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Braced Bending

All Braced bends from now on are to be ranked in millimetre increments. So please give me the width of the bar in millimeters when you submit your bend. Thank you!

These are the windows, which window does your bar fit in?
22mm
20mm and 3/4"
16mm and 5/8"
18mm
14mm
12mm and 1/2"
10mm and 3/8"
8mm and 5/16"


Rules for Long Bar Bending (48-30 inches) - braced

By David Horne

1. The bend must be completed within 5 minutes.

2. The bar may be bent over the knee, leg, head, neck, stomach or even in the mouth. The bar cannot be bent by the feet or the floor.

3. Hand padding can be of any suitable material, cloth, canvas, towel, nylon, leather, etc. but cannot contain any rigid components to add leverage. A towel can be used for protection for where the bar will be bent over ie. head, neck, knee, leg, or teeth.
These will be inspected by referee for compliance.

4. Wrapping or taping of any part of elbows, wrist, forearm, and hands is disallowed.

5. A completed bend is when the bar has been bent into a "u" and the legs are parallel or beyond parallel to each other.

6. The bar used for the contest and challenge levels will be a Hot Rolled Steel round bar as this seems to be the standard bar used, and is a lot safer than using Cold Rolled Steel bars which have a large bounceback.

7. Competitor may not lean against any stationary object.

Here is an excellent online converter, which also converts from fractions.

Video of Long Bar bending from the Champion of Steel contest.

All bending claims of 3/4" ( ¾” = 0.75 inch = 19.05 millimeter) width bar and above should be accompanied with a video (Youtube link sent to me, etc) unless it was done in a ratified contest. This video should show the length and width using a tape, and a caliper (digital or mechanical). Also if you do know the grade of steel that the bar is please mention this. Bends below this are submitted by the honour system.

Thicker steel will always out do the thinner steel, no matter what the length is. It is up to the individual to bend thicker steel.

TOP 50 RANKINGS

1st) Ivan Yastrebov - 47.24" [1200mm] x 21.91mm HRS round bar - 21 Aug 2015 - Russia Video
2nd) Manthos Georgantzis - 31.06" [789mm] x 20.08mm HRS round bar - 13 Sept 2011 – Greece Video
3rd) Ivan Beritashvili - 31.5" x 19.80mm HRS round bar - 22 Feb 2014 - Russia Video
4) Carl Donati Jr. - 32.5" x 19.96mm HRS round bar - 11 Oct 2011 - USA Video
5) David Wigren - 33.75" x 20.11mm HRS round bar - 10 Sept 2011 – Sweden Video

Carl Ansara - 38" x 19.93mm HRS round bar - 27 June 2011 - USA Video
David Horne - 40" x 20.45mm HRS round bar - 13 Oct 2007 – Supermatch - England Video
Stewart Killick - 46" x 20.27mm HRS round bar - 17 Sept 2007 – England
Mike Rinderle - 36.25" x 19.03mm HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 26 July 2011 Video
Mats Erik Engelsvoll - 37.5" x 19.1mm HRS round bar - 12 April 2007 - Norway Video
Nick Rosendaul - 40" x 19.34 (3/4") HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 10 May 2008 - USA Video
Derek Graybill - 44" x [19.03mm] 3/4" HRS round bar - 17 Dec 2010 - USA
Jeremiah Fox - 46" x [19.05] 3/4" HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 9 June 2008 - USA Video
Aaron Corcorran - 48" x 19.05mm (3/4") HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 13 May 2008 - USA Video
Vankovich Kirill - 39.37" x 18.3mm HRS round bar - 14 Sept 2015 - Belarus Video
Tim Tolbert - 30" x 15.94mm (5/8") HRS round bar - 5 July 2007 - USA
Mark Vogels - 30" x 16.41mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel - England
Jim Wylie - 30" x 16.41mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel - England
Dave Johnson - 30" x 16.41mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel – England
Chris Rice - 30" x 16.17mm (5/8") HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 30 Dec 2007 - USA
Richie Bevan - 30" x 16.07mm HRS round bar - 27 Mar 2011 - England
Adam Jones - 30" x 16mm HRS round bar - 21 Aug 2011 - England
Justin Reagan - 32" x [15.87] 5/8 " HRS round bar - 5 July 2007 - USA
Richard Scott - 32" x 16.31mm HRS round bar - 17 July 2007 – England
Graeme Cunningham - 34" x 16.41mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel - England
Ben Edwards - 36" x [15.87] 5/8" HRS round bar - 25 July 2007 - USA
Elizabeth Horne - 38" x 16.47mm HRS round bar - 19 July 2007 - England
Wayne Lockwood - 38" x 16.41mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel - England
Alex Horne - 38" x 16.41mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel - England
Kevin McFadden - 36" x [12.7mm] 1/2" HRS round bar - 7 Jan 2009 - USA


