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The Longboard Blog

  • 13th Nov 2015

    Choose Your Mount: Top Mount VS Drop Through

    Madrid Tailored Riot (Left) and the Madrid Elephant (Right)Longboards comes in two different mounting options: top mount and drop through. This is determined by how the truck is attached. Both op…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 9th Nov 2015

    Trucks: Reverse Kingpin vs Standard Kingpin

    The two most common styles of truck are "reverse" and "standard". Both designs offer different characteristics that change the feel of a board. These are easily told apart by looking at the kingpin (t…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 6th Nov 2015

    Wheel Durometer: What Is It?

    The Sector 9 65mm 80a Butterballs Durometer is the measurement of how soft or hard a wheel or bushing is. All wheels are placed on a scale ranging from 75a to 101a. The lower the number, the soft…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 2nd Nov 2015

    DIY: How To Find The Right Truck Size

    Trucks control the turn radius of your deck. Ideally, trucks should be the same width of your deck. Setting up a complete with trucks that are too small will feel unbalanced. Building with trucks that…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 30th Oct 2015

    DIY: How To Apply Grip Tape

    To remove the old grip tape, slip a flat edge or razor under the tape and pull#1 Use a piece of old grip tape or sand paper and scratch the top of your deck. This will help the grip tape sick. Brush o…

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  • 28th Oct 2015

    Gear: Glow In The Dark

    Have a personality that just glows? Love to skate at night? We've got you covered.- Landyachtz Bones Slide Gloves- Pro Tec Classic Bucky Glow In the Dark Helmet - Bear 852 Glow in…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 26th Oct 2015

    Crunch Time: How To Prevent Wheel Bite

    The dreaded wheel bite occurs when a wheel comes into contact with the deck during a turn, stopping the forward motion. This causes a rider to loose balance and/or fall off the board. Thankfully,…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 23rd Oct 2015

    Short and Sweet: Truck Baseplate Degree

    The baseplate is the part of the truck that is physically attached to the deck. The angle of the baseplate also effects the angle of the hanger. A higher angle on the baseplate (50° and up) gives…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 20th Oct 2015

    DIY: How To Clean Your Bearings

    If your bearings start to feel rough, noisy, or are visibly dirty, it's time for a clean up! Bearings should also be cleaned when there is a noticeable slow in speed or been exposed to moisture. …

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 13th Oct 2015

    Cold Weather Gear: We Don't Believe In Off Season

    The Summer is over and it's time to revamp your cold and wet gear for the winter. The change in temperature adds extra obstacles during skate sessions. Black ice, rain, and board durability used to le…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 9th Oct 2015

    Big or Small? The Characteristics of Wheel Size

    Cloud Ride Ozone 70mm 80a Teal WheelsWheel size contributes to speed, grip, and agility. In general, larger wheels are used for downhill and smaller wheels are used for cruising. Larger Wheels: 7…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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  • 7th Oct 2015

    Modern Board Shop

    Here at the longboards store, we love everything board related; longboards, skateboards, and board games. Every week, all the shop hands head over to Modern Board Shop to drink beer and play different…

    Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo

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