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Anyone on here fingerboard?
Our wee 2.8y/o girl loves watching skateboarding on YouTube but she's still too young to be standing on a skateboard so I grabbed a load of TechDeck fingerboards from eBay that were a bargain. She is in love with one of them - it's pink and has a monster on it - exactly what she wanted!
I spent last Friday night with a few beers and a shitload of cardboard making a decent sized half pipe for her (ok and me) to play with the fingerboards on. She's taken to it pretty well and it's her go-to toy at the moment which I'm stoked about.
Have just discovered that you can get professional fingerboard decks that run up into the same price range as an actual deck!
These tech decks are like £6 each.
A pro deck can be £30, Wheels (with bearings!) £35, Trucks £40!
Guessing that its easier to master tricks on these pro wood boards rather than techdeck plastic crap?
I'm strangely tempted!
Lots of nice shops and decks out there
On eBay you can buy 3D printed deck molds based on shapes from Berlin Wood, Unique etc then make your own decks with some maple veneer and wood glue and some blood sweat and tears.
Would be quality to make some then get graphics heat transferred onto them. Could you do heat transfer (at home) of your own designs?
- the time spent doing this with your daughter is priceless and you should be proud, because that’s absolutely amazing and worthy of praise.monospaced
- but ... professional ... finger boards. dude. Hahamonospaced
- spot on monoutopian
- I loved building models as a kid. Great hobby. I love being a nerd with legos. I get it. But $30 for a 2” deck you ride with fingers? Professionally? Funny.monospaced
- lol monofuturefood
I hear handboarding is a thing now
Was so into that when I was a kid in the 80's. Built halfpipes out of shoeboxes, and was always on the look out for the perfect sink at someone's house to use as a bowl. It seems stupid now but it was fun. Making the grip tape for the boards, or no grip tape and breathing on your fingers to make them sticky. All my fingerboarding came before the new-school symmetrical boards - they all looked like the 80's style skateboards. In fact, those fingerboards were sold as keychains from what I remember and we'd just take the ring off. Wheels spun too.
Sometimes we'd take them apart to make our own graphics inside. They didn't come with all the crap they do now like different trucks, wheels, etc.
I never quite understood the little bicycles that were a complement to fingerboards when those started cropping up as the X-Games bike events got popular. They just seem so hard to play with as opposed to a skateboard. My nephews had some at some point and my brain would just lock up trying to figure out how they had fun with them.
Why does it sound like a torture device?
mg33, I used to have one of those fingerboard (keyrings) back in the day too - it was an ALVA board that I had. I had left-over rip-grip as my griptape on it.
And used to do like Ben_ too, would get photos of the latest boards from skateboard magazines and mount them to card to make card fingerboards (sans wheels). You could still get ollies out of them ;)
If I was lucky enough to be at my dads studio at somepoint with a skatemag I'd be able to use the photocopier to get copies of the decks or blow them up to size.
Man that's just brought back memories of the skate zine that me and a few friends used to knock up and I'd get loads of copies photocopies at my dads work. Mag was called "2 sk8 or not to sk8".
Monospaced - thanks for the reality check slap in the face. Yup I don't need to be spending £100 on a "professional" fingerboard ;)
I was just playing around. I too made mini skateboards in the '80s. We would cut out the pictures of decks from Skateboarder magazine and mount them to cardboard also. Wow.
One of my 6th grade teachers was a brutal old british Mother of 6 boys who didn't put up w/any of shit... and even worse used to give us shit over things she felt foolish / wouldn't let her kids near. I clearly remember her go at a couple of boys playing w/their fingerboards and homemade shoebox halfpipes...
"Really? Do you get your jollies pretending you can skateboard? I've seen some of you try the real thing after school and I suppose this is a far better choice for you... looks quite stupid though... right... put it away."
When fingerboarding is outlawed, only outlaws will have fingerboards.