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Skating is a popular pastime with millions of people all around the world. In order to skate you will need to own several items of skating hardware. This article takes a look at some of the most common types of skating hardware and accessories that are currently available on the market.
A skateboard deck is that main part of a skateboard, while the kicktails are the upward bent tips of the edge of the deck. Skateboard decks are available is a variety of sizes, but most are from 7 to 10.5 inches in width, and between 28 and 33 inches in length.
They are available in a huge range of designs, so that you can pick a deck that complements your personal style.
Trucks are metal devices which are designed to be attached onto the underside of the deck. The truck is composed of a baseplate, and axle and a hanger, and it also has bushings which cushion the device to allow it to turn smoothly. A bolt called the kingpin holds all of these parts together.
Trucks are available in a range of sizes, the size that you choose should depend on the shape and size of the deck that you plan to fit it onto.
The skateboard wheels are attached onto the trucks. Skateboard wheels come in all different colours, so that you can choose a style of wheel that goes with the deck.
The wheels are mounted onto the truck’s axle with bearings. Bearings typically come in an industry standard size. They are also graded with the ABEC scale according to their tolerance level.
Apparel, Footwear and Accessories
Having the right clothing is essential for expressing your love for skating. There are a variety of shirts, hoodies, crewnecks, jackets, shorts, pants, jeans, t-shirts and caps that are available to purchase. Many of the pro skaters will be sponsored by some of the leading skate apparel brands.
Skating footwear not only looks great, but it will adequately support the feet and allow you to skate with ease.
You can pick and choose accessories to complement your deck and your personal style. Accessories include belts, bags, watches, sunglasses, bracelets, socks and iPhone covers. DVDs featuring your favourite skating legends and moments are also available.
Famous Skating Brands
There are a huge number of clothing, shoe and hardware brands that create skating products and accessories. Some of the most famous brands include, stussy, OBEY, Huf, RADYO, DC, Vans, Supra, G-Shock, Modus and Skate Mental. Major sporting brands such as Nike and Adidas also manufacture a range of clothing that is skate inspired.
Where to Purchase Skating Hardware From
The best place to purchase skating goods and accessories from is a specialist retailer. They will have the latest products all under one roof. All major skate suppliers will have a website where you can view images and details of all of the products that they offer, along with their contact details. You can also order online and they will be able to deliver the goods directly to your door.
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