Going great. I wore through my stock wheels, so I ordered some Bones red bearings and the slasher wheel set. My fucking god it goes fast now.
I would have never thought in a million years that I could actually notice a difference in the bearing friction at my current novice level, but I definitely do. The standard ABEC bearings can kiss my pasty white ass. I'd be able to go faster running down the hill carrying my board with those hunks of shit in my wheels.
The slashers are better wheels for sure. Now that my truck kingpins are dialed in, I've got no problem carving instead of skidding, or skidding instead of carving. It took a couple hours of tinkering and trials for me to find the sweet spot, but it's worth the trouble.
Once in a while I'll actually oversteer a carve and be in danger of running off the inside
of the turn if you can believe that. A quick slide and I'm back in the center of the road. With the added speed from the new bearings, the board is behaving much more consistently - very few surprises in the control area.
I've also noticed that I'm putting a lot more weight on the center wheels during my transitions - instead of suddenly flopping from the left to right wheels like I did at first, it's a smooth transition with lots of time to pivot the board between the edges biting. I'm probably ready to lift the center wheels to the middle peg on the caster trucks now, but seeing as how I'm on asphalt, I think I'll wait until I'm absolutely sure.
I really want to learn switch, but the asphalt has convinced me it may be better to learn it on a snowboard first.
I'm been boarding at a nearby Junior High all summer, but school starts for them tomorrow. There's a couple of blind spots on the street I use, so I'd rather not be there when it's busy and risk taking a grill to my grill. Helmet or not, when boarder meets car, car wins.
So it's either find a new spot or stick to the weekends for me now.