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2012-08-13 9:28 AM

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Subject: bumper plates

I'd like to get some bumper plates to add to my workout room ... started looking online and they seem to be pretty pricey.  Any recommendations on where to get them reasonably-priced?  Or do I need to suck it up and pay?

Seems that the cheapest I've seen is about $1.30/pound, but that's kind of a one-off pair here and there.  All the sets are well over $1.50/pound.  Is that normal?

I've been stopping in my local Play It Again Sports but they never have any in stock (that's how I've built up my DB and regular plate collection).



2012-08-13 9:37 AM
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Ebay has always been my friends' best bet for those.  They are ridiculous otherwise.

 

Craigslist too as it alleviates shipping costs.



Edited by uhcoog 2012-08-13 9:38 AM
2012-12-21 1:52 PM
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Look at Wright Rubber

http://www.wrightexercise.com/wright-rubber-c-97.html

I have some of theirs and have been very happy with them.  You can also make "redneck strongman" bumpers out of old car wheels and an adapter sold by Landrich Power Systems (Can't link to it the facebook page is filtered at work).  Don't laugh... these work very well, and are remarkably cheap.

Or you can make them yourself:

http://claf77.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/bumper-plates-are-too-damn-expensive/

2012-12-25 2:29 AM
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I get all my stuff through Rogue. havent tried their bumpers but i use their bench and I recently got a new bar through them. Like anything else i probably wouldnt buy bottom of the line but there mid grade stuff is probably better than most.

 

http://www.roguefitness.com/weightlifting-bars-plates/bumpers.php

2012-12-25 6:24 PM
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I got Kraiburg bumpers thru againfaster, great service and product.



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2012-12-27 5:40 PM
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Wright Rubber and Kraiburg are some of the cheaper brands. Stay away from "competition plates" as those are calibrated to be used in weightlifting competitions and the price reflects that. "Training plates" are cheaper. They may be off on the weight but not important if you just use them for training.

Why do you need bumper plates?


2013-03-06 6:31 PM
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I've got about 400 pounds of the Wright Rubber and they are good value for money.

The Pendlay are my favourite bumpers that aren't obscenely priced and will be what I buy to replace extend my value set. 

2013-03-26 7:48 PM
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Love Bumper Plates!! I am actually just posting because I want to see how many posts I have, I havent used this site since 2009. OMG, I dont even know what my display picture is. pretty excited hahahaha woooo. Hello  Again everyone. 
2013-03-26 9:42 PM
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Jyles16 - 2013-03-26 5:48 PM Love Bumper Plates!! I am actually just posting because I want to see how many posts I have, I havent used this site since 2009. OMG, I dont even know what my display picture is. pretty excited hahahaha woooo. Hello  Again everyone. 

Wow! Welcome back! 

2013-05-07 7:50 PM
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I have seen others use one set of bumper plates, and then smaller regular plates instead of all bumper plates. Their reasoning for this was one set of bumpers (they are pricey) so they will hit the ground but the other smaller regular plates won't and they already have them around. So they only had to buy one set of bumpers instead of two of each plate weight.

I don't have much experience with bumpers just passing on what I have seen others do. Good luck.

2013-05-08 2:50 PM
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DoinWork - 2013-05-07 5:50 PM

I have seen others use one set of bumper plates, and then smaller regular plates instead of all bumper plates. Their reasoning for this was one set of bumpers (they are pricey) so they will hit the ground but the other smaller regular plates won't and they already have them around. So they only had to buy one set of bumpers instead of two of each plate weight.

I don't have much experience with bumpers just passing on what I have seen others do. Good luck.

If you are only using 1 bumper plate on either side in a lighter weight, like 10lbs, then add some 10s or 15s of regular plates that are not as big as the bumper .. be careful.  If you drop the weight even from waist height the bumpers will bend when they hit the ground and can shoot the bar off in an unpredictable path. *raises hand* at experiencing this in a bad way! 

The 25lb ones (next size up I would use) handle it a little better because their width is thicker. But still can be wonky if dropped from overhead if you have paired it with too many regular plates that aren't as big around.



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2013-10-08 10:55 PM
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Originally posted by Teejaay
DoinWork - 2013-05-07 5:50 PM

I have seen others use one set of bumper plates, and then smaller regular plates instead of all bumper plates. Their reasoning for this was one set of bumpers (they are pricey) so they will hit the ground but the other smaller regular plates won't and they already have them around. So they only had to buy one set of bumpers instead of two of each plate weight.

I don't have much experience with bumpers just passing on what I have seen others do. Good luck.

If you are only using 1 bumper plate on either side in a lighter weight, like 10lbs, then add some 10s or 15s of regular plates that are not as big as the bumper .. be careful.  If you drop the weight even from waist height the bumpers will bend when they hit the ground and can shoot the bar off in an unpredictable path. *raises hand* at experiencing this in a bad way! 

The 25lb ones (next size up I would use) handle it a little better because their width is thicker. But still can be wonky if dropped from overhead if you have paired it with too many regular plates that aren't as big around.

This will eventually cause the bumper plates to fail (crack most likely) because of the extra strain on the bumper plates. 

The reason bumper plates are all the same size is so that they can ALL share the load when the weights come crashing down.   If you force one pair of 10lb bumper plates to absorb the energy of 50lbs of additional weights... they'll fail sooner. 

I have no idea on how to quantify "sooner" however.

2013-10-09 7:23 PM
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Originally posted by Teejaay
DoinWork - 2013-05-07 5:50 PM

I have seen others use one set of bumper plates, and then smaller regular plates instead of all bumper plates. Their reasoning for this was one set of bumpers (they are pricey) so they will hit the ground but the other smaller regular plates won't and they already have them around. So they only had to buy one set of bumpers instead of two of each plate weight.

I don't have much experience with bumpers just passing on what I have seen others do. Good luck.

If you are only using 1 bumper plate on either side in a lighter weight, like 10lbs, then add some 10s or 15s of regular plates that are not as big as the bumper .. be careful.  If you drop the weight even from waist height the bumpers will bend when they hit the ground and can shoot the bar off in an unpredictable path. *raises hand* at experiencing this in a bad way! 

The 25lb ones (next size up I would use) handle it a little better because their width is thicker. But still can be wonky if dropped from overhead if you have paired it with too many regular plates that aren't as big around.

This will eventually cause the bumper plates to fail (crack most likely) because of the extra strain on the bumper plates. 

The reason bumper plates are all the same size is so that they can ALL share the load when the weights come crashing down.   If you force one pair of 10lb bumper plates to absorb the energy of 50lbs of additional weights... they'll fail sooner. 

I have no idea on how to quantify "sooner" however.

I've seen brand new 10lb bumper plates break within less than two weeks of purchase out on the gym floor when members put regular 25's on the outside.

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