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Commuter....skateboard?

post #1 of 8
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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?


Considerations:
- 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

Suggestions?
post #2 of 8
Cool factor of a longboard is pretty high, but if you're gonna change your shoes anyway then inlines sound like a much more efficient way to go to me.

I don't have any longboard experience either. Seems like a 90 degree slide to slow or stop would be a tricky manoeuver but I guess it would be like anything else, you practice 'til you got it....then you got it.
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
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?


Considerations:
- 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

Suggestions?
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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.

Inconsistant surface:

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.


Footwear:

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:
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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.
post #4 of 8
Freeline skates?

http://www.freelineskates.com/

The Wave?

http://www.streetsurfing.com/us/

Recently saw both in action. Odd conveyances but seem to generate forward momentum better than a skateboard. Skateboards are cool for tricks, but don't seem that good for going from point A to point B. I have never tried Freeline or The Wave, and I never learned to skateboard either...
post #5 of 8
^^^Those both look like pretty interesting balance tools
post #6 of 8
I used to use a G&S Fibreflex SL board to get around, that set up with 80mm wheels was damn fast for the times. I'd imagine a new Longboard might be of the same feel now.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I used to use a G&S Fibreflex SL board to get around, that set up with 80mm wheels was damn fast for the times. I'd imagine a new Longboard might be of the same feel now.
Those were pretty sweet. Slalom never really caught on in my hood, but I did think the boards were cool


I has one of those G&S Fibreflex freestyle boards, about 26" maybe,not sure what the model name was. I got it cheap cause the tail was delaming. I shot some epoxy in it and clamped it overnight, never a problem
This could be the actual one I had?

Here is a nice used and useable original 1970s G&S Fibreflex skateboard deck. Quite unsual color combination cream/beige top and red underside. 26.5" long and 6.5" wide. Small delam/split reapair to tail (see pic). Fibreflex logo a bit worn, I will include a repro sticker so that you can tidy it up if you wish.
Thanks for looking. Shipping to USA $35, other countries at cost.
post #8 of 8
Here's what I ended up with. See post 34:
For The Retro Skateboard Crowd
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