7 Simple Longboard Hacks

By: Billy James | April 16, 2021 | Longboards

These simple longboard hacks will help make your life a little easier.

7. Griptape Cleaner

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When I was younger, I would buy this at my local skate shop (which doesn’t exist anymore – RIP) and it was called grip gum. It’s super simple to use, you just make sure that the dirt on your griptape is dried up and you use this rubber bar just like an eraser. Some dirt patches can be stubborn and it’ll take a while to get off.

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6. Griptape Bubbles

Since we started out on the griptape the next little tip or hack is if you install grip tape (especially if you’re a beginner) there’s a high chance you’ll get some bubbles. Instead of trying to push the bubble toward the edge, take a razor blade or something pointy and pop a hole through the bubble. Then apply some pressure with your fingers and the bubble is gone.

I know, common sense, right? But I learned this one way too late in my skate journey.

5. Bearings Removal

Say you want to swap out your bearings out, clean them, whatever you wanna do. If you don’t have a tool, you don’t wanna spend the money, I always use the truck axle. And what I mean by that is you thread your truck axle slightly past the bearing, and pry the wheel sideways. Sometimes they’ll come right out and other times it takes a little finessing.

4. Bearings Cleaner Kit

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And since we’re talking about bearings, it’s always a good idea to do regular maintenance on them.

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I recently bought this Bones cleaner kit, which came with this cleaning bottle, their speed cream, and a set of their bearings. Although you can easily make one of these bottles yourself, you don’t need to spend money on this kit. There are a bunch of videos out there that’ll show you how to clean your bearings.

3. Truck Axle Safe

If you’re swapping out your wheels with different bearings, spacers, and speed rings, a super straightforward hack is to just thread them onto your truck axle and put the nut on so you don’t lose them.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put my speed rings on the carpet next to me and boom, it’s gone forever. We’ve all been there, right?

2. Experiment w/ Bushings

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This one is geared towards longboarding and what I’ve recently been experimenting with. Swap out your bushings and use a different hardness in the front truck versus the back truck. You’ll find that you can get a more responsive, carvey-feel. It’s almost similar to a surfskate just obviously not as aggressive.

Bottom line, don’t be afraid to start experimenting with different bushings.

1. Bushings Squeak

We’ve all had our setups squeak while riding, and if you haven’t you’re most likely going to run into this issue. My last simple hack would be to use some sort of wax on your bushings, trucks, and pivoting cup. You can use soap but it won’t last as long compared to wax. This is probably one of the most common issues for beginners when they get a new board and it’s a simple fix.

Billy James

I've been skating for over 20 years and it's had an incredibly positive impact on my mental health. My mission is to show the world the power of cruising and carving.

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