How to easily make a brake for your longboard?
The advantages of having a brake on your longboard are numerous. The non – existence of already built-in brake in skateboards and longboards have always been a key factor why some people don’t choose longboarding as a hobby of a sport. Now, however, there are professionally made breaks which can get easily installed by a skateboard shop employee. You don’t have to lift a finger, and yet you get a break which will keep you from falling and hurting others. There are, of course, numerous ways of stopping your longboard without having a brake installed, but having it is a much more secure way to ride your longboard. It’s definitely a better solution than all those methods. But, these breaks which you can get just by buying them can be expensive. There are, however, ways of making your own brake which can be just as effective and long lasting.
What you need
To make a brake, you are gonna have to buy some sort of a pad that is relatively flexible, which you can bend with more or less effort. Then you are gonna need a small plastic or wooden item, something thicker than the pad you will be using, perhaps something in the shape of a cube or dice. You will need several screws and nuts, pliers and a drilling machine. Now let’s begin.
Fist step – Installing a pad
Since you will be pressing a brake while driving, you are gonna have to install the pad on the other side of the deck, there the trucks are. You will have to fix the pad to the deck only on one side, the one that’s on the back side of your longboard, where your back foot would be. Drill two holes on your pad and two on your board, and they fix the pad with screws and nuts using pliers to make sure it stays attached.
Second step – Making a brake mechanism
It’s not as complicated as it sounds. So you have your pad installed. Take the part of your pad that doesn’t have holes drilled in it and which you didn’t attach to the deck. Take the drill and make a hole just in the middle of that end, and then drill a hole in your longboard deck to fit the hole you’ve drilled on your pad because there’s an item that has to be pulled through both holes. That item is a screw. The screw has to be very long, because it’s gonna have to be visible on the deck of your board, and it’s gonna have to go through the plastic or wooden cube. Also, the holes you’ve drilled in the deck and in the pad will have to be wide enough for the screw to make up and down movements with ease. Pull that screw through the pad and the deck, and take the plastic or a wooden box and drill a tight hole through it, so that the screw won’t fall off once it’s attached to it. Attach the box to the screw and you have yourself a brake mechanism.
Third step – Testing
The way this works is similar to the bicycle brake –you step on a brake and then the bicycle stops. When you are riding your longboard, you step on the screw you’ve installed and that’s visible on your deck. You step on it with your front foot and the screw presses the wooden or a plastic box into the ground. That’s why the holes have to be wide enough in order for a screw to freely move up and down because if it can’t, you won’t be able to break.
It’s very important to have a break, and this way is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to do it. You really don’t need to fall, hurt yourself and then buy tons of products to heal your wounds. Breaking prevents that from happening in a significant way. Besides, there’s a psychological side to it as well – every time you know you have to stop and you feel your fear that you may not succeed, the brake will take away those fears.
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