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    I'm looking at getting my first board.

    I went into a shop to try the sizes out so I know what I feel comfortable with. The guy recommended a board by Blank - anyone know if they're any good? Next to nothing on the web about them as the company focus on making BMXs and there's only about 3 places that sell them.

    Doing a bit of browsing and Renner seem to be recommended a lot for starters - are they any good from experiance?

    I'm looking at the A Series as that seems to have pretty good comments. It's a 9 ply whereas this Blank board is a 7 ply. Should I get too hung up on the difference in plys? A lot of people say that 9 ply is too heavy to move around.

    I'm a bit dubious about this Blank board as there seems to be nothing about them on the web but it's the one I tried in the shop and it felt as good as I could tell from standing on it.

    Haven't got a huge budget so looking at under £30-£40.

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    Exactly the same here bro. I'm looking at boards from: Skatewarehouse,skatehut,routeone and rollersnaks. My budget is about the same as yours so friend request me and let me know when you find one

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    with that sort of budget, the quality of the product suffers quite badly and i would advise against a board from a brand that doesn't specialise in producing skate hardware.

    a good entry level brand/set up can be got from enuff, not only does buying from them support the uk industry at least on some level (even more so if you buy from a skater owned shop such as 5050 in bristol), it is a little more expensive in the £50+ price bracket (depending on hardware packages etc) but the step up in quality of materials and construction is immediately noticeable.
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    Thanks Dead, useful comment. This is what I was looking at getting, it felt pretty good in the shop but then I haven't tried others or know enough about what's good and what's not:

    thebmxboys.co.uk/skateboards/Blank_Camo_Skateboard

    I was going to order it today but maybe I'll hold off...

    SouthsFinest - I've been around the web a fair bit looking at completes and the other one I was going to get for my budget was the Renner A Series (£27.50 @ Kates Skates) but if my budget was bigger - and I could be certain I'd be good at it! - I'd get the Renner Z series.

    Dead - do you rate the Renner boards?

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    I have never had one personally but I have seen a good number of them and I would say they do appear to do the job in terms of getting started, however i have also noticed that their stock wheels are pretty bad and not representative of the quality of even the cheapest wheels you can get as separates.

    these guys have a sale on completes coming out of the dwindle distribution umbrella which includes a lot of very popular high quality board brands, their standard trucks are also remolds of an old venture cast and i would imagine are of a good quality too.
    http://www.rollersnakes.co.uk/catego...completes.html

    Where abouts in sussex are you? I have lived in Brighton for the last 3 years and there are a few places here that sell completes if you would rather inspect and get a feel for it under your feet etc.
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    What wheels would you recommend - without pushing the overall cost up? For a starter board should I worry about the details until I can stay on without breaking my neck?1

    I had a look at the Rollerskates site - cheers for the link. Some nice boards on there but just a little over my budget for the time being.

    What about constructing a board out of blanks/shops own? Would that be a cheaper way of getting a overall better quality set up?

    I'm in Burgess Hill, I'm in Brighton fairly regularly so can check out a few recommendations if you've got any?

    Cheers for the advice!

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    i assume you guys have craigslist over there? there's always some decent used setups on my local CL for about half the cost of something new.

    for your first board, that wouldn't be the worst idea.

    EDIT: just realized this was a UK thread. feel free to ignore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vulgarprince View Post
    What wheels would you recommend - without pushing the overall cost up? For a starter board should I worry about the details until I can stay on without breaking my neck?1

    I had a look at the Rollerskates site - cheers for the link. Some nice boards on there but just a little over my budget for the time being.

    What about constructing a board out of blanks/shops own? Would that be a cheaper way of getting a overall better quality set up?

    I'm in Burgess Hill, I'm in Brighton fairly regularly so can check out a few recommendations if you've got any?

    Cheers for the advice!
    I'm just gonna address this post as we do have craiglist but it is really poor.

    if you order the compeltes on rollersnakes by price, they have a special on the cliché/blind and darkstar completes all of which come from a group of companies who put out generally very good quality product (and at £40 for a complete setup is a total steal) even the speed demons setup at £30 isn't too terrible, and comes from the same place as the previously mentioned brands.

    generally speaking if you're wanting to replace the wheels, most brands are of a similar quality, however the ones that come from brands like renner who do not specialise in any one product often use poorer quality urethane in the wheels resulting in a generally poor feel and unreliable product, coming back to rollersnakes again, they do a special on a set of wheels for £10 that are really good quality but are slightly discoloured. given that they are going to get dirty and be in contact with the ground constantly, this is a real bargain.

    ( http://www.rollersnakes.co.uk/catego...rd-wheels.html and order products pirce: low - high)

    as for places to try boards, given your situation and price range i would suggest either route one which is on bond street by the hsbc (though i must say i am not a fan of this shop...) or odd balls, who are a juggling store but have a more than decent skate range too.

    there is also an awesome skater-owned and operated shop by the level called Push, however they don't stock complete boards, though if you stick with it and want a wider choice for you next lot of equipment, these guys are knowledgeable and friendly who are happy to chat about what your best options are. it hasn't been open for very long but i think it has the potential to be one of the best skate shops in the country!
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    Quote Originally Posted by acutair View Post
    i assume you guys have craigslist over there? there's always some decent used setups on my local CL for about half the cost of something new.

    for your first board, that wouldn't be the worst idea.

    EDIT: just realized this was a UK thread. feel free to ignore.

    Gumtree is the uk version of craigslist

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    My first board that I learnt to Ollie on was from Argos (the more expensive range) which costed about £40

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