Vandem Longboard Shop News
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About six months ago, we got a bit obsessed with reducing the amount of plastic that we ship in all our orders.
Bubble wrap, shrink wrap, packing tape - all plastic. All single use, and all likely to end up in a landfill - or worse, the ocean.
So we set out on a mission to reduce or eliminate single use plastic from the shop and our packaging wherever we could.
- We switched to paper packing tape rather than the conventional plastic stuff.
- We stopped using shrink wrap and got creative with DIY cardboard spacers.
- We stopped using plastic document envelopes, and put...
We're stoked to be stocking this range of minicruiser boards from UK longboard and cruiser brand D-Street!
Since the Penny Mini Skateboard Revolution kicked in a few years ago, there's a lot of boards like this on the market - but we think these are about the best of the bunch.
What makes D-Street boards stand out?
As well as some nice understated graphics and finishes, these boards are set up how we like our mini cruisers - turny!!
The trick to setting up a rad mini cruiser setup is to get the...
When we're talking to a customer in the shop about a pintail, drop through or cruising longboard, we often find ourselves explaining the difference between a cheaper setup and a more expensive setup.
To the untrained eye, there's often very little difference - especially when shopping online.
However, if you come into our shop, get a closer look and stand on a few different setups, it becomes obvious that you get a lot more bang for your buck with higher-priced setups.
There's a lot of differences - better quality wood and finish, faster urethane, faster wheels and bearings - but...
We've just upped our game when it comes to free longboard stuff!
Sabre Bushing Kits come with four bushings and four washers - enough for a pair of trucks, or both ends of your board.
We believe that bushings are something that every longboarder should be experimenting with - and now we're giving you the chance to do so, for free!
You can choose from Sabre's SuperCarve (4x cone...
Once upon a time, a customer walked into our shop in Bristol carrying a skateboard board she'd just bought from Sports Direct, who are about a mile away from us in town.
"My board is a bit slow," she said. "What do I have to replace on it to make it faster?"
We of course did what we would do for any customer - we did our best to help her out and had a good look at the board in question.
Wheels and Bearings
According to the Sports Direct website, this board comes with "high quality wheels and...
Once upon a time, if you wanted a longboard, your only choice was a pintail.
Things have changed considerably these days, but the pintail is still a great choice for a cruiser or all-round longboard. With sexy curves, sleek lines and a long wheelbase, they give a mellow ride that carves great and looks good doing it.
We have quite a few pintails amongst all the other longboards in our shop, and with prices ranging from £50 up to nearly £500, it's easy to get lost. So we thought we'd put together this little rundown of everything we have to give you...
How much is a longboard?
The cheapest complete longboards in our shop start at under £50 - but if you called us with the challenge of building you the most expensive custom possible, you could end up spending upwards of £400.
Why the huge difference?
A question we are often asked is: "How can you possibly spend that much on a longboard when £50 will do the job?"
We've taken three different price points of drop-through boards off the shelf to try to explain where your money goes.
The three longboards we selected are also all basically aimed at the same user - they're cruising/pumping/pushing/commuting setups. They're all...
We've just taken delivery some more Hackbrett decks!
We now have:
Das Schnelle downhill/Freeride deck. This is a super-fun DH board with a kicktail, some real nice 3D concave, and loads of other features like flat truck seats and CNC details. The 2018 version is a little bit narrower than last year's which makes the deck a bit more nimble and the rails a bit easier to get your feet over.
The Krokodil symetrical freeride/slide deck - basically two Schnelle noses stuck together to create a perfect shorter twintip slide setup
The Balance Pintail in Walnut - one of the sexiest looking...
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