Originally Posted by comprex
2 miles to metro is just not enough to justify leaving a bike there. Inlines imply a change of shoes. So , I'm thinking, why not a skateboard?
- 2 miles includes one significant hill with blind stop sign at bottom
- pavement is absolutely creamy perfect in spots, and almost gravel in others
- zero longboard experience
- office footwear
As you know I've dusted off the old boards and am building a reissue retro deck with old parts via eBay.
Riding it has really reminded me how off my balance has become over the years. I'm sure that riding boards will help my ski legs come winter as much as anything.
:I'm toying with the idea of bringing a board to work to ride around on my lunch break. But, I haven't gutted up enough cause I'm a vendor and would rather not be the first person to do something questionable. Blades, skates, or bikes no one bats an eye.. But I have a feeling a board would get very mixed reactions. I'm sure some managers would think it was too edgy somehow cause that's how they are.
: I've seen a lot of demand for retro boards and parts lately. As soon as someone else at my office breaks the ice I'll definately bring the board.
I'm using Red or Yellow Krytonics 65mm Skate wheels ( I think they are roller skate wheels, but not absolutely sure) cause they are made of the same urethene and ride very well on gravel but cheaper than the real deal. So I don't bat an eye chewing them up on gravel and they still sing on good smoothe asphalt. I still have "good wheels" to mount up should I get to go ride somewhere nice.
I ordered some Vans shoes (the suede ones with matching colored rubber around the sides of the bottom). I got one air in black and one in brown. They almost qualify as business casual. Heck, if folks are gonna wear Sketchers then why not leather Vans?
Big hill with abrupt blind ending:
I used to be able to ride with one foot on the board and the other dragging along the street to control speed in situations like that. Until I could get in better shape though I'd probably walk most of it.
Whatever you do:
Post some pics of your board if you decide to get one/build one. I know this is a skiing forum, but the only reason I ever skated is to pass time in the summer and stay in shape for skiing.