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Troy Archie
10-08-2008, 10:51 PM
I'm looking to buy or make some micro plates. I see they're sold here but I live in Canada and there's no shipping. Another leads out there or ideas?

Rick Deckart
10-09-2008, 12:54 AM
It's cheap and not very difficult to build these yourself, see http://www.performancemenu.com/forum/showthread.php?t=869

Patrick Donnelly
10-09-2008, 09:26 AM
I just use some small chain loops, however, they provide 1.25lb pairs, not kilo measurements. I've still not fully converted to kilos.
http://patrickhdonnelly.blogspot.com/2008/06/diy-fractional-weight-plates.html

Craig Loizides
10-09-2008, 11:35 AM
My favorite is 1 7/8" washers. They cost about $1 each, fit an olympic bar and weigh about .55 lb/.25 kg each.

http://www.amazon.com/1-7-USS-FLAT-WASHER-Qty/dp/B00068LF0A/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=industrial&qid=1223576855&sr=8-12

Gregory L. Johnson
10-09-2008, 11:49 PM
Iron Woody (http://www.ironwoodyfitness.com/fractionals.php) ships internationally. However, I like Craig's solution. I wish I had known about those washer's sooner.

Dave Van Skike
10-10-2008, 10:39 AM
both craig's and patrick's ideas are really sharp..going to have to do that.

Brian Lawyer
11-24-2008, 03:57 PM
My favorite is 1 7/8" washers. They cost about $1 each, fit an olympic bar and weigh about .55 lb/.25 kg each.

http://www.amazon.com/1-7-USS-FLAT-WASHER-Qty/dp/B00068LF0A/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=industrial&qid=1223576855&sr=8-12

I like this idea the best but are you sure those fit an Olympic bar. I did the conversion and 1 7/8" is 47.625mm. I thought the diameter of the collar of an Olympic bar was 50mm.

Kris Reeves
11-24-2008, 04:45 PM
I think the way washers are sized is that the washer will fit a bolt 1-7/8" big...therefore the opening is slightly larger than that. I don't know...don't hold me to that. Let me go look it up.

Craig Loizides
11-25-2008, 07:17 AM
The 1-7/8" washers I bought have an inside diameter of 2". They fit every olympic bar I've tried them on.

http://www.nutty.com/pdfcharts/uss_flat_washer.pdf

If you're worried they won't fit or want a slightly heavier washer you can go to a larger size.

Brian Lawyer
11-25-2008, 12:11 PM
I just found these 1.25 lb plates for a pretty good price, http://www.bwproducts.com/fitness/equipment/powerlifting/index.htm

Dean Saunders
03-12-2009, 03:30 AM
I remember reading a powerlifting magazine article a few years back about microloading and the author suggested going to hardware store and buying some washers and a bag of zip ties and making up your micro loads with that. Slip onto the outside of the collars and away you go... Not sure how it would work with oly lifting, never tried it myself