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 Post subject: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:44 pm 
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I just noticed a small damage on one of the lines to a Cabrinha kite. The lines are quite new, so it´s a pity that one of them seem to have got scraped against some sharp object.

Anyway, I should probably replace this line, but $70 for a whole new line set is a bit to much imo. Lines in general are damn expensive... so I´m wondering if anyone perhaps know where you can find cheaper lines. I guess that anything that is as strong as kite lines will do =)


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 Post subject: Re: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:23 pm 
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bro, three words

Learn To Splice

You cut off both ends of the damaged lines, splice in some other brand new line, and if you do it right you'll have 100% strength and the same exact line length.

Kite lines will never be cheap unless the raw material getrs cheaper some day, this dyneema sk75 or spectra is expensive.


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 Post subject: Re: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:29 pm 
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I never tried it and cannot comment how well it works, but here is video showing how to splice.
http://www.inlandsea.com/p-680-fix-my-kite-line-repair-kit.aspx


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 Post subject: Re: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:16 am 
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GrodanBoll wrote:
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Lines in general are damn expensive... so I´m wondering if anyone perhaps know where you can find cheaper lines. I guess that anything that is as strong as kite lines will do =)


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Make your own line-set -------- or line.
Q-Power lines "don't Need sleeving" , just Tye a figure-8
for a secure knot !

Bille

This place sold me Q-Power by the foot and in 3 different color's :

http://www.awindofchange.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:52 am 
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I wouldn't do knots!
If you want to do it yourself, learn how to splice!

Otherwise... 70$ for a whole set of lines is actually not that expensive. Are they good quality?

I would still recommend splicing.


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 Post subject: Re: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:26 am 
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Are you sure you want to hang your life to a cheap set of lines? :D


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 Post subject: Re: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:40 am 
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If you fly older cab lines; I would go for the new model; they are way better kite lines.


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 Post subject: Re: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:28 pm 
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Q-line is the way to go, Never had a line break, if the ends start to wear, I just cut off and tie a new loop with a figure 8 knot. And No the figure eight knot will not weaken the Q-line, it is a whole different beast than the cheap Dyleema lines they put on bars, you can tie a knot in it and still untie the knot after a session, sand does not get in the weave cuasing wear. I find when I buy a new bar the cheap lines never last a summer, Never in 10 yrs of kiting have I replace a broken Q-line.


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 Post subject: Re: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:56 pm 
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Just saw some on ebay. Make sure to get lines rated 800lbs. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Best-Value-Kitesurfing-kiteboarding-kite-flying-lines-4-22m-4-5m-800IB-/170915321631?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27cb58d71f
For $117 this is not a bad deal at all. I use the same lines on my Switch kites and they are awesome. Much better than my north lines since they dont wear so much.


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 Post subject: Re: Where to find cheap kite lines?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:18 pm 
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bay surfer wrote:
Q-line is the way to go, Never had a line break, if the ends start to wear, I just cut off and tie a new loop with a figure 8 knot. And No the figure eight knot will not weaken the Q-line, it is a whole different beast than the cheap Dyleema lines they put on bars, you can tie a knot in it and still untie the knot after a session, sand does not get in the weave cuasing wear. I find when I buy a new bar the cheap lines never last a summer, Never in 10 yrs of kiting have I replace a broken Q-line.


I used to use q-line, but do not any more.
Anyone that knows anything about lines knows that a knot will weaken a line.
Even the recommended figure of 8 knot will weaken the line.

I have had Q-line break at the base of the knots. The knots also lead to tangling.
Also the sleaving on Q-line is abrasive and more likely you cut you.

There is a reason why it is not used by kite companies.

Main cause of lines being damaged is throwing/dropping your lines on the beach.
If the line hit tightly wrapped on the bar hits a sharpish rock or shell it will put a nick into it and initiate damage.

Always handle your lines with care. Don't tread on them on the beach etc.

Proper rigging and repairing is done with splicing and sleeving.


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