GardenSK8 offers a large selection of skateboards and accessories. That’s all well and good if you know what you want, but what if you’re a brand-newbie or an old school traditionalist who’s been riding the same rig forever? You might need a little help! We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to make the right decisions, whether you’re buying a complete board or just picking up some pieces to improve your current ride.
Buying a skateboard isn’t that hard. Other than some notable manufacturing improvements, such as faster bearings and lighter trucks, modern day skateboarding hasn’t improved much. The first thing you need to know is to NOT buy a cheap skateboard from a store that also sells groceries, automotive parts or televisions. I’m referring to skateboards with super heros on the bottom, made by companies that have mass produced their skateboards along with bowling balls, lawn furniture and little concern for the quality of their product. Rest assured, any reputable skate shop wouldn’t carry or sell with good conscience any of these brands.
When starting out most people purchase a fully assembled skateboard made up of components from a single manufacturer which is referred to as a “complete”. We often tell our customers that we are selling their kid the same skateboard that Tony Hawk rides with the exception of size. It is our belief that there is no such thing as a beginner or expert skateboard. We often see young kids starting out at our clinics who are unable to progress due to limitations of their skateboards. The quality of a skateboard regardless of ones ability should be the same.
Purchasing a skateboard “a la carte” or using components from different manufactures can achieve the desired performance and or hybrid aesthetic the customer is looking for. At some point the deck, trucks and or wheels will need to be replaced depending on the skaters size, ability and frequency of use. For example, a typical 13 year old who skates on average a few times a week will go through a deck every couple months, wheels every 6 months and trucks once a year. For this reason skate shops mostly display and sell these components separately.
If you still have questions about fit or sizing please feel free to contact the shop at 973-287-7626.