Need help with my project

Hi I’m an A-level student doing design technology and i just have a few questions i’d like to ask about skateboarding to help with my project and potential ideas.

Question 1) What issues do you have with skateboarding? (Equipment wise)
Question 2) What do you do with your skateboards when you’ve finished with them or when they break?
Question 3) How long would you have a skateboard for until you’d have to replace it?
Question 4) How do you feel about old skateboards that are not in use anymore being recycled and having its components being made into new products? If so what products would you like to see then incorporated into?
Question 5) What do you think could improve about the design aspect of skateboarding? Such as the parks, gear and skateboards.

  1. This is a very broad question, do you mean physically, mentally, the skateboarding community? This could be anything.
  2. Give them away to younger kids with shittier boards
  3. Between a week (when I was younger) and 5 years. Please also see Trigger’s only fools and horses clip about his broom on youtube
  4. How can you feel anything but OK about this?!?
  5. Very broad question again. I think a totally random one would be consistent measurement of boards/trucks/wheels using metric system.
  1. Agree with @Spanky that you need to be a bit more specific here. Seeing as you’re studying design technology I’ll take your question to be about the equipment. For me, modern skateboards are pretty much perfect for what they are designed and used for. Unbreakable materials go against the economic business models and I think manufacturers like Schmitts Stix and DSM are looking at greener epoxys and film techniques?
  2. Leave them at skateshop as second hands or just hand them off to someone who needs it more than me. Sometimes give broken boards to artist friends to use.
  3. When I was younger and couldn’t afford them, anywhere between a year and six months. The advantage of having a birthday in June. Later in life more like a month to 6 months.
  4. I’m down for it so long as the new life has a good purpose. I’m note a fan of designers and retailers using cheap blanks to rebrand or dip in paint and sell as works of art or random household items like little benches or engagement rings.
  5. Again, sticking with the design aspect, universal truck sizing. Another nice plus would be some sort of track and trace information about where your boards, wheels, trucks, shoes etc are coming from. Over the years, from what I have understood, a lot of brands are manufactured in a handful of factories with wood sourced from about three suppliers. Less bedroom brands.

Thank you so much, this is incredibly helpful!! sorry if the questions were too vauge, i’ll try to improve them for next time (infact i’ll edit them now)

Question 1) skateboarding is hard on equipment. Decks in particular delaminate, break and lose their ‘pop’
Question 2) I throw my boards away when they wear our. If I change my board before it’s worn out I’ll normally give it to someone.
Question 3) Depends on where it’s ridden. On the street or in concrete skateparks they can break quite quickly. In indoor wooden skateparks with nothing to smash against, a board will last a couple of years.
Question 4) I’ve seen skateboards recycled into furniture, car gearstick knobs, boxes. It’s clever when people do this.
Question 5) Some sports are designed - in tennis there are official rules about how big a racquet must be, what a ball must be made of, and so on. Skateboarding evolves - over the years, people have tried all kinds of shapes, sizes and materials for board construction, and we gradually end up with the things that more people have liked using, more of the time. It’s the same for skatepark design. Designers try new features , and some connect with skaters while others don’t. What I mean, I think, is that in skateboarding progress is very much an evolutionary process involving both designers and skaters. So it probably helps if designers are either skaters themselves, or are close to the community.

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GiftedHater/Ben Degros lurking here?

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Or even just understandable truck sizing that relates to deck sizing. You want your truck/wheel combo to end up about the same width as your deck. But for people unfamiliar with all the different ways the different manufacturers size their trucks it’s a major research job.
I see that Ace have started etching the actual axle width onto their trucks. So if you look at Ace 44s, you’ll see the axle is 8.25” wide, and you know whether that’s right for your board. It’s a little thing, but it helps.

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You have to wonder why they didn’t just call them 'Ace 8.25’s

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That’s a crazy idea, why would they do that? :smile:

Returning to Imperial measurements really isn’t the way forward, despite what some people think.

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Whatever units you use it would be a big step forward if truck manufacturers could just agree on how to size their trucks in a way that makes sense. Indy 149, Ace 44 and Theeve 5.5 are all around the same size. It’s crazy.
As for metric vs what we call imperial and the Americans call US customary, that’s less important than setting a standard everyone agrees to. The US still dominates the skateboard industry, which is why a lot of stuff is in inches.

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Exactly. At least you’d know if they would fit your deck

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Wow, thanks for this. Noted.

Those are the AF1s, where all the sizes are different to the classics whilst using the same moniker.

No one in the truck business seems particular consumer focused at this point. Although, maybe it’s somewhat by design, given the range of boards people might use with a 149 for example.