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Maintaining your longboard is essential for ensuring a smooth and safe riding experience. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your board, enhance its performance, and keep you safe on the road. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to maintain your longboard:
Before you begin, make sure you have the necessary tools and cleaning supplies:
Start by visually inspecting your entire longboard. Look for any signs of damage, such as cracks or splits in the deck, loose or damaged hardware, or worn-out components like wheels and bearings. Note any issues that need immediate attention.
Use your skateboard tool or wrenches to check and tighten any loose hardware. Pay attention to:
Use a soft brush or cloth to remove dirt, dust, and debris from the deck, trucks, wheels, and bearings. For stubborn grime, you can use a mixture of soap and water to gently clean the deck.
Examine your longboard wheels for signs of wear, flat spots, or chunking. If your wheels have any of these issues or are extremely worn, it's time to replace them.
Remove the wheels from the trucks and inspect the bearings. If they are dirty or clogged with debris, you can clean them using a bearing cleaner or by removing the shields and cleaning them individually. After cleaning, add a few drops of skateboard bearing lubricant to keep them running smoothly.
Inspect your trucks for any signs of damage or wear. Pay attention to the pivot cup (the rubber or urethane part that holds the hanger in place) and the bushings. If any of these components are damaged, consider replacing them.
If your grip tape is peeling or has become less grippy, you can either re-adhere it or replace it with new grip tape. A razor blade or utility knife can help you trim the edges neatly.
Apply a small amount of skateboard lubricant to the pivot cup and kingpin of each truck. This will ensure smoother turns and prevent squeaking.
Depending on your riding style, you may want to fine-tune your trucks' tightness or looseness. Adjust the kingpin nut to achieve your desired level of responsiveness.
After performing maintenance, take your longboard for a test ride. Check for any unusual noises or handling issues. Make any necessary adjustments based on your ride experience.
To keep your longboard in top shape, establish a regular maintenance schedule. How often you perform maintenance tasks depends on how frequently you ride and the conditions you ride in. As a general rule, check your longboard every few weeks and clean it as needed.
By following these maintenance steps and keeping your longboard in good condition, you'll ensure a safer and more enjoyable riding experience. Remember that a well-maintained board not only performs better but also extends the lifespan of your longboard, saving you money in the long run.