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The Dusters 34" Wake is designed for cruising and carving. Pressed with 8 plies of maple, it measures 34" long and 9" wide. With a radial concave down the platform to help you lock in, the deck has a layer of black and blue grip tape. The drop though, directional shape tapers from the front wheel cutouts to back.

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Pre-built by Dusters, the Wake comes fully assembled with Slant 180mm Trucks, Dusters Wheels, and Dusters Bearings.

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Chemistry Inside The Wheel: The Urethane Molecule [Part One]

Up to the late 60s, wheels were manufactured from clay or metal and lasted 8 to 9 hours. In the early 70s, Frank Nasworthy introduced the urethane wheel to the sidewalk surfing world. This new smooth riding wheel propelled the sport into modern day skateboarding. As the sport progressed new wheels were being created for different styles of skating. Adjusting the recipe for urethane can change wheel properties, like durometer, which you can use to optimize your ride. Just what is urethane? And what exactly is changed to adjust the properties of a wheel?

Zelda Ziegler, Professor of Chemistry at the Central Oregon Community College, sat down with me to discuss urethane wheels on a molecular level. Because each wheel company uses unique formulas, we were unsure where to start. However, there are some things common to all urethane polymers. All polymers are made by repeating two different types of small molecules which she represented as A and B. In poly-urethanes they alternate ABABABABA..ect. for many repeating units. The A side provides half of the urethane link and the B side provides the other. Each A and B have at least two connecting points on the molecule. The connections on the A molecules are called isocyanate groups. The connections on the B side can be many different things, but are usually alcohol groups. When you put all the A's and B's together, they easily connect together to form extremely long chains with freshly made urethane linkages. When you have molecules this long and flexible, they form elastic solids.

Many thanks to Zelda Ziegler, Professor of Chemistry at the Central Oregon Community College. http://www.cocc.edu/directory/departments/chemistry/
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Bustin out the Boom Box.

Owned and operated by Keith Schuman, Recycle Music sits on the corner of Arizona and NW Bond in Bend, Oregon. The crew and I went to check out some records and shoot the Bustin 38” Boombox. The shop is packed from floor to ceiling with music in different forms. There are over 20,000 new and used records on display in this little shop. In addition to those, they offer DVDs, CDs, tapes, sound systems, and vintage collectable toys.

Open since September of 2012, Recycled Music has constant foot traffic. Keith and Travis were continuously busy as they spoke with customers about different albums, artists, and vinyl quality. While they talked about music of every shape and form, Ryan, Scott, Taylor and I started shooting the +Bustin Boards​ Boombox.

This deck fit in on the first beat. The smaller of the two Boombox shapes, the 38” was easy to carry through the tight isles and stash when needed. The ThermoGlass Construction under the graphic makes this beauty rockin’ and as durable as the New York skate culture.

The Bustin Boca 75mm 82a Wheels, rocker, and concave dialed up the comfort of this ride to full blast. The soft flex absorbed the bumps and cracks on the sidewalk. Fitted with 180mm Paris Trucks, the micro drop platform and kicktails made commuting to Recycled Music a freestyle blast.

Our many thanks to the Bustin Crew for creating this versatile design.

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It's music to your ears. The +Bustin Boards  Premier Formula 70mm 78a Wheel.

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The Bear Grizzly 852 Trucks are done hibernating. With a 181mm hanger, this responsive downhill and freeride truck comes in 6 different colors to customize your style.

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Stoneground vs Smooth: Looking Beneath The Surface Of A Longboard Wheel.

Wheels come with two different surface textures, stoneground and smooth. Stone ground surfaces are pre-broken in, which makes breaking into slides less difficult. Smooth surfaces usually have a glossy finish and provide maximum grip.

Why?

Up close roads have a jagged and rough surface. The top of these surfaces have a variation of contact points. Looking closely, a smooth surface wheel lays flat against the pavement. This creates more contact points between the wheel and the road. This causes more resistance, which means more grip. Stoneground has a rough surface very similar to the road. The contact points are inconsistent and less frequent, meaning less resistance. This allows the wheel to slide easier.

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Madrid Elephant Missionary Bamboo Longboard. http://www.thelongboardstore.com/…/madrid-38-elephant-miss…/
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Loaded 43" Dervish Sama.
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Here's a taste of next weeks article: Chemistry Inside the Wheel: The Urethane Molecule. #thelongboardstore #urethane #cocc #molecularscience #skatescience 
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+Kryptonics Skateboards  Star Trac Wheels, the originals since 1976. Shown with the original 1979 Milton Bradley Big Trak.

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