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Old 04-18-2011, 04:38 PM   #1
Shaun Gross
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Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

Hi guys,

Sorry if this question has been answered before, couldn't find anything on my initial search.

I am investing in some bumper plates. I am planning to make a platform out of 0.5 inch rubber and ply, but I have quite a cheap barbell (ie, don't know the brand and you can see the bolts at the end of the bar)

Will the barbell be alright to survive dropped cleans of 110kg, etc from shoulder height or failed OHS or snatches given the bumper plates and platform mentioned above? Or do I need to invest in a better bar?

I live in New Zealand so equipment is kind of harder to come by.

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Old 04-18-2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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Re: Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

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I live in New Zealand so equipment is kind of harder to come by.

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This site mite help....
http://www.rogueaustralia.com/ (wfs)
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:13 PM   #3
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Re: Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

Yeh I've seen that site before - Thanks for the heads up though.
The australian dollar is so strong right now, it would cost a fair amount to buy one of those bars and have it shipped over to me.

Considering the original question - will I be able to get away with my cheap hex-bolted bar for the time being? Or is it likely to break/warp after a few overhead drops?
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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Re: Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

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Yeh I've seen that site before - Thanks for the heads up though.
The australian dollar is so strong right now, it would cost a fair amount to buy one of those bars and have it shipped over to me.

Considering the original question - will I be able to get away with my cheap hex-bolted bar for the time being? Or is it likely to break/warp after a few overhead drops?
The answer is a big maybe!! Sorry, but I've seen even good bars break if dropped wrong, although this is very rare. However, I would think it more likely that the bar will bend, especially with 110 kg on the bar and I would say most definately if dropped from overhead with that weight.

Keep in mind this is only my opinion, not fact!! Who knows, you may have a better bar without knowing it. Not only that, but it may not happen right away, but it seems like it would at some point!!
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:34 AM   #5
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Re: Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

I'd say just lift till it breaks. Why worry about it till then?

On a side note: what exactly 'breaks'? I've seen a bar bend from being dropped on a box during a box squat, but I can't picture what would ever 'break'?
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:11 AM   #6
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Re: Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

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I'd say just lift till it breaks. Why worry about it till then?
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On a side note: what exactly 'breaks'? I've seen a bar bend from being dropped on a box during a box squat, but I can't picture what would ever 'break'?
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:53 AM   #7
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Re: Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

To be fair, that broken bar story was a "craigslist special" standard bar, with metal plates, dropped on concrete. The odds of breaking even a low-quality oly bar with bumpers dropped on a platform are quite a bit lower.

That said, if you're into lifting enough to spring for the bumpers and build a platform, you should invest in a good bar. It's going to spin better, have nicer knurling, a nicer finish, a regulation diameter, and should last a lifetime.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:10 AM   #8
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Re: Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

http://www.getstrength.com/

NZ site so may be useful for your needs.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:20 AM   #9
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Re: Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

All I use are crappy cheapo bars with bolts showing... a couple of them have even lost the washers and thus have no spin at all. I drop them over and over again with bumpers on concrete, failed cleans, jerks, and OHS at 250lbs+, and have never broken a bar or warped one enough for it to become an issue. The bolts are constantly falling out no matter how much locktite we use but that is only a nuisance. Like the others said, worry about it when something happens.

I plan on getting a nice bar once I get enough cash saved up but for the time being I'm fairly content with the cheapo bars.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:45 PM   #10
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Re: Decent Bumpers + Ply/Rubber Platform + Crap Barbell = Broken Barbell?

I have a cheap bar and bumpers and lift on carpet+padding over cement. I drop 150KG Deadlift and 80KG from overhead with no problems so far.
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