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James R. Climer 05-07-2005 03:28 PM

The following homemade ring photos are the jury-rig I came up with shortly after I discovered, and got curious about where my ringmanship stood.

I used 1-inch diameter schedule 20 PVC elbows with 3/4-inch thick soft nylon weaved rope threaded through the PVC. Knot the rope at each opening of the elbow, and knot the rope ends together to finish the ring. Looped a 12-foot lashing strap through the ring and around a high-bar, and voila,
start working on your muscleup.

I'm 6-feet tall, weight in the last year at 215 to 208 pounds (96 kilos). I've been using this setup since last July and the most groaning or fear of collapse is from the roof trusses, that is if you discount my whining.

Suffer it to say I feel secure using this setup for now, until I can configure something with no head interference for ringwork beyond muscleups and L-sits.

Oh, the total outlay for this ring substitute was between $15 and $20 US. I too hope to get power rings someday, But I just finally got some Oly bumpers, and the budget will have to wait. See the
photos that follow, I hope this helps.

James R. Climer 05-07-2005 03:31 PM

Michael Keller 05-07-2005 04:14 PM

Nice job! Hard to beat that for the $$.

James R. Climer 05-08-2005 12:35 AM

Just make do til the real thing arrives.

Peter Galloway 05-08-2005 04:53 AM

I love homemade equipment! Good design James - wish I'd thought of that!

Misha Bigos 05-08-2005 06:27 PM

Here's a picture of my rings. I heated up PVC pipe to bend them. (This is my first post so pardon if the picture doesn't show.) Any questions?

Ralph Garcia 05-09-2005 05:20 AM

What did you use to heat up the PVC pipe?
(great job BTW)

William Hunter 05-09-2005 06:01 AM

Misha, if you could explain the process that would be great. Those look sweet!

Jay Swan 05-09-2005 03:22 PM

I don't have pics, but based on a tip I think I saw on this website somewhere, I made a pair of rings out of two 100-foot rolls of picture wire (~$5 each at Home Despot), wrapped with duct tape. I made adjustable straps with 7mm climbing accessory cord and hung them from rafters with super-heavy-duty zip-ties. Just another $20 option for y'all.

Steve Seckinger 05-09-2005 04:29 PM

I've been using another poor-man's version (also mentioned on the board somewhere)...Nylabone rings. They work, but the small radius makes everything a bit painful. At least they are reusable for the dog when we get Tyler's rings sometime!

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