You’ve got a new board or installed new bushings and you can’t help but notice that they feel a little stiffer than you’d like. This might not seem like a big deal, but stiff bushings can be a major nuisance when you hit the park. So you’re going to have to break them in by performing this simple process. It’ll help make your boarding experience that much more enjoyable.
Skate As Much As Possible
The best way to break in your new bushings is to simply skate. If you’ve purchased a new board or simply installed new bushings, you should avoid any serious shredding until you feel your bushings giving a little bit more. You’ll notice more flexibility in your board and more give when you hop.
To break in your bushings, skateboard around your neighborhood for a few days and pay attention to how your board feels. The trickiest aspect is that there is no real guide that works for every board. It all depends on your preference when boarding.
Perform Some Basic Tricks
Once you’ve felt your bushings flexing closer to your how your old bushings felt, it’s worth practicing a few simple tricks. This will give you a good idea of whether or not your bushings have loosened up a little. It can also help further break in your bushings for harder tricks.
So if your board feels stiff performing these basic tricks, it needs a little more time with basic skating:
- Drop in and pump
- 50-50 Grind
- Back wheelie
Does your board feel flexible and supportive when you land these tricks? Or does it feel awkward and stiff? If it feels unresponsive, you need to get out of the skateboard and try breaking in your bushings a little more.
Adjusting Your Trucking
If your board is still feeling a little tight, your bushings might be fine, but your trucking might need adjusting. The truck is the part attached to the board: inside it, are the cushioning bushings. The problem is likely that your trucking isn’t tight enough: if it lacks tightness, your bushings won’t get broken in properly.
Adjusting your board’s trucking is relatively easy. Take a 9/16-inch wrench, locate the proper nut, and turn it to the right to tighten it to your board. Try riding your board for a few days like this to see if there is any change.
By following this process, you’ll break in your bushing and will be ready to hit the skate park in no time. Just remember to always break in any new board part before getting too fancy. Otherwise, you might find yourself lying at the bottom of a ramp with a dazed look on your face. Learn more about skateboards online.Read More
If you hit the ski resort towns of Colorado and Utah during the summer months, you can get some phenomenal deals on luxury chateau accommodations in posh resorts. What are you going to do with your time there when skiing is not an option? Rent some mountain bikes, of course! Before you head out on the trail, however, there are some essential accessories that you should consider renting with your bike to make your ride epic.
This is a no-brainer, as in, if you do not rent a helmet, you may not have a brain. Just spring for the helmet with your bike. Many resorts require riders to be helmeted before getting on the trail.
Fit is the most important factor in helmets. Make sure that the helmet sits low on your head, just above your eyebrows. The straps should be tight enough that the helmet cannot rotate in any direction on your head. The helmet should be level, with no interference with your vision.
If you are really getting it on the mountain, you are going to go down at some point. If you don’t crash, you are not riding hard enough, so prepare by keeping your noggin in its bucket.
Altitude + exertion = dehydration. Dehydration can mean the end of your fun vacation. Nobody wants to sit in a hospital tied to an intravenous drip while everyone else is playing on the slopes.
When you rent your bike, see if they have hydration packs to keep you on the move. Long gone are the days of throwing a half-liter bottle of water in the bottle cage in your bike frame and considering that sufficient.
Modern full-suspension bikes often have no room on the frame to mount a bottle cage, and they sure do not handle well with more extra weight on the bike. This is especially true of weight that can shift mid-jump!
The hydration pack, however, is right near your center of gravity, and can be tightened down enough to move with you. You can fairly easily carry two liters of precious liquid without noticing it on the trail.
Compact Repair Kits
Many a ride has been spoiled by broken equipment. The most vulnerable part of your bike is likely the tires.
Goat head stickers have killed more inner tubes than can be counted. By having the tools and the knowledge to patch your tubes on the trail, you can avoid having to come off of the mountain to re-tool. Most bike rentals places can also rent you a small repair kit that will ride under your seat in case it is needed.
By having these simple accessories: a helmet, a hydration pack, and a repair kit, you can keep thrashing all day. Talk to the experts at a rental shop, like Bootdoctors, for more advice regarding the best accessories to take with you.Read More
When you play golf, you need to wear a belt that keeps your pants tight to your waist so that your underwear is not visible when you bend over to take a stroke. If you have never bought a golf belt for yourself before, there are certain things to take into consideration to be sure that you are going to be happy with the belt that you purchase. The following guide walks you through how to find the perfect belt to wear when golfing.
If you plan to wear the belt to make a fashion statement, you need to choose a belt that is made of sturdy, stylish material. There are many great belts that are made of leather. Leather is designed to be durable and long-lasting making it ideal for someone who plans to wear the belt on a daily basis or when they enjoy outdoor activities, such as golf.
Next, you need to choose the color you want for your belt. Most leather belts come in a rich brown color or a black color. There are some leather belts that are designed to be two sided. One side will be brown in color and one side will be black. Investing in one of these belts allows you to get twice the use out of your belt. A brown or a black belt will often pair well with just about any golf attire you wear when hitting the green.
Belts are available with many different types of buckles. You need to choose a buckle that is tasteful and stylish. Gold or silver colored buckles are the most common options for belt buckles. You want to be sure that the buckle of the belt is not too large as it can create an overwhelming look.
Finally, you need to choose a belt that is the right size for you. Try on the belt and make sure that you can secure it in the center hole of the belt. By choosing a belt that secures at the center hole, you will have room to lose or gain weight and still be able to use the belt.
A high-quality leather belt will last for quite a while, if you take care of it properly. Be sure to hang the belt when you are not using it to ensure that it does not get any bends in it. Pay attention to the edges of the belt and trim any strings that fray after you have worn the belt for a few weeks. Taking care of your men’s golf belt is not hard and really extends the life of your belt.Read More
With warmer weather just around the corner, many people will start looking for ways to shed those few extra pounds of winter weight. Exercising and working out are great ways to make sure that you are physically fit and healthy, but did you know that there is another way to burn calories? The answer is simple: by having fun and going on an adventure by attending a carnival or festival. Here are some ways that you can burn calories while having fun at these outdoor events.
Skip the Junk Food
Carnival food may seem delicious in the short-term and in moderation it may not be so bad. However, there is nothing healthy about deep-fried confections or cheap hot dogs. The high amounts of sugar in soda can cause your blood sugar levels to spike and drop, causing to feel worse during physical activity. Instead, eat a healthy meal before you arrive, so you will be less prone to needless snacking. If you feel that you need to munch on something while you are there, drink lots of water and sports drinks, and opt for healthier food choices such as peanuts or popcorn.
Most fairs and festivals have some kind of extreme sports equipment, such as rock climbing walls, mobile zip lines, or other thrilling contraptions. These are a great way to get your adrenaline pumping and can be quite a workout. In fact, if you weigh over 200 pounds, you could burn up to 727 calories while you are rock climbing. If you find that you enjoy your time rock climbing at the carnival, check out a local rock climbing gym, like Adventures In Climbing, once you get home.
Waiting is (Not) the Hardest Part
While standing in line for rides is many people’s least favorite part of attending a carnival, it can actually be very beneficial for getting fit. The simple act of walking around and standing in line for a few hours is enough to actually burn almost 275 calories in a person weighing 200 pounds. So, instead of skipping the really cool rides because of a long wait, go ahead and get in line. Let the ride be your reward for all of that hard work you are doing by standing in line.
An outdoor festival or carnival may seem like one of the least likely places to get a good workout. However, if you make a few healthy choices, you could burn over a thousand calories in just one night of attendance. So, do you want to go to the fair?Read More