I wasn't even a trinkle in my dads eye then.However, never let the truth get in the way of a good story (eh Milo?) so i did in fact own all of the skateboards ever made, and they were all better than yours.
mine waa plastic too. Had silver trucks but red wheels. A mate of mine sold me the kyptonics from his brother's board and I suddenly discovered why they were worth all that extra money.The fact that you could put in half the effort and go twice as fast was kind of appealing.
Mine was a fashioned! from piece of ply and the wheels from an old pair of roller skates, cost £nowt, enjoyment - loads.Plus I had a full replacement set of wheels off the other roller skate.Being 10yrs could'nt afford anything else.
The skateboard wasn't a patch on my trolley though, now they were a laugh, pram wheels, foot/string steering, covered in beer bottle caps for protection, still got the thigh/elbow scars from emergency braking manouvers? (brakes, wot brakes?)
oh what a cool thread! its amazing the amount of mtb'ers that are ex 1st generation skateboarders.1st board-hobieflex/acs 430/hobie wheels2nd-chapstick/acs500/red 70mm kryptonics3rd-sims superlight/gullwing8/powerflex5's4th-benjyboard marc sinclair/g'wing9"/slimeballslast board before i stopped riding due to not healing arms/legs/heads and hips was a brand x riot stick/9"indys/kryptonic slammers and i've still got it!anyone ever ride the mad dog bowl/rolling thunder/the barn or cage/harrow/rom/meanwhile gardens/southbank?"
As a six year-old in circa. 1971, i nicked a rollerskate from my sister, halved it and nailed the two ends to a Beano annual. I would sit on it and fly downhill until i gained the confidence and skill to do it standing up.Thus, I invented the skateboard. (well, in my street, at least!)I'd get about four runs out of it before the nails would dislodge from the pages of dennis the menace and would have to reposition the nails. So started the search for a suitable lump of wood, from which the 'Garleyboard Mk II' was conceived.This gave me some years of service until 'proppa' boards came along, my first being a British Home Stores job for £5.50 (megabucks in the mid 70's).In 1977 i swapped my worn out Diana-SP50 air pistol for a Lotus board.
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