Rules for Mid length Bar Bending (29.75-14.25 inches) – braced

By David Horne

1. The bend must be completed within 5 minutes.

2. The bar may be bent over the knee, leg, head, neck, stomach or even in the mouth. The bar cannot be bent by the feet or the floor.

3. Hand padding can be of any suitable material, cloth, canvas, towel, nylon, leather, etc. but cannot contain any rigid components to add leverage. A towel can be used for protection for where the bar will be bent over ie. head, neck, knee, leg, or teeth.
These will be inspected by referee for compliance.

4. Wrapping or taping of any part of elbows, wrist, forearm, and hands is disallowed.

5. A completed bend is when the bar has been bent into a "u" and the legs are parallel or beyond parallel to each other.

6. The bar used for the contest and challenge levels will be a Hot Rolled Steel round bar as this seems to be the standard bar used, and is a lot safer than using Cold Rolled Steel bars which have a large bounceback.

7. Competitor may not lean against any stationary object.

Here is an excellent online converter, which also converts from fractions.

Video of Long Bar bending from the Champion of Steel contest.

All bending claims of 5/8" (5/8” = 0.625 inch = 15.875 millimeter) width bar and above should be accompanied with a video (Youtube link sent to me, etc) unless it was done in a ratified contest. This video should show the length and width using a tape, and a caliper (digital or mechanical). Also if you do know the grade of steel that the bar is please mention this. Bends below this are submitted by the honour system.

Thicker steel will always out do the thinner steel, no matter what the length is. It is up to the individual to bend thicker steel.

TOP 50 RANKINGS

1st) Dmitry Dimurin - 16.75" x 16.03mm HRS round bar - 14 Nov 2015 - Russia Video
2nd) Carl Ansara - 17" x 16.12mm (5/8") HRS round bar - 24 June 2011 - USA Video
3rd) Ivan Beritashvili - 17 5/8" x 15.73mm HRS round bar - 12 Oct 2013 - Russia Video
4) Vankovich Kirill - 18.75" x 16.1mm HRS round bar - 5 July 2017 - Belarus Video
5) Tim Tolbert - 19" x 16.01mm HRS round bar - 28 Feb 2009 – USA
5) Mike Rinderle - 19" x 16.04mm [5/8"] HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 30 July 2011 - USA Video
5) Manthos Georgantzis - 19" x 15.74mm HRS round bar - 2 Aug 2011 – Greece Video

