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Old 10-25-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
Aaron C Bennett
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Standard Bar Adaptors

I know it's not a perfect solution, and you can't load nearly as much weight on, but what are your thoughts on Olympic adapter/converter sleeves for standard bars?

I also saw the following wfs post that had a suggestion which might be useful if your bar is only loaded with one bumper per side:

I know many people have standard sets as you can usually pick them up for next to nothing used.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:05 PM   #2
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Re: Standard Bar Adaptors

Seems like a good way to end up in the emergency room. There are just certain things that you shouldn't skimp on. Weightlifting equipment is one of them. That doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune, but you should at least by quality equipment. Using a cheap bar (1" bars are cheap by definition) combined with a cheap 2" adapter is just waiting for an accident to happen.

If you look on craigslist you can usually pick up at least a halfway decent olympic set for very little. For less than $100 you can probably come up with a basic olympic bar and iron plates.
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Old 10-27-2008, 02:37 PM   #3
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Re: Standard Bar Adaptors

I agree don't skimp and keep shopping. By the time you drop the cash for the adapters, etc. You could find yourself a used powerlifting bar with Oly sleves for 30-100. I got a couple used bars one was is a needle bearing powerlifting bar for 100. An actual olypic lifting bar with the proper 28mm diameter shaft may be hard to find used.
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