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Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



37 year old skater checking in.....Been skating since I was about ten, got serious around 15 when a skate park called "The Turf" re opened in the area of Milwaukee where I lived. I was there almost every day, and got to meet a lot of pros that came to check it out. Some of them stayed for months.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKG9XOKFAV4

It closed again, and from what I've heard the bowls have been filled up :(

I currently own a longboard for cruising around the suburban sprawl of Florida, and I also have a board for riding parks, I love riding bowls and seek them out whenever I can.

my rides:



The trucks on the longboard are Indy's from the late 80's, still going strong. :hellyeah:

What sucks is I've been living in BFE New York for the past year and haven't skated the entire time because there's nowhere to skate. I'm moving back to FL in Oct though and I'm excited to get back to riding some bowls, and hell just cruising around on my longboard. It may take a bit to get the rust off. I love skating, and my friends and family think I'm weird because I "should have grown out of it", everyone (that doesn't skate) thinks skateboarding is for kids and it annoys me.

Anyone ever get this...... "You ride a skateboard? Why?" [insert condescending tone]

Applebees Appetizer fucked around with this message at 15:39 on Jun 6, 2009

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Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Shortymrbig posted:

I get the exact opposite. "You DON'T know how to ride?"

:smith: working on it

Heh, you must be a younger dude then.....

Just wait until you get older, everyone expects you to "outgrow" skateboarding.

NEVER :argh:

I'll skate until my joints are shot. Even then I'll just get a knee/hip/elbow replacement :v:

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Speaking of bearings, I can't stress enough how much a quality set of bearings makes a difference on a long board. It makes for some smooth and effortless cruising, best investment I ever made for my longboard.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



ttam posted:

Goddamn. Turf was so loving awesome. I spent way too much time there in the late 80's/early 90's.

Last I heard the bowls got filled in with dirt and gravel and it's a lawn and garden store now. What a loving shame, it really pains me. Apparently no one could afford the liability to keep it open, if I knew it was for sale I would have bought it and lived there rather than let some dickweed fill the bowls and sell fertilizer out of it. :argh:

R.I.P Clover Bowl



:cry:

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006




Haha, that's awesome. I saved it in my "philosophy" folder in favorites.

Q-man is the quintessential philosopher :v:

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



That's crazy. I wonder how you prevent speed wobble at those speeds. I'd be wearing full leathers that's for sure.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



donJonSwan posted:

Yeah, that's definitely Lance Mountain.

I think the other cop is an old-schooler too, I just can't think of his name for the life of me.

Chris Miller maybe? Could be just an actor though, I've never seen a fat skater, even an old school skater.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



No such thing as a sharp turn on a long board :v:

Loosening the trucks will help though, no doubt.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



open24hours posted:

The type of skating you do probably has a lot to do with it as well. I spend most of my time skating ramps which is a lot less stressful on the board. If you're boardsliding jagged rocks or hitting 10+ stairsets regularly then I can see a board a month being plausible.

I'm also quite light (~135lbs) so that probably has something to do with it.

I agree, I've had my pool board for years, but i only skate bowls and don't do anything that really stresses the board out. Pretty much just carve all day long. And off course the long board is just for sidewalk surfing so it sees little abuse, it's about seven years old now. The tail and nose is starting to wear though.

Back in my teens though I went through a lot of boards street skating.


DELETED posted:

For Flea606 I would reccommend a Kracked Skulls (https://www.krackedskulls.com) for your first board, they're really awesome and a hell of a value. For the price of a sector 9 with crappy components, you can support an independent builder who has much better quality control, customer service and better parts. You have a number of options, too.


Thanks for that link man, I've been thinking of getting a better quality longboard setup because mine is VERY dated. All the surf shops near me in FL sell longboards (sector 9) but the prices are rediculous. I like the idea of a lower board for easier pushing/stopping, does it make that much of a difference?

Applebees Appetizer fucked around with this message at 02:01 on Aug 18, 2009

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Ok, I think I'm going to order a longboard from Krackedskulls, but I'm having a hard time trying to decide on what size wheels to get.....Options go from 70mm up to 83mm! Now I know taller wheels help a lot for vert skating, but do they make much of a difference on flat ground longboarding?

I may email the owner to get his opinon too....

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Right now I'm thinking the Scimitar, is it that much better than the M1? I'll probably go with a 44 or 43 inch, and definitely going with the OUST bearings.

As far as the wheels, this is what William said:

quote:

taller wheels are a little harder to push. i ride the 83s myself
because they can roll right over a garden hose. with a little
imagination you can see that they will save a lot of skin too.
i think your terrain is also a big factor.

He has a good point about saving skin, I've taken bad spills because of uneven pavement and debris before......But I'm wondering which is better, easier pushing or better momentum? If I'm able to cruise longer before pushing I'm pushing less in the long run, so I guess the biggest drawback to tall wheels is getting it rolling initially. It's really hard to speculate, I wish i had two decks side by side to compare.

