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How to Take Care of Your Longboard

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By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Longboards are basically larger versions of skateboards. The board is longer and wider than a normal skateboard, making it heavier and more stable. Due to its stability, the longboard is usually used for transportation, downhill racing, or obstacle racing. The weight of a longboard makes it hard to do tricks, but it gives more momentum and a highly fluid motion that’s often  equated to surfing on land. A longboard skateboard can also perform faster and more precise turns. Because of this, most people prefer longboards for riding on streets and shortboards for tricks.

A hardwood longboard is a common choice of longboards. It’s sturdy and reliable. The rider does not have to worry as much about the board breaking or malfunctioning. However, it does require some upkeep to keep the board in top condition.

The first step in taking care of your longboard is to find the natural elements that will directly affect your deck. Water, mildew, dirt, and sunlight are the most basic elements. After identifying these threats, you should find products that will protect your board from the threats. One example is varnish. Water-resistant varnish will protect the wood and lock in the design that’s on your board. Along with water, the varnish will help protect your board from mildew. Mildew can grow in the cracks of a board and will weaken the wood. The varnish will seal the cracks that mildew can grow in and will keep the board dry so the mildew will be unable to grow.

Bleach can be used to clean a deck or fight stains. If you use a chlorine-based bleach, it will not  damage the wood. Rub small amounts of bleach onto the board in the areas where you find stains or discoloration caused by UV rays. The bleach will also kill fungus and mildew that may grow on the board, which will protect it from further damage.

Consistently checking the longboard deck for surface damages is extremely important. Splinters are a sign the board is cracking and may soon break. They must be dealt with immediately. Most splinters can be fixed with a sealing varnish. This reconnects the splinters to the main board and strengthens the board. It will prevent future breakages. A broken surface can be a big problem on a board. This completely compromises the safety of the board and must be fixed before the board can be ridden on again. Some cracks can be fixed with a sealing varnish, but it’s often better to take your board to longboard shops and ask how to fix or replace the deck.

Wheels are also an extremely important part of longboard skateboards. They’re the most harshly used, as they’re constantly in contact with the ground. Rotating the wheels periodically will help prevent uneven wear and keep the wheels in better condition.

Bearings are another crucial part of the longboard. These affect how quickly your longboard can move and are easily affected by water. You should clean and lubricate your bearings often and soak them in cleaners to remove any dirt or rust.

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