Skateboards are sturdy, but they take quite a lot of bashing. Without proper due care, they can fall into disrepair, making them unsafe to use. Notably, skateboard bearings are the seen as the most importnat elements to attend to in a longboard.To keep your skateboard in a good condition, read the following tips on taking care of your skateboard.
Things to do
1. Keep bearings clean and lubricated
Ball bearings are the heart of your skateboard. They keep the wheels running smoothly. Make sure that each time you are finished skating that you clean and lubricate the bearings. This can be done by first cleaning your wheels and bearings of any dirt or gravel, then applying lubricant. You can do this without having to remove the bearings.
To clean and lubricate your skateboard bearings, it is best to remove them. Have some rags or paper towels handy, as it will be a messy job, then eliminate the bearings. Next, take some lubricant that is designed for bearings and which leaves no residue behind, shake well, and then run the lubricant over the bearing.
You will likely have a lot of mucky black residue run out from the bearing, which is a good thing. Use a lot of the lubricant to get the bearings clean and lubed, making sure to do both sides. When the bearings run clear wipe the excess lubricant off, and set them back into the wheels of your skateboard.
2. Learn how your board is constructed
Take time to find out how your skateboard is constructed. Learning how your board is created will also help you troubleshoot any possible problems that arise. Knowing how your board is built will also mean that you can easily replace any parts as and when needed. Fitting replacement parts are a lot more cost efficient than having to find the money to purchase an entirely new board and can be bought from most local skate shops or skate shops online.
3: Take care of the deck
After each skateboarding, session checks the deck of the board for any signs of wear and tear. Make sure to clean off any dirt and debris and if it has gotten wet in any way, make sure to dry it out. Do not leave your board in damp conditions, as this can split and damage the deck. Small repairs can be made easily, but if your deck shows signs of splitting or has cracks that are too large to fix, then it’s time to replace it. Skate