but are Ivankos needle bearing?BLACK-OXIDE FINISH OLYMPIC BARS.
The Black-oxide finish on your bar is quality coating but is not a rust-preventative. If neglected, your bar will do what steel does best: it will rust. You can wipe your bar down with a rag sprayed with WD-40.
If need be, you can clean the chalk from the knurling with a synthetic bristle brush from a hardware store. Do not spray WD-40 into the sleeves of the bar. Your sleeves are oiled with SAE-20 weight non-detergent oil. This oil is ideal, but 3-in-1 oil works too. WD-40 oil = mush. If need be, you can lubricate the sleeves once a month with a drop of SAE-20 (non-detergent) in the hole of the end cap and where the sleeve-collar meets the bar. Some will tip the bar on one end, apply oil on the sleeve (and the opposed) sleeve-collar end, wait a few hours and then repeat the process for the other side. This insures that the oil really works its way into the sleeve assembly.
buy quality, buy once.Barbell Maintenance should be done in the following order -
1.Buy cheap oly bar and plates
2.Lift frequently until strong
3.Lift heavy until bar is bent
4.Discard invest in better bar
Do the above and you will be replacing bars at a rate of 1 every 3-5 years. If you really want to make them last minimise heavy (200kg+) rack pulls and any dropping from overhead. Don't overthink, just lift.
and? i have an eleiko bar, dont have eleiko plates or platform.... just because it doesnt have a warranty doesnt mean its not a quality bar.Saw somewhere that eleiko bars no longer have warranties unless you're using eleiko plates and eleiko platform... have fun investing 10k.
For those that say buy cheap. My shitty cheap bar bent after a couple months, the knurling is total shit and the bar is way too fat. It's just crap to use.
My texas power bar on the other hand the knurling is awesome, bar does not flex with tiny weights, its still dead straight and is going to be cheaper in the long run than replacing cheap bars all the time.
Check the op's training log he is noob.(no offence intended pep) a cheapy bar would be fine. You can buy a brass bushed oly bar with 28mm shaft for $85. Texas bar is what $500 plus?? It's like buying a ferrari for an L plater. If he was an intermediate lifter or getting into competing in PL then I agree go quality.
I will agree with you that the 31mm (force usa) bars you see for sale everywhere are terrible (bad knurl, thick handles, shaft bends as soon as it's dropped from waist height)
I never dropped my cheap bar and it still bent. Cheap bars are still good for rack pulls because you don't want to be doing them with a nice bar.
the bar is the only valuable thing i own... its my baby, i am considering making an airtight hard case for it to stop it rusting LOLWish i could afford an eleiko bar, my whole home setup was only slightly more than your bar. Secretly I am jelly. Callan you should get a job as a eleiko sales rep.
Old corollas how is your bar performing packed with grease? I thought brass bushings were supposed to be left dry. Sacrafical softer alloy to be replaced when deformed. I thought about doing same but thought the grease would workits way out.