Monthly Archives - July 2015

Bronson Speed Co Bearing Detail

Bronson Speed Co. Bearings Review

When the new park opened I decided it was time for a new setup giving me a chance to finally try out the Bronson Speed Co bearings. Anyone who has been keeping up with skate news has bound to have heard of them and i’ll be surprised if you’re not at least a little interested. For years now Bones have been a solid choice for bearings (Namely the Bones Reds) but if these are as good as they claim to be, I doubt you’ll ever use a set of Reds again.

The Bronson Speed Co G3 Bearings claim to be the perfect skateboarding with a range of crazy technologies going into them.

  • Deep Groove Raceways – The balls roll deep in raceway channels which reduces side impact damage & breakage.
  • Straight Edge Frictionless Shields – These shields are pop off resistant and hold oil in while keeping dirt and moisture out making them easy to clean.
  • Micro Groove Raceway Surfaces – Linear micro-groove surfaces improve bearing lubrication, speed and spin.
  • Max Impact Cage Design – Non-distortion custom cage keeps the balls precision spaced & oil circulating.
  • Balls Out Technology – Eliminates shield and cage contact on impact for a go fast, stay fast bearing.
  • High Speed Ceramic Oil – Nano-ceramic compounds for wear protection – moisture, rust, corrosion resistant.
  • Factory Fresh Quality – Nitrogen filled shrink wrap, reduces metal & oil oxidation until ready to be ridden. Means that you can leave these bearings in storage for years and they will still be factory fresh when you finally open them.

If that bulleted list doesn’t make you tingle you obviously have something wrong with you. It takes a special bearing to last a few years without seizing or popping and by the sounds of it these bearings should tick every box.

They come in an amazing metal presentation tin with a slide off lid. Inside of that you have the 8 bearings as you can expect. Then Bronson are kind enough to supply you with a full set of 4 spacers for inside the wheels and 8 washers as you’ve probably already lost these before. The bearings themselves have bright orange shields, one with a black stripe on it to indicate which way around it goes in the wheel.

I’ve been skating them for a few weeks now and they’re definitely the best bearings I’ve skated. Before these I was skating Flip HKD Abec 5’s and I loved those too, much nicer than Bones Reds (in my opinion) and a little cheaper too. Straight out the tin they roll forever and are super smooth and quiet. Even now they are still silent when rolling around at the park, making a nice change from the usual racket put out from broken in bearings.

The park at the moment is surrounded by mud as they were trying to grow some grass, meaning the board has landed in there plenty of times. Even then, the shields have managed to keep all of the dirt out so they are still running as smooth as ever.

For the £29.99 price tag I can definitely recommend them. You may be paying twice as much as you would for a set of Bones Reds but the quality jump is much more. I’m sure they could easily outlast them too making them a very worthy investment.

You can buy the Bronson Speed Co G3 Bearings from Aylesbury Skateboards online and in store now.

Polar Summer 15 Decks

NOW IN: Polar Skate Co. Summer 2015 Drop 2

The new Polar Skate Co. goods are in! We are extremely excited to finally be stocking Polar apparel alongside some of the new hardware as they are one of our favourite skateboarding companies.

We also managed to get our hands on a few of the new decks from the collection and they are definitely some of the most beautiful decks Polar have made. Polar decks have some of the best shapes out there and are definitely built to last. We’ve skated plenty of them and have nothing bad to say. We have limited stock of both the apparel and decks and its likely that once they’re gone, they’re gone. Polar are on absolute fire recently with their designs and we can safely say that we support them 100%.

The decks we stock (from left to right in the image below) are:

Polar Summer 15 Decks

Polar Summer 15 Decks

As you can expect, the apparel is of equally outstanding quality. Below are a few photos of the new goods. If you get a chance, come down at see them in real life as photos truly do not give them justice.