Paul Knight - 20" x 15.95mm HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 18 June 2008 – USA Video
Mike Krahling - 21" x 15.89mm HRS round bar - 15 Aug 2011 - USA Video
Andy Thomas - 21.75" x 15.95mm HRS round bar - 14 Aug 2011 - USA Video
Carl Donati Jr. - 21.8" x 16.01mm HRS round bar - 19 Dec 2011 - USA Video
Nick McKinless - 22" x 16.28mm HRS round bar - 10 Aug 2011 – England Video
Chuck Carns - 22.5" x 15.87mm [5/8"] HRS round bar - 14 May 2011 - Beast of the East comp - USA
David Horne - 23" x 16.3mm HRS round bar - 30 May 2016 - Stafford, England
Derek Graybill - 23" x 15.98mm (5/8") HRS round bar - 27 Feb 2009 - USA Video
Jim Ricchezza - 23.5" x 15.99mm HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 18 July 2008 – USA Video
Aldo Alberico - 23.6" x 16.00mm HRS round bar - 9 June 2015 - Italy Video
Chad Rickicki - 25" x 15.87mm [5/8"] HRS round bar - 14 May 2011 - Beast of the East comp - USA
E. J Livesey - 25" x 15.87mm [5/8"] HRS round bar - 2 July 2011 - USA Video
Jason Steeves - 25" x 15.87mm HRS round bar - 17 Dec 2011 - Canada Video
Stewart Killick - 26" x 15.87mm [5/8"] HRS round bar - 13 May 2008 – England Video
Aaron Corcorran - 26" x 15.87mm [5/8"] HRS round bar - 21 Feb 2009 - Arizona Grip - USA
Nick Rosendaul - 26 7/8" x 15.89mm (5/8") HRS round bar - 29 Feb 2008 - USA
Richard Bean - 27" x 15.87mm [5/8"] HRS round bar - 14 May 2011 - Beast of the East comp - USA
Richie Bevan - 27.5" x 16.19mm HRS round bar - 7 May 2011 - Stafford, England Video
Peter Mehl - 27 3/4" x 16.00mm HRS round bar - 17 Nov 2009 - Ukraine Video
David Wigren - 16" x 15.04mm HRS round bar - 4 Aug 2011 – Sweden Video
Perry Glover - 24" x 14.79mm HRS round bar - 14 Mar 2011 - Philippines Video
Rex Hubbard - 18" x 12.70 [1/2"] HRS round bar - 21 Feb 2009 - Arizona Grip - USA
Ben Edwards - 20" x 12.70 [1/2"] HRS round bar - 25 July 2007 - USA
Wes Graybill - 20" x 12.70 [1/2"] HRS round bar - 21 Feb 2009 - Arizona Grip - USA
John Shippling - 20" x 12.70 [1/2"] HRS round bar - 21 Feb 2009 - Arizona Grip - USA
Chris Rice - 24" x 12.70 [1/2"] HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 30 Dec 2007 - USA
Joe Musselwhite - 24" x 12.70 [1/2"] HRS round bar - 31 May 2008 - USA
Jim Wylie - 15" x 12.22mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel – England
Jeroen Veraart - 15" x 11.90mm HRS round bar - 27 July 2008 – Holland
Richard Scott - 17" x 12.20mm HRS round bar - 31 July 2007 – England
Graeme Cunningham - 18" x 12.22mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel – England
Alex Horne - 18" x 12.22mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel – England
Elizabeth Horne - 18" x 12.22mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel – England
Wayne Lockwood - 20" x 12.22mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel – England
Chris Tolbert - 23" x [9.79mm] (3/8") HRS round bar [A36 grade] Aged 9 - 3 Mar 2008 – USA


Rules for 'Spike' Style Bar Bending (14-8 inches) - braced

By David Horne

1. The bend must be completed within 5 minutes.

2. The bar may be bent over the knee, leg, head, neck, stomach or even in the mouth. The bar cannot be bent by the feet or the floor.

3. Hand padding can be of any suitable material, cloth, canvas, towel, nylon, leather, etc. but cannot contain any rigid components to add leverage. A towel can be used for protection for where the bar will be bent over ie. head, neck, knee, leg, or teeth.
These will be inspected by referee for compliance.

4. Wrapping or taping of any part of elbows, wrist, forearm, and hands is disallowed.

5. A completed bend is when the bar has been bent into a "u" and the legs are parallel or beyond parallel to each other.

6. The bar used for the contest and challenge levels will be a Hot Rolled Steel round bar as this seems to be the standard bar used, and is a lot safer than using Cold Rolled Steel bars which have a large bounceback.

