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    Last barbell post from me

    I'm still looking for a new one especially now that I am getting stronger. I think I have it narrowed down between:

    7' Capp "Texas" Power Bar

    and

    OPB86M 7' Olympic Power Bar

    I e-mailed JGE and asked how thick their bar was and a couple other questions, but are these similar enough that it shouldn't matter which one I get?
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    www.bsolympicgym.com

    midwest power bar - best bar for the money.

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    There's no center knurl on the power bar, should I be looking at the squat bar from them instead?
    22 - 5'10@236lbs!
    Bench - 325 (old)
    Squat - 455x2 (old)
    Deadlift - 500(old)

    Total: 1280lbs 100% raw




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    I liked the JGE one, but Ben's a pler, so I'd be more apt to take his advice.
    Give chalk a chance.


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    How is the knurling on these bars? I hate the ones that feel like a chainsaw on my shins during deads

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    I personally would get either the Burgener/Rippetoe Bar:
    http://www.roguefitness.com/store/BR_bar.php

    or

    The Pendlay Economy Bar:
    http://www.roguefitness.com/store/pendlay_econ_bars.php
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    Squat: 350x5
    Mil. Press: 165x5
    Deadlift: 455x1

    BW: 177

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bango Skank View Post
    I personally would get either the Burgener/Rippetoe Bar:
    http://www.roguefitness.com/store/BR_bar.php

    or

    The Pendlay Economy Bar:
    http://www.roguefitness.com/store/pendlay_econ_bars.php
    I was looking more into them earlier in my search, but since I do no olympic lifts and only the power lifting ones, I'd probably be better off with a power bar.

    With that said there are still too many damn choices. I just don't want to have to buy another bar so I want to make sure the one I get will last, which all of these probably will.
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    Bench - 325 (old)
    Squat - 455x2 (old)
    Deadlift - 500(old)

    Total: 1280lbs 100% raw




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    Quote Originally Posted by berfles View Post
    I was looking more into them earlier in my search, but since I do no olympic lifts and only the power lifting ones, I'd probably be better off with a power bar.

    With that said there are still too many damn choices. I just don't want to have to buy another bar so I want to make sure the one I get will last, which all of these probably will.
    I guess what I like about those is they are hybrid bars for weightlifting and powerlifting. If you ever decide to start playing around with cleans and snatches or their power equivalents down the road, you'll be glad you had these bars. But if you foresee zero chance of that happening, then they won't offer much more for you.
    Starting Strength Wiki

    Best Lifts
    Squat: 350x5
    Mil. Press: 165x5
    Deadlift: 455x1

    BW: 177

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    I really doubt I'll ever do those lifts, I don't have the room for them and they just don't really interest me.
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    Bench - 325 (old)
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    Total: 1280lbs 100% raw




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    The midwest power bar has a center knurling. I have one.

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    Center knurling is necessary. BSOylmpic make ones with center knurling, we have some of their bars and they have (and are) lasting a long time. I prefer the black coated ones, they seem to have a better grip, but its still no substitute for center knurling.

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    are you talking about a seperate bar for each lift (bench/squat/deadlift) or an all round bar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    www.bsolympicgym.com

    midwest power bar - best bar for the money.
    I called york when I was looking for a bar and they told me their $300 needle bearing bar can only handle about 300lbs. I guess you experience differs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    The midwest power bar has a center knurling. I have one.
    On their site, they list the regular Midwest Power Bar as having no center knurling but has black oxide coating, but the Midwest Squat Bar has the center knurling without black oxide coating. Did you have to request the knurling on the Power Bar or anything? I'd prefer to have a coated bar with a center knurl.

    Quote Originally Posted by Reko View Post
    Center knurling is necessary. BSOylmpic make ones with center knurling, we have some of their bars and they have (and are) lasting a long time. I prefer the black coated ones, they seem to have a better grip, but its still no substitute for center knurling.
    I prefer the coated ones too. The BSOlympic Midwest Squat Bar is the onyl one I see with center knurling, but it isn't coated, the Midwest Power Bar is coated but has no center knurling. I'm not sure what the difference between the Power Bar and the Squat Bar is other than the coating and knurling.