Polar No Comply Pike Polo

Polar No Comply Pike Polo

Polar Cut Out BS Nosepick Tee

Polar Cut Out BS Nosepick Tee & no-comply 6 panel

The no comply 6-panel hats especially are a surprise as they are so soft and comfortable straight out the box. Ditch the ralphy and go for that embroidered no comply logo. They come in a great range of colours so you can definitely get those summer vibes goes. We also stock the stash pocket hat & the trucker snapback.

No Comply Caps

No Comply Caps

Stash Pocket Caps

Stash Pocket Caps

There’s also a restock of the ever popular happy sad socks in black and white, as well as two new colour ways – the green/white and the grey/black. These make the perfect skate socks as they have some ridiculous technology going into them and are super comfy.

Happy Sad Socks

Happy Sad Socks

Come in store and check out the range we have or have a look online @ Aylesbury Skateboards.

Polar Skate Co. Summer 2015 Drop 2

We are excited to announce that some brand NEW Polar Skate Co. goods will be arriving to our store early next week! This is the first time we will be stocking Polar apparel and we are all extremely happy to be doing so as they are one of our top picks as a store when it comes to skateboarding companies.

We are receiving very limited stock of some t-shirts, caps, socks and even some polo shirts with a very special Polar design embroidered on them. Let’s just say you can ditch anything Ralph you may own.

Unfortunately we are not receiving any of the new decks straight away but we hope to get a hold of a few for our store as they are one of the best boards to ride. (We promise you)

Pictured below are the ever popular No Comply Cap and a small glimpse at the new Stash Pocket Cap. As we all know, Polar Skate Co. deliver amazing quality goods and they do not let us down.

Stash Pocket Caps

Stash Pocket Caps

No Comply Caps

No Comply Caps

AYLESBURY VALE SKATEPARK NOW OPEN

The long awaited skatepark is finally open! After a rainy Wednesday morning, we heard news of the park finally being cleaned up and opened to the public. We left the skate shop early and went down there to have a push about and throw down a few tricks on its opening day.

Everything is just straight up enjoyable. Everywhere you looked the skateboarders, rollerbladers and bmxers alike were loving it. The curve ledge was a winner, as were the stairs but the tombstone to manny pad seemed to be a favourite for most. None of us here at Aylesbury Skateboards or any of the locals had skated a pad like it so it was very refreshing and we believe it is going to be enjoyed by everyone that bothers to travel to our rad new local (and the rest of the park of course!).

You can tell it pushed people to skate hard and to their full potential as the new park managed to claim 3 boards in the space of a few hours which we thought was somewhat impressive.

Here is a mini edit from the opening day, hopefully many more videos of the new park and maybe some Aylesbury street footage to come:


And here is a small gallery of images of the park. Credit goes to Bendcrete Skateparks for building the park and taking these great pictures (minus two of them). Photos were taken from their Facebook page.

Staff picks - Kurt - All the components

Staff Picks: New setup for the new park.


As the new park is opening this week, I decided it was time to build a fresh setup to shred there. I went for:


 

Had to go for the We Out Here deck from the Rip N Dip Summer Collection as that alien face is too great. Also had to make sure I had the cut out on the grip to let the smaller alien face shine through. The Krux Meeowzers were also a necessity because cats – who could possibly not want that. Decided to try something new with the Gold wheels. At the moment I’m skating Enjoi wheels, but these looked interesting. I like the fact that they’re clear so you can see the orange from the bearings through the wheels. As for bearings I went for Bronson Speed Co. as I really wanted to try them. The marketing looked great and really worked on me. After I test them out i’ll write a review giving my verdict on them.

Here’s a few pictures of the setup. I got carried away taking pictures as I’m a bit in love with it.

Make sure you’re prepared for the new park in Vale! Be sure to get stop by and get stocked up at Aylesbury Skateboards.

As a side note, Our new shop stickers should be arriving tomorrow (9/7/15) so be on the lookout.

Guide For Choosing Your Perfect Skateboard Wheels

There are thousands and thousands of skateboard wheels available on the market today, many of them with very few aesthetic differences but overall they make a huge impact on the riders skating. Everything from speed to control of movement.