I'd love to hear your suggestions though. For reference I fluctuate between 150 and 155 pounds, and I guess you could say my riding style is mostly just cruising as fast as possible with moderate carving. I live in FL so not many hills at all. Although if I have a better board for carving i would carve more, I don't know if you saw my longboard in my pic post, but it rides high and has Indy trucks from the 80's. Not exactly the best setup for good, momentum carving.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



donJonSwan posted:

I love them, but since a lot of the pavement I'm on is smooth a part of me wishes I had the 83a's just for a bit more speed.


Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. I'll be riding a lot of smooth pavement, and actually have a paved bike trail near my house that's ultra smooth. I think I'm gonna go with the 83's.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



I'll keep bushings in mind for sure, but compared to my current setup the stock bushings will probably feel awesome. I'm sold on the 83's too, I like to carry lots of speed so a little tougher pushing isn't going to bother me.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Actually, the one decent thing about my ancient longboard is it does have some good flex to it, it is a great thing going from a stiff street deck to a longboard with flex. When I first got my longboard, it was still kind of catching on and people would always ask me about it. To explain it I would always say it was like the Cadillac of skateboards.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



zeroordie posted:

Something is wrong with my left knee (push leg) and I can barely make my leg completely straight, so that's becoming worrying as well. It's been sore for a few days, I'm supposed to go out with some friends on Tuesday evening, so hopefully it's better by then.


Ummm, go see a doctor?

Knees aren't something to gently caress around with, I have hyper extended my knee skating and if I wouldn't have taken it easy for a few weeks (doctor's orders) I could have really messed it up.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Just ordered my Kracked Skulls longboard.

46" Scimitar, polished 180's, 83mm Flywheels, OUST bearings, no logo.

Came to just over $200 with shipping (also used a discount code if anyone needs it)

I'm so excited I feel like a little girl :allears:

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



DELETED posted:

How's that working out for you?

It's great, can't beat it for the price. The turning radius is probably 3x my old board, the wheels are huge and carry good momentum, although it doesn't seem that much faster than my old board....Could be because I haven't really pushed it as hard as I can yet, I live in the NY boondocks now and just have a country road to ride on, but once I get back to FL next month it will get the real test.

Here's a pic in comparison of my old board:



You can tell how much lower it is to the ground, my old board looks like a lifted 4x4 haha. Also the new wheels are nearly twice the size. The KS board is concave which is a nice change from the old flat board. All I need to do is order a sheet of Fly Paper (best grip tape IMO) and I'm set.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Mest0r posted:

As far as which decks to buy, I think the best route is to buy blanks from your local skateshop which are significantly cheaper than any pro model boards, at least then it won't bust the bank if you happen to snap one.

Or get sponsored :)

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



I saw the Hosoi hammerhead at a local skate shop the other day and I want it bad. It's the perfect shape for bowl and vert riding, reminds of decks from the 80's and I'm glad companies are bringing them back. Also saw a retro Caballero deck that was the poo poo, this isn't good because I can't be spending money :(



Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Unless you're flying down a hill there's no need to learn how to powerslide, especially if you're a beginner. Just concentrate on balancing on one foot and putting the other on the ground and letting it slide, gradually increasing the pressure on the foot on the ground until you stop.

I can be going full speed as fast as I can push myself and stop in a very short distance just by using my foot. The more you practice, and the better your balance gets, the harder you can brake.

It's an important part of skateboarding, especially if you're in populated areas, if you can't stop quickly you have no business skating around people and traffic.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



donJonSwan posted:

Bombed some parking garages on my dervish this weekend, one of them was ~6 stories tall, holding a turn that long has turned my hamstrings to jello. Standing up hurts soooo loving bad.

Try skating bowls all day long. My thigh muscles hurt so bad I thought I needed a wheelchair the next day.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Hey DELETED, what were the bushings that everyone likes again? I'm ready to swap out the stock bushings on my crackedskulls already.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Speaking of indoor parks, I grew up skating one in Milwaukee Wisconsin called the Turf. It had huge garage doors down the side that were open during the summer and closed during winter and heated. It's the measuring stick for every park I have skated and nothing has come close yet.

I was there when Santa Cruz filmed "Streets On Fire" and got to meet all the pros and skate with them. I witnessed a fight between Salba and Rob Roskopp that they show part of in the clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yPieA6iiEk

Notice the part where Salba is carving one of the clover bowls over and over (2:15 in) you could literally keep going until your legs gave out, it was the best feeling ever.

