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Old 01-26-21, 11:34 PM
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4yo got a skateboard, now I want one

Listen, I gave up on skateboarding about the age where it became a clique and not a toy. Like everyone my age I had a skateboard with a lot of plastic armor which little kids though was cool. I remember I could flip it into my hands and manual but don't think I ever did an ollie. I also at one point had a funny little half length thing that we took on camping trips and I'd ride around in rest areas. But I was never, ever... a skater.

My twins just turned four and my girl got a skateboard from Mom. Now, I want to do it with her. I want to show her how... except I can't.

Now I'm looking at skateboards. That was a mistake, they are all up in the SEO and now all my Facebook ads are for skateboards too and half of them are electric. The ok ones I'm looking at cost about a hundred bucks, the department store ones cost about $35. Surely just like BSO's there are reasons to avoid the department store versions, but I've got no idea what they are. There's clearly a lot of things to know about nicer ones than that, but I don't even know if I want to learn.

So what should I get, or should I forget it? What do I need to know? Do I need great big 80's wheels or hard little wheels or what? I'm ok on a snowboard but not great, better at jumps than rails. I'm imagining neighborhood walk/skate on asphalt for now, skate parks unlikely. In spite of that, longboards don't appeal, fwiw
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My grandmother took a spin on my cousin's new skateboard back in the late 70's. She missed the first attempted turn and broke both arms. I thought I had the coolest Grandma in the world at that point, so I guess it was worth it for the story.
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I had a skateboard back in the 70s just didn’t work out to well on gravel.
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I had a skateboard back in the 70s just didnít work out to well on gravel.
They have tires for that now. No really, they look like R/C car tires. Definitely not what I'm shopping...
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Four year olds are like sharks. They are primarily cartilage, so their bones are highly elastic.
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How old are you? If I was in my 30s, I'd probably get a skateboard, too. I had decent skills as a teenager. Now in my 50's, my interest in maintaining my structural integrity has increased significantly.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
They have tires for that now. No really, they look like R/C car tires. Definitely not what I'm shopping...
No off road skateboarding for me enough mountain bike wrecks in my younger days. Gravel is about as radical as I get.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Listen, I gave up on skateboarding about the age where it became a clique and not a toy. Like everyone my age I had a skateboard with a lot of plastic armor which little kids though was cool. I remember I could flip it into my hands and manual but don't think I ever did an ollie. I also at one point had a funny little half length thing that we took on camping trips and I'd ride around in rest areas. But I was never, ever... a skater.

My twins just turned four and my girl got a skateboard from Mom. Now, I want to do it with her. I want to show her how... except I can't.

Now I'm looking at skateboards. That was a mistake, they are all up in the SEO and now all my Facebook ads are for skateboards too and half of them are electric. The ok ones I'm looking at cost about a hundred bucks, the department store ones cost about $35. Surely just like BSO's there are reasons to avoid the department store versions, but I've got no idea what they are. There's clearly a lot of things to know about nicer ones than that, but I don't even know if I want to learn.

So what should I get, or should I forget it? What do I need to know? Do I need great big 80's wheels or hard little wheels or what? I'm ok on a snowboard but not great, better at jumps than rails. I'm imagining neighborhood walk/skate on asphalt for now, skate parks unlikely. In spite of that, longboards don't appeal, fwiw
You should get the best board you can afford. Like bikes, if you get a department store board and realize you like skating, you're likely going to buy a good board anyways. If you get a good board and realize you hate skating (or injure yourself to a point you need to quit skating) you can sell that board for half the price you paid for it. Get a deck that's wide enough for your feet (similar to a snowboard) and get softer wheels if you plan to stick to cruising the neighbourhood. Good luck!
SKATE OR DIE!!!
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Originally Posted by bOsscO View Post
You should get the best board you can afford. Like bikes, if you get a department store board and realize you like skating, you're likely going to buy a good board anyways. If you get a good board and realize you hate skating (or injure yourself to a point you need to quit skating) you can sell that board for half the price you paid for it. Get a deck that's wide enough for your feet (similar to a snowboard) and get softer wheels if you plan to stick to cruising the neighbourhood. Good luck!
SKATE OR DIE!!!
This is the familiar logic but we are not talking about bike prices. Another hundred bucks and handing off the $35 cheapie to the neighborhood free-stuff facebook group or leaving it at the skate park with a FREE sign is not a big deal. Spending a hundred bucks a couple of times to get just the right thing seems more stupid.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
This is the familiar logic but we are not talking about bike prices. Another hundred bucks and handing off the $35 cheapie to the neighborhood free-stuff facebook group or leaving it at the skate park with a FREE sign is not a big deal. Spending a hundred bucks a couple of times to get just the right thing seems more stupid.
For $30, this could be just the right thing; https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/spo...268294148.html
Or this (just get new wheels); https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/spo...267920093.html
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Originally Posted by bOsscO View Post
For $30, this could be just the right thing; https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/spo...268294148.html
Or this (just get new wheels); https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/spo...267920093.html
I mean, I'm not driving four hours RT to get a used skateboard, so instead, what is it about these you like? Or are they the ones you are selling

