Free skate tool with purchases over $200
Contrary to popular belief, choosing what size board to ride has little to do with your height or shoe size. A beginner rider should choose a board that feels comfortable under their feet. There are, however, performance differences between different deck sizes that we'd be happy to discuss in-store or over the phone.
Our team recommends a 7.75 or 8.0
In general, we reccoment "rail matching" your trucks and deck, though some riders prefer wider or narrower trucks for various reasons.
No, because clear grip tape is made from a plastic that wears away more quickly than s black griptape.
You should use soft risers (shock pads) when you want to diffuse the stress on your skateboard or longboard. You should use hard riser pads when you want to raise the board so you don't get wheel bite as a result of using a larger wheel.
Abec 9 bearings are multi purpose bearings designed to the Annular Bearing Engineering Committee's specifications. Reds bearings are "Skate Rated."
Skateboard wheels are mesured on the durometer scale. The higher the number on the scale, the harder the wheels. In general, skateboard wheels range from 97a to 103a, and longboard wheels range from 74a to 85a. Some brands, for example Bones, use the "b" durometer scale. The "b" scale is similar to the "a" scale, but reads 20 points lower (80b = 100a).
Ceramic bearings offer performance and durability benefits that are desirable for some types of skating along with being more resistant to rust.
Though most trucks look similar, small differences exist that can drastically change the "feel" of a truck. Different brands come with different hardness bushings, which change the turning feel. Some trucks are "higher" or "lower" than others, which effects pop when doing tricks. Different truck brands even have varying axle to axle wheelbases, which can affect the turning circle among other things. At the end of the day, these slight differences are why some people prefer one brand over another. Additionally, reverse kingpin trucks designed for longboards offer a more stable and predictable turn at higher speeds.
Yes, as long as guests complete and sign a waiver they can enjoy skating on our ramps.
Bethesda Boards will be happy to discuss hosting a private party. Please call us so we can talk about the party packages we offer.
We will be happy to arrange for catering, but guests are welcome to provide their own food.
Yes. Parents are welcome to spend time at the board building station in our shop.