Rides By on May 26, 2014
Legs, they’re so yesterday. Cars, electric bikes, people movers, all designed to replace the need to move our lower limbs. Same with electric skateboards. Whereas you might need to propel yourself every 20 feet now, you’ll have the option to do it much less with electric skateboards. Consider the Marbel. The makers bill it as the world’s lightest electric skateboard, weighing in at a not-so-pudgy 9.9 pounds. It runs on lithium-ion batteries and hits a rather quick, 20 mph uphill, and a total run of 10 miles.
They also use kevlar and carbon fiber construction, so durability won’t be an issue. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, nor the cheapest. It’s currently in the crowdfunding stage, and you can get in $1,200 right now. So, if you hate the idea of striking your foot down on the pavement every couple of seconds, this just might be the answer.
What Materials Are Trucks Made From?
Skateboard Trucks are made from aircraft-grade T6 aluminum alloy; the axles are made of high tensile SAE 4130 Chromoly alloy steel. Most of the time, distinguishing a cheaper truck from an expensive truck might require some measure of experience; this is why I recommend you to choose the best skateboard wheels manufactured by reputable brands.
Cheaper trucks are manufactures with low-grade cast materials that are well polished to give them an attractive appearance. As the adage goes, “you can put lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t change its nature.” The bushing and pivot give off a horrible experience. Additionally, if you’re a fan of tricks and stunts, be rest assure that this trucks won’t exceed a month.
Rides By on May 13, 2014
Skateboards still rule as a means of transportation, but maybe you want to class it up son. Enter Salt Skateboards ($220). 100% walnut top and bottom veneers with a middle layer of maple, it’s a durable skateboard sandwich of top-shelf wood. The top features clear grip tape, while the kick tail gives more control when shredding. To the extreme! Don’t do any serious grindage on these, lest you ruin a fine, fine board.
Rides By on Feb 18, 2014
The words, quilted and skateboards, no one thought they’d ever go together. British designer Casely-Hayford and leather makers H by Harris thought otherwise. This isn’t a board for the streets, it’s a board to decorate the walls at home. More like art. Translucent wheels, steel trucks and a stitched logo at the center set this piece off. Find the Casely-Hayford x H by Harris Quilted Leather Skateboards here.
Rides By on Jul 31, 2013
The bad guys in Scooby Doo always relied on a handful of gimmicks when they tried to scare away the meddling kids: costumes, holograms, and those paintings on the wall with the moving eyeballs. Well now you can add skateboards to the list as riding the Sunset Ghost ($100) at night will surely freak out a few people. The deck is made of crystal clear polycarbonate, letting you see straight to the ground and giving the illusion that you’re kinda floating through the air. Plus the signature Flare LED wheels take the board into near-Daphne sexy territory. Zoinks!
Rides By on Jun 20, 2013
The electric scooter gets a serious style upgrade with the new Scrooser ($3,950). You can stand or sit on it, and the power that comes from your traditional scooter kicks to the ground are amplified by the direct-drive 1,000-watt electric motor. When a burst of speed of at least 2 mph is generated by the rider, the motor delivers its own boost of four times the power. The maximum speed is 15 mph, and the juice is generated by a removable 48-volt/20-Ah lithium-ion battery pack. Besides the fat — um, sorry — pleasantly plump tires, there’s also integrated LED daytime running lights and a steel cable lock built into the frame.
Rides By on Sep 20, 2012
If you’ve ever stepped in gum, you know it takes a dozen or so attempts to scrape it off on a curb. Problem is, once you do all that, you’re exhausted. That means no energy for skateboarding home. And that means becoming homeless. Avoid the hobo life with this 2.6 horsepower Boosted Boards longboard ($1,200). Two little motors fueled by a rechargeable battery carry you and your beleaguered limbs for up to 6 miles. The wireless remote does require you muster up the energy to push a button though–you’ve been warned.
Gear By on Jun 12, 2012
Freaking Kate Upton… goddamn she’s hot! So hot that it’s worth the risk of slamming neck-first into a just-opened car door because you were looking down at her lovely vision on your Skate Upton skateboard deck. Yes, now you can do your grinds, ollies, and peppercorn pudding pops* with one of the world’s foremost beauties underneath your feet–where they all should be, btw.
*Not a real move (yet)
Rides By on Apr 10, 2012
Unless you really get cracking on that time machine, your best bet at owning a 70’s era skateboard is right here. The limited edition James Pearse skateboard is modeled after the classic decks of yesteryear and they’re handcrafted from select solid walnut planks and accented with solid wenge strips for added stability. High-performance trucks and wide polyurethane wheels keep the vibe all lava lampy. Pearse’s pedigree is pure So-Cal artist, and these boards show it.