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Riding Techniques (3851 Posts)
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Hotwheels gun
On 3/25/2007 Ryan wrote in from United States  (75.84.nnn.nnn)

email me to talk about it (ryanredbaron@gmail.com)

Hotwheels radar gun:

I have it... it works... it was only 30 bucks and tells the speed withing 4%. If you dont have friends who can sit on the side of the road and time you, you as the boarder yourself can use it. Just follow something like a stationary car next to you with it and it tells you your speed. Believe me it works... everyone should own one!! btw can someone tell me whats the bst body position for 30+? like crouched and hands behind back? please email the answer to me!! thanks

RYan

 
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re: Jayson
On 3/25/2007 oldmanskates wrote in from United States  (68.116.nnn.nnn)

Jayson, go to www.about.com and search 'skateboarding'. Sounds like a cheesy suggestion but Steve Cave is a great guy and explains many topics well there including ollies.

 
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Re: him
On 3/25/2007 oldmanskates wrote in from United States  (68.116.nnn.nnn)

him, Sorry I was just jabbing you a bit in fun. I imagined someone running every downhill deck at speed, checking for stability and it seemed funny to me. Maybe that'd be good though? Too many variables though; equipment, surface, the rider, preference. I agree, I'd rather be on a stiff flex deck over 30mph. The new HellCat is sik by the way.

 
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balanceing
On 3/24/2007 Jayson wrote in from United States  (74.227.nnn.nnn)

im having trouple balancing goin down wile hills adn my foot placement needs help.... me also im havin trouble ollieing can som please help me on this?

 
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Re: oldmanskates
On 3/15/2007 him wrote in from United States  (68.193.nnn.nnn)

Oh! no I haven't been over forty. I have been into the mid thirties and found things to twitchy for my liking.

 
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Re: oldmanskates
On 3/15/2007 him wrote in from United States  (68.193.nnn.nnn)

I think vision skateboards makes a speedometer (not exatly sure, I have a chase car to clock speeds.does the Hot Wheels radar gun work at higher speeds?) that is mounted above the front truck. the cords go down and around the hanger or something and the magnet that it reads is drilled into the wheel.

I have used boards that have a camber and have droped and dewedged trucks.

I'm not sure what a 'speed-rating' is.

I just think that stiffer boards are better for downhill because when I'm footbraking I don't really like feeling flex under my standing foot when only one leg is steering. Maybe thats just me, I don't know what you prefer.

"promotion for down-hill skateboarding here"

 
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For HIM
On 3/14/2007 oldmanskates wrote in from United States  (68.116.nnn.nnn)

HIM, Where do you get these 'speed ratings' for decks and who conducts those testings? Have you been over 40mph on a dropcarve and where do you have your speedometer mounted?

 
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powerslides
On 3/14/2007 oldmanskates wrote in from United States  (68.116.nnn.nnn)

Always lots of "How To" questions with the many sarcastic ones as well (you guys are sooo funny, HA-HA, yay ;) Go to the Cliff Coleman Q&A section in this forum site.
Coleman slides: http://skateboard.about.com/od/boardscience/ss/HowToColeman_2.htm
Also for instruct with video:
http://www.outdoorjapan.com/activities/longboarding/trix/longboarding-trix-main.html

 
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powerslides
On 3/10/2007 notabletodopowerslides wrote in from Canada  (24.68.nnn.nnn)

can someone tell me how?

 
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Ollie
On 2/27/2007 Sven wrote in from United States  (75.68.nnn.nnn)

Not entirely a longboarding kind of thing, but, whatever.
Ollie:
1) rear foot on tail, not on center, but slightly offset behind you, barely barely barely
2) front foot behind front trucks
3) slam the tail and nearly at the same time drag your front foot up the board to the nose.
4) level your self out
5) repeat repeat repeat repeat until you got it solid.
I recommend starting first on dry grass, because it doesn't hurt much to fall on that, then start on a flat piece of asphalt, without cars. Once you have really got ollieing WITHOUT moving, try them while moving

 
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ollie
On 2/19/2007 Ty wrote in from United States  (207.69.nnn.nnn)

can anyone tell me how to do an ollie??

 
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Foot braking
On 1/19/2007 nelsonn wrote in from United States  (67.185.nnn.nnn)

I pretty much have the stand up footbrake dialed in at lower speeds, but I was wondering about the crouched, grabbing the sides of your board version. I push and foot brake mongo, so if I try it crouched will it be easier to use my regular braking foot or switch to the rear foot? It seems kind of awkward to crouch down and take the front foot off, but at the same time I'm not used to braking with the rear foot.

