Noodles are in season

Time to go shopping for next year’s bumpers. They’re in season…get’m while they’re cheap!

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I’ll be the weirdo with a tape measure at the pool noodle rack.

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Walmart: puts pool noodles on sale
FRC teams: “I’LL TAKE YOUR ENTIRE STOCK!”

Also, it’s quite ironic that we’re buying pool noodles in the summer, but use them in the winter, for robots that can’t get wet.

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FRC teams may just be the largest buyer of pool noodles after mid August…

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Oooh another summer of forgetting to buy pool noodles when they’re cheap and having to pay $4 per noodle in February.

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Your penalty is being beaten with said $4 pool noodles until you get the bumpers built.

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Going to head to WallyWorld tomorrow and clean up on noodles…

But we also order pool noodles in bulk (35 for ~$50) from Amazon in January. Never had a problem getting them. 35 noodles last about 1.5 seasons as we make 3 sets of bumpers (Red, Blue, and Black show bumpers).

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  • What noodle is best for the defender- hollow or solid
  • Usual length of noodle?

Seriously!
The Wallymart by us still has these at almost $3
:confounded:

Oh yeah…I forgot to mention, that clearance sales on stuff like this are highly dependent on which store it is, and what they have in stock, etc. If you don’t find them on sale at your local store for a quarter a piece, don’t be surprised! but you’re welcome to get mad at me for my good fortune.

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Pool noodles are typically 48" long.

We usually use hollow, and we had no problem getting a ridiculous DPR on both of our competitions even though we did little defence.
Don’t ask how, but I’m not sure the type of pool noodle makes a difference

no! what are you talking about? the only thing that matters on the robot is which pool noodles you use! lol

Our rookie year, we screwed up making bumpers so many times that we ended up buying our local Leslies entirely out of noodles.

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Unless you live in Arizona, then they’re typically 51" long, like these ones.

Cheapest I’ve seen… I haven’t been on an FRC team for years and I’d be tempted at $0.25.

And you have to bring the calipers to be sure they’re somewhere close to 2.25 inches in diameter…

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Thanks for the reminder! Should this be enough for the season or should I grab a couple more?

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Eh seems good enough but you got just enough to cover it I think

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That must have been the safest car to ever be on the road

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