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AfricanBootyShine
Jan 9, 2006

Snake wins.



A friend of mine has decided to pick up longboarding and I'd like to join them. I think a cruiser would be better as I have no interest in anything involving hills or high speed. I'm mainly looking for something for commuting/getting around town... Furthest I'd go would be 3 miles on a flat path.

I've never skateboarded before, aside from a two week stint on a board my parents got for $2 at a garage sale.

To complicate things, I'm currently located in the UK, not located in a city with a skate shop, and would like to spend <150. I'm trying to decide between these two:

https://rollersnakes.co.uk/collections/cruisers/products/globe-aperture-cruiser-complete-cult-of-freedom-portal-31

https://rollersnakes.co.uk/collections/cruisers/products/impala-latis-cruiser-complete-art-baby-girl-31

I kind of want the baby girl b/c of how pink and fun it is. I'm not expecting to get super heavy use out of it as it's pretty rainy where I am, but something fun for summer and early fall.

EDIT: I'm also thinking of spending a little more and getting one an Arbor Oso or Pilsner for a little bit more... What's the main difference between the two? Carving sounds fun, and I hear some people complaining that the Oso is too wide.

AfricanBootyShine fucked around with this message at 12:08 on May 9, 2021

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AfricanBootyShine
Jan 9, 2006

Snake wins.



HenryJLittlefinger posted:

I was in your position a few months ago and went with a Santa Cruz street cruiser and it's great. I tried out the Arbor Pilsner (shorter and quite a bit narrower) and did not feel like it would be especially stable for a beginner. The shops I looked at did not have the Oso in stock, which is one that I was really interested in. On paper it's definitely a much larger platform than the pilsner. The more general advice I got in this thread was "8.5+ inches wide, cruiser wheels, either a popsicle stick deck or 80's style single kick" and I'm really glad I followed it. Since then, I've also built a dropthrough longboard because I couldn't shake the fixation on them, and it's fun too. Starting on a cruiser was definitely key though. I still ride both of them weekly.

I decided to go with a cruiser based on the advice you got earlier in the thread! It's good to hear that you don't regret your choice. How are you finding getting around obstacles with it?

I looked at the Santa Cruz but the markup in the UK is a bit much, so I wound up ordering an Arbor Oso, which should arrive tomorrow. I'm worried it's going to be almost too wide for me (I'm 5'7" & 150 lbs with US size 9.5 feet). But I'll see! Definitely going to take a bunch of pictures when it arrives because I'm sure I'll ruin the graphics by the end of the week.

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