Longboard Maintenance Guide

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Posted June 14, 2013 by in Articles

Being a longboarder means more than simply tearing up the streets or carving up hills. With all the abuse you put your longboard through, at some point you will have to do some maintenance to bring it back to it’s former street shredding glory. First thing your going to need when doing maintenance on your longboard is a skate tool. Skate tools can be found for relatively cheap on amazon.

Skate Tool

Bushing Maintenance





 

One of the first things you might want to do when maintaining your board is fine tuning your longboard trucks bushings. Tightening up the bushings will make your ride more stable while loosing them up will make them more carvey. You can expect through your average wear and tear of the board that the bushings will become looser as time goes on and you will have to readjust them once in awhile.

Bone hardcore bushings

Wheel Maintenance





Another longboard maintenance practice is to rotate your wheels. Depending on the way you ride your board usually one side of your ride’s wheels will wear down more than the other. So by rotating the wheels you can extend their life and make your all your wheels are evenly worn in.

ORANGATANG Longboard Wheels STIMULUS

Bearing Maintenance

At some point in time you will either have to change your bearings completely or clean your bearings. A good sign of its time to either change or clean your bearings is when they start to make noise.

Bones Speed Cream Skate Bearing Lubricant

Maintenance is an important part of longboarding and if you keep your longboard in shape you’ll be able to ride it for a longtime and save money by not having to buy a replacement. Cleaning up your longboard can be a boring task but rewarding at the end of the day.

Santa Cruz Skate Rasta Drop Thru Longboard Cruzer