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Second-Hand Sports Equipment

Many factors need to be considered when buying new or second-hand sports equipment including cost, versatility, size and storage.

If you are taking your first steps towards fitness and are nervous about exercising in front of strangers or if you simply don’t know if you will find the time in your busy schedule to make it to the gym, then opting for used home fitness equipment is an excellent idea.

Not only can used home equipment be sourced at substantially cheaper prices than you would pay in a sports shop, but the convenience of having it, ready for use at any time of day or night, may well just be the incentive needed to follow through on your good intentions and to achieve your fitness goals.

However, a word of warning before you rush to make your purchase. Make sure when buying second-hand that you are not buying someone else’s problem. There may be a reason why it is such a bargain, so:

1. Do your homework first and decide which type of equipment you want to work with. There are lots of websites out there either written by retailers or enthusiasts that have excellent reviews of new equipment. Many include comments on the item’s robustness, reliability and the available features. As a rule of thumb the more well known brands tend to survive longest with the least maintenance problems as they have a reputation to maintain.

2. When you have decided, familiarise yourself with the particular niche you are researching such as elliptical trainers, treadmills or step machines and narrow it down to one or two models which sound the most suitable for your circumstances. Then look to see what is out there in the second-hand market and start to compare prices.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask if it the seller is aware of any maintenance issues and why they no longer require it.

4. When searching the internet remember too that there is a big difference between equipment labelled ‘reconditioned’, ‘re manufactured’ and just ‘second-hand’. Those in the first category have been repaired so they function OK and have no broken bits, where as the second type have been stripped down to it’s separate components before being cleaned, repaired and reassembled. Both should come with some form of warranty.

The third type is just as it says, second-hand and probably sold as seen with no maintenance history or warranty. Remember also, that even ‘in date’ warranties are often non transferrable to a new owner so buyer beware!

In my experience, it is best to start with an established company who will offer sound, impartial advice and a decent warranty. There are companies like this who specialize in supplying reconditioned equipment of a professional gym standard but with much smaller price tag than buying new.

Sports Equipment

Whether you are a biker, a hiker or like to kayak in white water, you may be amazed at the variety sports equipment available today.

Remember that old ten-speed bike you used to ride? You will find that bike almost qualifies as an antique today. The engineering and manufacturing of bicycles has led to bikes specialized for the riding you want to do. Some years ago when you bought a bike you wanted a street bike, a dirt bike or a ten-speed. The choice of bikes today is much broader:

You may choose a road bike or recumbent bicycle, a mountain bike or a utility bike to carry items when you shop. If you choose a performance or racing bike you will have more gears than you may know what to do with and the same is true of the newly popular touring bike designed for comfort on long rides.

If you played pick up basketball games in your youth you may remember the only way to have a basketball court at your house was to find a place to mount a heavy backboard. Today you can buy a free standing basketball goal that is sturdy and portable. By filling the base with sand or water the portable goal provides a fixed and study goal and backboard.

Any parent with a son or daughter playing little league baseball has noticed the wide variation in bats at sports equipment stores. No longer are kids happy with a good old wooden bat – now they need carefully balanced aluminum or alloy bats scaled to their size. Parents will also notice the prices have scale upward quite a bit, too, for these childhood staples.

For cricket, advances in materials development have led to lightweight portable cages and to leg guards and other pads that are more effective, easier to don and provide better protection than ever. Cricket shoes utilize mesh and synthetic leather and often use a gel component to provide comfort and light weight. Gloves are more protective yet easier to wear and are often given very sporty names such as the Kookaburra Angry Beast Batting Glove.

Perhaps the most enjoyed advance in sporting equipment are the goals, golf enclosures and net systems that are now produced from newer, lightweight materials. It is no longer necessary to travel to a sports field to practice a goal maneuver as these inexpensive products can be set up on your lawn and removed easily for storage. These are not the high profile sport equipment products that are featured in commercials on television but hobby sports enthusiasts often point to these new net systems as one of the most useful pieces of sports equipment they have purchased.

Reasons to Buy Used Sports Equipment

With the start of every new school year, many students develop an interest in a sport that they had never played before. This excitement over a physical activity that can provide exercise and help students develop a sense of discipline inevitably means that parents will have to make purchases that they were not expecting. For those parents looking for a way to best encourage their children’s new interests, there are 5 important reasons to buy used sports equipment.

#1: Sports Equipment Is Often Used for a Short Period of Time and Then Forgotten

One of the main things to consider when investing in new gear is how often one will use it. When buying for a growing child, any sports-related hardware will inevitably have a short shelf life. Even for adults looking to explore something new, they may not use their equipment as often as they first envision. Buying used merchandise provides the benefit of lowering the initial investment in what can potentially be a short-lived interest.

#2: Buying Used Supports Local Businesses

The manufacturers of gear are often major corporations that distribute their products for sale in large, national chains. By visiting their local store to buy used, consumers help fellow community members develop a livelihood. Many people accumulate supplies that they never use, and these stores help their communities by recycling and providing hardware at a discounted rate to families and individuals that may find it difficult to keep investing in sports-related merchandise.

#3: Donating Sports Equipment Is a Great Thing

Not all individuals and families have the extra income to be consistently investing in new supplies. Stores that recycle equipment truly help those people participate in a very healthy enterprise. By supporting a used store, consumers are also indirectly supporting all of the individuals that want to play a range of athletic activities but may not have the means to do it.

#4: Stores Buy Used Equipment

Just as major chains need suppliers for their merchandise, local stores also need a source for their products. Even if people have invested in new supplies, they can recoup some of their investment by selling it to a local store. Not only will people be supporting a great cause, but they can also profit from that support.

