A basic step in learning how to skateboard is knowing the parts of your skateboard. Learning all the separate skateboard parts is easy. Use this guide to learn the names of each part, the function and where to place each part while building your complete skateboard and get ready to rip!
Learning The Parts of a Skateboard
1. Mounting bolts.
Used to mount the trucks to the deck and otherwise known as hardware. There are eight total, four for each truck.
One side of the griptape is adhesive backed and sticks to the board. The other side feels like a medium grade sandpaper (this helps your feet stick to the board and not slip off while you skate!).
3. Skateboard deck.
The wooden platform that you stand on, the bottom side of the deck usually has painted graphics. Read more about skateboard decks
4. Riser pads.
Made of rubber. Two total, one for each truck. These are used in order to add a little height between the wheels and the deck to avoid the two from touching while in a tight turn or hard landing and to separate the metal of the truck from the wood of the deck. Think shock absorption.
The metal axle that you mount your wheels to. Trucks consist of a baseplate, axle and a kingpin and bushing hold everything together while allowing the axle to tilt for turning. More information on skateboard trucks here
Skateboard wheels come in a large variety of sizes, colors, designs and materials, some wheels are made of harder materials and others are softer. More information on skateboard wheels
A small piece of metal used to separate bearings at a fixed width. The first bearing is put into the wheel, then the space in the middle, then the second bearing is put into the wheel (spaced in the middle). Trucks normally come with spacers.
Two for each wheel. Ball bearings allow the wheels to spin. Click here for more information on skateboard bearings
The nut goes on the end of the axle, holding the bearings, spacer and wheel in place. Make sure that you use the locking kind or they will come loose after skating for awhile. All decent trucks will already come with locking nuts so no need to worry.
For more in-depth information on each skateboard part, check out the details. More info on accessories like custom skate shoes here.