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nearly_all_gone
SILVER Member since Aug 2004

nearly_all_gone

Pooh-Bah
Location: Southampton, United Kingdom

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  Posted: If I want to buy:
Light swivels
Barrel swivels
Quick links
Triangular quick links
And cheap tennis balls, where should I go other than importing stuff via HoP?


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MiG
GOLD Member since Apr 2004

MiG

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Location: Bogged at CG, Australia

Total posts: 3415
  Posted:camping/climbing stores?

hardware shops?

cheapo stores? (we have cheap as chips, supa cheap and go-lo here)

honestly, i don't know for sure, but there's some ideas smile


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nearly_all_gone
SILVER Member since Aug 2004

nearly_all_gone

Pooh-Bah
Location: Southampton, United Kingdom

Total posts: 1626
  Posted:I just haven't found anything in such shops. Standard Quick Links you can buy in big brand-name DIY shops, but they're incredibly expensive (it would work out the same price to buy them off HOP including postage half way around the world), so hopefully there's a better place. Thankfully they're easily nicked by virtue of their wonderful easy-open packets. I can't find triangular Quick Links or any types of swivel anywhere.

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flid
BRONZE Member since Aug 2002

flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3136
  Posted:If you don't mind going in them, fishing shops will sell swivels, probably Quick Links (agreed the ones in b&q and homebase are completely overpriced). Personally i got mine from HoP. Independant hardware stores can be absolute gems if you live near one for hobbiest projects.

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nearly_all_gone
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nearly_all_gone

Pooh-Bah
Location: Southampton, United Kingdom

Total posts: 1626
  Posted:Hadn't thought of fishing shops, that's a great idea. My mate's dad owns one as well so I may bealbe to secure mates rates. I get stuff from HoP if I'm ordering something else but it seems a little wasteful to order something so small on its own.. I've just discovered that Poi poi sell small swivels 2.50 for 10 ( www.poipoi.info ) which seems pretty good.

Thanks for the advice


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animatEd
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

animatEd

1 + 1 = 3
Location: Bristol UK

Total posts: 3540
  Posted:Written by: nearly_all_gone

Thankfully they're easily nicked by virtue of their wonderful easy-open packets.



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ubbangel


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nearly_all_gone
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nearly_all_gone

Pooh-Bah
Location: Southampton, United Kingdom

Total posts: 1626
  Posted:biggrin I'm bringing the system down from the inside.

Actually, I've only once had the nuts to do it. And then I felt pretty bad about it.

For about a minute, anyway, until I got them fitted and had my 1st burn biggrin


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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

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Location: United Kingdom

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  Posted:at which point you promptly returned to the store and overpaid for an itme by the same ammount as the quick link cost........

ubbangel


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Aryth
SILVER Member since May 2005

Aryth

in a beautiful daze....
Location: Liverpool, England

Total posts: 134
  Posted:Ok..... well i'm bumping this back up cause i was wondering what people use for their swivels on their Fire Poi as at the minute i have one swivel next to the grip but want to put one before the wick. So basically i want to know where i can get swivels which aint gonna break when they get hot!!!!

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flid
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flid

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Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

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  Posted:depends on the quality of the swivel. I don't know of any that are designed for use with Fire Poi, or designed for heat. Personally I only use swivels at the top, but I have seen commercially sold Poi with them at the bottom. There's no such thing as a uniform swivel, you don't know what could be inside one. It's possible that some use plastic inside to make manufacture easier, in which getting them hot would be bad, or putting too much load on for that matter.

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Aryth
SILVER Member since May 2005

Aryth

in a beautiful daze....
Location: Liverpool, England

Total posts: 134
  Posted:Thats pretty much what i thought, but then i saw some on another website which had them at the bottom, like you said. Was just wondering what other people used.

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onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

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Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

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  Posted:Why would you want swivels on your fire poi? They're necessary for tailed Poi because of the twist effect, but I've never used a swivel on Fire Poi.

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But you can make the Bastard work for it."

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flid
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flid

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Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

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  Posted:Written by: OneWheelDave
Why would you want swivels on your fire poi?



Personally, hyperloops/airwraps


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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: United Kingdom

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  Posted:I dont think you need swivels on Fire Poi either. If you are using ballchain...then then entire chain is one big multi swivelly swivel.

Even if you hyperloop and airwrap yourself to death, at least your chains wont get twisted.


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flid
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flid

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Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

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  Posted:Written by: unsightly cum on face
If you are using ballchain...





true, but if you're using wire you're stuffed. I turned a pair of wire Poi into springs learning hyperloops smile


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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

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Location: United Kingdom

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  Posted:"a pair of wire poi"

Thats your problem.

Ball chain is miles better than wire. Have you not done a durbs? wink


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animatEd
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

animatEd

1 + 1 = 3
Location: Bristol UK

Total posts: 3540
  Posted:"have you not done a durbs?"

There's more than one?


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Put Water into a cup, it becomes the cup, put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Water can flow, or it can Crash.
Be Water My Friend.

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flid
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flid

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Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3136
  Posted:Written by: ucof
Have you not done a durbs?



I've done durbs many times. I was answering a post from onewheeldave who is durbsless


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FireNix
BRONZE Member since Apr 2001

FireNix

old hand
Location: India/Bristol

Total posts: 904
  Posted:So does anyone know where I can buy Ball chain cheaply?
Im based around Bristol or London


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mcp
PLATINUM Member since May 2003

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Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom

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  Posted:this is what you want in a swivel:


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This badboy will take 900 metric tons. I'd go for the size up if I were you. Just in case. ubblove


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FireNix
BRONZE Member since Apr 2001

FireNix

old hand
Location: India/Bristol

Total posts: 904
  Posted:Thats no where near what I need for my new Monkey Fist Poi.

Im using a small island off the Outer Hebredes to store all the Kevlar I 'borrowed' off De Ponte.

And dont even think about going look for it MCP or you Te pookaz, ive camaflagued it with an infinite amount of cake - so youll never get through. Muahahahahha

By the way im writing this on a swiss laptop - hence the fact I cant spelz

So where can i getr decent ball chain.

If anyone can buy and bring to Bristol I re-imburse aplenty


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