. My cruiser complete just arrived but the steering is very stiff when I stand on it. What can I do?
The trucks of your new cruiser complete have been tightened to a factory setting. If this setting is too tight for your body weight, the cruiser will not turn enough to carve corners while skating. You can adjust this by loosening the kingpin nut that’s in the center of each truck. The trucks should turn just enough that the wheels come very close to touching the board when standing with all your weight on one side.
. My cruiser complete just arrived but the steering is so loose that the wheels touch the board when I stand on it. What can I do?
The factory setting of the trucks on your new cruiser complete are too loose to accommodate your body weight. You can adjust this by tightening the kingpin nut in the center of each truck. The trucks should turn just enough that the wheels come very close to touching the board when standing with all your weight on one side.
. My cruiser complete just arrived but the wheels do not spin freely. What can I do?
Sometimes, the factory tightness of the axle nuts holding the wheels on are a bit too tight. Loosen the axle nuts so there’s just a tiny amount of space between the nut and the bearing inside the wheel. This nut should not be tight to the bearing, but just close enough to keep it in place while the wheel is spinning.
. I am dying to ride my cruiser skateboard, but it is raining/the ground is wet outside. Can I ride it?
Getting your cruiser skateboard wet can destroy it very quickly. There are two main reasons for this. The metal bearings inside your wheels are not waterproof and they will rust very quickly. If they rust, they are essentially destroyed and will no longer roll. Second, if your cruiser has a wooden deck, the deck will absorb the water and become “water-logged”. This makes the wood of the deck permanently very soft, heavy, and the plies of the deck will begin to separate. So, it’s best to keep your cruiser as far away from water as possible.
. I am going on vacation. Can I bring my cruiser skateboard on the airplane?
This is a difficult question because it depends on the airline. A full-sized, assembled cruiser skateboard will almost always classify as checked luggage and is not eligible as a carry-on. Depending on the airline, the smallest Penny Board (22”) could possibly go with your carry-on luggage if it is tightly secured to your bag/in your bag. However, some airlines consider even the 22” Penny Board as sports equipment and they are not allowed in a carry-on. It’s best to contact your airline directly before your trip.
. Can I do tricks on a cruiser skateboard?
Depending on the set-up and deck of your cruiser skateboard, it is possible to do some tricks. If your deck has a kicktail, it is technically possible to do simple tricks like an ollie, pop shuv-it, manual, etc. If your cruiser has a nose, you can also do basic tricks off the nose. However, cruisers usually have large, heavy wheels and loose trucks that are designed for carving. Therefore, cruiser skateboards are generally not ideal for trick-oriented skating or the street course of a skatepark. If you want to add a little extra fun to your cruiser, try adding some slide rails! Then, you can slide across curbs, ledges, and coping, with a pure 80s style. You can find colorful slide rails in the Cruisin City online shop…