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Old 03-24-08, 09:34 AM   #1
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Getting into something new

Friend's got me into a new hobby which is much much much cheaper initially than biking.

Longboards!
I got myself a complete Gravity Mini Carve to cruise around


Anyone else do any longboard cruising?
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Old 03-24-08, 09:31 PM   #3
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It's all about how much fun you can have. Natural motion. It's different from biking except that you're still not getting any respect from cagers.
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Why do you want respect from cage fighters?

I think it might be a bit similar to snowboarding. Do you do that too?
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I've only been on a longboard once, in a skatepark. Very weird.
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Hmph. cycling came after skateboarding for me.
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Hmph. cycling came after skateboarding for me.
That's kinda what I did except I was bike skate bike. Skating got old/boring.
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Friend's got me into a new hobby which is much much much cheaper initially than biking.

Longboards!
I got myself a complete Gravity Mini Carve to cruise around


Anyone else do any longboard cruising?
I tried it for about a week and lost interest, so I gave my board to a family friend, he's a skate boarder so he loves it, then my other friend that was trying it with me went out to the rear of the Philadelphia Art Museum one day and busted his wrist, after two operations doc says it'll never be the same, so be carefull!
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That's kinda what I did except I was bike skate bike. Skating got old/boring.
It does especially if you can't progress trick wise because either you suck or... you just yea well.. suck.

I still own 3 skateboards. One of which I put 130$ into and then immediately stopped skating.
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It does especially if you can't progress trick wise because either you suck or... you just yea well.. suck.

I still own 3 skateboards. One of which I put 130$ into and then immediately stopped skating.
I could say I was decent but the stuff I did got repetitive. Other than that there wasn't really anywhere to go since the Y got boring and overcrowded.
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I thought about buying one but I know I'd get bored, take it up on some hill and kill myself.

If I stick to snowboarding I know that I will at least be falling in the snow 99% of the time.
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Longboarding isn't about doing tricks. Wrong sport, sport.
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Old 03-25-08, 07:38 AM   #15
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Where's the pedals?
What kind of cleats do I need?
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The flat kind. Longboarding is often called sidewalk surfing. I just like being able to throw it in my car and bust out on it without changing my shoes, clothes, and socks, then checking tire pressure, then making sure my light is working. It's also just different. For transportation, my bikes beat everything hands down, but I just love the natural feel of carving. It's not like my road bikes where if one element is off it's going to bug the crap out of me. At the same time, rough road sucks, because you don't go anywhere.
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The flat kind. Longboarding is often called sidewalk surfing. I just like being able to throw it in my car and bust out on it without changing my shoes, clothes, and socks, then checking tire pressure, then making sure my light is working. It's also just different. For transportation, my bikes beat everything hands down, but I just love the natural feel of carving. It's not like my road bikes where if one element is off it's going to bug the crap out of me. At the same time, rough road sucks, because you don't go anywhere.
I have a scar on my left shoulder (at least I think its still there) where I was cruising down this nice big hill when I was about 13. Had a nice little Hobie board. Unknown at the time, to me, but a gravel truck had just been at the bottom of the hill and was dropping gravel everywhere. As you alluded to with the rough road comment, gravel and boards do not mix. I did a header and slid on my shoulder for about 30 ft. Tore the shirt and all the skin off my shoulder and damned, that hurt.
Have fun with it, but do watch for stuff in the road/on the sidewalk.
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Yep, solid wheels and small ones at that.

When I was first out, I was borrowing a board and had no experience. I did just fine until we were bombing a hill. At the bottom I went to pivot my front foot and went off balance. Made the board swing to the right, then I overcorrected and made myself fall off backwards. Got a little scrape on my hand, but not much more.

If you know how to shift your weight, you can run up on ruts and gravel without a problem. It's just rough. I just can't get over the satisfaction of carving down a smooth road.
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Here's my longboard



Actually, I ride a Sector 9 longboard skateboard too, but I don't have any pictures.
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Sector 9 is good! No waves in north alabama, so it's sidewalk surfing for me.
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No but is hugely popular here in the summer with monthly races etc.

Any sideways sports screws with my head, I have never been good at them, my brain just isn't good at squaring up sideways.
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For snowboarders I recommend a freeboard.
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I hate those things. They're fine at slow speeds. A friend of mine had one and tore it up pretty quickly. You're talking about the bottom board in this picture, right?

From what I'm told, it's a lot like snowboarding, but they're not good for any real speed.
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