 
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longboard wheels
On 1/17/2007 Ewan wrote in from United Kingdom  (80.3.nnn.nnn)

I NEED HELP, HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THE FORMULA 1 BIG BLACK CLOUDS WHEELS AND CANT FIND THEM ANYWHERE, ANYBODY OUT THERE SEEN ANY??? KNOW OF ANY WEBSITES??? THANKS

 
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need hills
On 1/9/2007 big albatross wrote in from United States  (68.193.nnn.nnn)

any big turny hills in the ny area?

 
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yeah, right
On 1/8/2007 snoball wrote in from United States  (72.185.nnn.nnn)

Ah, the shield people run behind after having stuck their foot in their pieholes...

"I was just kidding mannnnn."

G.F.Y.

 
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HIM
On 1/6/2007 HIM wrote in from United States  (68.193.nnn.nnn)

Hey dude i was just kidding around man!

 
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lieing?????
On 1/5/2007 snoball wrote in from United States  (72.185.nnn.nnn)

HIM, you're attack on me makes you look like a flipping doof and I don't care if you watched races standing on your head and singing your favorite song. Why in the world would I mention a site the guy can go to and look at for himself? Lie? That's one heckuva a three letter charge you make anonymouse. I invented the site, the video, and...what else? The gremlins in your mind? The guy asks a question, I throw in two cents and you accuse me of lieing? You need therapy. Something. What you DON'T need is to address me.

Here's what I DON'T invent: 'experience' with races, watching,running, or participating. You, I'm not so sure about. But, before you sweat up a reply just remember this: I....don't.....care... about you.

Mmmkay?

 
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jumping
On 1/1/2007 he wrote in from United States  (24.92.nnn.nnn)

can someone tell me the steps of how to jump on a skateboard.

 
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for lamdun 2
On 12/28/2006 HIM wrote in from United States  (68.193.nnn.nnn)

hey snoball... stop lying! I have raced, watched races, and have never seen the landy dropcarve being used. anyway... the stance for a tuck on that board would be to have your front foot not over the truck but slightly behind it, the backfoot should be half to three quarters of the way down the rest of the deck. because of the camber (bow likeness) in the deck it isn't the best for high speeds. for speeds from 10-39 it is a fine board. for 40-65 i would recomend something like the landy drop-race or the KEBBEK flushcut or RAYNE demonseed or hellcat. As far as trucks i would use RANDAL II's for starters then move on to the RANDAL DH's if speed is your thing. RII's can go 50mph I've done it myself, but they aren't super stable and at higher speeds arent manuverable for harder turns. the RDH's can go to the higher speeds without any problems. I hope this helps. Oh for downhill skating technique and riding tips, the first 10 pages of both (Q and A) going downhill with David Rogers, and Chris Chaput on speed. Both have good stuff on them including vids. and diagrams.

 
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for lamdun
On 12/17/2006 snoball wrote in from United States  (72.185.nnn.nnn)

Lamdun, go to youtube.com and run a search on 'speedboarding' videos...you should come up with a few of some pro races...pay close attention to their stance, as many in the vids use that board you have...i don't ride a deck like that so not going to answer it myself ;)

 
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win a comp
On 12/13/2006 timmy barnes wrote in from Australia  (150.101.nnn.nnn)

hi im back im entering a comp on the 16th can any 1 give me some rodney style trick tips?

 
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casper 360
On 12/13/2006 timmy barnes wrote in from Australia  (59.167.nnn.nnn)

just recently learnt casper 360 can any one tell me how to keep good balance

 
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gravity flow DvD
On 12/11/2006 Alex wrote in from United Kingdom  (80.0.nnn.nnn)

any 1 seen the gravity flow dvd its ok ecsept the bubbles that are edeted on the swich screen

 
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wales
On 12/11/2006 Alex wrote in from United Kingdom  (80.0.nnn.nnn)

wales sucks any one wanna pay for a trip to america for me so i can surf and skate in cali. no ok the how about some more longborders over hear then

 
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Just learning how to skateboard
On 11/26/2006 Jakkie wrote in from United States  (68.63.nnn.nnn)

I'm just learning how to skateboard.Can anyone give me some tips to help me get better?

 
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