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I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Ratskank » Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:57 pm

Hey all,
So after a week of trying to decide whether to go and buy a board (haven't skated for years, never did much back then either) I thought yup.
So searched eBay and found a guy selling an old Lush Bahari 49 incher for 45 quids, so today I braved the long long 3 and half hour journey from Norwich to Sheffield(nice thing to do on my day off with free travel) and got it.....
Yay!!
Now comes the hard part of having to ride the train and not the board back, another nearly 4 hours!!

Still am very pleased with myself for getting off my ass and doing it so figured I'd share with people who understand my craziness, the wife thinks (knows) I'm bonkers!!
(AW)
So when I do finally get to ride this HUGELY longboard, any tips for an absolute beginner?
Also anyone longboard in Norwich at all?
I'm new to the city so I have little idea of where to take it......
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Bogey » Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:29 pm

Welcome aboard. Get back to Sheffield as the hills are great there would be my advice. It's called seven hills you know.
My tips would be start small , keep your front foot on the truck bolts and get some pads and helmet on.


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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby reckless toboggan » Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:42 pm

Tips:

1. Post pictures of your new gear. 8-)

2. What Bogey said: lots of small steps. Push around and get used to the board, and trucks with different tightnesses, before you go bombing any hills. When you do decide to get into hills, pick something that is considerably more mellow that you think you want. It's amazing how fast you can pick up speed on a hill that doesn't even really register as a hill in your mind, especially if you don't know how to dump speed yet.

3. Skate as often as you can, but don't go so long that you get tired and sloppy, as that is the best recipe for hurting yourself and then needing to take time of to recover.

4. Try to call it quits when your tired but still skating well. That way you end on a positive note, and can pick up the next day without injury.

Disclaimer: I've learned all this the hard way, and this series of steps/advice is working for me. Take it with a grain of salt as everyone is different.
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Ratskank » Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:43 pm

Cheers guys,
I don't think I'm ready for the hills of Sheffield yet!! :shock:
Had a gentle skate home by the river though, was great...
Nice and flat for the most part so just pushing and starting to carve a bit, was a 10 min skate at most but felt Brilliant.

I bought pads too, got a triple 8 set from roller derby shop that I found on my wander round Sheffield, gonna get some slide gloves too, might have to wait till payday for them though.

Will post pics once I work out how to get them to a suitable size, it keeps telling me they're not allowed, too big!
Guess that's cos it's 4ft long :lol: :lol:

The trucks are OK, not the best for sure, and bearings will definitely need replacing, but will wait until I get the hang of it a bit more before I make it faster!!!
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Ratskank » Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:30 pm

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Hopefully this'll work......
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Ratskank » Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:34 pm

Not sure how to attach more than one at a time still getting used to these things...
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Ratskank » Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:37 pm

Got it! %$
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby GoR64 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:18 pm

That is a looooong board!

I wouldn't worry too much about slides for now, but that'd make a great dancer and probably good up to around 25-30mph. Looks loads of fun, wish I had space for a nice big cruisey setup.

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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby reckless toboggan » Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:21 am

It's hudge!


(That's what she said.)
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Ratskank » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:45 am

reckless toboggan wrote:It's hudge!


(That's what she said.)


:x
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby reckless toboggan » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:17 pm

Ratskank wrote:
reckless toboggan wrote:It's hudge!


(That's what she said.)


:x

Angry face? With a name like ratskank?


Okay then.


Sorry. Didn't mean to offend.
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Ratskank » Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:14 pm

:x[/quote]
Angry face? With a name like ratskank?


Okay then.


Sorry. Didn't mean to offend.[/quote]

:X) Must of pressed the wrong button (that's also what she says :@~ )

Am new to this forum malarkey too....
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Ratskank » Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:18 pm

I did go for a nice skate today!
Took it easy and padded up, got some nice carving going on down a gentle hill by the river, spent a good hour or so out on the board, was a great feeling.
Think the trucks might need some maintenance, so off for a YouTube wormhole of how to do things....

Cheers for the advice peeps,
And Reckless toboggan, no offence taken ever!
You have to really try to even mildly offend me....yes that is a challenge :shock:
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby micke » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:03 pm

There is one slide that is good to master. The shut-down slide. If things trouble up.

I think a Coleman is the most simple one. Look it up on YouTube.

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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Ratskank » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:54 pm

Will do. Cheers Micke, I have watched vids of how to slide but am not quite up for trying it yet...tried and failed at footbraking today....yeah
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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby reckless toboggan » Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:57 am

Ratskank wrote:And Reckless toboggan, no offence taken ever!
You have to really try to even mildly offend me....yes that is a challenge :shock:


Challenge accepted ya daffy git.

;p

Glad you had a good day out getting to know your new rig.

All about the little steps if ya want to stay healthy and skating for a long time to come. And good to hear you were padded up...

I've been on a few long boards in my time. Nothing at the 4 foot length...but generally speaking, the longer they are, the more stable they are.

I shudder to think of the speeds and the consequences I'd face getting that yacht up to full operating capacity.

Looks like a sweet ride though...



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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby micke » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:01 am

Ratskank wrote:Will do. Cheers Micke, I have watched vids of how to slide but am not quite up for trying it yet...tried and failed at footbraking today....yeah

Footbreaking is a good skill.

When sliding, wear slide-gloves. Preferably, build your own to get that ghetto touch.


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Re: I stopped thinking and did it!

Postby Mr J » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:35 am

reckless toboggan wrote:Tips:

...
3. Skate as often as you can, but don't go so long that you get tired and sloppy, as that is the best recipe for hurting yourself and then needing to take time of to recover.

4. Try to call it quits when your tired but still skating well. That way you end on a positive note, and can pick up the next day without injury.

Disclaimer: I've learned all this the hard way, and this series of steps/advice is working for me. Take it with a grain of salt as everyone is different.


Yes, everyone is different e.g. I like skating on my own. However, your points 3 and 4 is exactly the approach I take. An extension to your point 4 is that when I'm learning a new trick and only just got it with a poor success rate, once I have landed just a few of them in a session I move on to something else because to keep repeating it might lead to a series of failures with no more success for that session. This would leave me frustrated and I think that I would have spent extra time burning incorrect technique into my muscle memory.
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