As a beginner skateboarder, you can go to a department store and buy the first cheap skateboard you see, but there’s a good chance you won’t enjoy it as much as you could. The wheels don’t turn right, the trucks are horrible. That will not be a good start.
To get off to a good start and enjoy skating right from the start, buy a good quality board. This does not mean that you have to buy the most expensive skateboard out there, no, there is a half way. Skateboards between $50 and $100 are good for beginners and will have well-made wheels and trucks and can turn easily.
54-56mm is the normal wheel size for street skaters. If you’re just looking for a cruiser skateboard, you might want to consider 58mm or larger wheels. The larger the wheels, the smoother the ride and the less likely you are to feel rocks or cracks.
The bearings are the small rings that go inside the wheels. This makes your wheel spin. The bearings come in Abec3, Abec5 and Abec7 and Abec9. ABEC stands for Annular Bearing Engineers’ Committee and is the American method for classifying accuracy and tolerance. The higher the ABEC rating, the more accurate and precise the bearing will be. Most skateboards have Abec5 or Abec7 bearings.
Children can ride a skateboard called a “mini” skateboard. These are typically skateboards that are 7.5″ wide or less. Skateboards are measured primarily by width and not length. Most skateboards are between 28″ and 32″ long.
The skateboard deck is usually made of hard rock maple and has 7 layers of wood. The higher the ply, the heavier the board. 7 layers is perfect for beginners. When you are a beginner and need to choose a skateboard, it is best to buy a complete skateboard. There are plenty of boards out there, but then you need to know what to get to make a complete skateboard: bearings, grip tape, trucks, and wheels. That could be too overwhelming. Many stores have already chosen a good combination (setup) for you to make it easy. When you know your skateboard and want to upgrade it, it’s much easier to choose different wheels and trucks right then and there.
Some gear tips before you start or look for a new skateboard:
*Bearings: look for abec5 – nominal
*Board: opt for a platform of more than 7 layers
*Kid boards: choose 7.25″ – 7.5″ or smaller
*Smoother ride: choose soft and big wheels
*Trick board – choose harder and smaller wheels
*Always wear a helmet and safety equipment
Pick your board, go shred and have fun!