When I started researching to buy a Penny Skateboard, I was confused about which one to get.
I came across all these sites that barely offered any helpful info.
Originally I thought penny boards were one size and had no idea they were the name of an actual company.
Penny boards come in 5 sizes…
(I bought, tested, and did a review for each one)
Where To Buy?
If you made up your mind, then you have two solid options.
You can either buy from their Amazon page.
Or you can buy directly from their official website.
If you buy using the link above, I will receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you). If you found any useful info in this article I’d really appreciate it since it helps us continue doing these reviews.
I made a video that goes over each size if you'd rather watch than read.
Determine Your Penny Board Size
The first thing you want to do is determine what size is ideal for you.
Everyone has different preferences, so this part is vital. Below I'll cover each penny board size.
22″ Penny Board
The 22″ is their most popular size and what most people automatically envision when they think of a Penny Board.
This one I'd recommend for younger kids since it's so tiny. The portability is great, but there's not enough deck to feel stable.
The only time I'd recommend this to someone older would be if they need a board that could fit into a backpack.
27″ Nickel Board
This is the same shape as the traditional 22″ Penny, however, it's 5″ longer.
It's a better option for most people because that extra 5″ really allows you to balance easier. This is commonly referred to as the Nickel board since it's the step up from the Penny.
I'd recommend the Nickel board for anyone that wants that classic Penny board look, but with more deck space. This one is a lot easier to ride than the 22″ Penny.
29″ Surf Skate
The next biggest board they offer is their 29″ Surf Skate, which you could probably already guess, mimics the feeling of surfing.
They partnered with Waterborne Skateboards and put their patented Surf Skate adapter on the front of the board. This allows you to do insanely sharp turns, making it feel like surfing.
This is my personal favorite out of all the boards offer by Penny, but it's not a board for everyone. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to work on their surfing when the waves are flat.
It's definitely not a board to use as your everyday cruiser.
Their 32″ board is the closest option to a traditional skateboard. It has a defined nose and tail, giving you the ability to actually do some tricks.
I'd recommend this board if you like the Penny look but want something a little more versatile.
It has a lot more deck space for you to cruise and even learn some tricks on.
And the final model Penny Skateboards offers is their 36″ longboard.
If you want to get the most speed and maintain your stability, this is the best option.
It's a completely different shape than their traditional 22″ & 27″, but it still serves a purpose. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants something to cruise around on. This board is the easiest to ride out of all their boards.
Which Penny To Get?
Now, the question you're probably wondering. Which Penny board should you get?
I'm gonna go over a few scenarios to help make your decision easier.
For the younger kids
For the younger kids, every board will be just fine. However, I'd probably go with the 22″ Penny board since it's the tiniest.
For the cruisers
If you're just looking for a board to cruise around town on. Something to get you from point A to point B, then the 36″ longboard will be your best option.
It's going to cruise over pebbles and cracks like a champ. And since it has the most deck space, you'll be able to have the best balance on it.
For the skaters
If you want something that feels most like a traditional skateboard, then the 32″ board is a solid option.
Because of the tail and nose, you can perform tricks (somewhat similar) to a real skateboard. Plus it's a good option as a cruiser since it has more deck than the 22″/27″.
For the surfers
And finally, for those that want something that feels most similar to surfing, the 29″ High-Line SurfSkate is your best option.
Thanks to the Waterborne adapter, this thing can turn on a dime.
This is my personal favorite since I can practice my pumping and cutbacks when the waves are flat.
Below are the most common questions we get.
Are Penny Boards Even Good?
It depends on what you consider ‘good'. Penny Skateboards appeal to a niche market in the skate/longboarding industry. They're especially popular because they're affordable. You're not getting super high quality, considering the decks themselves are made of plastic. If you want that authentic skate feel, you're best off to get a skateboard complete.
Are Penny Board Bearings Good?
Penny Board bearings are ABEC 7 and are surprisingly not too bad. Of course, you can switch them out if you have better ones, but I've honestly been pleasantly surprised.
How Much Are Penny Boards?
