I haven't yet found any hoopers in my area and since I only have 3 hoops to share, I was thinking of making some and taking them around the area to practice. I'm wondering if there are materials that are more durable/ most cost effective that I can use to get started. I've been to a few great websites for hoop supplies, I was just wondering if anyone has had success with certain materials and stores. I'm thinking of making 5-10 hoops and hoping not to spend over $100. Possible?
Well, 3/4" 160psi tubing (100 ft) is about $32 at Lowes. The connectors are a few dollars. I think a bag of 10 is $3-$5. If you can order just a couple rolls of gaffers tape ($5-ish each on GoodBuyGuys.com) you can definitely make 10 hoops for less than $100. They don't need to be fancy. Just a line or two of gaff (or even just colorful electrical or duct tape) is enough to make them fantastic hoops for sharing.
Oh—the tubing and couplers/connectors will be in the pluming aisle.
You can get HDPE at Lowe's or Home Depot. I used a 10-foot pre-cut piece from Lowe's. it was just under $4, and the connector was a couple dollars. I didn't even have to cut it. The 10 ft made a good size, not too big, not too small. Not paying shipping costs really cuts down on the cost.
Hello Katie! It is great that you want to share the hoop love! I use the 160 psi tubing at Lowe's too and a tool to cut tubing is only around $10. I usually get 10 out of a 100 foot roll of 3/4" diameter. What area are you in? Good luck!
The 160 psi is the best for beginners and you can use the electrical tape and hockey tape for grip, you can get all that stuff locally. You can also use the duct tape, but it is a little harder to use.
When I first started making hoops, I was instructed to use 160psi tubing. And I did. The hoops I made were too heavy for people. It hurt when they hula hooped, and it easily left bruises. The next time I bought tubing, I bought 100psi, and I've been using it ever since. In fact, I still have the hoops I made out of 160psi tubing; when given a choice between the 160psi and the 100psi hoops, people always chose the 100psi. Then, if someone is a real beginner, I just make the diameter bigger.
Also, as everyone else has said, you should be able to find the tubing at a hardware store like Lowes, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, etc. (In Lowes and Home Depot, the tubing and connectors should be in the plumbing section, like Tilly said). It's about $25 for a 100 foot roll for the 100psi tubing(it's cheaper than the 160 psi), and it's like 38 cents per connector, or you can also buy connectors in bags of 10 or so as Tilly pointed out. Overall, though, this is a lot cheaper than going through a hoop-supply website because the shipping on tubing is expensive. You'll also need pipe cutters or a saw to to cut the tubing. And then you'll need one of the following to tape your hoop: gaffer's tape; electrical tape; hockey tape; duct tape (but not recommended because it gets very wrinkly when you tape your hoop; it can also can melt and get sticky in warm weather).