A common problem is curly PVC skipping ropes, these are so-called “memory coils”. These curls are caused by PVC's tendency to return to its previous shape. Think of it as a kind of memory.
When you take a brand new PVC skipping rope out of the packaging, you can see that very clearly. The rope has never been used and has spent most of its life coiled in its packaging. The PVC rope remembers this shape and wants to return to it and starts to curl. This effect can be found with PVC ropes in all shapes and sizes, but is more pronounced with the thicker heavy jump ropes.
We also see this effect if a skipping rope has been in a sports bag for a few months without being used.
How do you deal with this now?
The most practical way is to start your jump rope workout with some good side swings. Swing the rope at high speed along your body a few times, alternating left and right. Due to the speed of the rotation, the rope straightens and you can jump rope in one movement.
We found another rigorous remedy on the internet, here we found the tip to boil the rope. WE STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST THIS!!!!
PVC cannot withstand a temperature of 100°C. The heat resistance of PVC is approx. 60°C to a maximum of 70°C. If a PVC rope is exposed to higher temperatures, this affects the structure of the rope.
If you find the loops really annoying and you can't start from the side-swing, there is a less rigorous way than cooking:
- Disassemble the handles
- Soak your rope for 2-3 minutes in a pan with warm water of approximately 60°C to a maximum of 70°C.
- Pull out the rope and place it on a flat surface or hang it on the door.