The Penny board is undoubtedly a good board for skateboarders. However, there are still question about whether you should choose it as a beginner skateboard.
Generally speaking, the majority of beginners don’t choose Penny cruiser boards as their first skateboard. Still, from my experiences as a skateboarder who’ve been riding on different types on board for a long time, I believe that it all comes down to personal preferences.
That’s being said, this post will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of Penny boards and help decide if you should buy it or not.
What are Penny boards?
The term “Penny” originated directly from the brand that first introduces this line of products to the market, the Penny Skateboards. Although it was specifically used for their new plastic skateboard products, the name Penny board was generalized for all other plastic skateboards due to the popularity of Penny boards.
If you take a closer look at skateboard bearings, you will notice there are lots of small parts inside them too. Though these parts a small, yet they play an important role in term of speed.
In general, bearings are the round metal pieces that connect your wheels with the skateboard’s axles. Also when you buy bearings, the measurements are usually 8mm for the core, 22mm for the diameter, and 7mm of thickness.
Now, let’s discuss further on what type of bearings fit for you!
Choosing best bearings for beginners:
Should I buy the ceramic or metal bearings?
The answer depends on your expectation and budget:
Ceramic bearings are lighter and smoother to spin since they have ceramic balls inside.
These ceramic balls won’t be easily affected by dirt and moisture. Some ceramic bearings don’t even require to have oil or lubricant to work well.
These ceramic balls are tougher and more reliable compared to steel balls. Hence, you don’t need to worry about frequent maintenance and cleaning. They also can absorb more heat as the bearings spin along with the wheels.
This is the reason why professional skateboarders pay the premium price to have a set of ceramic bearings.
For example, Bones bearings are definitely one of my favorite brands!
Since not every beginner is wealthy, owning a set of steel bearings is your alternative. In fact, you won’t notice how different they feel while skating! Only time may tell though.
On that note, let’s check out what steel bearings have to offer:
Steel bearings are definitely more accessible and affordable than their ceramic brothers. Though they won’t last long and quite susceptible to moisture. These bearings are just right for any beginners.
I highly advise you guys to try steel bearings first when just getting started with skateboarding. Then, you can feel the difference with the ceramic ones later on.
Just like tasting chocolate and vanilla ice cream!
They are both your top picks, but you know what you prefer once tasting both favors.
Steel bearings, on the downside, need to clean frequently as you use your skateboard. As you might aware, these type of bearings also less resistant to heat and friction. So their life span is shorter than those ceramic bearings, obviously!
Our post consists of all the best tricks that you can learn to perform on your skates. You can practice them anytime to improve your skills as well as make you look cooler in the eyes of others.
To start with, let’s assume that you’ve known all the basic moves on your new pair of skates and can ride on them comfortably. But if you haven’t, you might want to take a look at some basic guides, just for your own good.
Now, let’s take a look at our top 10 rollerblade tricks.
This is one of the most basic tricks that you need to master when practicing skating. It’s also a simple exercise to strengthen your leg, once you’ve mastered it, your movements will be a lot faster.
You should first practice one-legged skating by resting one of your hands on the barrier while keeping the other hand straight to propel yourself. Raise one foot in the air facing backward, you can vary the position to which you’re most comfortable with. Use the arms on the barrier to help you move around and release it once you feel ready, try doing this until you achieve good balance on one leg.