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Ride in the rain, clean your bearings

written by Mike March 14, 2010

Photo:  Annah Rowe

This weekend has been forcasted to be rainy and windy.  The forcast is spot on.  The past few days have been so wet that streets are too flooded for cars, and longboards.  I received a few calls at the shop today about riding in the rain.  My answer was simple.  Yes, you can ride in the rain.  water can damage a board and rust your beraings/hardware but there are plenty of products that protect and cleanse your components against the elements.  Bones makes a product called “Speed Lube” that will extend the life of your bearings, bushings and bushing cups.  We learned a couple drops of Speed Lube will fix a jammed lock mechanism this afternoon.  Bustin also carries bearing cleaning kit made by Bones.  The kit is simple and effective.  Paired with the Speed Creram, the Bones cleaning kit is the ultimate repair kit for a longboard (next to the multi-tool).

Moral of the story, it is ok to ride in the rain.  Don’t forget to clean your bearings and lube afterwards because water does affect their longevity.  Remember, there is a solution to almost everything longboarding.

Don’t hesitste to ask!



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Maclyn Bean March 15, 2010 at 8:45 am

Wd-40 and T-9 lube works fine as well

Spencer March 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

wd40 screws up bearings

Felipe March 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Do you guys recommend the aqua hawgs (on the strike left of the I<3 NY)? do they actually make a difference?

Calvin March 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

What about the decks warping?

Julian M. March 17, 2010 at 9:19 am

decks warp, bearings get fucked, and i’ve hurt myself too many times in the rain….. basically, if you care about your shit, don’t skate in the rain. if you don’t give a fuck and can replace most of your shit once it gets beat and water-logged and rusty, then enjoy!!
and wd40 is the worst thing to use on bearings, ever.
when it rains, i take the train.
or bike… but skateboard, nay.

Shell P. April 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

This is funny. I rode my Bustin Maestro in the rain once. I wiped the board afterwards and thoroughly cleaned my bearings. The board snapped in 4 months and when i asked bustin to replace it they said water damage isn’t in the warranty and now they’re saying it’s okay? lol Or do they seal their Strikes and not their Maestros?

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