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Streetlife Skates

Opp. Ventnor Terrace,

St.Ives,

Cornwall

TR26 1DU

 

Tel: 01736 798471

 

We are open Monday to Friday from 10am - 5pm

  

Please also see our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section at the top of this page.

 

Postage & Payment

We accept payment through Paypal, Nochex, Cheques, Postal Orders, Credit & Debit Cards or on collection from our Skate shop in St Ives, Cornwall.

If you are ordering more than one item, please see the section entitled Combined Postage at the top of this page.

We will dispatch your item as soon as payment is received and will email you to let you know that your order is on its way, however, please allow up to 3-4 days for delivery.

If you have any queries, please contact us on 01736 798471 between the hours of 10.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday or between the hours of 11.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday.

How to buy a Skateboard

 

This guide is mainly aimed at buying a pro / custom set up.  If you are a mum or dad looking to buy your child a skateboard, please have a look at the link below.  We have a few Mini Skateboards in there for smaller children too!!

 

Mini skateboards are normally 28" whereas full size skateboards are 31" in length.  Both sizes are suitable for children so it's up to you which size you go for. When buying for younger children they're usually more bothered about the picture on the deck!

 

Click here to see a range of suitable beginners skateboards

 

How to buy a Skateboard

 

Before you start looking, you need to know that there is a lot more to a skateboard than a piece of wood on four wheels.  A skateboard consists of lots of parts which all work together to give you an optimum ride.  The guide below should help you understand what each of the components do.

skateboard anatomy copy

 

Choosing the right Skateboard

 

The best way to choose the proper skateboard is to to think about your skateboard style of riding, your budget and where you skateboard (the terrain) as these will help choose which type of skateboard and components are right for you. 

 

Click here to see a range of suitable beginners skateboards

 

Click here to see a range of suitable intermediate skateboards

 

Click here to see a range of suitable advanced skateboards

Click here to see a range of skateboard longboards

 

 

How to buy the deck (board)

While each characteristic plays a role in overall deck feel, it is the combination of all these factors from which a buying decision is made.

 

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Materials: 

Wood:  The most common deck material is wood.  Almost all wood deck skateboards are made from Canadian Maple.  Each deck maker uses a varying number of plys (layers), usually no less than 5 and no more than 9.

Plastic:  Some less expensive skateboards utilise plastic for the deck.  While this material is cheaper and more durable than wood, it does not offer the same responsiveness.

Other materials:  More recent materials of skateboard design include aluminum and fiberglass/carbon composites.  These materials are being used to try to improve upon the durability of wood, while maintaining its characteristics (pop/responsiveness).

How to buy trucks

Size:  Size is determined purely by deck width (although some skaters prefer certain truck widths).  Most trucks range between 4.75 in and 5.5”.  A slightly wider truck will offer a more stable landing platform and shorter turning radius, but is heavier.  Certain trucks can be found up to 7 in. This size truck is strictly used in conjunction with longboards.

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Material:  Every truck is made from various versions of alloy metal (although some inexpensive skateboards use plastic).  Increasingly, truck manufacturers are experimenting with space age metals in their alloy, like titanium.  The goal is to maintain the strength of the truck while reducing the weight.  Trucks also incorporate a bushing, which is the mechanism by which a truck turns. These bushings are available in varying degrees of hardness, which affect the ease by which a skateboard turns.

Click here to see a range of trucks

  

How to buy wheels           

All skateboard wheels are made from polyurethane. However, the composition and color of skateboard wheels varies greatly.

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Click here to see a range of skateboard wheels 

Size: 

Small / Street:  Most common skateboard wheels are between 52 mm and 60 mm.  Smaller riders might find the small wheels to be lighter and easier to control, however, wheel size is very much a rider preference item

Large / Longboard:  Larger wheels (above 60 mm) are almost exclusive to longboards.  They are very fast and usually wider than smaller wheels

 

How to determine the size of your wheels

Size

Description

52-55MM

Good for many uses. Street, skate parks, bowls. Smaller riders.

56-60MM

Good for many uses. Street, skate parks, bowls, vert ramps. Bigger riders.

60+ MM

Specialty rides. Long boards, hill riding, dirt boards.

Hardness:

Hard / Street:  All street skateboard wheels are considerably hard. This hardness is rated in a measurement called durometer.  Any wheel over 90a is considered hard.  The harder the wheels, the more pop a skater can get, but the harder they land.

 

Soft / Longboard:  Large wheels are also usually soft wheels (less than 90a durometer).  The softness of these wheels creates a much smoother ride and offers more traction than a harder/smaller wheel.  These wheels are what allow a longboard skateboard to "surf" the earth.

 

How to determine the durometer of your wheels

Type

Description

87A

Cruiser riding, long boards, hill riding. Very rough surfaces.

95A

Street riding, rough surfaces, smooth, fast, and durable.

97A

All around street, skate park, ramp and pool. Smooth surfaces.

100A

Very hard with least grip. Not good on rough or too slick surfaces. Choice of many top pros.

 

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