Maintaining and Extending the Lifespan of Your Gear:
Maintaining and Extending the Lifespan of Your Gear: Take care of your skateboard and accessories to maximize their lifespan. Regularly clean and inspect your equipment, tighten bolts, and replace worn-out parts. Proper maintenance ensures optimal performance and safety.
Putting On Grip Tape:
- Place your deck upside down on a clean surface.
- Peel the backing off the grip tape and align it with the deck's edge.
- Press down from the center outwards to stick the tape, smoothing out air bubbles.
- Trim excess grip tape around the edges using a razor blade or skateboard tool.
- Use the edge of the skateboard tool to score along the deck's edge, then fold the excess grip tape over.
Taking Off Wheels:
- Flip the skateboard upside down.
- Use a skateboard tool to unscrew the nuts holding the wheels in place.
- Gently pull the wheels off the trucks' axles.
- Remove the wheels following the steps above.
- Use a bearing tool or a truck axle to pop out the old bearings from the wheel.
- Place new bearings in the wheel's center.
- Press down evenly until the bearings are fully seated.
- Reattach the wheels.
- Flip the skateboard right-side up.
- Use a skateboard tool to adjust the kingpin nut on the truck. Turn clockwise to tighten, counterclockwise to loosen.
- Find the right tension - trucks should be snug but not too tight for smooth turns.
- Check all nuts and bolts on the deck and trucks to ensure they're secure.
Regular maintenance ensures peak performance and safety, enhancing your skateboarding experience.