Skateboard Care

Clinic

Howard At Play

September 03, 2000

Skateboards take a lot of abuse, so regular maintenance is mandatory for safety.

* If one or more deck piles crack, that's bad news. Your board could break.

* Overly dirty grip tape should be cleaned with a plastic bristle brush and a little water . Dry thoroughly.

* Check all hardware. Keep nuts and bolts tight. Replace bent or damaged pieces.

* Replace worn pivots and bishings, which get squashed from heavy usage.

* Make sure wheel bearings stay lubricated and whole. Replace wheels that lose a chunk to heavy use.

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