Join Date: Mar 2009
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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.
If whatever doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger.
Then I am so close to immortality