Commuting with Longboards: Let's Talk About Those Tricky Turns
Jul 26, 2023
There's an unmistakable joy in zipping through city streets on your electric longboard, like the popular Wowgo's 2s Max. However, every urban explorer might hit a roadblock when it comes to maneuvering sharp corners. Before you consider trading your longboard for a kicktail skateboard, there are a few tips and tricks to make your longboard more flexible and adaptable.
Understanding the Basics: Trucks and Bushings
Firstly, get to know your longboard's hardware. The trucks, or the metal components connecting the wheels to the board, play a crucial role in maneuverability. By loosening these, especially the front ones, your longboard can negotiate sharper turns. But beware, this adjustment requires a new balance as the board becomes more responsive to your movements.
Similarly, bushings, the rubber-like components within the trucks, influence your turning radius. Switching to softer bushings can facilitate easier turns. Remember, any mechanical changes should be made gradually, with comfort and safety at the forefront.
Experimenting with Surf Adapters
Surf adapters can significantly enhance your longboard's maneuverability. This innovative component offers a surf-like feel to your ride, providing an unmatched level of agility. Brands like Waterbourne are heralded within the longboarding community for their exceptional surf adapters.
Note: As the brand, we do not recommend any disassembly or modification, as this requires professional knowledge and skill. The information provided is solely for reference purposes.
Considering a Board Swap
If adjustments still don't provide the desired control, a board swap might be the way to go. A smaller deck, such as the WowGo Mini 2S kicktail deck, could offer the added maneuverability you're looking for. However, this could also mean sacrificing some range and speed. Good news is we are launching the WowGo Mini 2S with longer range, stay tuned!
The Golden Rule: Practice Makes Perfect
Lastly, never underestimate the power of practice. Navigating sharp corners with grace comes with time. By learning to anticipate your path and lean into your turns, you can drastically enhance your riding experience. As one user on an electric skateboard forum wisely put it, "look at where you want to go."
Electric longboards, such as the Wowgo 2s Max, are incredible tools for urban commuting. But they require a level of skill and understanding to unlock their full potential. Whether it's adjusting the hardware, switching the deck, or perfecting your turns through practice, the key is to enjoy the journey. The urban jungle is yours to explore.