Skating Hardware and Accessories

Skating is a popular pastime with millions of people all around the world. In order to skate you will need to own several items of skating hardware. This article takes a look at some of the most common types of skating hardware and accessories that are currently available on the market.

Decks

A skateboard deck is that main part of a skateboard, while the kicktails are the upward bent tips of the edge of the deck. Skateboard decks are available is a variety of sizes, but most are from 7 to 10.5 inches in width, and between 28 and 33 inches in length.

They are available in a huge range of designs, so that you can pick a deck that complements your personal style.

Trucks

Trucks are metal devices which are designed to be attached onto the underside of the deck. The truck is composed of a baseplate, and axle and a hanger, and it also has bushings which cushion the device to allow it to turn smoothly. A bolt called the kingpin holds all of these parts together.

Trucks are available in a range of sizes, the size that you choose should depend on the shape and size of the deck that you plan to fit it onto.

Wheels

The skateboard wheels are attached onto the trucks. Skateboard wheels come in all different colours, so that you can choose a style of wheel that goes with the deck.

Bearings

The wheels are mounted onto the truck’s axle with bearings. Bearings typically come in an industry standard size. They are also graded with the ABEC scale according to their tolerance level.

Apparel, Footwear and Accessories

Having the right clothing is essential for expressing your love for skating. There are a variety of shirts, hoodies, crewnecks, jackets, shorts, pants, jeans, t-shirts and caps that are available to purchase. Many of the pro skaters will be sponsored by some of the leading skate apparel brands.

Skating footwear not only looks great, but it will adequately support the feet and allow you to skate with ease.

You can pick and choose accessories to complement your deck and your personal style. Accessories include belts, bags, watches, sunglasses, bracelets, socks and iPhone covers. DVDs featuring your favourite skating legends and moments are also available.

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