4 essential accessories for your skateboard

4 essential accessories for your skateboard

Although the choice of skateboarding accessories is a personal matter that depends on the taste and the way of skating of each skate, we must also take into account which accessories are best suited to our style and the type of skateboarding we want to practice, because each of the existing ones require skateboards with some specific characteristics, which are given by the type of accessory we choose.

Although the choice of skateboarding accessories is a personal matter that depends on the taste and the way of skating of each skate, we must also take into account which accessories are best suited to our style and the type of skateboarding we want to practice, because each of the existing ones require skateboards with some specific characteristics, which are given by the type of accessory we choose.

In any case, a skateboard is made up of several parts, all of which are important because they fulfil a certain function, but there are others that are so important that without them it would be unthinkable to practice this sport. If you want to know which are the 4 essential accessories that your skateboard needs, read on and discover them.

Skateboarding Bearings

These accessories usually contain steel balls mounted on a crown that rotate between two concentric cylinders. There are eight in total and two are placed on each wheel fixed to the trucks. All are manufactured to a standard size and fit any type of skateboarding wheel.

The functions of the bearingsrange from rolling the wheels with the minimum possible friction to supporting the weight and impact on the board.

They are also fundamental pieces in the acceleration, speed, inertia and sensations when skating.

In that sense, it is very important to keep them away from water, sand, dust and humidity, as well as to clean and lubricate them regularly to keep them in good condition, increase their speed and extend their life.

Skateboarding Trucks

Skateboard trucksare the metal parts used to fix the wheels to the board.

This part of the skateboard is usually manufactured with different materials that, depending on the composite, give it some or other characteristics that are decisive for the proper enjoyment of the skateboard. It is one of the most important accessories since they also serve to perform many tricks on obstacles, resist the impacts of falls and turning maneuvers.

The trucks are made up of several parts: hanger, pivot cup, bushings, axles, baseplate, washers, nutsand kingpin, which can be purchased separately to replace those parts that have already completed their useful life to customize the way the truck feels and works.

Skateboarding wheels

Obviously, the wheels are very important accessories for skateboardingand are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and hardness.

Currently, the most common material used in the manufacture of skateboard wheelsis polyurethane, a rubber compound of great hardness and resistance to abrasion, characteristics that help the wheels to withstand the big jumps, tricks and turns.

In this sense, the skate wheels are chosen according to their hardness and size and according to the surface on which they will be skating. Other characteristics are also usually taken into account when choosing them, such as the type of edge and position of the core.  

On the other hand, the number used by the marks to determine the size of the skatewheels expresses the length of its diameter in millimeters (mm). This is important to know because changes in size or hardness influence the speed and maneuverability of the board.

Therefore, selecting skateboard wheelswith the appropriate hardness and the right size is very important, since these qualities affect the turning of the wheels and, therefore, the style of skateboarding practiced.

Skateboarding Grip

The skateboard gripis an adhesive sheet that sticks to the surface of the board, whose function is to produce friction with the soles of skateboarding shoes. It is very similar to sandpaper and is granulated to allow better posture and grip on the board.

Like the other accessories, the sandpaper of the skateboardis manufactured in different designs, patterns and colors, in order to satisfy the needs and tastes of skaters.

Although it may not seem like it, skateboard gripare essential for skateboarding; they provide the traction needed to keep your feet on the boardand, above all, to be able to execute difficult tricks and moves. Without the grip, skateboardingwould not be what it is today.

That's why there is currently a wide variety of grips with different degrees of attachment, that is to say, there are grips that offer greater support and retention compared to others. It all depends on the purpose and the modality that is practiced.

Now that you know the most important skateboarding accessories, it's time to personalize your board. At the Palm Isleskate shop in Saint-Lambert, you can find the best accessories for mounting your skateboard. This store has been a reference point for skateboarding for about fifteen years and is made up of a specialized team that will provide you with advice on buying skateboarding and longboarding equipment. The best thing is that from 150 Canadian dollars in purchases you will have free shipping.

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