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Kneepad rubber?

Postby pierre.joubert » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:57 am

Does anyone know where I can find a 15cm x 20cm piece of nice sticky rubber for a knee(bar) pad?

Like this: Image

I've tried using a piece of rubber from a car tyre inner, but its pretty smooth and not exactly sticky.
Any resolers out there willing to sell a piece of C4 or similiar? :wink:

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby Dark Horse » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:17 pm

You planning on climbing INXS?

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby HarryPotter » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:31 pm

Howzit Pierre. We can help you with a 2mm or 4 mm thick piece of really sticky rubber from our climbing shoe resole workshop in Johannesburg. Please mail me: chris@verticalworld.co.za

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby Leebo » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:36 pm

Cape Town Rubber Co. in Paarden Eiland (if you're in CT)

http://www.ctrubber.co.za/

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby Leebo » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:44 pm

Just an idea, you can also go to a truck tyre replacement centre and ask them for old inner tubes. Most of the inner tubes are a very hard rubber, but the older higher quality tubes will be good sticky stuff on the inside of the tube. Only reason I know is because I used to make juggling sticks out of the stuff back in the day and tried to find the stickiest cheapest rubber. They should give you the tubes for free because they throw them out anyways.

You could also just visit Cape Town Rubber, pay a few bucks and save you getting your hands dirty

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby pierre.joubert » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:29 pm

Thanks for the replies guys.

@Neil - no not kneepad as in protective hard shell for Spitzkoppe granite/aid/big walling, more like kneepad as in kneebar pad with sticky rubber to kneebar limestone tufas all day long.

@Lee - I've made one with inner tube rubber. It works ok but it's not ideal, the rubber as you mention is a bit hard and not as sticky compared to the rubber I've seen on the euroclimber dude's knee pads. There's a componay or two making them in the overseas http://www.upskillclimbinggear.com/upskill-friction-kneebar-pad/ but at between $35 and $60 exlcuding shipping I'm not that keen. I'm pretty sure they just use the 2mm rand rubber the resolers use (Stealth C4 on your knee is pretty cool, check Dave Graham's extra hand in this: http://vimeo.com/38377140)
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@Chris - I've sent you a mail thanks

I'll post pics when it's done.

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby Chris F » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:52 pm

5.10 have started making and selling knee pads if you are feeling flush.

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby brianweaver » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:34 pm

Pierre, I got to wear some of these pads. Joey let me use his while he was here. They are really easy to make. I have already spoken with Chris about making them. I've been meaning to do it for ages.

Use the 2mm rubber, not the 5mm. I need to have them made soon too...
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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby Warren G » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:43 pm

I have often wondered how much more one gains using a purpose built pad vs a quarter of a car inner tube. i know i swet like a gimp in my inner tubes, but i have never thought badly of them.

I remember Dave Richardson working Paragon without using kneepads (for moral reasons), this only allowed him one or two attempts before the bruising was too painful to allow more. took him years to send the route but he refused pads.
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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby ant » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:54 pm

Inner tubes usually have a fine coat of powdery stuff on them

-Wash them
-Take the scourer that comes with a bicycle repair kit, or some rough sandpaper, and scour the surface a little.

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby brianweaver » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:55 pm

It makes a big difference... Everyone who knows me, knows I love my Continental bicycle inner tube: because it does not have any powder on it and it's super sticky... BUT when I used some proper 5.10 stealth rubber knee pads I was astonished at how good they were for friction... Plus they are a little more rigid and thus less pain when there is a sharp kneebar
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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby pierre.joubert » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:09 pm

Brian, I read this from Steph Davis about Joe's custom pads. Pity Boulder is a bit far, but I've got the same knee guard, just need the rubber.
http://www.highinfatuation.com/blog/how ... knee-pads/

Warren wrote:i know i swet like a gimp in my inner tubes
hahahaha that's just gross man.

Inner tubes also have a 3d curve to them, which makes stiching+gluing onto a 2d curved surface tricky.

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby ADAMRAYNER » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:14 pm

Hi Pierre

Put it on a belt sander

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby Warren G » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:17 pm

I cut my inner tubes with the 3d shape in mind: very narrow behind the knee extending to as wide as the stretch will allow. thay are actually a very hard thing to cut right as different kneebars require different points on the thigh to be protected. inner knee needs more than outter etc

like i say the only reason why i would move from this system would be to gett better breathability, but i can't see how :scratch:
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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby ADAMRAYNER » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:25 pm

Couldnt you use a punch and pop some holes in it so you dont "gimp up" this would also help with the friction problem.

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby Chris F » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:18 pm



That'll be the one. Like I said, if you are feeling flush.

This article is quite handy

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby Forket » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:46 am

When u dont have a kneepad...... campus, its less moves, more fun and gets u there faster:) My question is, when does extra rubber become aid gear?

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Re: Kneepad rubber?

Postby proze » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:29 pm

When climbing shoes do...


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