    Quote Originally Posted by AJ_H View Post
    are you talking about a seperate bar for each lift (bench/squat/deadlift) or an all round bar?
    I want a power bar that I can use for all of my lifts.
    Last edited by berfles; 11-17-2008 at 12:55 PM.
    22 - 5'10@236lbs!
    Bench - 325 (old)
    Squat - 455x2 (old)
    Deadlift - 500(old)

    Total: 1280lbs 100% raw




    The key to my exercise program is this one simple truth: I hate my body.

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    The squat bar is actually a thicker, stiffer bar. I'm thinking that's the one we have. You'll like it.

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    I'll have to give it some more thought. I just wish the Midwest squat bar had a coating on it.


    EDIT: Ok, I just got an e-mail back from them about the squat bar:

    its 30MM, so a hair over 1 1/8, and it comes in black oxide, we sell a York bar also, that is 32MM, which is about 1 1/4 and also come in black oxide.

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    they are all black oxide on those now, they used to offer zinc also but discontinued it, it has the rings for hand spacing, its basically a cheaper version of the texas power bar with less abreasive knurling.
    My current cheapy CAP barbell is like 28.5mm, so how much of a difference will 30mm make? I mean is it going to take getting used to or should I be alright? And this is a 45lb bar and not some 52lb one or anything right?
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    22 - 5'10@236lbs!
    Bench - 325 (old)
    Squat - 455x2 (old)
    Deadlift - 500(old)

    Total: 1280lbs 100% raw




    The key to my exercise program is this one simple truth: I hate my body.

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    LOL. We have a saying at work: "Choices create confusion." It seems like you're experiencing some of that. I'm sure it would be easier if you could actually test them out. In spite of that I'm sure these are all very good bars that will last a lifetime if not abused with heavy rack work.
    I'm going to chime in in favor of the Capp bar. Awesome all around bar with deep knurling and black oxide finish. I've had to resort to wearing thick socks for DLifting after constantly bleeding shins.
    Good luck with your decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by berfles View Post
    I'll have to give it some more thought. I just wish the Midwest squat bar had a coating on it.


    EDIT: Ok, I just got an e-mail back from them about the squat bar:





    My current cheapy CAP barbell is like 28.5mm, so how much of a difference will 30mm make? I mean is it going to take getting used to or should I be alright? And this is a 45lb bar and not some 52lb one or anything right?
    You'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dumbbell View Post
    LOL. We have a saying at work: "Choices create confusion." It seems like you're experiencing some of that. I'm sure it would be easier if you could actually test them out. In spite of that I'm sure these are all very good bars that will last a lifetime if not abused with heavy rack work.
    I'm going to chime in in favor of the Capp bar. Awesome all around bar with deep knurling and black oxide finish. I've had to resort to wearing thick socks for DLifting after constantly bleeding shins.
    Good luck with your decision.
    Indeed they do. I think I'm having a harder time deciding this than I did when I researched every part of my computer to build it. At least I got it narrowed down to 3 though.

    I do wish I could try them out but no places around here sell anything but mainstream ****.
    22 - 5'10@236lbs!
    Bench - 325 (old)
    Squat - 455x2 (old)
    Deadlift - 500(old)

    Total: 1280lbs 100% raw




    The key to my exercise program is this one simple truth: I hate my body.

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    They will all very likely be fine.

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    Probably, if it takes me this long to see any huge difference I probably won't notice it between all three of them. I doubt I'll be lifting 800lbs in anything anytime soon anyway.

    EDIT: Weightlifter's Warehouse (Capp Texas Power Bar) just emailed me back and said that I could use the bar for a couple sessions and if I don't like it, send it back and they'd refund the price. Sounds like a pretty good deal.
    Last edited by berfles; 11-19-2008 at 11:36 AM.
    22 - 5'10@236lbs!
    Bench - 325 (old)
    Squat - 455x2 (old)
    Deadlift - 500(old)

    Total: 1280lbs 100% raw




    The key to my exercise program is this one simple truth: I hate my body.

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