It depends on which size you want, the 22″ or 27″. If you go with the original brand from Penny Skateboards, it'll cost you anywhere between $100-$110. There are some knockoff penny boards that you can find on Amazon for even $25. Obviously, there's a quality difference between the different price points.
What Is A Penny Board?
A Penny Board is a tiny plastic cruiser that ranges between 22″- 27″ long. They were popularized by Penny Skateboards in Australia.
How To Ride A Penny Board?
I'm not gonna lie, they're pretty challenging at first. But, practice anything enough and you'll get it. The best advice I can give someone is to position your feet directly above each truck at first. This will give you the most stability on the board. Not only that but before you start cruising, find something to hold onto when you get on the board. This is will help you get the feel for it before you start picking up speed.
How Long Is A Penny Board?
Penny Boards most common size is 22″ & 27″. They do offer other shapes of boards as well. Like their traditional cruisers, skateboards, and surfskates which all range from 29″ to 36″.
How To Stop On A Penny Board?
This one can be tricky, especially since Penny Boards are so thin. The best way to stop is to slowly drag one of your feet on the ground. You'll have to practice your balance to master this, but you'll get it!
How To Ollie On A Penny Board?
It's the same way you ollie on a regular skateboard. Place your front foot in the middle of the deck and your back foot on the tail. Bend your knees, tap your tail on the ground and move your front foot in a sliding motion towards the nose of the board. Simple as that. The only thing that can really teach you is trial and error. Keep practicing and you'll get it. I'd even suggest practicing your ollie on a traditional skateboard since it's wider than a Penny Board. Once you master it on the skateboard, move it over to the Penny.
How To Clean Your Penny Board?
The best thing you can do to clean your Penny Board is to completely take it apart and individually clean each part. This will ensure you don't miss a certain section and you'll be able to get everything squeaky clean.
How Much Weight Can A Penny Board Hold?
If you're referring to a real Penny that's made by Penny Skateboards, Australia, then their weight limit suggestion is 250lbs (113kgs). I couldn't find this anywhere, so I had to email them and that was their response.
How To Turn On A Penny Board?
Turning on a Penny Board is pretty much identical to turning on a skateboard or longboard. You basically have two options. The first being to shift your weight slightly backward towards your tail, making your front trucks come off the ground. Then you can pivot left or right. The other option you have is to loosen your trucks and shift your weight left or right.
Why Is A Penny Board Called A Penny Board?
The reason why they're called Penny Boards is that the founder of Penny Skateboards named them after his sister, Penny.
How To Make Your Penny Board Faster?
The best way to make your board faster is to clean or swap out your bearings. If your board is brand new, give it a little until they break in. Otherwise, cleaning or replacing them is your best option.
What To Do If My Penny Board Clicks When Turning?
If your Penny Board clicks when turning, this could be for several reasons. Your plastic deck could be cracked. Your trucks could be loose and you have to tighten your bolts. Or there's something wrong with your wheels or bearings. The only way to find out is to check each individual part.
Can A Penny Board Fit In A Backpack?
The two most common Penny sizes are 22″ & 27″. So if your backpack is above that, then yes it can fit in a backpack. Penny Skateboards even sells backpacks that are specifically meant to hold your Penny Board.
Can Penny Board Wheels Fit On A Skateboard?
Yup, Penny wheels can fit on a skateboard. Their wheels are a standard 59mm 83A polyurethane.
Can You Penny Board In The Rain?
I wouldn't recommend skating in the rain. Especially if you have a 22″ one, you're probably gonna slide and fall. Not to mention, rain isn't good for your bearings. In some cases, there are water-resistant bearings, but the standard ones that come with the Penny aren't. The back of the bearings are exposed and the rain most likely will rust them over time.
Can You Bring A Penny Board On An Airplane?
In most cases, you can bring your penny on an airplane. But each airline has different policies, so I don't wanna make a blanket statement. Check with your airline ahead of time.
Which Penny Board Is Best For Beginners?
The Penny that I'd suggest for beginners is either the 22″ (Penny) or 27″ (Nickel). If you're a younger rider (below high school), you should consider the 22″. But the 27″ has more room for your feet, allowing you to balance easier.
Is A Penny Board Easier Than A Skateboard?