Jason Jesse was the coolest, he was there all day every day until they all left. I bought a brand new deck from him for 30 bucks so he could get a bag of weed :v:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEGZ38kvIAk

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



If you're a pussy I wouldn't recommend bombing down hills because being a noob you're going to wreck sooner or later, probably sooner. You'll pick up lots of speed no matter what board you use, the only thing you can do to slow down is learn how to foot brake or slide. If you must do it, start on small hills and work your way up. Bombing hills is not for the faint of heart.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Having hard wheels helps too, soft wheels don't tend to slide well.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



God I miss the 80's, vert was king and Hosoi was the man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p8fXhWBMlU

Did anyone else ride Slimeballs besides me? And I remember when Bullet 66's came out, it felt like my speed almost doubled riding bowls.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



XIII posted:

Has anyone else seen the Loaded Tan Tein? I've been trying to decide on a longboard and think it's the one for me. I loved my friend's Dervish, but wanted a kicktail of some sort. Next thing I know, Loaded drops this beauty:


If you want a decent kicktail I'd get the Loaded Fish.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



donJonSwan posted:

My friend has the Ceviche, it's a loving blast to ride.

I love my Dervish, don't really feel like I need a kicktail for the type of longboard riding I do... which is mostly just mellow carving with the occasional (sketchy) slides.

Totally forgot about the Ceviche, it's basically a revamped version of the Fish I think, with a real tail instead of a riser. Whenever I can afford it, it's going to be my next board. drat they get expensive.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Just got the Khiro bushing kit, and none of the bushings in it are cone shaped.....Is this good or bad?

Also the shop I bought the kit from had these



I am soooooo getting one

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



DELETED posted:

Are they barrels? If you have Randals you'll need an extra flat washer between the baseplate and the bushing since Khiros barrels are just a touch shorter than stock Randal bushings. If you need more info, I can go a little more depth later since I'm on lunch at the moment.

Yeah, they're all barrels which kinda confused me since I figured a "kit" would come with cones and barrels. The kit came with two pairs of washers, one flat and one "cup" set.

So you're saying I'm going to need additional set of flat washers? I always thought the cup washer went between the baseplate and bushing.......I'm just getting confused now.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



DELETED posted:

Basically you would assemble it as normal, but you would just put 2 washers against the baseplate before you put the first bushing on.

http://www.randal.com/guides_faq.html

Thanks man, I'll be heading to Home Depot today for some washers. Can't wait to try out better bushings.

Also can someone suggest the best way to clean and re lube bearings and what is the best lube to use? All my boards are going to need bearing maintenance, some of them haven't been touched for years and I never found a good way to take care of them besides just wiping the dirt off......Now that I have a decent set of bearings (oust) I figure I should take care of them :3:


VVVV Sweet thanks

Applebees Appetizer fucked around with this message at 22:11 on Apr 25, 2010

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



So I was bored and painted my longboard, what do you guys think?

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



blue squares posted:

Pretty awesome. How did you do it? Now buy some new wheels!

I made stencils and just spray painted.

And the wheels are new, I just got the board from KrackedSkulls not long ago.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



DELETED posted:

I want to go to Europe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEZ9AxKKR6E

That guy is insane but in a good way.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



With dropping in I've found that the longer you stand there thinking about it, the more likely you'll gently caress up. You just kind of fall forward pushing your front foot down and go. Once you get the hang of it it's like riding a bike, unless of course you think about it and psych yourself out.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Obscuritatem posted:




Great little place, nice bowl with a roll-in and a spine, little vert quarter, rails, ledges - the lot.
Can't wait to get back already!

drat, that looks like the perfect park for a longboard, wide and shallow, plenty of room to make turns and just carve......Wish I had something like that near me :(

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Haha, holy poo poo. I ride my board on a bike/pedestrian trail all the time and I have never even gotten a dirty look.

Then again maybe it's because I'm an old guy on a longboard, and not a "young punk" doing ollies down the trail. For some reason young kids on street boards tend to be treated like hoodlums, always have, always will.

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



I've been working on pumping too and getting pretty good at it on the KS board. The new Khiro bushings made a big difference. I'm thinking about using my flat longboard as a pumping board since I can get over the front trucks better, I'm going to experiment with my bushing kit to find the best setup.......Are harder or softer bushings better for pumping? Maybe harder in front and soft in the back?

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



You don't need to do tricks to have fun skateboarding.

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Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



RobotEmpire posted:

Rode like 5 miles on my longboard yesterday, very relaxing, lots of fun, lots of long smooth stretches of fresh blacktop to carve. But holy gently caress my left heel hurts from pumping so hard for so long. Time to buy new shoes. I know there are a lot of varying opinions on what shoes you can get, but are there any brands to just outright avoid?

I can tell you right off to avoid flip flops :v:

I went for a ride testing my new setup for pumping and it was not good while wearing flip flops. However, once I get a Kahuna Big Stick I can ride barefoot for miles if I want :)

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