collapsible vs travel hoops
Most hoops come standard as coil-down collapsible. Simply press down on the push-button & disconnect the hoop! You can do a partial coil or a full coil, depending on how flexible the tubing is. NEVER force a full coil if the hoop doesn't appear to handle the stress when you start bending it... it will either kink or break in half! If you want to fully coil down your hoop to 1/2 its size, consider getting an extender. An extender is just another piece of tubing that 'extends' your hoop to a larger size so that you may coil it down without the risk of breaking it. For partial coils, you can secure the ends with tape or zip ties.
Be very careful coiling your hoop down in cold weather, particularly polypro. It can crack!
3/4" POLYPRO: I would NOT recommend fully coiling down. I recommend partially coiling it and securing the ends with tape or using an extender.
5/8" POLYPRO: I would NOT recommend fully coiling down anything below a 32" OD. Although it is a bit more flexible, never force it! For doubles 28" and larger, I like to connect them together as 1 big hoop and 'triple' coil them down together.
HDPE: It is a much softer tubing than polypro, but I would still follow the recommendations above, as HDPE is more likely to kink rather than crack.
As much as you would love to think that all hoops are perfect circles... they are unfortunately not. Wonky and warped hoops = very common problem. All hoopers will experience this at some point. The best way to avoid misshapen hoops is by taking preventative measures! But if it's too late, don't you worry!
There are ways to fix this:
1. HEAT IT UP
Disconnect your hoop & lay it out on a warm, flat surface for a few hours... like on your driveway or in your yard (particularly somewhere out in the sun). Heating the tubing up a little bit makes it become malleable. By laying it out flat, gravity should help bring all the wonky part down. After the tubing warms up a bit, slowly bend the hoop back into it's proper, circular form. If it's cold out, you can place your hoop near a fireplace/heater, just don't let it melt! Hairdryers also work well.
4. WONKY SECTIONALS
As mentioned in the previous section, sometimes sectionals can get a little wonky from the different tubings involved. Disconnect your sectional and place the sections in your bathtub and run hot water. Make sure they're completely submerged. After a couple of minutes, quickly connect your hoop and spin it around your arm as fast as you can until it cools off. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, it works!
2. UNDER THE BED
This method helps cure wonkiness. Simply place your hoop underneath your mattress... for a few hours, for a few days, only time will tell. Weigh the hoop down with something heavy so that you're forcing it to flatten out.
3. TENDER LOVING CARE
Sometimes your hoop just needs a little bit of time to get bent back into shape. Do some waist hooping, knee hooping, and/or breaks & paddles. This is especially useful if your hoop has been coiled down for a bit/just arrived all packaged up on your doorstep.
5. LAST RESORT
Some hoops are just straight up rebels no matter what you do... and sometimes you just have to blame the tubing or connection. If your hoop is tear-dropped because of a flat or sharp angled connection, you may need a whole new connection and insert piece. I am more than willing to help walk you through this process... or you can just send me your hoop and I'll fix it for free! (But you pay shipping here.)
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