How to Care for Snowboard Edges

How to Care for Snowboard Edges
If you've been snowboarding for any length of time, you know what an important role your edges play. Unless you're fortunate enough to live somewhere that gets constant powder, your edges are necessary for digging into hardpack and allowing turns, carves and stops. So you'd better treat them right--or they'll have the last laugh as you slide out and finish the slope on your backside.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Deburring stone Edge tool or mill bastard file (with guide) Gummy stone
  • Deburring stone
  • Edge tool or mill bastard file (with guide)
  • Gummy stone
 
Step 1
Detune your edges, as you do when you buy a snowboard. Although you want the effective edge sharp, the curved edges on the tail and the tip don't have to be sharp. In fact, these edges are only there to protect the board and will only mess up your style if left too sharp. File using your mill bastard file, then touch up with a gummy stone.
Step 2
Check your edges. Doing this regularly is the first step in maintaining a proper edge. How often you tune your edges depends upon where you ride, what you ride and your preference. For instance, if there are icy conditions where you ride, it's more important to keep your edges tuned. You want your edges to be sharp and smooth; if they start feeling rough, consider tuning.
Step 3
Put your board into the vices. When you tune your edges, vices help keep the board stable. If you don't have vices, you can use a workbench or saw horses. Vices will make the process easier, though.
Step 4
Remove rust. If the edges are rusty, rub them down with a gummy stone or steel wool.
Step 5
Deburr side and bottom edges. Rub a diamond stone or other deburring tool against the edges to grind out the nicks and burrs. Do the bottom edge first, then move on to the side edge. Remember to do both heel and toe sides.
Step 6
Sharpen the edges. Set your edge tool or file guide to the bevel that your edge is set for (or the one you want to use), and sharpen. Use long, tail-to-tip strokes and sharpen the bottom edge. Change the bevel for the side edge and sharpen. Complete this for both heel and toe sides. A pretty versatile, standard bevel setup is 1 degree for both the bottom and side edges. For a further discussion of bevels and their uses, follow the first link in Resources below.
Step 7
Touch up. Use the deburring stone to take out any burrs left after sharpening and put on a finishing touch with the gummy stone.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Consider tuning edges when you first buy a board to set your preferred bevel and ensure the edges are ready to perform. When detuning the tip and tail edge, you may want to detune about an inch or so into the front of your effective edges to prevent catching.
 
Consider tuning edges when you first buy a board to set your preferred bevel and ensure the edges are ready to perform.
 
When detuning the tip and tail edge, you may want to detune about an inch or so into the front of your effective edges to prevent catching.
 
If there's more significant damage to the edges, such as separation from the board or cracks, see a professional immediately before the problem worsens. Check with your snowboard manufacturer for any applicable warranties.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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