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Winter has officially arrived and with it all the usual horrible-ness – well that was until Autumn made a bit of a come back and meant that I could go out riding last weekend! Stoked! I also finally got round to writing something…result.

I’ve racked up a good few sessions now on the Subsonic GT and it’s low-ness has been misjudged three times, resulting in the pristine look being exchanged for a slightly more rugged one:

Last weekend I went on a nice leisurely skate towards Morges:

The cool thing is that I discovered that the bike route 1, section 6 actually carries on a lot further than expected although I had to run for about a kilometre to get across an unpaved section. This is awesome as it means that in theory I could get to Geneva without too much difficulty by just continuing the route.

I’ve also started using Endomondo to track my outings whereas previously I’d been using Runkeeper. All in all Endomondo seems to be a little more feature-packed, it certainly appears to be more social-media orientated. You find the same notion of ‘friends’ as on Facebook against which you can compare performances.

I actually started using Endomondo because over on the French forum Riderz there has recently been an upsurge in LDP/distance related talk. This is really good to see because for ages it was just Alex Bangnoi and myself yapping on as we tend to do. In the distance related thread there has been a couple of friendly challenges using Endomondo app and personally I’ve found them to be a really good way of motivating myself.

I turned 28 a little while ago and this event coincided with the arrival of a package from Pritchard Skate Designs. It is a slightly taller and pimped out (read coloured) version of the FWD+ short:

Look out for more tasty footstop treats seeing the light of day in the coming months. I wanted it to be a litle higher to be able to really push my front foot into the stop, I haven’t done many sessions on it yet but so far I’m really liking it.

In terms of gear, the following will probably be old news to most of you but I still think it is worth a mention. In all of my trucks I have never used the stock bushings as I have always found that the aftermarket bushings to feel a lot better. Also, I bought my trucks back in 2009/2010 before truck companies had really started to think seriously about the importance of the squishy bushings. Therefore I have run up to some obstacles: finding the right washers and almost always  having to stack them because they weren’t the right height – that kind of thing.

These puppies are a dream come true:

They are the Axcelspring washer cups by Griffin Skateboards‘ mastermind Thane Magee  and this is what they’re all about:

People are snapping their kingpins on their trucks left and right. The grade 8 washer and grade 8 kingpin in combination with bushings that are too soft are hanging up the kingpin and snapping it. Old, traditional washer cups surf around on the bushing and on the kingpin too much. It’s about time we have a state of the art washer cup that works to help the rider be safe. We have been working on solving this problem since 2009.

Why Are These Better?
The center sleeve puts the pressure on the center of the bushing, giving it more energy. The facing on either side of the washers gives extra grip to help grab onto the baseplate and the bushing. No movement equals straight power. It’s made in the USA in a one inch size and is machined from 303 stainless steel.

Whilst we’re on gear, the following caught my eye last week: Num cups

Some information from the thread:

Why?
Because your stock pivot cups suck. Chances are if you loosen up your trucks, you can wiggle the hanger back and forth in the pivot cup. And if you can’t, you most likely will be able to in the near future. This is because so many truck manufacturer’s keep using that same crap black plastic for their pivot cups that deforms are provides no compression of the hanger pivot which leads to slop.

How do these make my trucks feel better?
I’ll sum it up short for now: A pivot cup that provides compression of the hanger pivot does not allow for slop in the pivot cup area. This in turn moves all of the turning focus to the bushings. With these you’ll probably want to go down a duro or two from the regular bushings you’re using because of this.

I’ll be following this idea closely…more information on the Silverfish thread.

Bustin have also been busy and recently announced their latest lineup of reflective apparel for the winter:

The above is my favorite design. Here is some information into the thought gone into these new products:

This time around we had three focuses as we redesigned the gear;  (1) Improve the reflective safety gear (2) Incorporate some of the dopest board graphics into some shirts and (3) Make a hoodie that you can’t live without.

Sweet as!

7 responses

  1. Matthbro

    Nice report. So you did the ‘Tour de Morges’ on your GT but I see you are also doing some pumping? I thought the Illuminati was retired? A fiend of mine started with Endomondo this summer for his running rounds. Keep it going!

    Matt.

    November 22, 2011 at 21:27

    • Not retired, just resting for the moment :-)
      Am enjoying the GT but will be back on the Illuminati for some happy pumping times…

      November 23, 2011 at 12:24

    • Matthbro

      Uh…friend…

      November 24, 2011 at 00:05

  2. Good “season” report. Thane does a lot of tricks with Bennett additives, and his Axcelspring stuff is one of a kind.
    After the bushings, the tips (as we used to call this tiny pivot cups back in …the years).
    Good picks !

    November 23, 2011 at 02:19

  3. Hey Chris, recently found your blog and love it. I started my own over the summer which I have admittedly not kept on top of very well, and meant for it to document my attempt at learning to longboard but since I’ve successfully managed to accomplish that much, I’m thinking of turning it into a distance blog.

    Introductions aside, I was wondering what trucks you have on that Subsonic GT and how narrow/wide they are. I’m eyeballing Holey’s right now but haven’t made the plunge yet, I could be swayed!

    I’m also curious as to how you scored the GT and how it’s feeling after a long day of pushing. Keeping on top of Rob Thomsons writings it sounds like boards with a lot of carbon fibre in them can kill the feet after awhile. And I was also pretty curious about how you scored the G-bomb bindings with extra drop!

    November 23, 2011 at 04:32

  4. Bevilacqua

    the snow flakes going down the screen add a nice touch …
    I suppose they are linked to the weather forecast over the “lake district”.
    Let it snow let it snow let it snow …

    December 9, 2011 at 16:16

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