how fast can a skateboard go?

If you’re wondering whether or not to ride a skateboard across town or on your daily commute, you may be interested about the top speed a skateboard can reach.

The average skateboard speed is roughly 9 miles per hour when all talents, terrain, and configurations are considered. Skateboarders often go at speeds of between 5 and 12 miles per hour. Experienced skateboarders often go at an average speed of 7–8 mph on 1-2 mile routes that are perfectly flat. A skateboard’s typical cruising speed is between 5 and 7 miles per hour (mph).

The average speed you can get on your skateboard is heavily influenced by the following variables:

  • *Riding surface and environment*
  • Your skateboard configuration

Real-world examples of common skateboarding speeds
Here are a few real-world examples of skateboarders’ average speeds as determined by authorities:

– The following is an example of a somewhat skilled skateboarder using soft wheels: 7.5 mph
– The two-mile commute to school takes 10–15 minutes at an average pace of 8–12 mph.
7 miles per hour for the 7-mile journey to the beach
– On flat terrain, the average speed for a 10-mile round trip is 5 to 8 mph.
– At UC Davis, the average skateboard speed was 9.7 miles per hour.
– Longboards may readily be pushed at speeds of 8–9 mph.
– At speeds ranging from 7.5 to 12 mph, pushing hard on a skateboard equipped with Swiss Ceramics bearings.

 

The effect of topography on the average speed of a skateboard

The surface and environment in which you skateboard have a significant impact on your average skateboarding speed. Because you must avoid every crack unless you are skilled enough to jump over them, traveling on worn-out urban sidewalks may slow your average speed by up to ten miles per hour.

Traffic, bad roads, curbs, and stairwells may all contribute to your time being wasted. Additionally, stop signs and traffic lights must be considered. When a skateboard commuter observes the laws of the road, he or she may often traverse one mile in roughly eight minutes, averaging 7.5 miles per hour on the skateboard.

The quantity of flat, uphill, and downhill sections on your skateboard path also affects the average speed you can attain.

What effect do riding abilities have on the average skateboard speed?

On a skateboard, the average speed you can achieve is directly related to your riding talents. During the most of your time learning to skateboard, you’ll be moving at a walking speed. As you go, you’ll get closer to (and sometimes even surpass) the speed of a bicycle. Additionally, once you’re moving, you’ll be able to accelerate at breakneck speeds.

Riding talents will be even more critical in densely populated urban areas with uneven and broken pavement than in rural areas. Generally, a more proficient rider will be able to ollie or dodge obstacles with relative ease. As your skating talents improve, you should anticipate an increase of 1-2 mph in your average skateboarding speed in an urban environment.

Additionally, while traveling a greater distance on flat ground, your average skateboard speed is determined by your pushing skills, which are described as the intensity, effectiveness, and frequency with which you push your skateboard. Your efficacy is determined by your ability to balance and steer efficiently with your non-kicking foot, the force with which you kick the ground, and the length of time your foot is in contact with the ground, among other criteria. Strong and durable pushing abilities may rapidly boost your average speed by a significant amount.

The next section discusses the influence of setup on average skateboard speed.
A third critical factor affecting your average skateboard speed is the configuration of your skateboard.

Larger wheels equals more speed

When it comes to skateboarding, wheels are necessary for increased speed. The larger wheels roll faster than the smaller wheels. Additionally, softer wheels provide greater grip and absorb shocks from uneven terrain significantly better than harder wheels. As a consequence, although softer wheels roll somewhat slower, they offer cushioning and make it easier to roll over obstacles, letting you to cover more distance in less time overall.

For urban mobility, wheels with a diameter of 65mm or more and a durometer rating of 78A to 85A are often the ideal option. Orangatang’s 4President 70mm 80A is a very popular choice for shooters of all skill levels.

Longboards designed for increased speed
If you’re only looking to use your skateboard for distance commuting, choosing for a longboard rather than a standard skateboard allows you to choose a configuration with bigger, softer wheels – street skateboards, on the other hand, often have small, hard wheels that are ideal for tricks.

Longboards glide over asphalt far more swiftly and effectively, needing less effort, and they roll effortlessly over stones and cracks. Additionally, they are larger and more stable at high speeds. With enough effort, a longboarder may reach an average speed of 8-9 mph – approximately 1 mph faster than a street skateboard.

Longboards, on the other hand, are less maneuverable in crowded urban situations, less portable, and less “trickable” than street skateboards. Another way to increase your average speed is to replace your standard skateboard’s wheels with bigger, softer ones. You may need to use risers to avoid wheelbite.

Increased speed is possible due to improved bearings.
Bearings are another aspect of your setup that may significantly affect your average speed. When all other variables are equal, better bearings may result in significant speed gains. If you replace your original bearings with Swiss or Ceramics bearings, you may notice an approximate 1 mph boost in your average speed.

If you don’t want to spend the money on high-end skateboard bearings, cleaning your existing ones may help you increase your speed. See How to increase the responsiveness of your board.

Is skateboarding more efficient than jogging as a form of transportation?
Regular running speeds range between 4 and 6 miles per hour on average. Skating moves at an average pace of around 9 miles per hour (between 5 and 12 miles per hour). Pushing speed on a longboard is around 8-9 miles per hour. As a consequence, skating and longboarding are much faster than running.

Is it true that skateboards outperform bicycles in terms of speed?
Skateboards are not faster than bicycles, which average over 11 mph and are thus more efficient (vs 9 mph for a skateboard). Competent skateboarders with strong pushing skills, on the other hand, often ride at speeds comparable to or faster than the average commuting bike.