11/12/2009

Snowboard to Longboard

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The board is completed. I fitted my old truck with brand new wheels and bearings. This Abec3 Retro wheels are 75mm diameter and 78A.
And how about the flex ? I must admit that the tail too flexy but by positionning the rear foot near the truck, it would not be a big problem. So global flex of the board provides a smooth ride, very apreciable while cruising even on rought surfaces. The soft wheels (78A!) would not slide as well as I am not a hard rider !
As a conclusion, I can say that I am fond of this feeling, a bit like snowboarding !
I am looking forward for my next projet ! I plan to keep the strenght of the snowboard the next design will be more symetrical, cutting the board nose and tail. An other approach, I wanted the first one with a kick tail... So if you have a cool board who seems to be dead. I would be happy to cut it for my next project !

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18/11/2009

Snowboard to Longboard

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I always wanted a cool skate for cruising with my children. As true longboards are a bit expensive for my family budget, I planned to cut out one from an used snowboard. In a first time, I brought a board from a young girl. But when I wanted to test the flex by simulating a 70cm wheelbase with 2 bottles, the board gently inflected to the floor ! Hum... As I do not plan to make a "boardscappers" club, I had to forget this projet for a while...
I found this stiffer board at a local swapmeet. The flex should be pretty cool for this project, I feel... I found some big Retro wheel on Ebay. So, I stuck some paper tape and I drew a sketch of the shape. Note the room made to prevent a dangerous "wheel bite". 100x22cm, Wheel base 75cm. It should be nice don't you think ?

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