Most of people are not into taking a longboarding in the rain. However, we understand in some exceptional situations, you have to do so! Just imagining this equipment gets some raindrops; you rush to the store and let it under the maintenance right away. Sometimes, weather can’t be predicted accurately and a sudden rain is something unavoidable, even in scorching sunny days. You have no choices rather than be happy with this. But don’t worry, because our following tips will be useful for you in some cases.
The very first advice you need to take it down is that you must be provided with protective clothing for longboarding in the rain. Besides the helmet, wrist pads or knee guards, as usual, a right pair of shoes is a must item you should have. Must you know features of such shoes? They must be waterproof and against- slippery. You use your feet to control the board and you don’t expect them to get some disgusting rain? Do some researches and find out shoes with thick tread under them as well. Water on the board can easily make you slide off, thus such shoes allow you to attach your shoes to the board so that you hardly are fallen. Such shoes are amazingly cool. Why don’t you buy one right now to use for any kind of weather?
On the markets, these are some boards that are able to suffer water absorption than others. If money is not a big deal to you, you simply buy a good one. Such boards which are painted or covered with a thick coat are able to avoid water on sides, the top side or even the bottom. The wood layers will not be easily damaged by a downpour. Investing a waterproof longboard will be a right choice for the first time. You will not have to worry rain drops will do harm to your deck, right?
In case your boards are not provided with a raincoat, you can completely make it manually. Paint polyurethane layer onto the whole board, which prevents rain from soaking into the platform. You also can cover your entire board with polyurethane. Remember that provided it rains heavily, do not cover the platform adjacent to the grip tape with this chemical. Because the grip tape doesn’t work with polyurethane and water. However, a painted coat will not enable the board 100% waterproof.
Before you find some ways to protect the bearings in the rain, we advise you to buy a longboarding with high- quality bearings. Maybe, it costs a bit expensive, but we believe it is worth your money. You can use it in any types of weather. Cloudy days or moisture days or even rainy days allow you to ride a longboard freely. Of course, it is in case you have money to invest in it.
Otherwise, you can head to the store and buy a little lube. You can lube up your board with this liquid to prevent rain absorption. If the bearings get rains, they are likely to be rust. Hence, this is one of the significant steps for keeping your longboard durable. Make this routine as your habit; your longboard life will last longer.
In addition to bearings protection, drying your gear is important if you don’t want to buy a new one or let it be fixed at the mechanic store. In case your deck is soaked with water, it is prone to be broken in half. Therefore, you need to dry the deck at once.
First of all, you can use a towel to make the water off the deck. Besides, you also can unwrap the parts of the longboard to wash it with a dry cloth, and then assemble them in a correct way. Of course, this method is just especially for the skillful people that have knowledge of the longboard mechanics. You can heat the deck with a dryer but do it quickly as the grip tape can be effortlessly peeled off the deck.
Here are the brief tips for longboarding in the rain we suggest for you. You can easily apply for your own case to ride a longboard in bad weather. At least, the risk of being injured or the damage level of the longboard can be reduced maximum. Anyway, we highly recommend that you should not use this equipment in wet or slippery conditions, except for reluctant situations. Therefore, the article we hope is somehow helpful for you.
My name is Vincent Quinn, I live in the suburbs of Dallas Texas and I’ve recently retired and sold off my lawn mowing business. My wife and I have 3 kids that are all old enough to be out of our hair for now. Interesting stuff, I know, but I with so much time on my hands I’ve decided to share my industry knowledge online to give me a project to work on and and to try and help some people out. Enjoy!
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