Having taken my kids down to the new local (amazing) skatepark in Oxhey I’ve decided that I need to get involved. My kids are young and currently just cycle/scoot and are a bit scared of going down anything over 3%. It’s not a mid-life crisis before anyone suggests that, I’m not even close to mid-life…
Has anyone got in skateboarding later on and have any tips?
Regular or goofy?
Get some decent knee pads and possible wrist guards
I gave up when the kick flip was new but can still ride on the flat. Not sure I’d be able to carve bowls anymore though
I actually fancy having a go myself, and I am mid-life, ok old
But the amount of times I fell off as a kid when my balance was better is telling me I shouldn’t
You can get a rideable board for the cost of a decent set of road bike brake pads. You’ve not got much to lose, other than some skin and maybe a day off work with concussion
As for tips.
Don’t lean back
If you’re dropping in…don’t lean back
Seems like sensible advice. Was going to get a helmet because I reckon riding a board in an aero road bike helmet might look a little odd.
Knee pads are number 1
Helmet, number 2
Learn to use and trust your knee pads do you can bail before stuff gets too sketchy
This is the new park about 15 mins drive from me
Some nice bowls to carve in there.
The cross bit to the right looks like a load of fun to ride. We took it very slow to start with. I did get my 4 year 4 month old riding properly, moved up from balance bike really nicely.
Looks more like a pump track!
Take up Longboarding. Much more (almost) middle aged
We’ll also be expecting a video of you riding along to “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
Maybe. They described as a ‘bike trail’ though there is a pumpscape in the middle too.
Honestly I couldn’t tell you the difference between a pumpscape and the flow park but if I could do any of it on a board without landing on my face I’d be very please.
Now I just need a Palace board to fit with the kids.
A Rapha jersey would be almost the same now, right?
full aero skinsuit with the duck hat
ah maaaaan… I’ve now got a mental picture of jgav with big hair, a head band, large square framed glasses and a pair of slightly too tight, high cut shorts with a walkman on