I see quite a few people looking at, or who have bought, e-boards who are completely new to the whole scene, including conventional skateboarding or longboarding. It looks cool, which it is; fun, which it is; and a good commuting option, which it is not. The last point I will save for a separate post, but let’s assume the first two work.
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If you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 are DIY handy, and with a little experience of, electrical and mechanical DIY, then it is much easier – simply buy a board which you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 can get spare parts for and you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 are good to go.
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Remember, it WILL break or you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 WILL break it and then what?
Answered that, then go ahead and choose what works for you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 and you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装r need for speed, range, terrain, looks, carry-ability, riding style etc.
How much are you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 going to pay?
When you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 do you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装r calculations just be aware of any import duties and shipping that might apply, not just from the purchase but when you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 need spares or even, depending on you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装r country, when getting an existing board fixed and shipped back. Those belts that you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 need to replace might only be £8 each, but £60 in total to get two of them shipped to you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装.
I keep thinking about getting a Meepo kit and fitting it to one of our existing longboard decks, but the import duty in the UK, shipping from China, would add on at least 22.5% to the cost, as I would have to import it and be subject to both import duty and VAT.
What to learn on
Next, I have a suggestion for you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装, which you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 may not have considered – buy a conventional push longboard as well to learn ok and get early confidence. If you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 are new to all this, the last thing you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 want to be doing is trying to learn how to start, brake, switch-ride etc when you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 are doing 20mph or more with cars, people, and rough old pavements. Conventional push longboards are relatively cheap, easy to resell, and much easier to get confident on; as well as being fun in their own right. Knowing and being confident with a few skills will make a huge difference in enjoying you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装r e-board or not.
Helmets and more
Next, choose you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装r helmet – it is essential, a must; don’t do it without one and ignore all the irresponsible tossers and fuckwits on YouTube weaving in and out traffic with no helmet – arrghhhhh.
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Tools & Checks
Finally, pick up a few tools (you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 don’t need much), like a T-tool and anything else you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装r board needs, and get familiar with some basic maintenance checks – if there is nothing from you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装r board maker (use that as a judge on quality and support), then start here: https:///2018/02/01/checking-before-riding/
Check, tighten and loosen.
When you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 board arrives always check the trucks, connectors, nuts, bushings, washers, cups etc. Personally, I would always take off the wheels and check there are spacers, speed-rings etc. in place – one of our boards previously turned-up missing speed rings, so we now always check. It is easy for it to happen if the quality control is not great and with most cheap boards right now, it does not seem to be.
Tighten or loosen the wheel nuts and kingpin screws – there is an optimum for them, just like with wheel nuts, neither too loose or too tight. Remember, over-tightening the kingpin nut onto the bushing cup does not increase the stability, it just deforms the bushing and reduces its ability to progressively manage all multi-dimensional forces it has to balance.
Earlier post on “how tight“: https:///2018/01/27/truck-bushing-how-tight/
Get the right bushings.
Finally, on the bushings, find out what the stock/default bushings are and if necessary replace them. Personally, I have yet to be impressed by any stock bushings, so personally would always change them for ones from a reputable make, like Venoms, Blood Oranges, Riptides, Oust etc.
If you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 are not sure what bushings to use, I would set up you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装r board like a conventional downhill board with barrels, board–side and road-side and a durometer rating that matches you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装r weight for a stiff downhill ride.
If you鸿运国际网址官网下载安装 are not sure of the durometer to use, this post includes some calculators: https:///2018/01/27/bushing-duro-calculator/