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Safety

Lets have a safe ride

Skateboarding and its various disciplines form a beautiful sport, and some might say maybe even a way of life.

But skateboarding has risks and can be an extremely dangerous endeavour. Vehicle traffic, lack of equipment maintenance, and excessive speed can lead to collisions, loss of control, and falls. Even experienced riders have been injured and killed. 

The Basic 3 Rules:

1

​Inspect your gear each time before you skate to ensure it is in proper working order.

 

Inspect and adjust your board before you ride. Always check for damage integral to structural integrity. This includes excessive play (looseness) of parts, bent or deformed parts and any broken or cracked parts. In the instance of serious defects, parts should be replaced immediately. 

2

Protective gear.

 

Be sure to wear a helmet and any other protective gear you feel my be beneficial when riding (this may include elbow, wrist; or knee pads, or more depending on the discipline).

 

Wearing a helmet can mean the difference between life and death. Don’t become another statistic.

3

Be Wise.

Ride within your ability.

Don’t ride faster than you can handle as you can lose control of your board at any speed.

And use your common sense:

  • Stay clear of moving traffic.

  • Ride with others. Accidents happen. 

  • Ride during the day. (But if you ride in the dark, ensure to wear a hi-visibility vest and lights). 

  • Use products as they are designed and intended.

Safety & Maintenance

Safety First

Inspect your gear before you ride to ensure it is in proper working order. 

Always check for damage integral to the structural integrity of your deck, trucks and wheels.

 

Inspection should include:

  • Checking for excessive play (looseness) of parts. (Due to the nature of the design of Stubby trucks and its adjustable parts it is imperative to regularly check fixings are securely fastened. This is equally imperative when adjustments have been made to the adjustable rake and baseplate angle.) 

  • Bent or deformed parts.

  • Any broken or cracked parts.

​In the instance of serious defects, parts should be replaced immediately. 


Stubby Trucks Maintenance

To ensure your Stubby Trucks continue to perform safely and to a high level it is imperative to undertake regular and routine maintenance.

Kingpin & Bushings

Stubby Trucks are intended for LDP (Long Distance Pumping & Pushing) and in turn by nature of the discipline, changing your kingpins and bushings should be undertaken frequently and routinely. Trucks utilised for LDP experience a high level of stress on the kingpin due to the high frequency of oscillation of the hanger as a result of turning and leaning motions that they undergo during pumping. Subsequently, it is very important to regularly inspect the kingpin and frequently and routinely replace it. 

Replacement of bushings on a routine basis can help ensure continued good rebound of your trucks and help with stability.   

Stubby trucks utilise a standard sized 3/8" x 24 UNF (0.375" or 9.525mm) Hex bolt with a length of 70mm

(Note: Trucks are currently supplied with Kingpins made from Grade 5 Titanium (6AL-4V) and are available from our online store. Dependant on demand, an aircraft grade steel kingpin alternative maybe made available.)

Axles, Nuts & Bolts

Due to the nature of the design of Stubby trucks and its adjustable parts it is imperative to regularly check fixings are securely fastened. This is equally imperative when adjustments have been made to the adjustable rake and baseplate angle.

Whilst unlikely it is advised to routinely inspect your axles, nuts and bolts for deformations and abnormalities.

(Note: Trucks are currently supplied with axles, nuts and bolts made from Grade 5 Titanium (6AL-4V) and are available from our online store. Dependant on demand, an F125 steel alloy axle alternative maybe made available.)

Stubby Precision Trucks - Bull Dog with Flowers

Disclaimer: Stubby Trucks are intended for LDP (Long Distance Pumping & Pushing) and should not be used for other disciplines of skateboarding such as street and park skateboarding. Doing so may result serious injury and damage to property.

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