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February 5, 2010

At the ASR show, we saw some amazing new products!  Motorized skateboards, decks spangled with LED lights, your photo on your grip tape, and so on.  Back in September, I blogged about the costs of skateboarding equipment, and I was excited to see a new product that solves a big problem of recurring costs.  A new skateboard deck costs at least $40 and immediately starts wearing down at the tips.  Logan can wear one out completely in a month.  As P.SK8  says on their website, “when your tips are new, maximum pop is achieved and as your tips wear down, the deck’s performance (and yours) declines dramatically. This is why pro riders replace their decks every few days.”  The solution is a wooden tongue at each tip that slides into a plastic end-cap.  So when the tip wears down, you just replace the plastic end-cap ($8), instead of the entire deck.  Now if only I could re-sole Logan’s sneakers…

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