Pallets (skids) are really easy to find … any big warehouse will likely
have a bunch of slightly used pallets in a dumpster and you can probably
find a bunch of usable ones even though they’re about to be thrown out.
You can also check construction sights. Things like sod, driveway stones,
etc come on pallets and most of the time the pallets are simply thrown out
when no longer needed … ask one of the people on site if they would mind
if you took a few, more often then not it won’t be a problem.
We got lucky when it came to getting stuff for the NUC trials as one of
the Toronto Unicyclists is a trucker and there was a huge pile of junk
outside the main warehouse he works out of. One of the greatest things we
got out of that pile were a bunch of plastic pallets (they are definitely
more durable than wooden ones).
Spools on the other hand, or generally a lot harder to get a hold of as
companies don’t want to give them up as easily as pallets. The problem
with them is that they tend to have deposits on them and as a result
companies don’t want to forgo that deposit by giving you a spool for free.
As Jeff mentioned, try some of the local hardware/lumber shops as they
might be willing to let one or two go. Most of the spools used at the NUC
There are a couple of threads on muniac.com that have some info on
building trials stuff …
One of my personal favourite trials obstacle is the sandwich board. Kris
asked us to make a bunch for the NUC … they are really easy to make, you
can vary their heights, vary the distance between them … the
possibilities are endless and they are a lot of fun. I’m addicted to them!
Enjoy your hunt.
----- Original Message ----- From: “jeff d tuttle” <email@example.com>
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Monday, December 10, 2001 10:35 PM Subject:
spools and pallets
> Hey all,
> Where is the best place to look for pallets? Howabout the
spools (not the
> big big ones, just ones that are about 20" high when placed on
> side)? I have been even more inspired by Jeff Lutkus’ recent
> Thanks, Jeff
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