Almost all skate wheels are made from a hard composite material called polyurethane (PU). Since the introduction of PU wheels in the 1970s, skateboarding changed forever, lending characteristics such as durability and resistance to a sport that was in desperate need of more appropriate technology. In addition to their performance benefits, PU wheels are also relatively inexpensive to manufacture, so you don’t have to pay very much for quality equipment, regardless of the brand.

Skateboard wheels hardness, or resistance to penetration are measured by Durometer. Durometer ratings fall within several categories, with skateboard wheels listed in the ‘A’ category along with other soft plastics. Therefore, the durometer measurement you’ll find on most of your wheels will read ’99A’ or ’75A’. The higher the number/rating, the harder the wheels. The Durometer rating you choose to ride will come down completely to your own preference.

For example, if you ride vert or mini-ramps then you will want to look more towards the harder range of wheels such as 97A and above. This is because they are smooth to combat the lack of vibration dampening and somewhat grippy to make the slick wheels easier to control.

If you are a solid street-skater then again, you will want to be looking towards the harder wheels of 97A and above. This is for pop and road-feel when getting it in in the streets. These wheels would also be recommended for your typical skatepark skater.

If you would consider yourself an all-rounder type skateboarder then there will be of a huge variety for you, ranging anywhere between 90A to 97A. These will enable you to cruise around the town with comfort and also shred a pool in the same day.

If you are strictly skating on a cruiser or a longboard then you will definitely need some soft wheels as you will be riding over rocks, bumps and cracks on paths and roads (Especially if you are native to the UK). A set of soft wheels will ease the rattle of a rough road while making your board control a whole lot better due to the grip. The durometer for soft wheels range mainly between 75A to 85A.

The size of your wheels will determine your speed, acceleration and ability to turn. The typical skateboard wheels range between 48mm to 75mm in diameter. Bigger wheels will give you more speed but will make it harder to make sharp turns. Small wheels are also more effective for street skating maneuvers such as powerslides and blunts. We recommend you reflect on your own skateboarding style and preferences when choosing a set of wheels for you.

We have a few brands of skateboard wheels that we recommend for you that are available in our store;

Globe EuTrippin Demo at OWP – Oxford

 

On Sunday 5th July, the Globe team blessed Oxfords OWP Skatepark with grace, gnar and just straight up amazing skateboarding. The likes of David Gonzales, Chris Haslam, Mark Appleyard, Louie Barletta, Paul Hart, Ryan Decenzo and even the legendary Rodney Mullen were present that day, bringing the vibes with their intense shredding.

Things kickstarted almost instantly with David Gonzales, Ryan Decenzo and Paul Hart going straight in with practically no warmup. We saw wallrides, huge frontside 360’s, noseblunts with not much more than a few ollies, 50-50’s and kickflips in preparation.

The Globe team skated every inch of the park, showcasing their abilities for all that attended and made the ones who missed it regret not coming.  They are a team of true skateboarders that can skate almost anything placed in front of them. It was one of the raddest demos I have been to and I hope that they skate to their best ability for the rest of the tour.

(Sorry for the lack of images and footage, it was too good to keep our phones constantly out)

Finding Your Perfect Skateboard Trucks

Every skater will have their favourite trucks to ride. This may come down to the sturdiness of Independents or the turning quality and control of Thunders or maybe someone may ride Thunder Bushings in their Indy trucks. This all comes down to the preference of the skater.

Trucks come in all different heights, sizes and weights. Some may feature a hollow kingpin or give you the option to get the same height and width trucks in a lighter version to give you even less weight to carry on your board. The height will determine how high your board comes of the ground when stationary. Low Trucks enable a quicker pop, perfect for dodging gaps or rocks or getting up an obstacle straight after another. High Trucks mean that you have further to get your tail down to the ground, making your board come more vertical off the ground than low trucks when popping, giving you more height to level out your trick, thus a bigger pop.

