We often get customers asking if they have to do any regular maintenance for their longboard. The answer is yes, but not too much is required.
The main things are the truck bolts and bearings. After the first couple of days from receiving your brand new longboard it's good to re-tighten every bolt on your board. The reason is because when a board is first assembled it's not a assembled with your weight on the board. After you start skating the board for the first couple of days the bolts get re-adjusted and often get a little loose. The good news is that you only have to re-tighten your bolts once every six months or so depending on how much you skate.
The second longboard maintenance you should be aware of is cleaning your bearings. Over time your bearings start collecting little grains of dirt, pebbles and sand. The best lubricate to use is bicycle chain oil. Spin your wheel and pour a couple of drops in. If your wheel is caked on tar and crusting then you should probably take your bearings out pour about a 1/4 cup of bicycle oil in a cup. Put some rubber gloves on and swish the bearing around and spin them with your hands. It's not a good idea to use WD-40 or any other de-greaser because it doesn't lubricate them it only cleans them. Try to dry the out side of the bearings before you put them back in your wheels.
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