How to choose a quality second-hand Olympic Bar

September 29, 2016

How to choose a quality second-hand Olympic Bar

If the Oly Bar is your weapon of choice, but you are strapped for cash, you may be looking for second-hand bars that have been relegated to the bench. In this blog we will briefly tell you how to keep your Oly Bar in good nick and give you a heads up of what to look for when buying a second-hand bar.  

Keeping your Olympic Barbell in good nick

Although some visible deterioration of a barbell is inevitable (and in some cases slightly sought after), it is important to keep its look and feel as close to its original form as possible. This will give you confidence, maintain a sense of satisfaction and pride in the tool that you use, and most importantly, allow for re-sale opportunity.

The key to maintaining your barbell is to avoid rust!

The beauty of most Olympic bars on the market these days is that they are either zink- or black oxide-coated. Maintenance is rather basic and all you need to do is:

  • Clean off accumulated chalk with a brush and not water
  • Lube up with 3-in-one oil or WD-40
  • Store away from the elements
  • Not keep it suspended for a longer period while bearing weight to avoid damaging the structural integrity.

Characteristics you look for when buying a quality second-hand barbell?

  • No visible tarnish, cracks, peeling or rust.
  • A look and feel that instills confidence in the barbell’s structural integrity.
  • Smooth sleeve rotation that won’t compromise lifting.
  • The precision grip of clean and well maintained knurling.

If you have some barbells gathering rust in the corner, sell them to us or exchange them for something that keeps you moving forward. Contact us to sell or trade here or check out our new arrivals.