Cruiser skateboards are a special kind of skateboards available with both wood and plastic decks. The cruisers in this category are made with wooden decks.
What differs cruiser boards from conventional skateboards?
Cruiser skateboards are fusions of skateboards and longboards. Cruiser boards are in general bigger than the conventional skateboards, the shape is often inspired by the old school designs of the skateboards of the 1970's and the hardware is a lot alike the hardware of a longboard. This setup results in agile and handy board for every day use. However, the cruiser boards are not only smooth riders for the city but also modern lifestyle accessories.
With its “kick-tail” the Cruiser skateboard has a deck shape much like that of a conventional skateboard. On the other hand, the Cruiser boards have larger trucks, than those of the conventional skateboard. The wheels are often larger and softer which makes them both fast and grippy. At the same time, the bushings are very flexible which gives the rider the ability to easily turn and maneuver.
From skateboard to cruiser skateboard
The history of the skateboard started back in the 1940's and 1950's where the first homemade skateboards with roller skate wheels unveiled. The first commercialized skateboards were manufactured for a surf shop in California. The skateboards were sold to surfers who wanted to surf the streets when surfing the sea wasn't a possibility.
It wasn't until the 1970's that polyurethane wheels were invented. This invention improved the quality of the skateboards significantly. After this, the popularity of the skateboard increased rapidly, and skateboard manufacturers started to experiment with the materials of the decks and the sizes of wheels, trucks etc. Decks of aluminum, fiberglass and other kinds of plastic started to appear in the skateboard industry. Lately, the plastic cruiser skateboard has regained its popularity and brands such as Penny, Stereo Vinyl Cruiser, and Globe, who all produce plastic boards, have become very popular. If you are interested in a plastic cruiser instead of a wooden cruiser, you can take a look at the category Cruiser board(plastic)/Penny board here.