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Old 11-06-2008, 08:54 AM   #1
Brian Lawyer
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Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

I found a guy on Craig's list selling this bar for $75 brand new in box. Give me some opinions. I know it doesn't compare to a good O'Lift bar for $300 or more. I just want to know whether it is going to have a detrimental effect on my form or hinder my progress in O'Lifts. I am planning to buy a set of bumper plates.

this site says the bar can hold up to 500lbs
big fitness com

This says 700lbs
fitness destination com

My specs are
Squat 365
DL 365
Snatch 205
C&J 250

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Old 11-06-2008, 09:35 AM   #2
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Re: Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

ah.... you better watch the melissa byers video regarding craiglist bars..

for a reader's digest version see her atvar .
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:46 PM   #3
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Re: Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

That's the bar I have. You'll probably want an Allen wrench or hex-head that fits in the end so you can make sure the screw on the end of the sleeve is tight. Mine was loose when I first bought it, although it hasn't loosened up since I tightened it. I don't have real bumpers, so I can't speak to how it holds up to being dropped from a great elevation. It does seem to handle my plywood practice bumpers being dropped onto the grass of my backyard, although I haven't tried dropping it from overhead. The knurling is good, without being too deep or sharp. I bought mine for $20 off Craig's List.
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Old 11-06-2008, 03:06 PM   #4
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Re: Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

Saw the Melissa B. video. Hilarious.

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Old 11-06-2008, 03:12 PM   #5
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Re: Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

While I'll also tell you to be a little leery of cheap bars, you will notice from the end-cap on Melissa's broken bar that it is most likely not the same make or model.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:05 PM   #6
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Re: Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

Witchia Falls Weightlifting...Call Glen Pendlay.

http://store.wfwclub.com/bars.html

http://store.wfwclub.com/crsp.html

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There are also other vendors you could buy all you need. My understanding is that unless you buy a Power bar, the others with the hex bolt on the ends fall apart from dropping. I have seen power bars as low $160.00.

My feeling is better to buy 1 bar at that price than buy a $95 bar and watch it fall apart in front of you when dropped.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:35 PM   #7
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Re: Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

My thoughts:
If you need a cheap bar for right now, wait and find a really cheap bar- for 20 bucks or so on craigslist. Just don't drop it. Upgrade to a better bar when you can.

Or, if you can scratch together $200 now, buy a decent entry-level oly bar right- like the Pendlay economy or a low-end York. Once you get some bumpers, you can drop the bar to your heart's delight.

I worked out with a craigslist cheap-o bar and cheap iron for a few years. Now I have a Pendlay bar (not the economy) and a limited set of bumpers. I still keep the cheap-o bar (in fact, I have 2 cheapo's) and iron. I use the cheap bars for squats and some other slow lifts. They've treated me fine and I have never dropped them.

I do admit, wrapping my hands around the Pendlay bar just feels nice, though. But- a budget is what a budget is, and cheap iron builds the same muscles as expensive iron!

Also, I just noticed that you are in Dallas. You can likely save on shipping by picking up one of Glenn's bars from the man himself. Might want to see if you can make a pilgrimage to Rip's as well.

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Old 11-06-2008, 04:52 PM   #8
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Re: Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

Yes, Brian... for a bunch of different reasons, buy a good bar.

Even if my $25 CL no-name special hadn't snapped in half, it spun like crap, the knurling was like a cheese grater and one sleeve was smaller in diameter than the other, so my collars didn't stay put on that side. (I didn't realize how ghetto it was until I got it home, but I figured I'd use it for the time being. Which lasted about two weeks.)

Since you're going to be using it often, AND for O-lifting (which means you'll want it to spin smooth AND dump in one piece), save up and shell out for a good bar. It's totally worth the extra $125.
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:07 PM   #9
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Re: Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

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Yes, Brian... for a bunch of different reasons, buy a good bar.

Even if my $25 CL no-name special hadn't snapped in half, it spun like crap, the knurling was like a cheese grater and one sleeve was smaller in diameter than the other, so my collars didn't stay put on that side. (I didn't realize how ghetto it was until I got it home, but I figured I'd use it for the time being. Which lasted about two weeks.)

Since you're going to be using it often, AND for O-lifting (which means you'll want it to spin smooth AND dump in one piece), save up and shell out for a good bar. It's totally worth the extra $125.
Just finished watching the vid and you have the cutest face ever when the bar snapped.
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:01 PM   #10
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Re: Opinions on this Cheap O'Bar

would not pay 75 for that bar, its a CAP bar, had one and it broke about 2-3 months into crossfitting, but I only payed 30 for mine. GO go Garage gym store and spend a little more and get their discount mens bar. Works great.
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