Find Part 2 to this adventure here.
The survey results are shared here. Play with them if you like.
But the real result of the survey is something that emerged from the data. The results gave me a general conclusion that people tend to skate whatever feels most comfortable to them, but wheelbase preference
seems to be the strongest decision factor. People can give or take 1/2" here or there, but they don't like to change their wheelbase much. That is the major factor when deciding on a skateboard.
What I've found is that for bowl skating, I prefer a wheelbase somewhere around 50% of my inseam. My inseam is 34 inches, so that means about 17". And, 17" actually works out really nicely for me in bowls. Turns out width isn't as important, but anything between 8.5" and 9" works great. With a proper wheelbase for my inseam, the width isn't as important because my front foot goes to the right place on the board: the ball of my foot is right behind the front bolts and in the middle of the width of the deck. My back foot, meanwhile, fits nicely into the pocket of the tail. On street and flatland, though, 17" is too much wheelbase, and my front foot is too far back to give me good board control. A 14" - 15" wheelbase does better for street for me. Width can be anywhere from 8.2" - 8.6" on street and I'll feel pretty comfy.
UPDATE 9/6/2013: find part 2 of this article here
All right, so, those are the survey results. Here are some pictures of my big setup, followed by some pictures of some equipment that's going to go through the review cycle soon.
|Top view of my Deckcrafters custom. Pretty awesome shape, but of course it is: I designed it!|
I've tested $100+ trucks before: the Theeve TiH. But what about precision trucks? These Surf Rodz TKP (traditional kingpin) 159mm trucks are billet aluminum marvels of close tolerance precision engineering. Skating them is definitely a different experience than typical cast aluminum trucks. More to come on these wonders.
|Surf Rodz TKP trucks come in many pieces, just like you see here.|
|Surf Rodz TKP 159, fully assembled. The blue things on the axles are the spacers that I hadn't removed yet: those are meant to go in the wheels between the bearings.|
|Surf Rodz TKP 159.|
|Wear a CPSC helmet with a sweatband. It's much better than the spongy foam they put in at the factory.|