If you’re just starting out, searching for cheap penny boards to buy is something most beginners do. The reasons are simple. One, you’re going to be bad before you get good so there’s no point in dropping a bunch of money only to end up messing up your expensive board. The good thing about inexpensive penny boards is that you don’t have to worry too much about messing up and damaging them. With that concern out of the way, you’ll be free to practice different moves without holding back.
Two, you don’t know if you’re going to stick with it yet. Plenty of people go out and buy new equipment whether it’s a new board a new guitar or whatever thinking that it’s necessary when starting out. What ends up happening for a lot of people is that their enthusiasm for the activity dies off after the frustration of not being really good right away sets in which causes many people to quit. Why spend a bunch of money when you’re not even sure you’re still going to be skating a year from now?
So for most beginners, it’s safe to say that saving money and going cheap is a good plan of action, financially and logically. However, just because you don’t want to spend a ton of money, it doesn’t mean you should go out and buy any board just because it’s cheap. You want something that won’t cost too much but at the same time, you also don’t want a piece of crap board. You can get a cheap piece of plastic that will save you a lot of money but if it ends up breaking after a month, then you’ll have to go buy another one, costing you more money.
The key is find a penny board that has a good balance of both quality and cost. Don’t expect high quality if you’re not willing or ready to spend for high quality but we’re not after high quality, we’re after decent quality. This is where money can be saved while still getting a decent board.
When choosing a penny board, there are a few deck sizes to choose from.
There are 3 sizes to choose from: 22 inch, 27 inch, and 36 inch.
The 22 inch is good for people who are smaller or those who want something they can easily carry around with them while quickly getting from point A to point B. It’s also for advanced skaters.
The 27 inch will be a bit more stable and easy to control since there’s more board under your feet. This size is also referred to as The Nickel.
The 36 inch longboard is for those who like to cruise. It’s great for beginners as well as experienced skaters. With a longer board and wider deck, you’ll have greater control and stability.
Which size you choose is really up to what your preference is.
Penny boards come a variety of colors. Compared to skateboards, the colors are typically more vibrant and bright.
The term “Penny” actually came from Ben Mackay’s sister, Penny. Ben is a former professional skateboarder and started the company Penny Skatebaords, based in Australia.