Hi powerlifting crew. I spend most of my time on the BB forum but figured you folk would be just the right guys/gals to ask about geting a new 7 foot regulation olympic barbell. I built my home gym about 3 years ago and started off with a cap 300 lb olympic set from like modells or sports authority. Ironmaster dbs, adjustible bench, squat stands, etc. I've added more weight, front squat harness, etc over the last few years.
I always knew that my barbell was crap and I would eventually have to replace it. I tried to take care of it the best I could by never leaving weights on it overnight etc because I knew it would bend.
I finally broke it doing deadlifts and hack squats when i tried 5,3,1. The rollers at the end didn't like the impact with the floor even though i was using pathetic weights and I never dropped it.
So now, I'm in the market for a new barbell. Economics matter. I'm not going to spend $1000 on a bar but would like something with a good name and a quality product for my money. I don't need a barbell rated for me to squat 1000 lbs. I'll happily buy another one if i ever get there. So... any sugestions on a good quality, intermediate, full length barbell? I have no clue what matters and what doesn't.