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Old 05-11-2010, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kind of a ''noobish'' question there but, what is it exactly about rails that make them so hard on a board.

Is it the fact that they're metal? Very slim (causing more pressure at one spot)?
Is there a diff in wear/tear between round and flat rails?
Can you reduce/limit damage by keeping your board thoroughly waxed?
- (would you scrape off less wax for your rail specific deck?)

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There is no particular thing about rails, it's just the obvious fact that the rail is a lot harder and stronger than your board, so when they collide your board is going to take some damage.
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There is no particular thing about rails, it's just the obvious fact that the rail is a lot harder and stronger than your board, so when they collide your board is going to take some damage.
couldnt of said it any better
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Kind of a ''noobish'' question there but, what is it exactly about rails that make them so hard on a board.

Is it the fact that they're metal? Very slim (causing more pressure at one spot)?
Is there a diff in wear/tear between round and flat rails?
Can you reduce/limit damage by keeping your board thoroughly waxed?
- (would you scrape off less wax for your rail specific deck?)

thx.
Yeah anytime your board is impacting something harder than snow it will cause wear. Even more so for beginners who are wanging the tip or tail of the board trying to get onto the rail. It's similar to the suggestion of using a plastic wax-scraper instead of a metal one, metal can do more damage. Waxing is always a good idea no matter what you're riding, based on your question I'm guessing you don't mean hitting street rails, and if so many people have a separate board for that. Personally I don't really do street sessions and I wax my board the same whether I'm planning on hitting rails in the park that day or just staying mellow. The only change I do make is not scrapping as much off the tip and tail if there's a rail jam or something that day.
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