Biking Vs. Skateboarding: Which Sport Is Easier To Get Started?

Biking and skateboarding are two of the world’s most popular sports, especially among younger people. With that said, older people can [and do] still enjoy them.

Biking Vs. Skateboarding

If you’re interested in taking up a sport that is fun, fast-paced, and very fashionable, then skateboarding and biking will be at the top of your list – but you’re probably wondering, which is easier to get started with?

The answer to that question depends entirely upon your personal fitness and how quickly you pick up the sport, as well as some other factors.

In this article, we will be explaining what those other factors are and will tell you which sport is easier to get started with:

Difficulty

When it comes to skateboarding and biking, biking is definitely easier. If you struggle with coordination and balance, then you won’t make a very good skateboarder.

You need to have complete control over your body when you’re skateboarding so that you can direct your skateboard and ensure that you don’t hurt yourself. For some people, this is extremely difficult, for others, it isn’t.

While you still need control and to be able to balance on a bike, it’s much less difficult than skateboarding is. It’s also much easier to learn.

Learning

When you’re learning to ride a bike, it can be difficult at first. It doesn’t take most people very long to pick it up, however. The same cannot be said for skateboarding. Skateboarding can be very difficult to learn and can take weeks, months, and even years.

When you’re learning to skateboard, you’ll fall down, hurt yourself, and get back up 1,000 times. Because skateboarding is so difficult to learn, it’s definitely not the easiest sport to get started with.

With that said, it’s a much more skillful and graceful sport, which makes it superior to biking in many respects. Because it requires skill to learn to skateboard, it can be a much more enjoyable experience learning – even if it is difficult.

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    Fun Factor

    Out of skateboarding and biking, skateboarding is much more fun. There’s nothing that’s quite as cool as surfing through the streets, jumping barriers, and riding up and down ramps. Once you master your skateboard, you’ll have a lot of fun.

    There’s a very large skateboarding community, so you won’t be short of people to hang out with. If you’re good enough, you can make videos, tutorials, and perhaps even become a well-known face in the skateboarding community.

    Biking is a lot of fun, but it isn’t quite as fun as skateboarding. Because skateboarding is much more fun, it can seem easier when you’re learning it – even if it isn’t.

    Cost

    Out of the two sports, skateboarding costs far less. This makes it easier to get started with from a financial standpoint. You need a board, a skateboard backpack, and a helmet [as well as appropriate footwear].

    All of this can be picked up for under $100. When you’re gathering together biking equipment, however, you could end up spending much more than $100. Bikes can be very expensive, especially good ones.

    You’ll also need to maintain and look after your bike, which can be very costly. In addition, you will need shinpads, kneepads, a helmet, elbow pads, and other safety gear. Because skateboarding is much more affordable, it’s easier for people on restricted budgets to learn than biking is.

    Terrain

    Depending on where you live, biking might be easier to get started. Bikes are much more versatile than skateboards are. When you’re skateboarding, you need flat surfaces or downhill slopes.

    With a bike, you can manage rough terrain and you can conquer uphill and downhill terrain. If you’ve got a skateboard, you won’t be able to ride it through woodland and up steep hills, you’ll have to walk instead.

    You should carefully think about the terrain surrounding where you live before you invest in either a bike or a skateboard. To learn to skateboard, you’ll at the very least need a large car park or park to practice in.

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    Exercise

    If you want to take up a new sport so that you can exercise, then skateboarding is definitely much better than biking. Skateboarding expends more energy, which makes it much more difficult. You’ll have to be very fit if you want to learn to skateboard.

    Once you begin skateboarding, you’ll gain a lot of endurance over time. At first, it might be difficult, especially if you’re not in good shape.

    In terms of getting started, simply because you don’t need to be particularly fit, biking is much easier to take up. For people who want to get fit, skateboarding is much easier to learn because you can push yourself much farther with it.

    Safety

    When you’re taking up a new sport, safety will probably be at the front of your mind. Out of skateboards and bikes, bikes are much safer. This is because skateboards don’t have brakes, which means it can be difficult to stop, especially if you’ve built up a lot of momentum and you’re going downhill.

    In addition, a single pebble in the street can send you flying if you hit it with your skateboard. Bikes on the other hand are very safe, as long as they’re ridden and used properly.

    Convenience

    If you’re picking up a new sport, then you will probably want one that’s convenient. Skateboarding is much more convenient than biking is, because skateboards are compact, easy to store, and can be carried around anywhere. Bikes are not.

    When you have a bike, you constantly need to find somewhere to chain it up, lest it is stolen. You can bring a skateboard in a taxi, on a bus, or on the train. In many places, you can’t do this with a bike. Skateboards are also much more affordable, as we mentioned earlier.

    Saving your money is always convenient. Because skateboarding is much more convenient than biking is, it can be much easier to learn. When a sport is very inconvenient and difficult to learn, it makes learning it very unpleasant.

    So, is skateboarding easier or is biking? That’s something that you’ll have to decide. Everybody has their own opinion. In theory, biking should be easier to learn – but that’s not always true.

    They’re both great sports in their own right, so give them both a go before you decide. 

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