Well, now that I own every board that Penny Skateboards offers, I'm gonna answer the most common questions I could find.
Before purchasing these, I couldn't find any solid resources to help me make my decision.
So hopefully I can give more clarity to anyone wondering.
If you'd like to know more about a specific Penny Board, check out my reviews below.
Alright, now let's get into the most common questions!
What Penny Board Should I Get?
The most important question to ask yourself is, “What will I be using this for?”. For example, are you gonna be using it to cruise around town/campus frequently? Or, are you gonna be using it for short commutes? If you'll be using it frequently, then I'd suggest getting a genuine Penny Skateboard that retails about $100. But if you're not gonna use it too much, get one for $30ish off of Amazon. Next, you wanna determine what size to get. They offer two sizes, the 22″ (Penny) and 27″ (Nickel). The 22″ is best for younger kids while the 27″ is best for adults.
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. My 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 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 Penny Boards are 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 Penny 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 Penny Boarding 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 overtime.
Can You Bring A Penny Board On An Airplane?
In most cases, you can bring your Penny Board 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 all 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?
Of course 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 from Penny's website.
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 cheap Penny 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 almost every model of Penny Board, I'd suggest going for the 27″ Nickel Penny 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 of Penny board. The next step up is the 27″ (Nickel) board. You can find all the Penny Board sizes here.
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.