Thought it worth getting down on virtual paper what I check before riding, as I was asked a few days ago by someone who had just taken up skateboarding.
When I take any of the boards (conventional or electric) out of the under-stairs cupboard, I always do the same quick 30-second check with a T-tool in hand.
At the end of the day, the last thing I want when traveling at 10, 20mph or more is anything jamming, disconnecting, losing grip or breaking.
What I do:
- Check the grip-tape is not coming off.
(turn over the deck)
- Trucks are screwed tight to the deck – no wobble or any movement.
- Bushings are not deformed or cracked.
- Kingpin nuts are not too loose or tight (at their optimum)
- Wheels not torn or cut (and about to shred).
- Wheel nuts not too tight or loose.
- Wheels bearings run smooth and quiet (each wheel) and not rusted.
As said, usually no more than 30 seconds.
- Battery status – remote controller and board.
- Ensuring all exposed electrical connectors are tightly connected.
- All compartments (battery and controller) are tight to the deck.
- The motors tight and aligned (we run belt drives).
- No belt wear or damage – anything, and I will change them.
- Remote control wheel/trigger moving freely (not switched on).
I then switch on the board and put on the ground (I am not stood on it) to give it some resistance.
- Remote pair the board and handset and quick forward and back.
That’s it, done; only takes a couple of minutes. Happy to know if I have missed anything you do.