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~*~*~ RipStik Caster Board ~*~*~
My son spent ages nagging for a RipStik after my brother got one and he always got the same answer .... NO!
They seemed a little expensive for what is pretty much a fancy skate board but in the end we did buy him a cheaper version and he was really pleased with it, until my brother tried showing my son what to do on it and snapped it!
So he then inherited my brothers RipStik as he felt guilty for breaking the other one. My son was estatic and he has owned it now for well over a year.
The RipStik is a fancy skate board, it has two footboards connected by a metal pole in the middle, under each of the footboards is a wheel, so the RipStik has only two wheels. I have tried and failed numerous times to ride it myself but my son is really good on it.
My sons RipStik is black and silver in colour and it has a fair bit of weight to it.
You control the board with your body and you can roll in and out and perform tricks on it... If your clever enough!
It's quite strange really and I can't handle it at all, my son however, swerves his way down the street and does jumps off the pavements, he finds it easier to control than a traditional skateboard and likes the variety of tricks and moves he can perform on it.
This is the information available on the net ~
A casterboard is a two-wheeled, human-powered land vehicle that is closely related to the skateboard and the snakeboard. Two narrow platforms known as "decks" are joined by a "torsion bar", which consists of a metal beam, usually coated by rubber, that houses a strong spring. One polyurethane wheel is connected to each deck with a caster so that that each wheel can steer independently, and each caster has a steering axis that is tilted about 30° back from the vertical.
So there you have it!
It seems really sturdy and although it has had a fair few knocks and scrapes it still looks in pretty good condition.