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Re: Random crap

Post by KenDowns » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:29 am

BENT BAR. Well we found out how much the bar that came with my 300# set can handle: no more than 325 or so. We loaded 400# and it bent permanently.

This was not noticeable on anything except squats, but there it is a killer. The bar wants to roll down your back. Have to get a new bar. urg.


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Re: Random crap

Post by mark74 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:34 am

Eh, I was looking for olympic bars yesterday. They seem next to impossible to find second hand, most stick to standard bars. I looked for them on ebay and saw a couple new ones: one selling for 55 € was rated for 150 kg and the other 180 IIRC at 79 €. Toy bars!

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Re: Random crap

Post by stuward » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:10 pm

Anytime you see a used bar for sale, you can assume it's bent.

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Re: Random crap

Post by KenDowns » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:16 pm

stuward wrote:Anytime you see a used bar for sale, you can assume it's bent.
I've got my fingers crossed, found a listing on Craigslist for a bar and plates. If it's bent, I won't buy it.

How to tell? Just like a 2x4 stud, put one end on the ground, lift the other to eye level, and stare down the length of it. A bend will be very obvious.

....of course, that big collar on there might give me a problem, hmmmmm.....

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Re: Random crap

Post by jlmoss » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:19 pm

Put a 2X4 or 1X4 under it maybe lengthwise and roll the bar? If any part touches or slows/stops, it's bent? I bought mine locally used from a guy that had like 5 - 8 of them in his little home gym, dunno, didn't bother to count them all. I hope mine is not bent. Of course, I know where he lives if it is lol.


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Re: Random crap

Post by mark74 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:22 pm

stuward wrote:Anytime you see a used bar for sale, you can assume it's bent.
This is optimistic :)

As for myself, I have to stay in character and drop at least a relevant link, so this video of Rip's will be it:

http://startingstrength.com/index.php/s ... r_straight" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Random crap

Post by KenDowns » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:18 pm

mark74 wrote:
stuward wrote:Anytime you see a used bar for sale, you can assume it's bent.
This is optimistic :)

As for myself, I have to stay in character and drop at least a relevant link, so this video of Rip's will be it:

http://startingstrength.com/index.php/s ... r_straight" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Well, if it was bent, I could not find it. Rolled it, even put my 3' level against it and rolled it, it was straight as far as I could tell, so I picked up a bar and weights at 300#.

Guy said he never put more than 250# onto it.

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Re: Random crap

Post by Oscar_Actuary » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:38 pm

bought a used Oly Bar from a major used sporting goods retailer.
Is there a way to tell the capacity?

I thought Oly Bars were at least 500 lbs
By "thought" I mean, well nothing

ps. It's 7'

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Re: Random crap

Post by Oscar_Actuary » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:43 pm

KenDowns wrote:
stuward wrote:....of course, that big collar on there might give me a problem, hmmmmm.....
Wait, you built that home power cage to fit a standard bar ?

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Re: Random crap

Post by Jebus » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:31 pm

Google is so awsome! I can see them dominating everything, from social media, to ISP, mobile phones. Seriously though, I don't see anything stopping them! Glad I bought 1 share a while ago lol.

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Re: Random crap

Post by TimD » Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:52 pm

Hey, Jebus, ever heard of beware the Military, Industrial complex? Well, add big Pharma and Google and you have Orwell's 1984.

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Re: Random crap

Post by Jungledoc » Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:04 am

It's just one more trans-atlantic English language thing. There was a discussion a couple of years ago about it, and now I don't remember what my British brothers taught me, but I think it's something like this:
US-----------------UK
English muffin-----crumpet
muffin------------?muffin?
biscuit------------scone
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Re: Random crap

Post by mark74 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:23 am

Oscar_Actuary wrote:bought a used Oly Bar from a major used sporting goods retailer.
Is there a way to tell the capacity?

I thought Oly Bars were at least 500 lbs
By "thought" I mean, well nothing
Maybe if you know the maker?

I think the max load depends on the material used (i.e. specific steel alloy) and metallurgic treatments that the steel has undergone. The impression I've got from my info binging is cheap ones that are still "decent" carry at least 250 kg or 550 lbs, but there are econobars (both with bearings and without them, the latter type is where I've first seen used that moniker) that carry much less.

What irks me about olympic equipment is they make you pay through the nose for plates, even for those run of the mill basement type, cheap, made for training cast iron plates. Basically double the price of roughly equivalent standard type plates.

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Re: Random crap

Post by Jungledoc » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:06 am

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Re: Random crap

Post by mark74 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:32 am

I finally found some chalk (same old shop, they just keep it in another department and call it magnesite, although that sounds like misnomer).

Now that I have it, I can literally feel my testosterone surging! :wink:


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