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In this post you will learn how to make your very own slide gloves from the following materials.

  • Cutting Board (stuff used in your kitchens) * Ask your moms for permission before using hers, although we prefer you use a new one for hygienic reasons.
  • Gardening gloves
  • Blow Torch
  • Saw

Gardening Gloves and Cutting Board

 

Step 1: You need to cut the cutting board into the shape you want your pucks to be. Generally circles will work best when making your own slide gloves.

Max Capps using jigsaw to cut circles in cutting board

Step 2: After you have the circles cut out you want to heat up one side with a blow torch. It will turn white and then you want to stick the gardening gloves right on top. This will cause them to stick to the gardening gloves.  *Be careful it’s hot.

Max Capps using blowtorch to heat up cutting board

Step 3: You can make the pucks double layered if you want to make it last longer.

Completed slide gloves

Step 4: Shred some hills with steez and ease as you now have your very own slide gloves for around $10.

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I used to use shoe goo on my S2 Bindings

Many Freeborders understand the frustration of having your feet slip out of the bindings, especially on longer runs. Various remedy’s fixing this problem have been posted, but after many trial and errors I have found this method to work best. I previously used Shoe Goo, as you can see in the picture, but Plasti-Dip, a liquid rubber compound, seems to work the best.

Plasti Dip $6.88

Plasti Grip is the answer

Step: 1

Scrape and peel off all the shoe goo or if you’re starting with fresh bindings, go ahead and clean the surface with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils or waxy residue, insuring a clean surface for the Plasti Dip to from a strong bond onto.

Shoe goo all peeled off

Step: 2

Pour the Plasti-Dip into a small tupperware and dip the bindings into the compound.

Dipping the S2 bindings int the Plast-Dip formula

I put rubber gloves on and spread the rubber onto all parts my foot would be touching to make sure i would have good grip. String them from a wire to let them dry, and coat them again.

You will then be ready to ride with the stickiest S2 bindings ever.

Important Note! Make sure you do not cover the screw holes, or the slot that the bindings slide into with this rubber formula. This is a pain to clean out and ruins the rubber seal.

Oops! I got rubber in the binding slot

Step: 3

This is what it will look like coated in rubber.  Mount them back onto your bord and  you’re ready to hit the hills.

Newly rubberized S2 Binding


Clean bearings equal fast bearings so it is always a good idea to clean and lube them up regularly. You will know it is time to clean your bearings if they are noisy or not free-spinning.  You can check this by holding them between your thumb and index finger and feeling if they are gritty or smooth.   Here’s a step by step process of how to clean and lube your bearing in the comforts of your own home.

Step 1:

Go to your local skate shop and find both a bearing cleaner and some type of bearing lubricant. Both items are necessary.

BSB bearing cleaner and lubricant

Step 2:

Remove the shields from the bearings.

Shields off

Step 3:

Soak the bearings in the cleaner BSB Quick Wash ($12) for 5 minutes and clean the shields with soapy water and a paper towel.

Step 4:

Remove the bearings from the cleaning solution and dry them off.

Step 5:

Lube up the bearings with BSB Professional QuikLube ($12). This helps prevent your bearings from rusting up. Apply liberally, but not too much as this can lead to more build-up due to the solution attracting dirt and dust.

New wheels and clean bearings!

Step 6:

Pop the shields back on, and press them into some fresh new wheels and you’re now ready to roll.