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Old 03-18-2010, 01:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So being that the end of the season is just around the corner I'm starting to look into skateboarding as a way to improve my snowboarding. I'm pretty sure the two are very similar but just how can skateboarding help me out with snowboarding? Also I'm going to be buying a skateboard setup pretty soon here any recommendations on a brand? I know absolutely nothing about skateboarding not even the tech side about it. so if some people can make some recommendations on company's and tech that'd be awesome.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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We have crazy deals on Complete set-ups. Note: the common size is a 7.5 but it all depends on you. Wider is better for bigger guys. I ride an 8. "Completes" are less expensive and all ready to go. You can piece meal your set-up together by picking and choosing your components but that intimate knowledge comes from knowing what products that you like.

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Where do you plan to skate? Street carver, skate park, or ramp/vert rider?
Do you plan on getting into tricks are just cruising around?
What is your shoe size and weight?

As a old school snowboarder I ride one of these all summer down the bus parking lot at my resort. It's pretty much snowboarding/surfing on pavement.
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well as of right now im about 5'10 230 my foot size is 11 I just wanted to have something to do on a board man... Im pretty sure ill be doing a little cruising as well as some tricks.... I'd like to get an ollie down on a skate board this year I figured that would help me out with hitting some kickers in the park. My main objective with skateboarding this year is to use it for a cardio workout. I had friend who skateboarded about 3 times a week and lost about 20 pounds... believe it or not i lost 40 last year so I figured i could use skateboarding as a cardio workout to complement my workouts in the gym
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yea, you're around an 8 to a 8.5. Most decks will be good for what you described. Any specialty shapes like old school, cruizers, or longboards will make it harder to ollie. The standard wheel is gonna he hard and will be great for smooth concrete or ramps. Note: A heavier guy might want softer/larger wheels for street skating.
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Note: A heavier guy might want softer/larger wheels for street skating.
Why do you say that?
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dude.. ccs is pretty cheap... softer wheels? bleh.. always used softies for parks.. but always hard for street seshes...
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dude.. ccs is pretty cheap... softer wheels? bleh.. always used softies for parks.. but always hard for street seshes...
I've been skating for 20+ years, have worked for many years at skateshops, and was a sponsored am for a long time. That said, I totally disagree with you about that.

Harder wheels are faster, give you a rougher ride, slide better, and get flat spots faster. They also catch on rocks, pebbles, cracks, etc a lot more than softer wheels. Thus, harder wheels are often better for parks (esp transition) because the surface area is often less flawed than the street. Also, it is good to be able to "slide out" a semi imperfect landing which is easier with harder wheels.

As for street, some pavement is so shitty that you just can't ride on it with ultra hard wheels. IMHO somewhere around 95A is perfect to street riding. Softer for long boards and just cruising around (all the way down to 85A-88A). Harder (97A+ for transition. Of course, all of this just personal preference, so you just need to try a stuff out.
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Oh I wasn't arguing at all.. and I was never a sponsored amateur, I was just saying that's why I rode.. but I wasn't hardcore with power sliding or anything.. never had an issue with flat spots.

I did go through about 4 boards before I found snowboarding though, and i'll never turn back.. my board she is just so beautiful.
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Why do you say that?
I should have said for bombing hills. Yes, street/park riding you typically use medium to hard wheels for the smooth surfaces.

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ABEC 11 FLYWHEELS 97mm 75a Skateboard Wheels


I'm 210+ so I like these for park/street. + I like speed and carving rather that kickflip and whatnot:
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never rode a skateboard before either was thinking about giving it a shot.. what size should i be looking at. im 5'10 160 mostly riding trying to do tricks and park in the future. so looking for a board which will be simmilar to hopefully where ill be in the future
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