7. Competitor may not lean against any stationary object.

Here is an excellent online converter, which also converts from fractions.

Video of Long Bar bending from the Champion of Steel contest.

All bending claims of 1/2" ( ½” = 0.5 inch = 12.7 millimeter) width bar and above should be accompanied with a video (Youtube link sent to me, etc) unless it was done in a ratified contest. This video should show the length and width using a tape, and a caliper (digital or mechanical). Also if you do know the grade of steel that the bar is please mention this. Bends below this are submitted by the honour system.

The thicker steel will always out do the thinner steel, no matter what the length is. It is up to the individual to bend thicker steel.

TOP 50 RANKINGS

1st) Dmitry Dimurin - 11.75" x 14.06mm HRS round bar - 10 Sept 2015 - Russia Video
2nd) Carl Ansara - 12" x 14.28mm HRS round bar - 1 Apr 2011 - USA Video
3rd) Tim Tolbert - 13.5" x 14.33mm HRS round bar - 30 June 2008 – USA
4) David Wigren - 8.75" x 12.28mm HRS round bar - 13 Mar 2011 – Sweden Video
5) Vankovich Kirill - 9.4" [235mm] x 12.2mm HRS round bar - 18 Feb 2017 - Belarus Video

Victor Blud - 9 7/16" [24cm] x 12.27mm HRS round bar - 28 Nov 2014 - Russia Video
Paul Knight - 10.5" x 12.76mm HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 13 Sept 2008 – USA Video
Mark Vogels - 11" x 12.49mm HRS round bar - 29 June 2008 – Holland Video
Justin Straussner - 11.5" x 12.70mm HRS round bar - 22 Jan 2012 - USA Video
Mike Rinderle - 11.75" x 12.82mm HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 10 June 2011 - USA Video
Vladimir Romanov - 11.81" x 12.08mm HRS round bar - 26 Nov 2014 - Russia Video
Derek Graybill - 12.5" x 12.79mm HRS round bar [A36 grade] - 21 Feb 2009 - Arizona Grip - USA
Mike Krahling - 12.5" x 12.79mm HRS round bar - 5 Mar 2009 - USA Video
Aaron Corcorran - 13" x 12.70 [1/2"] HRS round bar - 21 Feb 2009 - Arizona Grip - USA
David Horne - 13" x 12.20mm HRS round bar - 31 July 2007 - England
Dave Johnson - 14" x 12.22mm HRS round bar - 8 Sept 2007 - Champion of Steel - England
Luuc Duijm - 14" x 11.96mm HRS round bar - 15 May 2008 - Holland Video
Chuck Carns - 14" x 12.64mm HRS round bar - 16 Feb 2011 - USA Video
Chris Tolbert - 10" x [7.93mm] (5/16") HRS round bar Aged 9 - 7 Dec 2009 – USA
Eric Tolbert - 9.5" x [6.35mm] (1/4") HRS round bar Aged 6 - 7 Dec 2009 – USA


 

Imperial and Metric conversions

1/16” = 0.062 5 inch = 1.587 5 millimeter
1/8” = 0.125 inch = 3.175 millimeter
3/16” = 0.187 5 inch = 4.762 5 millimeter
¼” = 0.25 inch = 6.35 millimeter
5/16” = 0.312 5 inch = 7.937 5 millimeter
3/8” = 0.375 inch = 9.525 millimeter
7/16” = 0.437 5 inch = 11.112 5 millimeter
½” = 0.5 inch = 12.7 millimeter
9/16” = 0.562 5 inch = 14.287 5 millimeter
5/8” = 0.625 inch = 15.875 millimeter
11/16” = 0.687 5 inch = 17.462 5 millimeter
¾” = 0.75 inch = 19.05 millimeter
13/16” = 0.812 5 inch = 20.637 5 millimeter
7/8” = 0.875 inch = 22.225 millimeter
15/16” = 0.937 5 inch = 23.812 5 millimeter
1” = 1 inch = 25.4 millimeter

 

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