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Old 07-24-2007, 01:28 AM   #1
Simon Bowley
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I've been trying to source bumper plates in the UK and found them to be expensive; especially compared to our American cousins' options!

I found these and wondered if anyone has used them - they seem very cheap but claim to be rubber bumper plates.

http://www.gymratz.co.uk/weight-trai...ent/item18.htm

Thanks very much.
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Old 07-24-2007, 02:58 AM   #2
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Dude I am not sure but I think that they just have a thin outer case that is rubber - likely to split quickly with repeared landings/dumps.

someone else shoudl chime in - those that know about bumpers!
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:12 AM   #3
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Thanks Richard - I suspect that might be the case based on the price. For the time-being it might be the way forward based on funds....

Anyone know for sure?
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Old 07-24-2007, 04:47 AM   #4
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Fellas, I rang the company regarding these plates a couple months back. They are only rubber coated - NOT solid rubber. Price is good but reckon that you would be paying again pretty soon.

Are you looking for yourself or for a training facility? If yourself, you only need a pair of 10's and a pair of 20's so although not cheap you can feasibly kit yourself out with good gear. If for a class environment, the rubber hex dumbbells you can get from GymRatz would have my vote.

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Old 07-24-2007, 05:33 AM   #5
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for that. It's for myself. Upon closer inspection it appears that they are, like you say, rubber coated.

My budget currently can't stretch to proper rubber bumpers so I've ordered some York rubber coated plates and a 7ft bar. Looking at second hand gear it appears that this sort of thing holds it's value quite well. As they're not bumpers I'll just have to not throw them around/drop them with a view to selling them on in a year or so once I've saved the difference!

Thanks again,

Simon
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Old 07-25-2007, 07:47 AM   #6
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Simon - Welcome to the 'mare that is trying to get hold of reasonably priced decent kit in the UK! if you get on the the London site we have a bit of a discussion going on about bumpers. Andrew Stemler over there has a good deal on some bumpers which are significantly cheaper than those generally found online etc, also they are full rubber, rather than rubber coated which is what the gymratz ones are. I went with the York grip bumpers (rubber rimmed) and have found that they are not very good for dropping, even on a rubber floor.

overall, I'd drop Andrew a line.

PS - Kempie - any ideas where I can get hold of a PM2 as I finally managed to score a cheap C2 but without a monitor?


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