It depends which Penny Board you're referring to. In my personal opinion, the 22″ Penny is harder to ride than a traditional skateboard. This is because it's much smaller than a skateboard, resulting in it being harder to balance on. However, if you have a 27″ Nickel board, then I'd say that's easier than a skateboard. At the end of the day, the Penny Board serves a completely different purpose than a skateboard. It's meant for cruising rather than doing tricks.
What Is A Penny Nickel Board?
A Penny Nickel Board is the 27″ Penny Board. It's referred to as the nickel board since it's the step up from the traditional 22″ Penny Board.
How Loose Should My Trucks Be On Penny Board?
You'll probably hate this answer, but it honestly depends on your preference. The looser you go, the sharper your turns. The tighter you go, the more stability you'll have. Personally, I have my trucks pretty loose since I love doing sharper turns. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference.
How To Put Griptape On Penny Board?
Putting griptape on your Penny Board is similar to putting it on any other type of board. You're gonna want a box cutter razor blade, skate tool file, and the griptape of your choice. Make sure to clean the top of the deck and let it dry. Apply the grip tape starting from one side of the board and slide your hand towards the other end. The hardest part is ensuring there are no bubbles. Once it's applied, use the skate file to reveal the edges of the board. Finally, take your razor blade and carefully cut the outline of the board. If your grip is precut, then you don't have to use a razor blade or skate file. Applying grip can be tricky, so practice makes perfect!
Can You Do Tricks On A Penny Board?
Yes, you can do tricks on a Penny Board. But compared to a regular skateboard, you're gonna be limited. It all depends on how good you are. Don't expect to bring your Penny Board to a skatepark and shred the gnar. They're really not the best for doing tricks.
Are Cheap Penny Boards Good?
The quality of cheap Penny Boards isn't that great. If you compare them to a real one that's made by Penny Skateboards in Australia, there's a difference. It depends how you're gonna use your board though. If you're gonna use it a lot, then a cheap Penny Board isn't a good option. I put together an in-depth comparison which you can find here.
How Long Does It Take For Penny Board To Arrive?
It all depends on where you live. But typically it takes them 2 business days to process your order. Then another 7+ days for shipping. I got mine in a total of 7 days, which really isn't too bad (considering I ordered during the Covid-19 pandemic).
Can I Ride My Penny Board Without Grip Tape?
Yes, you can ride your Penny Board without grip tape. The waffle pattern grip on the deck is made so you don't need grip tape. However, putting grip tape will give you extra hold while riding, but it's not necessary.
How To Clean My Penny Board Deck?
The best thing you can do to clean your Penny Board deck is to take off your trucks so you can clean every angle of the deck. Honestly, some soap and water will probably do the trick for most boards. If your deck is really banged up, then you might wanna consider getting a new one.
How To Make A Cheap Penny Board Good?
After riding both the real ($100) and fake ($30) Penny Board, there is quite a difference in quality. But the biggest thing you can do to improve your cheaper board is to replace the bearings. The ones that come with the cheap ones from Amazon or Walmart aren't that good. I'd honestly suggest getting a pair of ABEC 7 bearings from the official Penny Skateboards website. Those bearings are actually pretty solid and they're not expensive.
Should I Get A Penny Board Or Skateboard For College Campus?
I've seen this question everywhere. And personally, after riding every model of Penny skateboards, I'd suggest going for the 27″ Nickel board. Especially if you just want to cruise around campus. However, if you want to learn tricks, then a skateboard is the best option for you. They serve two different purposes. I wouldn't suggest the 22″ Penny since it's so tiny (it's best for younger kids).
What Is The Smallest Penny Board Size?
The smallest Penny that is offered is 22″ (This is the original kind). The next step up is the 27″ (Nickel) board.
Which Foot To Use To Pedal On A Penny Board?
The most common foot to use to pedal on your Penny is your back foot. There are some people who use their front foot, which is called ‘pushing mongo'. In the skate community pushing mongo is looked down upon because it makes doing flip tricks harder. If you're a beginner, I would suggest learning to pedal/push with your back foot because if you ever transition to a real skateboard, it'll be easier to learn tricks.
Still Have A Question?
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