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Skateboard Building & Maintenance

Look through these for instructions on building a board, maintaining your board, and upgrading.

Buying the Right Skateboard for You
Buying the right skateboard for you can be a tough choice. While buying the right skateboard is not the hardest decision you'll ever have to make, it can sure feel like it to a new skateboarder! With how much skateboards can cost, plus with the huge amount of selection, finding the right skateboard for you is tough. Should I buy a complete skateboard, or build my own skateboard? Read this guide to buying the right skateboard for me for some help!

Top 10 Skateboard Truck Brands
Here's a list of the best skateboard truck brands. Trucks can be expensive, and picking out the right set of skate trucks can seem tough. But, if you get a pair of trucks off of this list, you should be good - these are definitely not all of the skateboarding truck companies out there, but instead a selection of the best skateboarding trucks on the market.

Top 10 Skateboard Deck Brands
Top 10 Skateboard Deck Brands - Skateboard decks come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and picking out the right one for you can be confusing. This list is to help you pick out a brand you can trust, and that's right for you. This list isn't in any particular order - all of these brands are good. Read this list for help in picking a skateboard deck.

Buying a Pro Grade Skateboard Step by Step
These instructions walk you through buying all the parts of your skateboard, and even help you with differentiating between buying skateboard parts for riding street, vert, parks, cruising and all terrain skateboarding. Build the perfect skateboard for you!

How To Replace Skateboard Bushings
Replacing skateboard bushings is a piece of cake - and should be done from time to time. Bushings are the little rubber rings inside skateboard trucks (see photo). Skateboarding puts a lot of wear on your bushings. They can lose their spring, and your board will end up always turning in a certain direction, or simply losing performance. Read more about how to replace your skateboard bearings, how to disassemble your skateboard trucks, and how to reassemble your skateboard trucks.

How To Remove Skateboard Trucks Instructions
Removing skateboard trucks is easy and simple - just follow these step by step instructions on how to remove skateboard trucks. First, you need the right tools for removing skateboard trucks from your skateboard - a skateboard tool, or a socket wrench and a Phillips head screwdriver will usually work for removing your skateboard trucks - to find out more, read these instructions for how to remove your skateboard trucks from your skateboard.

How To Remove Skateboard Bearings
How To Remove Skateboard Bearings - taking out skateboarding bearings is easier than it may seem - follow these simple step by step instructions for removing skateboard bearings, and see for yourself. Take out your own skateboarding bearings without destroying the bearings - important for cleaning your bearings and skateboard maintenance! Read more.

How To Clean Skateboard Bearings
How To Clean Skateboard Bearings - I'm going to show you the fast, simple and easy way to clean your skateboard bearings. Use this method if your bearings are a little dirty, or just haven't been cleaned in a long time. Cleaning your skateboard bearings like this from time to time will increase your bearing's lifespan, and improve your skateboarding experience (you'll have more fun!).

How To Replace Skateboard Bearings
Replacing your skateboard bearings, installing new skateboard bearings, and putting your cleaned skateboard bearings back on can be quick and easy, once you know the tricks. Read though these simple step by step instructions to find out how to replace your skateboard bearings.

How To Apply Grip Tape to a Skateboard Deck
Step by step instructions on applying grip tape to your skateboard deck. Instructions on what tools to use when putting grip tape on a skateboard, how to cut the griptape, and how to make the grip tape design look great. Grip taping a skateboard at home is easy, and you can try your own patterns and designs. Learn how to griptape a skateboard with these easy instructions.

Complete Skateboard Buying Guide
Read this guide to get help with buying the perfect complete skateboard for you. The guide works for beginner skaters of any age, and gives helpful advice and suggestions on complete skateboards to buy.

Buying Skateboards for Kids
Buying a new skateboard for your child for Christmas or a birthday? It can be tough to know exactly what to buy - the terms can be confusing, and the process more complicated than it needs to be. Read this guide for help and advice.

New Skate Gear Videos
Reading about skateboarding gear can be helpful, but sometimes you just need to see what I'm talking about. Here at About.com, we have a steady stream of videos being produced to help you, the skater, get the most out of your skateboarding. This hub is for videos featuring skateboarding gear! All of these videos are free to watch, and well made!

How to Take Care of a New Skateboard
A reader named Jayden wrote in recently, "Hi Steve, I was reading one of your articles on what kind of skateboard to get for beginners and I wanted to ask for some advice or tips on what you should and shouldn't do to keep your board in relatively good condition." Taking care of your skateboard is a great idea. Too many skaters ride their board ... read more!

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