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07-01-2012 12:31 PM
Donutz Is there such a thing as Julyuary?
07-01-2012 09:46 AM
Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
I have not figured out sliding with the softer wheels on my LB. I am a foot drgger.
Hahhh! I know you...and you WILL be sliding soon

Soft wheels (low durometer) is a factor but contact area (profile) is equally or more important. How much sticky stuff do you have to break free, and how sticky is it.

Call me and I will bring down a few decks with some great slide wheels. You can borrow a pair of slide gloves and you will be sliding in a day.
06-30-2012 09:33 PM
timmytard For sure tinker with your setup, I bring a little skate tool whenever I go out ridin'.
If your just cruisin' around your neighborhood with no significant hills loosen your front truck up almost to the point of having some slop.
Kinda like the slalom boards. Even super loose, it won't be near as twitchy as those slalom boards with their super narrow trucks.

as long as you don't do any hills.

It might seem like too much @ first, but after 10 min or so you won't even remember how they used to be. I think you'll get your sea legs faster, but that makes it even more important to have some kind of tool to tighten them back up if you do run across a hill. I don't know if you've had speed wobbles before?
But they are crap your pants with fear inducing.

Most of the guys I rode with before are way better than me, like ten fold. They gradually went higher & higher up this hill until they could go from the top.

Being partly timmytarded, I just went to the top first.
But I never thought to tighten my trucks up.

I thought about it about 30 seconds into the run, I was all ready going way too fast to stop. I swear I actually heard my brain say "Oh my god, what have you done" I haven't been that scared in 20 years.

1/10th of the way down I started to get speed wobbles, with how much more hill I still needed to go down combined with the the fact, it gets steeper as you go down it.

I thought I was done, didn't think there was any way that I was going to make it. I couldn't even carve, it took everything I had to try & keep that thing from shootin' out from underneath me.
Unfortunately, not being able to carve, made me go even faster. I knew it, but couldn't do anything about it.

Luckily I made it.
For my second run, even after I had cranked my trucks up.
It scared me so much, I couldn't go from the very top. 3/4 of the way up was good enough for me. Run #2 was cake, with the now super tight trucks, I had no wobs & I was able to carve the whole way down.
so back to the top for #3.

Now I never, ever leave home without that tool.

06-30-2012 06:51 PM
Donutz Give me some time to learn to carve back and forth. Good thought about the trucks, though. They do seem a little tweaky.

I'm staring outside right now, wishing the rain would stop. I hate Juneuary.
06-30-2012 06:22 PM
timmytard You should come out to Maple Ridge, I tried to put a link to the Facebook page, I don't think it worked?

Not all the hills are monsters, & there is usually quite a few people.
We have spotters & people that will just block cars for a min if they have too.

All the hills have ride outs, so you can go as fast as you want.
As long as you tighten up your trucks first. I GUARANTEE you will make it down every time without wiping out.

Plus you can shave a tonne of speed off just by carving back & forth as opposed to straight lining it.

Come on D, I got your back.

Search Facebook for the following "SUNDAY SLIIIDE JAMS" & "MAPLE RIDGE LONGBOARDERS"

Just like the slalom guys, there will be lots of boards & gear to try out.

06-30-2012 02:51 PM
Donutz I'm going to be taking it really slow. My wife has told me straight out that if I kill myself she will dig me up and beat me to death all over again with my board. Learn to stop before I learn to go fast (I know, technically you don't have to "learn" to go fast ). There's enough of a slope in my neighborhood for casual riding around, plus Jurgen told me about a few relatively mellow places I can practice.
06-30-2012 01:49 PM
Ttam Sick board brother! I just picked up a little cruiser I'm having lots of fun with it. Makes me wish snowboarding was here really!
06-30-2012 01:45 PM
timmytard That thing looks wicked! That ain't no slalom board. Excellent, I need someone to bomb hills with. My friends snowboard, but they won't do that, Pussies.
Do you got buddies that will do that with ya?

I got another crew, these guys like to do big hills & they just started to organize some weekend slide jams. There is maybe 5 or 6 hills out here in Maple Ridge, where you can get up in the 80-100km/h zone.

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What makes it even scarier, when you can't stop. I just went out about 2 weeks ago & put some time in learning to slide, cause I can't/couldn't either.
Right after I got a foot long 3 inch wide strip of road rash on my arm & a baseball sized gooey one on my hip, I decided I should probably wear the pads that I brought.
I can now do Coleman slides to a stop, but only up till about 40-50km/h.
Anything faster than that & I'll just try & ride it out.

It's real easy to bite off more than you can chew, once you get to a certain speed, sliding is no longer an option.
Then what do you do? That's when my stomach drops. As long as there are no hairpin corners or stop signs, you shouldn't have a problem.
It's the exact same as snowboarding down some super icy slope as fast as you can, you just have to pay attention.

Slalom is a cool part of longboarding, & I'm sure the more you do it the better ya get then it becomes more fun & so on....
IMO though nothing beats hauling ass, too the point where it scares the shit out of ya. Fuck, I live for that. You can't get that with slalom.
& you can do that right out of the gate. Roads are, for the most part always smooth, if you got the balls you can go just as fast as any mother fucker out there.

Theoretically used, since I got it for half price from one of the guys in the longboarding club, but brand new. Tip of the hat to Timmytard for pointing me in the right direction.

Hey, no problem. I told you you'd like it. Have you been going out with those guys since the time I saw you there? I showed up late & I think you took off early.

Have to admit, so far I like longboarding a lot more than skateboarding. Feels more like snowboarding. And the larger wheels are less likely to jam on small obstacles.

Now try & ride as many other peoples boards as you can. There is so any diff types of setups.
I love tryin' new/dif shit just too see.

I have a couple sets of wheels, if your interested?
An almost new set of Hawgs, 85mm. Big ass, roll over anything wheels.
Huge wheels work better on drop throughs, flush mounts & dropped decks, so you'll be laughin'

Ya slide gloves are an absolute must, I'm gonna get some leathers too.
The big scab on my hip, my pants didn't even rip or even really get damaged. @ first it just felt like a snowboarding wipe out, just sliding down the road. Not so much the after affects.

Can you tell I just smoked a big bomber?
I could go on & on....

So I think I'll pack her in for now.

06-30-2012 12:27 PM
NWBoarder The foot drag is the best unless you figure out slides really fast. It's just a mental block. In fact, it should be even easier for you on the longboard since technically, you get more stability out of the longboard.
06-30-2012 12:04 PM
Originally Posted by Donutz View Post
That's the weird thing -- I had figured out foot dragging just fine on skateboard, but on longboard it feels different. Having a lot more trouble with it. I think it must be psychological, I can't see why the longboard should be different.
Hah! Footbraking can be a bit different on a longboard. Deck height and board flex can both make it feel awkward at first. It will come quickly, though.
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