We recommend when it comes to choosing the size of your new trucks that you match the width of your trucks to the width of your board. If there’s something you don’t want it’s wide trucks on a skinny board or vice-versa.

Skateboard Trucks come in all sorts of different measurements, which can be confusing as some of them are not clear enough. Below are the measurements of the more popular trucks with the not so obvious sizes. The size of trucks you get is largely dependent on the width of the board you’re skating. Below are a few examples based on the skateboard trucked stocked by Aylesbury Skateboards. Some companies choose to name their trucks based on the width of the hangar (excluding the axel where the wheels go) in either millimetres or inches. Others go for the width of the whole truck (Silver) in inches which can make it difficult to understand what size trucks you’re buying.

Here is our size guide for skateboard trucks:

Independent:

  • 129 Fits 7.4” – 7.75”
  • 139 Fits 7.75” – 8.25”
  • 149 Fits 8.25” – 8.75”
  • 159 Fits 8.5” – 9.0”
  • 169 Fits 8.75” – 9.75”
  • 215 Fits 9.75” +

Thunder:

  • 145 Fits 7.6” – 7.9”
  • 147 Fits 7.9” – 8.2”
  • 149 Fits 8.2” – 8.4”
  • 151 Fits 8.4” – 9.0”

Venture:

  • 5.0 Fits 7.5” – 8.0”
  • 5.25 Fits 8.0” – 8.25”
  • 5.8 Fits 8.25” – 9.0”

Tensor:

  • 5.0 Fits 7.5” – 7.75”
  • 5.25 Fits 7.75” – 8.0”
  • 5.5 Fits 8.0” – 8.25”
  • 5.75 Fits 8.25” – 8.5”
  • 6.0 Fits 8.5” +

Silver:

  • 8.0 Fits 7.75” – 8.25”
  • 8.25 Fits 8.25” – 8.75”

Krux:

  • 3.5 Fits 7.75″ – 8.0″
  • 4.0 Fits 8.0″ – 8.25″
  • 8.25 Fits 8.25″ – 8.5″ (This one throws us off too).

Bolts and Risers

Bolts are the part which are used to hold the trucks onto the board. With these you get a few options to choose from; colour and length. Most bolts either take an allen-key or a phillips head screwdriver and a 3/8″ socket to tighten. Skate tools have everything you need to set up your board. Some companies do different coloured bolts which can either be used just to look pretty, or as an indication of which way around your board is (for example, placing two coloured bolts near the front to know where the nose is). Different length bolts are needed to fit through the different thicknesses of boards and trucks. Some are relatively thin and can use 7/8″ bolts comfortably, but for the majority, 1″ bolts are suitable. Bolts can come in longer lengths, for example 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″, too for different situations.

If you have risers on your board, you’ll need to get some longer bolts to securely hold the trucks onto the board still with the added thickness. Risers are often used to add a little bit of extra height to the ride (similar to skating high trucks opposed to lows). They also have the benefit of adding some shock support as the rubber can absorb at least some of the impact of landing bigger tricks. This can reduce the likelihood of getting pressure cracks in the board or cracking the baseplate of the trucks.

All skate bolts have nylon nuts so that they are less likely to come one done. These work because when you tighten them the first time, the bolt cuts a thread through some nylon in the bolt giving a tighter and more secure fit. The one downside to this is that once they are undone and reused, they won’t be as secure as the nylon isn’t as tight. Bolts can comfortably be reused at least a few times, but after a while they will wear out and will constantly be coming loose. Not something you want to happen while you’re skating.


 

Tools

An additional note, Skate tools are handy multi tools which have everything you need for adjusting your board. Most, if not all, standard skate tools will have:

  • 9/16 inch kingpin socket
  • 1/2 inch axle nut socket
  • 3/8 inch hardware socket
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench as standard.

Some more advanced tools, such as the Silver Skate Tool features a ratcheted hardware socket which makes it so much easier to tighten or loosen the truck bolts. It also has a file on the top which is great for gripping a board.