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Old 12-17-15, 06:55 PM
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Skateboard commuting

Anyone else skateboard commute?

I primarily commute by bike, and use a car once in a while, and some days I use a skateboard.

The skateboard is pretty fun for a lot of reasons.

1. Tricks! Fun as hell popping some ollies up and down curbs, doing manuals, kickflips etc.
2. Super portable. At any point you can dismount and carry it. I have backpacks with straps designed to carry them. I've brought mine on busses, trains, airplanes, cabs etc. No issue finding parking anywhere, just bring it in!
3. Cheap! 100$ for a nice setup, hardly any replacement parts or maint. required. Lube the bearings once in a while and that's about it. Replace decks if you do a lot of tricks and wear down the layers on the nose / tail.

Anyone else into it?
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Old 12-17-15, 07:42 PM
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I've never commuted on a board but I have used one to travel in the plant where I work. At one point we had some seasonal work going that spread out through 3 or 4 connected buildings and I'd use my board rather than one of the golf carts we have. I worked a lot of hours and would only do it at night and on weekends when it was mostly my people there but a near miss with a temp fork lift driver got my skating the wrong kind of attention, LOL.
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Old 12-18-15, 01:35 PM
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Old 12-19-15, 07:06 AM
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I tried Rollerblading to work. I found the roads between my house and job weren't smooth enough to make it very enjoyable. Will save the skating for recreation. That's why I love the Mountain bike. I can go where ever I want.
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Old 12-19-15, 08:42 AM
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I tried it and had a few painful accidents, then decided to quit while my skeleton remained healthy
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Old 12-19-15, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Walter S View Post
I tried it and had a few painful accidents, then decided to quit while my skeleton remained healthy
Understandable. I've done most every sport under the sun, but all of those combined don't add up to half the injuries skateboarding alone has caused.

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I tried Rollerblading to work. I found the roads between my house and job weren't smooth enough to make it very enjoyable. Will save the skating for recreation. That's why I love the Mountain bike. I can go where ever I want.

That's the biggest drawback to skateboard or rollerblade commuting. The wheels have such a small diameter, that you really feel every bump and crack in the road / sidewalk.
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Old 12-19-15, 07:25 PM
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Old 12-19-15, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Buffalo Buff View Post
The wheels have such a small diameter, that you really feel every bump and crack in the road / sidewalk.
I haven't been on a skateboard since I was a kid, when the wheels were even smaller and made of steel. You really felt everything then.

So I've never tried skateboard commuting, but did a double take a while back as I was coming through a traffic circle and from my right a boarder was 'taking the lane' and entered the circle right in front of me. I actually had the right of way, but he was coming down a hill and obviously didn't want to lose momentum. And he had plenty. It was actually sort of dangerous as I had to hit the brakes to avoid him and it would have been ugly if I hadn't seen him coming. But to see him cruise through the circle at speed he was going just left me smiling in appreciation of his abilities.
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Old 12-20-15, 02:49 PM
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Doop Skates makes some inline skates that clip onto regular shoes. They have one model with three 110 mm wheels. They aren't gigantic but they are huge compared to some of the skateboard riders using tiny wheels.

Is it a thing for skateboarders to wear out wheels so much that they have bragging rights regarding whose wheels are smallest? I see many skateboarders with very tiny wheels that are probably stopped by all cracks and tiny rocks. If I were still using a skateboard I would go for a long board with big diameter wheels. Some of those long boards have two level decks. the center portion is lower than the part where the trucks are mounted. Other long boards have sections above the wheels cut out so that the board can turn with large wheels.

My next foray into alternative transportation will probably be Doop Skates. I have never used inline skates but they look fun. When I hit an unexpected crack only one skate will stop. The other leg will be able to catch me and prevent a fall. At least I hope that will be the case most of the time.
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I used to work for a very large skate shoe company and many people including myself did this.
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Hello

While I was on tour last year and saw this guy who was doing Hwy 101 on a skateboard. When talking to him at a camp he mentioned that he is trying to do the continental rim. with his skate board.

