Have you heard about Wheel Shields yet? They’re a new product seeking funding on Kickstarter, designed and invented by east coaster and Maryland resident, Chase Kaczmarek. While I was a skeptic at first, after a little more reading and research I think Wheel Shields might end up on at least one of my set-ups.
Evolution of Wheel Shields
Wheel Shields have evolved a lot from their first inception and were designed to solve 4 main problems in longboarding as I see it: wheel bite, shoe bite, wheel locking, and spray/splashes off your wheels when riding in the rain. Chase also says Wheel Shields will help extend the life of your bearings, and allow you to invent new tricks, although I’m not sure how many people will be down to try standing on their wheels…just in case…
While I’m not sure how aero the Wheel Shields are for your downhill setups, Wheel Shields were designed to fit almost every wheel under 76mm, even meaty mothers like Biggie Hawgs. I asked Chase what size contact patches work with Wheel Shields, what he told me was that instead of contact patch size, what matters is the distance from the bearing and the outer lip of the wheel, which must be less than 1″. Despite this, he said almost every wheel they’ve tested fit. The concept of preventing wheel lockups while downhilling in a tight pack is definitely appealing as well, as anyone who has ever experienced it can attest to how shitty of an experience it is.
I’d definitely like to see these in person and give them a try myself, especially on my commuter board, as I’m sick of riding on wet pavement and getting soaked from the spray off my wheels. I’m also excited to be able to help support Chase a little and support an east coast invention at the same time, hopefully you might as well! Give them a look over on Kickstarter to learn a little more. They’ve got 6 days and $6,500 to raise, think they can do it?! What are your thoughts on Wheel Shields, sound off in the comments section below!