Even if your skating spirit is unbreakable, your skateboard sure isn't. But whether your trucks are giving you trouble, or your latest nose grind left a crack in your deck, here's your skateboard maintenance survival guide.
If you're doing tricks on a plank of wood, chances are, that plank is going to get cracked, chipped, unbalanced, or straight-up broken in half at one point or another. Here's how you can put the pieces back together and get back to skating.
If your deck is cracked or chipped:
If your deck is unbalanced:
If your board is suddenly turning without you telling it to, it might be unbalanced. To fix, tighten and loosen your kingpin (and test the ride after each adjustment!) until your board feels like it’s back on the right track.
Your deck is probably warped if it just ISN’T BALANCING, and you feel like you’ve tried everything, but it’s still out of whack.
If your deck is warped:
For a more involved (but arguably more effective) strategy, watch Earthwing's video below:
Are your bearings stuck? Did a bearing pop out? Are you still trying to get your bearings? (Sorry, bad joke.) Anyway. These simple tips will fix most of your bearing woes:
For even more guidance on fixing your skateboard bearings, watch Braille Skateboarding's super-helpful instructional video below!
Trucks not turning? Trucks too loose? Here are the truck removal steps you’re looking for:
For more visuals and even more tips, watch Spirit Longboarding's video on fixing squeaky skateboard trucks:
Whether your board needs a tiny tune-up or a larger fix, it's definitely within your capabilities. Apply these tips and you'll be rolling again in no time!
Skaters--any tips? How do you get your board back on track when it needs some TLC?