Have you seen a Penny Board before? If you did, we have the same question, “How to ride penny board?” Penny Boards offer you a smooth way to commute. But its short length might give a thought – is that even possible?
Well, let’s find out in this article. First, let’s first talk about what is Penny Board.
Penny Board – What Is It?
The word Penny came from the company – Penny Skateboards, founded by Ben Mackay in 2010. The Australian-based company made skateboards in three different sizes:
- Penny or 22” long deck
- Nickel or 27” long deck
- Cruiser Variant or 32” long deck
After the release of these skateboards, many companies followed suit in creating their own Penny Board. These plastic skateboards are now often referred to as Penny Boards.
We’ll focus our discussion on the Penny Board.
A Penny Board is a light, small, plastic deck skateboard that includes wheels, deck, and truck. The Penny Board parts are pre-assembled, but you can buy the parts separately and make your own setup. Penny Boards also have ABEC 7 bearing and a quality bearing.
If you notice the board’s shape, it’s similar to the classic or retro surfboard style. Yes, the skateboard shape comes from the skateboards of the 1960s and 1970s. These skateboards are quite narrow and have a pointed nose. A kicktail is also visible on the board, but there’s no kick on the board’s nose. The board’s front trucks are set to close up near the nose end.
Penny Boards are available in different colors, so it’s easy for you to pick the skateboard color you like.
Penny Board Uses
As I mentioned, a Penny Board is good for commuting. The Penny Board’s design is similar to cruiser boards. You can put a Penny Board in your backpack easily because it’s small and lightweight.
Penny Board wheels are softer and larger than typical skateboards so the board can tackle pebbles, cracks, and even rough terrain.
Do you want to gain fast speeds while on the road? You can do that with a Penny Board.
A Penny Board’s big soft wheels, light size, and bearings allow you to achieve high speeds. You can speed up through minimal pushing. Riders can lift up the board’s front because of the tail kick. Thus, Penny Boards are ideal for commuting or cruising!
Now that you know the Penny Board uses. Let’s answer the big question at the beginning of this article:
How to Ride A Penny Board?
You can soon ride a shortboard like a pro by remembering the three main aspects: Foot Position, Balance, and How to Stop. Let’s talk about this below.
Yes, you might know to position your foot on a long skateboard, but it’s different when you’re riding a Penny Board. No doubt, you’ll experience trouble in setting your foot on a shortboard for the first time.
Don’t worry! Here are simple tips to achieve a good food position.
Your Stance is Important
(For those who have experience riding a skateboard, skip this.) Find your stance if you’re a beginner in skateboarding.
Stand on one foot in front of your other foot on the shortboard. Note: If a rider places his/her left foot on the short board’s front and the right foot on the back, that’s a regular stance. A rider is doing the goofy stance if he or she is placing the right foot on the board’s front.
Placing Your Feet
Longboards have plenty of space for your feet, but it’s different in Penny Boards. You only see 22” to 27” inches on the shortboard. Hence, it’s essential to place your feet in the right position.
Place your foot over the board’s bolts or below the two bolts on the front. With this, you’ll have a solid position once you start to move the shortboard.
Note: The back-foot’s position doesn’t matter. Why? Your front foot is responsible for the short board’s pushing. Place your foot carefully on the board when you like to stop.
Do you know what the secret on how to ride the penny board is? It’s balance. But let’s face it – not all riders (especially beginners) aren’t good in balance.
Don’t worry because there are variations you can try to help improve your balance.
- Bend Your Knee
The key to balancing on shortboards come down to the front leg. Bend your knee to place extra weight on the Penny Board. Note that your front leg is positioned in an upside-down L shape.
- Begin in a Flat Spot
If you struggle with balancing, start in a flat part, and practice riding the board using one foot while the other foot is pushing the board.
- Transition Your Front Foot in Horizontal Stance
You can control carving the board by transitioning your front foot in a horizontal stance.
Yes, you’re learning to balance and move the board. Here’s one of the most important aspects you need to learn – how to stop the shortboard?
Taking a Brake on the Penny Board
Unlike balancing, stopping a shortboard is easy. Here are two main techniques that would help you stop the board successfully.
I’ll bet beginners on skateboarding would agree that Foot Braking is the easiest way of stopping a shortboard. In this technique, you’ll use the same motion you’re using to push and get the shortboard moving.
Take your one foot off and drag your shoe’s sole across the pavement. But remember to keep your shoe on the ground when you’re doing this. Why? You’ll assure even breaking, and you wouldn’t throw off the board.
Penny Boards are extremely durable; hence this gives us another option of stopping it. Jump off from the shortboard if you feel it’s wobbling. Don’t worry! Your Penny Board would be fine because Penny Boards have tough plastic material.
But in doing this, you might harm yourself. Take note: A Penny Board couldn’t handle high speeds. Thus, start with low speeds first during your practice.
That’s it! Now, you know how to stop a short running board. But don’t get too excited yet. You still have one more move to learn before you know how to ride the penny board properly.
Turning Your Penny Board
You have two main ways to turn a shortboard easily – shift your weight or using the kicktail. For beginners, shifting weight is the easiest way to turn the shortboard. Meanwhile, using the kicktail is your best option if you aim to make sharp and rapid turns.
Shifting Your Weight
The key to turning the board is putting extra weight to the direction you aim to go. For example, you can turn right by pushing the toes harder. You can lean your back so that you can maintain your balance on the board.
Take note: Loosen the trucks on the shortboard if the board doesn’t turn fast. You’ll see a nut on the trucks. Loosen the nut, and you’ll turn faster.
Using the Kicktail
The kick tail is more difficult to handle than shifting body weight on the board. Use your back foot to execute a kick turn on the Penny Board. Press the tail down smoothly so that the front wheels aren’t on the pavement. Then, you can swivel to the direction you like.
Remember: You should perform a kick turn when the Penny Board is in a stopped position because it’s safe.
Penny Board Maintenance
It’s not enough that you how to ride penny board. If you want to ride our shortboard and fast, it’s wise to maintain your Penny Board.
Don’t worry because Penny Boards don’t need too much maintenance.
Follow these simple tips so that you can keep your shortboard in good condition:
- Don’t leave the Penny Board outside because the morning dew gets to your board. The shortboard could be rusted.
- Don’t let the short board’s bearings get wet to prevent rust.
- Wipe off the deck’s back if it’s sprayed with water.
- Oil the board’s bearings often so these spin faster and protected from rust.
You can use a napkin in drying the water off the bearings. Jam a napkin where the bearing and spinning wheel is located. The napkin would remove the dirt or water. Re-oil the bearings if you want. But you can let the bearings to dry on its own and ride the shortboard easily.
Take note: Re-oil the bearings when you hear a loud sound in spinning them. Use bearing oil, such as speed cream.
Now, you can ride a Penny Board.
A Penny Board, despite its small size and short length, isn’t that difficult to ride. You need to place your foot on the board correctly, balance, know how to brake and turn, and there’s no problem.
Remember that practice is also essential in riding a Penny Board. Don’t forget to keep the shortboard dry and keep safe at all times.
Come now and practice riding a penny board today. Then, enjoy and have fun!