Quick guide to maintaining your skateboard, longboard or cruiser

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Retro 22" Two Bare Feet Skateboard
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Here is a quick guide which will be the basic of how to look after, maintain and get the most out of your skateboard.

When will you need to maintain your skateboard?
Often when you get a new skateboard it’s advised to adjust the trucks on your skateboard, how tight or loose you want your skateboard is dependent on the skating style and weight of the rider.
Most riders will also notice, when your skateboard isn’t feeling quite right to skate on, weather you feel that the board isn’t turning as easily it should, or the wheels are feeling a bit ‘sticky’
Luckily, skateboards require very little maintenance. That being said, the skateboard is a collection of parts and components that may need adjusting over time.

Recommended Tools:
  • 9/16, 1/2 & 3/8 Crescent or Socket Wrenches
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver 
  • Or a Skate Tool that combines all of the above!
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1) Adjusting Trucks

This is important for all skateboards, the tightness of the Trucks (the metal "axle") controls how the skateboard turns. An absolute beginner may benefit from tighter trucks as it will mean the board will turn less, which is one less thing to worry about when trying to balance on the board. However, soon enough you will be ready to start controlling the board and loosening the trucks may make things easier, especially for smaller skaters.

Adjusting a truck is as simple as loosening or tightening one single nut (9/16") on the trucks, this can be done in 2 easy steps:
1.  Flip the skateboard upside, and there you should see a large nut at the end of the “kingpin” bolt on each of the trucks
2. Now we recommend loosening or tightening (depending on if you need the board to turn more or less) the nut on each truck on the trucks by half or quarter turn counterclockwise at a time, then given the board a try. (Tip: Left to loosen the truck and right to tighten)

As the rider improves they will develop a preference for a tighter truck on the back or front, however to begin we would recommend keeping the trucks the same tightness.

2) Adjusting the Axle Nuts.

Wheels are attached to the axels with a single nut (1/2") per wheel. The nuts should be tightened as much as possible without stopping or slowing the wheel spin. These nuts can work themselves loose after use, so it’s best to check them; the best way to test is trying to move the wheel side to side, there should be very little movement on the wheel, if there is it will need tightening.

3) Adjusting the Truck Mounting bolts

Each truck is intended to be securely attached to the skateboard deck by a set of 4 bolts and 4 nuts (3/8"). We use allen key head bolts on all of our skateboards. In general just keep an eye on this. The nuts have a nylon locking feature, however they could loosen over time. If they do, just tighten them back up. However be careful, with our 22” and 27” retro skateboards, it will be fine to tighten them as much as possibly as the plastic is very durable. However our longboards, cruisers and double kicks need to be done very cautiously as tightening the nuts too much will add too much pressure on the wood of the board which can lead to cracks in the wood.

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4) Cleaning Bearings

Cleaning the bearings is not a simple job, so if the wheels is still spinning and turning ok, then we wouldn’t recommend cleaning them, however if the wheel doesn’t spin as much as it used to, or as much as the others, then a clean should be able to sort it. Each wheel has two bearing in it, so it’s best to concentrate on one wheel at a time if you want to clean them all. So firstly remove the axle nut and the wheel from the trucks. Now without damaging the bearing you need to pry the bearings from the wheels. Most people use the exposed axle though there are tools to make this easier.
If you have a real bearing problem and you just aren't up for the cleaning process, you can make the whole thing easier by replacing the bearings.

5) Overall Care

The key thing to remember that skateboards are not toys, they are sporting equipment. To make sure your skateboard lasts, avoid getting your skateboard wet or exposing it to extreme temperatures. If you keep the board in the boot of your car in summer or in a shed during winter, you risk reducing the life of the deck and even warping the deck if it’s wooden (longboard, cruisers, double kick).
Skateboards were born to get scratched and dented. That being said, remember the skateboard deck is supposed to be "disposable" If you feel you need a new one, or just looking for a new look, buying just the deck can be a far cheaper alternative to a whole new skateboard(link to decks). A single set of trucks(link) can last many years and move from deck to deck. We find wheels(link) last longer than decks but not as much as trucks, depending on where they are used and how they are treated.
Now you can carry on skating!

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