something mental like 102a so I’m thinking about changing them for something bigger and softer – maybe 58-60mm /78a as the tarmac around here is horrific.
So what do you ride? Street, park, awesome old school setups… Let’s see it!Posted 3 months agobutcherMember
Get out occasionally to the odd park these days, but definitely not going crazy, I’m quite happy keeping it simple. Think 53mm is pretty much the defacto standard for wheels nowadays, was surprised recently to hear Brandon Westgate say he rides 52s… But I guess it’s considered the best compromise between weight and speed. If you’re just interested in cruising around, I think there are a good range of cruiser/filmer wheels out there now.Posted 3 months ago
Aye I think if I was doing more trick skating the 53s would be ideal, they roll fine on smoother surfaces and in the park but on crappy roads they seem to hang up on anything and vibrate like an overcharged dildo.
That might just be my legs getting used to it again though…
Had a look at Middle Aged Shred but I’m not really on Facebook and I don’t really want to be!Posted 3 months ago
Ha Cab’s grin at the end of that video literally sums up skating in a single frame.
I think I have some wrist guards from a snowboarding trip a few years back, that’s a good shout if / when I manage to get to the park.
Annoyingly there’s a bowl literally minutes from where I work, but it’s on the poggiest estate for miles around and usually full of feral kids, plus full of leaves and syringes. And it’s tiny.Posted 3 months agotrumptonMember
Got a longboard that I could get around on.Loved it. Nowhere to ride it ( yet ) now.Posted 3 months ago
I used to ride it at a road based cycle track when it was empty as well as going places on it down the cycle lane and through parks. ;). I’ll keep looking for places to have a session though ( since moving ).stewbaccasonSubscriber
I’ve just started snowboarding and absolutely loving it.
Takes me straight back to the skateboard years.
I’ve still got my deck.
Been in the loft for maybe 10 years but it’s still in good order.Posted 3 months ago
I think it maybe time to dust it off!sharkattackMember
I can’t stop watching these videos. They’re hypnotic and terrifying. Plus the music is pretty cool.
As for having nowhere to ride, quite the opposite for me. I’m in Sheffield so there’s hundreds of places I could go to give myself life changing injuries. Which is what would happen, since I haven’t touched a skateboard since I was about 10.Posted 3 months agotoppers3933Member
I recently bought my first board and I’m 43. I mean what could possibly go wrong. The boy wanted one and I get so bored sitting watching him so thought I’d give it a go.Posted 3 months ago
I have 55mm minilogo 90a wheels on mine and I like it. Not too rattlie but still feels easy enough to ride. It came with some that I think had been carved from solid marble which sent your vision funny on anything other than perfect smooth concrete. The Minilogos were recommended by the 40something guy at the skate shop.
Ace, I might have a look at the Minilogos. There seem to be a few options round 80-90a.
Does anyone carry their board around on their bike? How do you do it? I used to have one of those backpacks with straps for a skateboard but it got nicked about 20 years ago, now I’m all outdoorsy with fancy hydration packs and that, which aren’t much use for carrying a plank on wheels.Posted 3 months agoEddie FiolaMember
I have posted this before so im sorry if you’ve seen it.Posted 3 months ago
I was big into skating in the late 80’s – early 90’s and came across a load of footage of us skating on a VHS tape. I then contacted all the people on the tape and made a small documentary with us meeting again and skating for the first time in 25 years. It was on at the Kendal Film Festival a couple of years back.
Anyway, here it is again:root-n-5thSubscriber
That alpine stuff is amazing. High risk for sure. I’ll watch the documentary later as looks good.
Bought a board a few months back, wheels were rattly so fitted the cloud mines and they are silent and smooth.
Thinking I should have for a long board.
Anyone around Sutton/wimbledon/surrey that wants to meet up and Sk8 (sorry)?
I ride mongo apparently.Posted 3 months agoDezBSubscriber
Took my son down to Southsea Skatepark for their anniversary bash.. er.. 5 years ago! I was 50 🙂
Random bloke came over and asked who I skated with… this was quite amusing because I was crap and thought it looked like I hadn’t skated since the 70s!
Note, bike helmet
Now where’s that pic of me from 1977? bloody photobucket!Posted 3 months agoDezBSubscriber
Cheers! Homemade deck, Tracker trucks and Sims Comp II Conical wheels (all the same as in my ’77 photo, which is why I wanted to post it!). That’s Southsea’s little mogul bowl.Posted 3 months ago
By the way, there are 3 fab new skateboarding films out – “Skate Kitchen” “Mid90s” and “Minding the Gap” – all worth a watch.
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