Hi all - been a while since I posted anything.
This is not so much an instructable as a concept that allows me to ride rough and smooth ground where I live, using landpaddle technique and longboard pumping.
Where I live the paths and roads are either beautiful or rough as crap - and I hate carrying my board any more than I have too - it's all about the ride - I don't bother with tricks so it's all about the cruisin, this simple solution allows me to keep on going when others are walking.
See what ya think - might work where you live too.
Oh - I know she is butt ugly but it was a compromise - we do what we can.
Step 1: Wheels N Trucks
First picture is of my Seismic trucks - ceramic bearings are top and bottom, wicked fast and super smooth pumping, Vault Fudge 65mm 82a wheels - the only duro that works where I live, I have tried about £200 quids worth of investigation into the right hardness - hard was way!! to hard - soft was way!! to sticky and hard work.
Second picture is of what I call my transporter wheels - they get me over the rough without stopping but they are not very cool - - - 100mm blank Yaks 82a hard with generic trucks set up for carving and pumping.
Step 2: Pumping Setup
None of my boards have front springs or if they have bushings they are custom turned to be really soft and floaty giving a real surf feel and allowing the rider to make full use of the stroke of the truck - you will see loads of Youtube vids saying ya need a soft front end "with a high rebound" - not so, my pumping setups use no springs and these babies pump like they are on glass.
Back springs on my Seismics are Yellow mid hardness.
Step 3: Trim Your Bush - If Ya Want
For the transporter trucks I would have had no bushings if I could have but to get what I wanted feel wise I turned down a mid soft set so that the truck is stable but the float is very!! light - this was mainly done for tighter turning than pumping as these wheels run a little slower and are a bit more work than my Vaults - that being said, all the young guys in our block now have my turned bushes on their boards as they love the turning and ride it provides.
Step 4: Board Yet?
The great thing about cruising was that I did not need the strength of a normal skateboard used for tricks - the weight is right up against the trucks and there is no jumping off and on ( as in flips etc ) so the load is constant except for going up/down curbs, the wood was a beautiful bit of pine ( I think by the looks of it ) that a neighbor had discarded.
Width was made to the size of my foot - this gives really great control of the turns with no effort at all allowing for deep sweeps left and right.
Step 5: Aaaaahhhh Nuts
Yup - just like it says.
My first idea was to use nylon wing nuts to change my wheels as needed - - ride into town on the transporters, then change to the Vaults when things got smoooooth - this would keep the board single sided but it is just typical that when I am out exploring the town there is always some big drop or lumpy black top trying to throw ya off or drag down ya speed so double trucks it was - - the road gets rough, just flip her over, no worries.
I kinda like the wing nut look and the colour complimented the green wheels so I kept them.