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Originally Posted by Buffalo Buff View Post
Anyone else skateboard commute?

I primarily commute by bike, and use a car once in a while, and some days I use a skateboard.

The skateboard is pretty fun for a lot of reasons.

1. Tricks! Fun as hell popping some ollies up and down curbs, doing manuals, kickflips etc.
2. Super portable. At any point you can dismount and carry it. I have backpacks with straps designed to carry them. I've brought mine on busses, trains, airplanes, cabs etc. No issue finding parking anywhere, just bring it in!
3. Cheap! 100$ for a nice setup, hardly any replacement parts or maint. required. Lube the bearings once in a while and that's about it. Replace decks if you do a lot of tricks and wear down the layers on the nose / tail.

Anyone else into it?
I'm too old for the skateboard but not the adult kick scooter like Xootr.

Ive seen these skate boarders travel at bicycle speed so it is alternative form of transport. It's too bad the activity is marginalized as being a kid sport. I would have loved a long board 30 years ago. There are electric skate boards that are truly powerful transport vehicles.

I created a thread last year on this very subject. What really impressed me are those people using Roller Blades for transport. Years ago, I met one woman who commuted using them and they are just as fast as bikes. Roller blades are affordable and portable but only an extremely small number of people use them for commuting.

The great thing about being carfree is that you don't have to use one form of transport. However, if you're going to live 20 miles away from anywhere, then nothing works.

https://youtu.be/9sbiZgFefA4

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Old 01-08-16, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by timsataurus View Post
Hello

While I was on tour last year and saw this guy who was doing Hwy 101 on a skateboard. When talking to him at a camp he mentioned that he is trying to do the continental rim. with his skate board.


Saw dude cresting hills on a very lonely stretch of the 101/1 via unicycle a number of years ago. Boggled my mind.
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Old 01-08-16, 09:16 PM
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https://youtu.be/PmyrYd9EgOQ This Youtube video is interesting. Not exactly how I would skateboard in Manhattan.

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Old 01-08-16, 09:55 PM
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I used to, then got rid of it, man i'm regretting it. There's a skatepark around here and i never got a chance to try it out, i just probably needed to switch to some fatter wheels. Then seeing Casey Neistat on Youtube with his boosted board has also reminded me of how fun it was.
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Old 01-10-16, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post
Is it a thing for skateboarders to wear out wheels so much that they have bragging rights regarding whose wheels are smallest? I see many skateboarders with very tiny wheels that are probably stopped by all cracks and tiny rocks.
Wheel evolution for street skating has gone the small route, better for ollie based street tricks, which is nearly everything these days, so almost a necessity if you are into street skating.

I used to skate a lot as a teenager, and I recently got a cruiser board and a long board to skate on the bike paths around our neighbourhood, and to skate the local skate park for excerise, but a couple of months ago, I slammed into a concrete incline plane at full speed with my outstretched hands absorbing most of the impact, and I fractured my radial head ( elbow). ( I wasn't wearing any pads at the time, although in my backpack were knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards, I honestly believe had I been wearing pads, the wrist guards would have absorbed the impact, and my elbow would have been fine ) That was a wake up call, I decided no more aggressive skating as I don't want another fracture / break as I'm nearing 50.

Since the accident, I decided to focus on riding instead, but I'll still sometimes skate down to the shops at a leisurely pace
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Tried skateboarding for transport back in my 20's. Was a very short lived experiment as the roads are too rough and the rather instantaneous deceleration when coming across gravel was a bit unnerving to say the least.
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Saw dude cresting hills on a very lonely stretch of the 101/1 via unicycle a number of years ago. Boggled my mind.
I recently watched the MMUSA: Alaska episode from TFLCar and they came across a fellow from India who was traveling the Dalton Highway on a unicycle
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Old 01-10-16, 03:31 PM
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Late 90s was peak small wheel around here. People riding 40mm rocks.

These days most skaters are riding 60mm or so.
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