#5: Buying Used Is More Economical

The common thread to all of the benefits to buying used sports equipment is that they are ultimately cheaper than buying new. Even if people have the means to purchase brand new items, they will still most likely only used them for a short period of time. There is no need to spend more when consumers can support a good cause and save money while doing it.

Deodorize Your Sports Equipment

Do you need a spray that can clean and deodorize your sports equipment? There are a number of sports equipment cleaning and deodorizing sprays to choose from. However, Vapor Fresh is the only sports pads deodorizer that uses all-natural active ingredients. Why are all-natural active ingredients so important? Sports equipment is an extension of the athlete — it protects, enforces, and allows him or her to perform at their peak. Therefore, using the safest and most effective ingredients is the best option. Other sports equipment cleaning sprays use very harsh chemicals such as Chlorine and artificial fragrances that can irritate the athlete in order to cover up the odor. Vapor Fresh uses real natural oils of plants, as opposed to the man-made imitator fragrances found in other products.

What is wrong with Chlorine?
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Chlorine “is a severe nose, throat and upper respiratory tract irritant”1. Why would anyone want to subject athletes to a severe nose, throat and upper respiratory tract irritant? Athletes need to be able to breathe efficiently in order to perform well. Studies also posted in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, as well as the British Journal of Medicine, have associated Chlorinated swimming pools with lung injury and asthma in children2,3. And yet the story still does not end there. Research at Purdue University showed how sweat can react with Chlorine to form Volatile Disinfection Byproducts, which have also been proven detrimental to health4. The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study relating those same Disinfection Byproducts with Bladder Cancer5. Do you still want to be using Chlorine-based sprays to clean and deodorize your sports equipment?

How about artificial fragrance?
A study back in 1986 titled Neurotoxins: At Home and the Workplace by the Committee on Science and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives stated that 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum, many of them hazardous. Again, a study in 1991 by the Environmental Protection Agency found there to be roughly 150 different chemicals in the fragrances of 31 separate consumer products, one of the most common being ethanol6. Since then, nothing has changed drastically in the fragrance industry as the vast majority of fragrances remain to be synthetic. The Journal of Environmental Health published a study that concluded 30.5% of the general population was irritated by the scents worn on other people, and 19% reported suffering from adverse health effects caused by fragrances, including higher percentages among individuals with asthma7. Another study published by the Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology concluded that the compounds used in artificial fragrance possessed toxic properties. The study also concluded that some of these compounds had toxic health effects even at low doses, including benzaldehyde, alpha-terpineol, benzyl acetate, and ethanol8.

Vapor Fresh: The Sports Equipment Cleaning and Deodorizing Spray with All-Natural Active Ingredients
Do yourself and all the athletes around you a favor and avoid those irritating artificial fragrances and Chlorine-based mixtures. Use Vapor Fresh when cleaning and deodorizing your sports pads. By using all-natural active ingredients, Vapor Fresh can provide you with a safe alternative to make your equipment smelling great and game-day ready. Play Hard. Finish Fresh.

Resources
1 Health Effects of Chlorine
2 Longitudinal Monitoring of Lung Injury in Children after Acute Chlorine Exposure in a Swimming Pool
3 Lung hyperpermeability and asthma prevalence in schoolchildren: unexpected associations with the attendance at indoor chlorinated swimming pools
4 Chlorine Can React With Sweat, Urine At Indoor Swimming Pools Forming Volatile Disinfection Byproducts
5 Bladder Cancer and Exposure to Water Disinfection By-Products through Ingestion, Bathing, Showering, and Swimming in Pools
6 Identification of Polar Volatile Organic Compounds in Consumer Products and Common Microenvironments
7 Prevalence of fragrance sensitivity in the American population.
8 The identification of polar organic compounds found in consumer products and their toxicological properties.

Sports Equipment

Need some equipment to do sports in? Know where to get some from? Everyone usually thinks of the same places, you know the ones, you’ll find them pretty much in every high street you go down JJB Sports or Sports Direct but these shops are losing their advantage over online shops and losing it fast. This is mainly due to the selection of stock that you can find on one of these websites; we know that the high street shops are more inclined to prioritize the sale of leisure clothes above sports equipment and what little equipment they have rarely extends beyond football, and even then its mostly balls, gloves and nothing else. It’s not really good enough is it, they’re really letting the shoppers down.

Websites are now beginning to take advantage of low variety in the high street by looking at what the big stores don’t have and then what the customer might need, tennis & snooker at the same time as making sure the site stocks for other sports including baseball and basketball. Equipment can now be bought for sports that require a lot of space along with aerobics. It’s high on impossible for shops like JD Sports & DW Sports to have a chance in competing Retailers even stock the more niche equipment on their websites because they know people are turning to the internet to find it, with things like archery equipment becoming readily available online!

Let’s not forget that the online shops also obtain their stock for less due to a lack of distribution costs, this will no doubt have a dramatic effect on the prices on the website. Unless high street retailers shape up they’re bound to decline soon.

Another problem I have noticed with these high street sports retailers is that they have a limited selection of team kits. Many a time I’ve had to search online for any sort of Formula 1 shirt, because if you’re not a football fan… You’re a nobody. I know it’s not as popular as Football, but they could stock some. It’s still technically a sport, so why turn business away? Something else I’ve noticed is that they never stock the local kits. There are absolutely loads of sports retailers in Chorley and Wigan, but not one of them stocks shirts for Charnock Richard FC, It’s not a major issue I know, but it’s another reason why people are searching online.