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Any skaters out there for board advice?(9 posts)

Any skaters out there for board advice?mickey-mac
May 1, 2003 8:28 PM
I haven't owned a skateboard in about 20 years, but I'm thinking about picking one up for trips around the neighborhood. My initial inclination as an old guy is to pick up a long board, but I'm not that excited about lugging a five-footer around the cornerstore while I'm shopping. This place seems to have some pretty good deals: Does anyone have suggestions on boards for an ex-boarder who's looking for something just for cruising around the neighborhood?
always wanted a JFA boardJS Haiku Shop
May 2, 2003 7:35 AM

but my parents made me put away 1/2 my earnings, and they decided how to spend the other 1/2. guess i beat the crap outta that Nash board :) . got my $24 out of it, for sure.

gave it all up after discovering girls and cigarettes. i was late bloomer, but sure made up for it between years 15 and 20.

um, what?
Are you are set on getting a long board? (nm)czardonic
May 2, 2003 7:51 AM
Not necessarilymickey-mac
May 2, 2003 9:17 AM
I'm still keeping open the possibility of something smaller to see whether my 40 year old body still has any shredding potential. ;-) Do you have any recommendations?
You can always go with the classics.czardonic
May 2, 2003 10:23 AM
Independent trucks, Powell deck and wheels, Bones bearings and hardware, and. . .that's it!

I got back in to skating when I was about 21, after about 6 years off. Imagine my surprise to find that they were bi-directional, no longer available in rad neon colors and didn't feature kick plates(?), rails and nose guards!

Anyway, I started with the set-up listed above, still have the trucks and wheels, and passed on the deck to a friend who go bored of it before he could wear it out. Among other decks I tried, I liked the Element brand the best (duable, understated graphics). That being said, I think that most of the more common brands are fairly reliable, so it is mostly a matter of aesthetics.

You can browse sites like and to check out what is available, and then head down to the local shop (I've never ordered from either of these sites, but they have been sending me catalogs for years).

A short board is a bit like a sports car. Not as comfortable and you may not drive it to its potential, but there is something about knowing the potential is there that makes it fun. Plus, you can get one with a longer, wider deck and add softer, large diameter wheels and still get a smooth and stable ride. And, they are easier to carry around when the security guards yell at you.

My 2 cents. I've never been a long board kind of guy, but there are some nice ones out there too.
Good suggestionsmickey-mac
May 2, 2003 10:42 AM
I'm happy to hear some of the old companies are still around. My last board was a Powerflex with Independent trucks and Powerflex wheels; a good friend of mine rode for Powerflex and always had lots of goodies around the house. I watched "Dogtown and Z Boys" recently and have been having serious flashback since. I also have flasbacks to skating every time I try in vain to straighten out my left arm. I mangled my left elbow pretty badly boarding at about 13.
Ouch. Nothing worse than a few stiches in the chin here. (nm)czardonic
May 2, 2003 11:07 AM
Thanks for the advice; picked up a board todaymickey-mac
May 4, 2003 4:48 PM
I got a board from my local surf and skate shop with a basic 8" x 32.25" deck, Independent trucks, and Spitfire 58 mm wheels for easy rolling on our less than pristine streets. Now I just need to be sure I don't snap the other elbow 25 years later.
Right on. (nm)czardonic
May 5, 2003 2:05 PM