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Old 01-30-2008, 10:02 AM   #1
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Spring clips on dumbbells?

Hey guys.

I bought a set of used weights and bars, but they have the stupid collars on the dumbbells that require the little tool. Pain in the arse to change weight frequently.

I was thinking of getting some of the spring clips (standard 1" bar, not olympic). Are these spring clips REALLY secure? IE: If I buy 4 of them (2 per dumbbell), will I have a weight drop off of the dumbbell bar and onto my head?

The bars aren't threaded so spinlock won't work obviously.

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spring clips are secure i've used them for huge amounts of weight and never had them fail me... how much weight are you going to use on a dumbbell bar anyways?

they have some new clips out now that they have at my gym that are absolutely fantastic I'll see if I can find some pics, way faster than spring clips and apparently more secure too
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something like this... I found 'em in 1" sizes too

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http://www.amazon.com/Regular-Style-...709805&sr=1-34
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$54/pair vs $3.25/pair. I'll go with the regular spring clamps if they're strong enough, which it sounds like they are.

Not a lot of weight per dumbbell... it's just that I am used to the fixed-weight dumbbells from the gym but now with the basement dumbbell/barbell set I got, the complete set of fixed weight dumbbells aren't an option. Neither is the bowflex select-a-weight set, either. $$$$.
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i'm sure the regulars will work good enough... wow my bad I didn't notice the price at all, I'm sure it can be had for cheaper than $54, but I doubt cheaper than $3.25
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I would say you can use regular spring clamps. I have also used quite a bit of weight with them doing deadlifts with no problems at all. Make sure you just get some quality ones and not some thin, crappy springs.
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I would say you can use regular spring clamps. I have also used quite a bit of weight with them doing deadlifts with no problems at all. Make sure you just get some quality ones and not some thin, crappy springs.
Deadlifts are one thing -- the bar is horizontal. That means almost no force on the clips... however with the dumbbells, the bar at times can be vertical. Will the spring clips slide and cause the weights to fall on my head?
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Deadlifts are one thing -- the bar is horizontal. That means almost no force on the clips... however with the dumbbells, the bar at times can be vertical. Will the spring clips slide and cause the weights to fall on my head?
I actually just thought of that, but if you get the good ones then you shouldn't have a problem. Hell, sometimes I have trouble getting those suckers on, so I cannot imagine what kind of forces it would take to get them off of dumbbells.
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