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Barbell Knurling Problem


#1

I finally finished my home gym and had my 1st bench workout when I noticed that the knurling on my texas power bar was already scratched up from adjusting the bar on the j-hooks between sets. there was alot of friction between the bar and hooks, and the the bar did not want to move left or right something I never experienced in a commercial gym.

Is this something common w/ the TPB due to its heavy knurl? or is there something I can do to prevent further scratching? At this rate, the portion of the bar which lays on the hooks will be completely scratched up in no time. BTW this is a Capps bar, not some cheaper imitation. the power rack is the ny barbell wide base power rack.


#2

yeah, that is why a lot of olympic lifters won't use the good bars on the squat racks. if you rotate the bar a bit in your squat set-up the knurling wears down over time.

i think ripptoe had something on coating the j-hooks with something... i think it might have been gluing plastic sheeting on them. maybe duct tape would work.


#3

I lined my J-Hooks with industrial carpet. I have to use a nylon brush to get all of the carpet out once a month or so as it tears it up, but I'd prefer to replace the carpet now and then that have the knurl worn down.


#4

Most people don't ever grab the super outside part of the bar so if the knurling wears down there it is not a big deal. Of course if you do use that bar of the bar then you might try one of the solutions posted above


#5

true. matters for snatches, but can't really think what else.