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Old 03-17-2008, 12:40 PM   #1
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Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

After considering buying a Buddy Lee jump rope and seeing the issues with them, I decide there had to be an easy homemade solution for this simple piece of equipment. I turned to the message boards for answers and found what I believe is the simplest, fastest rope out there.

Material needed:
(16") 1/2" dia. pvc pipe (they measure inside diameter) outside dia. is 13/16".
(qty.2) 1/2" end caps for pipe
(~10 ft) 1/16th plastic covered wire
(qty.2) crimp washers for wire

I decided to make handles 8" for the extra movement you can create with longer handles. Construction is simple enough. Total cost =$4.00

All the best,
Jeff Dale
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:34 PM   #2
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Re: Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

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After considering buying a Buddy Lee jump rope and seeing the issues with them, I decide there had to be an easy homemade solution for this simple piece of equipment. I turned to the message boards for answers and found what I believe is the simplest, fastest rope out there.

Material needed:
(16") 1/2" dia. pvc pipe (they measure inside diameter) outside dia. is 13/16".
(qty.2) 1/2" end caps for pipe
(~10 ft) 1/16th plastic covered wire
(qty.2) crimp washers for wire

I decided to make handles 8" for the extra movement you can create with longer handles. Construction is simple enough. Total cost =$4.00

All the best,
Jeff Dale
Jeff, I made one of exactly this design. It's a fast rope, the only problem I had is that over time the pvc cap wore through the cable. Not a huge problem, I just readjusted the crimp. Have you seen this wear? Any thoughts on preventing this?
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:00 PM   #3
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Re: Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

I think that's a cool idea. I might have to make myself one of those.

As far as fixing the wear issue, surely you could just get a rubber washer to put in the whole. Thus solving that issue.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:08 PM   #4
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Re: Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

No, I haven't seen that issue yet. I'll keep an eye on it though, and look for a solution. Even if it wears through the plastic cover, I don't think it would be able to hurt the cable at all. If the cable bust it's only $2.00 to replace it, gotta love that!
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:12 AM   #5
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Re: Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

Put a regular metal washer between the cap and the crimp.
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:42 AM   #6
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Re: Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

I've had a homemade one of that basic design for years. The pvc did wear threw the plastic on the cable, but never affected use. The crimp washer is a neat idea. A lot easier than wrapping wire tight, like I did...
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:51 PM   #7
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Re: Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

I love making homemade equipment and you cannot beat the price on this one. Heading down to the hardware store right now.
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:18 PM   #8
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Re: Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

since the rope is made of a metal cable, doesnt it hurt pretty good when you mess up? have you tried this thing barefoot at all?
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:45 AM   #9
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Re: Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

Tate, that's called "motivation."
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:55 AM   #10
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Re: Homemade Jump rope for speed!!

Got mine put together last night and it turned out just great. My local hardware store only had 3/32" vinyl coated wire so it is a little bit heavier than 1/16" but it swings really well and is definitely fast. Thanks for a great idea.
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