By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Cruisers are a very popular form of transportation nowadays, and it has been for a while! In fact, right now there's a petition going on to make skateboards deemed essential transportation vehicles in California and thus skate shops essential businesses to stay open during the corona crisis. What many people don't know about these boards is the fact that they can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it!
Some people believe that cruisers are made exactly just for that (cruising) and they are terribly wrong! There are many street skateboarders that usually have a cruiser spare since they provide much more options when it comes to riding different surfaces, a lot of people tend to use or think of longboards, but these are most useful for other disciplines and let's face it, it is not easy to carry a longboard through town since they tend to be extremely heavy and not portable at all!
This is one of the main features of the cruiser, its compact size will allow you to ride it almost in any terrain and carry it with no problem which is something you can also do with a longboard, but it will require a massive amount of arm strength and resistance.
Cruiser Skateboards Specifications
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One of the coolest things about the cruisers is that they are not limited by its shape! You can find a crazy amount of styles, sizes, and shapes for the decks of a cruiser! It is very important to know that compared to a regular street skateboard, cruisers have a tail that is sometimes even more prominent than a regular skateboard but the nose is flat, which will complicate a lot of flip tricks that you want to attempt, but you can take these babies as far as you want to go! There are many YouTube tutorials on how to do tricks on these boards and you can even grind them on ledges once you have a lot of practice with them!
Cruiser Skateboard Decks
As we mentioned above there are no specifics for this one but we do recommend that if you plan to get a good cruiser, you try to ding a deck that features a concave shape which will help you to direct the board easily to carve and ride!
Cruiser Skateboard Trucks
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When you choose trucks, always keep the width of the deck in mind, the trucks should be the same size, you will find that they are typically much smaller than regular skateboarding trucks and if you get a penny board they could get even smaller!
Another thing is that they tend to be taller and it is also recommended to use larger hardware and riser pads to avoid any wheel bites.
Cruiser Skateboard Wheels
You need to maintain a balance between the size of deck and wheels. Make sure wheels are as big or small as the deck is. Cruisers will need larger wheels which roll faster because the friction is less! If you like to cruise on an uneven surface with a lot of hurdles such as sand cruising, opt for larger wheels with the right hardness to enjoy perfect rolling.
Check out our SHIT Liquorice Cruiser Wheels Here!
Most Recommended Cruising Cities
Here you have some of the cities where this particular discipline is practiced the most! Cruise friendly streets that will take the chill cruise of your board to the next level!
TOKYO – JAPAN
You can practice downhill skateboarding if you love speed or there are boards with adapted tails which will allow you to do tricks and even be able to shred in the skatepark, the sky's the limit!
As you can see my dude or dudette, these boards have many features, we recommend you check out videos online for the many uses of these kinds of boards which are a great option not only for transportation but also for thrills and chills!