HOW DO YOU DECIDE?
THERE ARE PLENTY OF CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR SKATEBOARD AND HOW YOU SET IT UP. BELOW IS A LIST OF EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PROPERLY BUILD A SKATEBOARD. MOST CHOICES OF BRAND AND TYPE OF EQUIPMENT MAINLY DEPENDS ON PREFERENCE, AND SOME DEPENDS ON THE STYLE YOU WANT TO SKATE. TYPICALLY, FREESTYLE SKATERS USE SMALL BOARDS, VERT SKATERS USE WIDE BOARDS, AND STREET SKATERS USE MEDIUM SIZED BOARDS.
Grip tape is simply just sandpaper with different grit. How rough or smooth the griptape is, depends on the company that makes it. Grip is very important because it allows you to control the board while performing tricks.
The fundamental item a skater needs when skateboarding. A good quality skateboard is made up of 7-ply Canadian Maplewood. Many companies out there manufacture boards with various designs on them. Without this, you just have a strange pair of Heelys.
Hardware allows you to firmly attach your trucks to the deck. There are many brands out there that make hardware for your skateboard, but honestly, at the end of the day, its just a bunch of nuts and bolts. Brand doesn't matter.
Trucks are responsible for connecting the deck to your wheels and bearings. The rider can tighten or loosen them to help with sharper turns depending on the style of skating they prefer.
Bearings allow the rider to roll smoothly. Most brands out there get the job done, but the name brand that are very popular are from the company called Bones. “Bones Reds” are the budget friendly line, and if you want to go all out and spend a ton of cash on bearings, pick up a pair of “Bones Ceramics”.
Wheels come in all types and sizes. The choice mainly depends on the type of skating the rider likes. Bowl riders usually get large diameter wheels, street skaters get medium to small sized wheels, and freestylers use special wheels that stick out to reduce damage to the side of the truck.