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Stackhouse Cafe and Bar

Scott and I went on an adventure to the new coffee cafe down the street from The Longboard Store warehouse. Before even describing the ambiance, I want to immediately give the customer service 5 stars. Their genuine friendliness paired with efficient service made me feel like I had been a regular for years. No snobby baristas [...]

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Stoneground Vs Smooth: Looking Beneath The Surface Of A Longboard Wheel

Wheels come with two different surface textures, stoneground and smooth. Stone ground surfaces are pre-broken in, which makes breaking into slides less difficult. Smooth surfaces usually have a glossy finish and provide maximum grip.Why?Up close roads have a jagged and rough surface. The top of these surfaces have a variation of contact points. Looking closely, [...]

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When the Snow Melts - Three Longboards Inspired By Snowboarding

It's a bittersweet feeling when the spring weather starts. Losing snow means the end of snowboarding season, a sport that inspired many longboarders and longboarding companies. Thankfully The Longboard Store has a cure for your sadness when the snow melts. The cure you need is a high dose of Longboarding. The closest thing to snowboarding [...]

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​Chemistry Inside The Wheel: The Urethane Molecule [Part Two]

The real artistry in making the ideal wheel comes in the choice of the A and B molecules. Long flexible molecules for B tend to give the urethane a low durometer - a wheel that is soft and grips the road. Choosing a rigid molecule for A tends to make the wheel stiffer. If you [...]

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Chemistry Inside The Wheel: The Urethane Molecule [Part One]

Up to the late 60s, wheels were manufactured from clay or metal and lasted 8 to 9 hours. In the early 70s, Frank Nasworthy introduced the urethane wheel to the sidewalk surfing world. This new smooth riding wheel propelled the sport into modern day skateboarding. As the sport progressed new wheels were being created for [...]

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Bustin out the Boom Box

Owned and operated by Keith Schuman, Recycle Music sits on the corner of Arizona and NW Bond in Bend, Oregon. The crew and I went to check out some records and shoot the Bustin 38" Boombox. The shop is packed from floor to ceiling with music in different forms. There are over 20,000 new and used records [...]

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Palate Coffee Bar & Arbor Axis Koa

I woke up tired and dreary. The faint word of "coffee" escaped my lips like the dream I was pulled from. The Arbor Axis and I were out the door headed for work. Instantly greeted with blaring northwest morning light, my eyes watered with every push from the head splitting cold.The Axis eased the invasive [...]

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