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Old 07-09-2005, 04:27 AM   #1
Hollis Petri
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Has anybody ever thought about wrapping some 25 and 45 lb plates in heavy ducktape as an alternative to actual bumper plates. Make it pretty thick. Wouldn't cost more then the cost of the roll of ducktape. Any opinions on this or any other alternatives. They don't make things like liquid rubber do they?
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Old 07-09-2005, 04:55 AM   #2
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Errr have you seen the thickness of the rubber on true bumpers?

by the time you wrapped a 45 in duct tape enough to simulate a bumper it would be the size of a truck tyre.
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Old 07-09-2005, 09:06 AM   #3
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Funny you mention that; guys have made homemade bumpers out of tires before...
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Old 07-10-2005, 06:08 PM   #4
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The reason I want bumper plates is not only because they are rubber and bounce but also because they are all the same diameter. That way I can always pull from the same height no matter what weight I use. If you wrapped up some 10# plates to make them the same diameter as the 45# plates, then you'd be onto something interesting.
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Old 07-12-2005, 05:18 AM   #5
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Keith,
I had my local hardwood store make me some wooden plates - I just gave them the dimensions.
They charged me 40 bucks.

They have lasted 5+ years - I rarely drop them though, more for keeping the starting pull at the right height.

I'll send you a pic if interested in making them or if you are handy, just send me an email.

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Old 07-12-2005, 05:39 AM   #6
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Keith:

NY Barbells has reasonably priced bumpers:
http://www.newyorkbarbells.tv/usa-2445.html
Since you're in NYC, you can save yourself the shipping by taking a drive out to their Jericho, Long Island retail store at 311 Broadway (that's Route 107). It's less than 1/2 mile south of the LIE and Northern State Parkway exits. It's a small storefront on the left, just before the stainless steel diner. Call before you go there [(516) 937-0666] and ask the owner, Sam, if he has the sizes you want in stock. If he doesn't he can usually get from the warehouse in Elmira within a week.

Marc
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Old 07-12-2005, 10:30 AM   #7
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I'm not really interested in getting my own. I am happy to just go to the gym and break their equipment. As we start getting more people at Crossfit NYC, we are going to invest in some real bumpers and perhaps some sort of training bumpers or wooden/plastic discs to learn the lifts with. That's down the road a few months.

In the meantime, we do what we can, with what we have, where we are.

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Old 07-12-2005, 04:54 PM   #8
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Some kind of rubber tubing might be better than duct tape.



of course you could just lift on a trampoline and not have to worry about it.
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