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Old 03-22-2011, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default So getting me a long board.

Figured its the closest thing to land "snow"boarding out there. My inlines are nice, but they really aren't speed friendly. Anyone else here longboards? I'd love to hear some ideas, suggestions and opinions.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I used to be HUGE into longboarding, but got out of it just 2 years ago. I'll just say there's TONS of stuff out on the market now...it's absolutely insane how far the industry has come since 2009 when I stopped paying as much attention as I did. I'm sure someone more knowledgable than me can elaborate a little more, but I've always liked Earthwing's offering for beginner boards. I should note though, it's not as much like snowboarding as you'd think...again, there's gonna be some disagreement with me since I don't know the ropes of snowboarding 100%, but a LOT of people I've talked to comment on how different the two activities are. Finally, if you're interested in buying used, I've got a 38" longboard deck for sale; $75 shipped (USPS priority, with a confirmation number) for the deck alone, and you'd have to supply the trucks and wheels.

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Appreciate the offer, but I ordered a Kracked Skullz M1 already w/ everything but grip tape and bearings (will buy and cut myself / have too many from inlines).

I'd imagine carving to be pretty similar on both boards since body motions should be pretty similar.
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Appreciate the offer, but I ordered a Kracked Skullz M1 already w/ everything but grip tape and bearings (will buy and cut myself / have too many from inlines).

I'd imagine carving to be pretty similar on both boards since body motions should be pretty similar.
Awesome! Good choice! I always wanted me one of those.

Carving does have its similarities...the best advice I can give is to get some kneepads, slidegloves, and a helmet, and try it for yourself. Like I said, a lot of people I've personally talked to say a longboard is much different than a snowboard, but the general consensus on this forum is that they're similar.

Do we have an official longboard picture thread yet? I'm thinking of letting this thread run its course, then hijacking it to post some of my pictures.
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Haha, post pix by all means man. Here's my stick all ready to run-




Learned a few little lessons- like putting the bearings in via my rollerblading tools; non-cleanable shielded bearings suck (and damaged shields = thrash); fact that you don't tighten the wheel nuts all the way (kinda like my R/C cars).

Else, I need to get some quality time w/ this guy outside and figure out how tight I want my trucks to be. From trying my friend's board, I already know I don't want them loose at all. Rather have the board turn via me putting all my weight on an edge rather than a little bit.
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I'm thinking about getting a Never Summer or Arbor longboard. Mainly because I'm already familiar with their snowboards. Anyone got opinions on these brands in terms of longboards? Never Summer Descent looks nasty.
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I'm thinking about getting a Never Summer or Arbor longboard. Mainly because I'm already familiar with their snowboards. Anyone got opinions on these brands in terms of longboards? Never Summer Descent looks nasty.
From what I've seen in person, get their DECKS only and buy the rest of the hardware yourself. Past that point, I'm no expert really, but I think that Kracked Skulls setups can be a good beginner setup guide. As far as bearings go, just get some ceramic ball ones from ebay.
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From what I've seen in person, get their DECKS only and buy the rest of the hardware yourself. Past that point, I'm no expert really, but I think that Kracked Skulls setups can be a good beginner setup guide. As far as bearings go, just get some ceramic ball ones from ebay.
You just spoke in a foreign language to me haha. It's been so long since I skateboarded. I used to just cruise around anyway so longboard seems like a much better option for me. I don't need to get all crazy with bearings and wheels and ceramic business. Ceramic = bathroom tile?
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And like bathroom tile, its butter-smooth. Reason I mentioned that is because you can buy BETTER "no brand" bearings cheaper than some regular pop brand ones. Look up VBX bearings on ebay, thats the stuff I got and they are great in both the board and my aggressive skates.
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i'm a casual longboarder. i just like to cruise around my neighborhood. i have a huge older sector9 i got while in college to ride to class.
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