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Old 11-01-2013, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This just arrived today;
Arbor Genesis 42 longboard.
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L: 42"
W: 8.75"
WB: 32"
Plies: 4x Wood, 2x Fiberglass
Grip: Lucid Grip
Completes Include: 63 mm 78a, ABEC 5 Bearings, Paris 180 mm Trucks

I managed to skate it some and then made a few dozen slow speed runs down the driveway and out into the street before leaving for work. I even managed a couple of short switch rides! All without falling or killing myself. Pretty stoked about that. There is a gentle slope at the end of my street. It splits the park so its soft grass on either side. Stopped to take one run down it on my way out to work. (Threw the board in the back seat just for that reason!)

I didn't totally suck! Although this is not completely dissimilar to riding a snowboard, it definitely is not the same either. Once I get the proper protective gear I can try pushing things a bit to see if this is something I will take to like I did snowboarding.

Right now I can say today was a major step up from my last skateboarding attempt 45 some odd years ago! No skin grafts needed, no blood, bruises or broken bones. No uncontrollable wailing and crying either! Lol!

If anyone has some links to some solid, legit sites for learning the basics and progressing? I would really appreciate the help! Thanks.
(...I think I might just like this!)
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you haven't already, buy or make some slide gloves and learn how to a) safety stop (Coleman slide) and b) learn how to footbrake. Both of those skills are imperative to learn to keep your bacon safe. Otherwise, the skies the limits with what you want to learn, and do on your board.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's a sweet set up! Knee and elbow pads and leather gloves obviously. Lol Check out Gform knee and elbow pads. That's what I use. I think you'll enjoy it, I like to get on any board that I can. Right now I'm limited to wakeboard, longboard and snowboard. Enjoy man and steer clear of steep hills for now. Lol
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Old 11-02-2013, 05:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Best longboard forum I have found.

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Old 11-02-2013, 09:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If you haven't already, buy or make some slide gloves and learn how to a) safety stop (Coleman slide) and b) learn how to footbrake....
Haha! Thank you for the info! No sooner do I get fairly confidant in my familiarity with SB terms, tech and gear set-ups etc. I go and find myself a whole new set of lingo and tech talk to feel cluelessly NooB about! I knew "footbrake" but had to google Coleman slide! (...and now I know what it is, and why I would need a slide glove.)

One quick question. I just pulled the board straight out of the box and took a shot at riding it. It did seem to me that the boards turning felt a little fast? Loose?

Now I am just guessing on this, and forgive me if the terminology is wrong, I am assuming if I tighten the nut on the pivot of the trucks that this would dampen that quickness of the edge to edge response when turning? Is this something I want to/should do, if the board feels loose to me? Also, would I want to keep the nose and tail trucks equally tight, or is there a performance/safety advantage to having that adjustment asymmetrically set?
...and if so, which truck would I want to set faster/looser?

(I'm still trying to find a website that lays out/details how and why to make all the various adjustments and setting changes to the board. I believe I have a lot of reading to do over the next few weeks!)

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That's a sweet set up! Knee and elbow pads and leather gloves obviously....

...Enjoy man and steer clear of steep hills for now. Lol
Thanks. Yeah, no steeps for me until after snowboard season ends! (...except on the snowboard of course!)

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I appreciate the heads up! I'll be sure to check it out. I did find this site while googling around the interwebz. Longboarding Guides
Seems like it's got some good basic info for NooB's.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Get Destroyer or 187 Pro's. Skip the G-Forms. They're no good if you end up sliding at all. I used them when I was skating in Calgary and ended up shredding the material that holds them onto your limbs.

As for how your trucks fee,l yes, you want to tighten them if they feel loose though. That will only work to a certain extent. If you tighten the bushings to the point that they bulge, then you need to step up how hard they are. A great tool for that is the bushing selector on the Motion Boardshop website.

In terms of truck tightness front and back, how you set it up depends on what you want to do. Kids who set the trucks the same front and back are usually freeriders that ride normal and switch. Assuming you don't plan on doing that, then you want the front looser than the back, because the front is where the turn is coming from. Fiddle around with how that feels to you, because it's all personal preference.

Good luck with that. Silverfish has LOTS of great resources stickied in each section that will probably be able to give you a loose answer for your questions.
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Just remember that impacts hurt more than they do in snowboarding.

Also, Paris trucks are my favorite, good choice.

Oh, and ticking off boarderaholic really isn't any better of an idea on Silverfish than it is here.

Have fun!
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Get Destroyer or 187 Pro's. Skip the G-Forms. They're no good if you end up sliding at all. I used them when I was skating in Calgary and ended up shredding the material that holds them onto your
I always wore jean pants and a tough flannel over them, thats why I like them because they are sleek and can go under clothes and take impact really well. But yea if the foam is exposed, the pavement will shred right thru them. They are also good for snowboarding and easy to wash. She's got a good point though.

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Just remember that impacts hurt more than they do in snowboarding.

Also, Paris trucks are my favorite, good choice.

Oh, and ticking off boarderaholic really isn't any better of an idea on Silverfish than it is here.

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Tighten those trucks up son, if you think it's loose now?

The looseness factor is like the Rictor scale.
It multiplies by 10 when you start adding speed to the mix.

What might seem way too tight when going slow, could possibly still need to be tighter if you plan on breaking the sound barrier.


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