I had my open heart surgery in Santa Clara. Two year anniversary coming up!
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
I mean, I'm not driving four hours RT to get a used skateboard, so instead, what is it about these you like? Or are they the ones you are selling

I had my open heart surgery in Santa Clara. Two year anniversary coming up!
Forgive me as I don't know California very well (I'm up in Canada); I searched 'craigslist Folsom' and these two listings popped up amongst all the various skateboards being sold. These two are brand name decks, much better than department store junk, in seemingly not bad condition. Definitely good enough to start out with and not break the bank.
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I had a skateboard back in the 70s just didnít work out to well on gravel.

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Lefty,
Check out some of the used sporting goods stores. PIAS and such normally have some boards reasonable. And things like bearings are important, get good wheels and a board that fits your feet. Smiles, MH
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My very limited experience. My FIL bought my 4yo at the time a disney fairies skateboard which she loved. It didn't really roll well at all so I figured I'd check the bearings and there were none, it actually had bushings inside. Basic set of bearings at the local skate shop fixed that. Wife then spent about 150.00 on a nicer starwars Yoda board that I rode enough to figure out how not to fall off but not much further. I should take it to the boardwalk and try some more but none of the kids seem to have an interest and I don't have a lot of free time.
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Well at least we don't have that problem, it's got real steel trucks and rubber bushings and ball bearings. They way they spin I'm sure they are full of oil and not grease, but they're smooth. The wheels are pretty big and soft which seems nice but the trucks have risers to clear the wheels so it's tall for a kid. I don't know how SWMBO chose it but she did well. The only thing keeping grownup me from cadging it is the kid sized wheelbase
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Hospital emergency admissions going sky high for parents trying to ride their children's skateboards that they just got for Christmas is a REAL thing.
Happens every year without fail.
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Well, it is a bicycle website...

I thought the #1 Christmas emergency room trip was for cutting yourself opening plastic clamshells
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I like watching Braille Skateboarding on youtube. Braille Skateboarding - YouTube The main guy is a bit older so it's interesting to me watch him shred and they have some funny challenges. A few times they have had their run out and buy the cheapest board possible from Walmart, and the boards never last more then a few minutes lol.

If you are just looking for a board to cruise around on and not feel the pressure to do tricks. They make something called a "Long Board" but they are often a little more expensive then a regular skateboard. But I often see them in Pawnshops for cheap at least where I live.
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What I'm gathering is the type I want is a "cruiser" and not a "popsicle." That distinction did not exist when I was a kid so far as I remember, but it makes sense. It is about the same overall size but has a longer wheelbase and bigger softer wheels, while the "popsicle" has hard little wheels, a shorter wheelbase and higher front and back for doing skateboard tricks

It seems like cruisers are nearly all sold complete. Fewer decks for sale. Maybe just because they don't get beaten up or don't have the cachet?

There's not a lot of technology here to nerd out with, not like the bike business. There are titanium parts and forged vs cast parts and hollow parts, but they save you a few ounces out of something that only weighs five pounds to begin with. The weight of the bearings and wheels are a sunk cost, the weight of the deck is the strength of the deck. Some very specialist decks are made of carbon fiber but they're mostly hardwood ply. By and large all the parts and brands are pretty similar and interchangeable.

Wife is hostile to the idea. She may prevail... but I don't think so.
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My friend had his 2 teen boys make their own. They jigsawed flat platforms in a cool shape, and then bolted on trucks and wheels. Easy peasy. I don't know the cost of the hardware, but I assume the cost was peanuts compared to retail.
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Cleaning out my parents estate I recently found the skateboards we grew up with.


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