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by merl
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Knots - Matching those used by Cabrinha
Replies: 15
Views: 1323

Re: Knots - Matching those used by Cabrinha

Just to be pedantic, the issue is almost never stretch in the front lines, as the dyneema is aways pre-stretched in the factory. The effect you see in the difference between back and front lines is caused by the shrinking of the back lines, as they are not under much tension.
by merl
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Checked baggage dimensions Thomson UK?
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: Checked baggage dimensions Thomson UK?

Thanks for the reply. My issue here is that I am not checking sports gear (for which you need to book and pay extra) but since I have a 2-part board I want to check a longer-than-normal bag (95cm?) as my regular luggage. Some airlines have a max dimension (air france is 90cm length I seem to recall).
by merl
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Newind Split surf board review/advise
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: Newind Split surf board review/advise

Been riding a newwind split in the vanguard shape (v-tail) for a few years. Rides like you would expect - it is a great design. It is made very lightweight compared to single piece production boards, with carbon etc. I find the gel coat is very fragile and I have made countless small repairs. The ot...
by merl
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Checked baggage dimensions Thomson UK?
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Checked baggage dimensions Thomson UK?

Anyone know if Thomson UK charter flights have a size limit for checked bags? I know that I have 20kg but I can't see anything about bag length. I've a longish bag for a 2-part board and gear...
by merl
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Speed 3 bridle stretching how to
Replies: 12
Views: 1865

Re: Speed 3 bridle stretching how to

What weight do you use? I think I used a 15kg bag of rocks at the end of a pully
by merl
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Recoating kite fabric
Replies: 60
Views: 7005

Re: Recoating kite fabric

What about e6800 - sounds like 6000 + UV protection
http://eclecticproducts.com/e6800-indus ... esive.html
by merl
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Speed 3 bridle stretching how to
Replies: 12
Views: 1865

Re: Speed 3 bridle stretching how to

Interesting. Yes, I have restretched my bridle so I know that it works, but it seemed to work for quite a short time. Don't you find that restretched lines shrink again more quickly? I remember someone on foilzone arguing that extensions (to pully lines in that case) would last longer but did unders...
by merl
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Stretching individual bridal sections?
Replies: 10
Views: 1210

Re: Stretching individual bridal sections?

I did this once using a pully and a 15kg weight (speed 3, not race bridles). It is fairly easy but I strongly advise wearing gloves.
by merl
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Speed 3 bridle stretching how to
Replies: 12
Views: 1865

Re: Speed 3 bridle stretching how to

Just found the related thread about adjusting the ozone bridle by extending at the other end of the bridle - which is not idea since the outside of the bridle shrinks differently to the middle. It sounds like nobody makes extensions to the bridle at the kite end - either stretching or extending at t...

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