ZigZag wrote:A few days ago, I pulled back the float on my Switch bar, and noticed what appeared to be fraying of the short lines that attach the leader to the bar ends. So today I removed the leader line, and the fraying was more noticeable.
I undid the overhand knot, and removed the line. This is what it looked like:
This is what the other side looked like:
I reversed the line, and secured it with an overhand knot. The frayed section is now protected by the bar end, and is no longer subject to abrasion.
Done! The bar is good for another 2 years of kiteboarding!
I fly Switch Method V1's, famous for their bar pressure. No doubt this contributed to the rate of wear. If I had a quiver of kites with wimpy bar pressure, I am sure those lines would be in much better condition.
I'm guessing you only use this bar on the inside settings? I would seriously consider replacing those pig tails, strength is compromised and the result of an outside line breaking could be catastrophic depending on timing. ie. near shore close to beach goers or swimmers.... All you need is a 16" piece of 3/16" amsteel blue. I have some in my kit at all times.