As a beginner skateboarder, you can go to a department store and buy the very first cheap skateboard you see, but there is a big chance you might not enjoy it as much as possible. Wheels do not turn well, trucks are crappy. That will not be a good start.
To start off right and enjoy skateboarding in the start, buy a good quality board. This doesn’t mean that you have to get the most expensive skateboard out there, no, there’s a midway. Skateboards between 50 and 100 bucks are good for beginners and will have well-made wheels and trucks and can easily turn.
54-56mm is the standard wheel size for street skateboarders. If you are only looking for a cruiser skateboard you may want to consider 58mm or larger wheels. The larger the wheels, the smoother you will cruise, the less likely you’ll feel rocks or cracks.
Bearings are the tiny rings that go in the wheels. This makes your wheel turn. ABEC stands for Annular Bearing Engineers’ Committee, and is the American Way of rating the accuracy and tolerance. The higher an ABEC rating, the more accurate and precise the bearing is. Most skateboards have Abec5 or Abec7 bearings.
Kids can ride a skateboard that is known as a”miniature” skateboard. These are generally skateboards that are 7.5″ wide or less. Skateboards are mainly measured in their widths rather than their length. Many skateboards are about 28″-32″ long.
A deck of the skateboard is most frequently made from hard rock maple and contains 7 plies of wood. The higher the ply the heavier the board will be. 7 ply is ideal for beginners. When you are just beginning and need to settle on a skateboard, it’s ideal to buy a complete skateboard. There are several decks out there, but then you will need to know what to get to make a complete skateboard: bearings, griptape, trucks and wheels. That may be too overwhelming. Many shops have already chosen a good combination (installation ) for one to make it easy. When you get to know your skateboard and would like to upgrade, it is much easier to choose different wheels and trucks at that time.
Some gear tips before you begin or Search for a new skateboard:
*Bearings: look for abec5 – rated
*Board: go for – 7+ ply deck
*Kids boards: go for 7.25″ – 7.5″ or less
*Smoother ride: select soft and large wheels
*Board for suggestions: choose tougher and small wheels