How to Build Your Own Skateboard

There is no better way to experience the Bay than on your very own skateboard. Skateboarding gives you the near-speeds of bicycling while allowing the freedom for urban exploration that you only get from running. Since the summer of ’99, I’ve been mashing down the streets of San Francisco and coasting all around the Bay Area on my skateboard and I haven’t looked back since. From nailing my first olley, to bombing down my first hill, the exhilaration I get from skateboarding is palpable and can only be rivaled by the exhilaration I get from the other elemental board-sports like surfing and snowboarding. If any of you get the chance, I highly recommend you hop on a skateboard for an urban exploration of the great outdoors. In this video, I’ll show you the quick-and-dirty way on how you can build your very own skateboard using custom parts of your choosing. Sure, you can always get a pre-made deck at the skate shop, but being able to build your own allows you to suit your board to your own personal tastes and teaches you how things work in case you need to fix/adjust things later. Now how cool is that?

Parts I Used

Skatedeck: Custom 7.75
Trucks: Destructo
Wheels: 55mm Customs by BetterSkateboarding
Bearings: Bones Swiss

Tools: Phillips Screwdriver, Monkey Wrench, Unit Skate Tool, Pen Cutter/Razor Blade (Kids: ask for parents permission)

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How to Build Your Own Skateboard video is now up on the blog: http://edopeno.com/how-to-build-your-own-skateboard/

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