Break in your longboard wheels with increasingly intense turns.
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Longboard wheels are made from softer plastic than standard skateboard wheels. While softer plastic is great for absorbing shock and gripping the road, longboard wheels need some breaking in before you can use them to slide, turn or skid to a stop. Start with a gentle ride and gradually work your way to sharper turns and slides as your wheels break into shape.1.
Choose a road or parking lot that allows skating, is in relatively good shape and also provides some friction. Roads in bad shape will be hard to navigate on new wheels and may damage the wheels before they're even broken in.2.
Ride on your board for five to 10 miles, going as fast as comfortably possible but without attempting any slides. This initial ride begins to wear off the wheels' oily outer layer.3.
Shift your weight from side to side more forcefully to carve hard turns for the last 30 minutes of your joyride.4.
Check the surface of the wheel to verify that it is beginning to break in. The wheels are ready to start sliding once they have a slight texture and the shiny surface is gone. Keep riding casually, without sliding, until the wheels begin to wear slightly.5.
Execute basic slides by letting the back end of the board drift slightly when you turn. Be ready for difficult, choppy slides when you first hit this phase since your wheels aren't properly tuned for sliding yet.6.
Slide the same number of times in each direction so your wheels wear evenly.7.
Perform more difficult slides as the board gradually rounds into shape. Practicing slides at a variety of angles helps wear the wheels evenly.