I have a home gym, and am starting to add olympic lifting. Thus, to do it right, I want to add a good oly bar and solid rubber training bumpers. Obviously budget is an issue, but I don't want to skimp either. So, on to the questions:
1) Eleiko training bar vs. York training bar. Long term joint health is important. Is the Eleiko bar really worth the extra $$? Or will the cheaper York bar be fine for a non-competitive lifter?
2) I was considering a lb set vs. a kg set of bumpers due to smaller increments jumps, and would microload with existing iron plates. Are the lighter lb. bumpers (10lb & 15 lb) too narrow to take abuse? Or so long as I don't beat the snot out of them will they be fine? Or would I be better served with kg bumpers?
Any and all comments are appreciated.