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Old 12-17-2013, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sliding Wooden Handrails

There is a pretty nice wooden handrail just down the road for my place. (2x6 about 8 feet long and nice and mellow)

I am new to urban jibbing, just wondering if anybody puts anything on wooden hand rails? or compact snow on the surface?

Do people get hung up often tyring to boardslide?

I do file all my rails down to limit edge catch.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Possible in theory, but you need to file your board edges fully round so they can't cut in the wood. And I mean so round that you can drag your face on them and they won't cut (don't try that though). Wet wood is quite soft so it's hard but i have seen people do boardslides on wooden handrails. Snow probably doesn't help, but maybe if you can melt it a little and let it freeze into ice, that could help. Not sure, just guessing here. And the oldest trick in the book is to rub candle or some kinda wax on it. Can't really recommend it though since I don't know what people think if you go wax their handrail... but in theory that could help
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You know when an edit/movie has that B-Roll with the guys spraying water out of their mouths on to the lips? Yeah you want to do that to the wood so that there is a thin layer of ice so it slides better.
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I use a wooden 2x4 as a practice bar. And yeahhhh....the edges catch pretty nasty. Try a 5050 down it first then lemme know how it went lol
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I've ridden rails in the river valley here made of wood, just short ones but they grab like nobodies business. Probably why you mostly just see guys doing 50-50's and presses on them, turn sideways and your asking for it. A little layer of ice won't do much of anything at all.
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the help.

Kind of what I expected, I will set it up and probably do some 50-50's bail on a couple board slides and call it a day.

It is regularly -40 here so I wonder if the railing is that much more solid if it will catch less. But I could see it being more sticky/brittle as well.

My presses need their work anyways...
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