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Blue Moon… You saw me standing alone… Without a dream in my heart… Without a love of my own. - Still one of my favorite beers, and a particularly good batch this year. #BlueMoon #beer #Belgian #BelgianWhite #Brew #Belgianstyle #ale
Incline Flattop, two tone fade painted wheel cutouts and truck mount points. I just did this on a whim, not sure how I feel about it. #Longboard #Longboards #Longboarding#LongBoarder #skate #skateboard #longboardlife #Inclineflattop #InclineLongboards #Paint #painting #Art #longboardart
Introducing (aka leaking) the new Kyle Wester Pro Model from Rayne Longboards This bad boy is an asymmetrical top mount featuring rayne’s fat bottom concave, sweet wheel flares, an adjustable wheelbase starting at about 24”, an a flat kick in the back if you want. This deck also features one of my favorite graphics put onto a skateboard
That’s all I’m going to say for now but make sure to check this deck out in the next coming months because it is fucking awesome.
My new MohawkfromIncline's line of long boards. I decided to create some custom nose and tail protectors, designed to cut down on the impact damage all boards suffer from hitting curbs and such when they get away from the rider or when you eat it. I used PVC pipe bends, cut with a Dremal to fit precisely. I used quarter inch thick Vibram shoe sole rubber between the PVC and the board to act as a shock absorbers. These are held on by pressure alone and can be easily removed and replaced.
I also covered the entire perimeter of the board with Gorilla glue tape, and a layer of engineering grade white reflective tape over that. The nose and tail protectors/bumpers were painted white, and then covered first with white reflective tape, then lines of red or orange reflective tape, in order to make the board more visible at night. There's also glow-in-the-dark tape covering other areas like the trucks and risers.
Gorilla glue tape runs the entire perimeter of the board including just below the gas pedals, covered by a layer of reflective white tape
I painted the wheel cutouts white and added glow-in-the-dark tape on the bottom of the tale and the tip of the nose, These wheels stickers with a couple of glow-in-the-dark tape strips to outline the graphic
The nose guard is designed to cut down on impact damage that contributes to delamination, and hopefully extend the life of the board.
Providing complete protection for the tail required 3 guards in the positions which will likely take a direct curb impact
After painting the bumpers white to match the board, they were covered with Red and white reflective tape, making the board much more visible at night.
The nose got white and orange reflective tape
The bumpers served to protect the board and also make it more visible improving safety for the rider
The highly reflective tape along the edge of the board also improves safety by making it more visible at night. The Gorilla glue tape beneath provides protection for the board from road damage. It's easy to remove and replace.
Another plus to all the reflective and glow-in-the-dark surfaces, when you're board goes rogue land torpedo on you and plummets down into a ravine or disappears into the undergrowth at night, it makes it a whole lot easier to find.
The Supermodel converted to atop Mount, also added some Vicious grip tape replacing the original Jessup tape
Have been riding this Earthwing for two years now and it's holding up well.
As a top mount the board is definitely more divey and responsive
The Indy trucks are much more responsive in the top mount configuration
Bought a couple of electrical box covers from Home Depot, and trimmed them down to use as reinforcement plates for the truck mounting points. A noticeable decrease in overall flex and a definite improvement in board stiffness and overall stability at speed while bombing. Covered them in reflective engineering tape to match the rest of the board.
The metal plate compensates for the wood that's been removed to make the board a dropped through, the stiffening and stabilizing effect is so pronounced I think I might try this method on my next topmount build
Overall I think the top mount conversion worked well, board feels much the same, not as good for pushing since it's higher, but a noticeable improvement in leverage In this mounting configuration, plus significantly improved stiffness with the plates, compared to this configuration without the plates.