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by Herman
Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite for Beginner Switchblade or Reach
Replies: 14
Views: 817

Re: Kite for Beginner Switchblade or Reach

Good luck with your purchase …. If you think how you might extend your quiver, if next is a 17 get the bigger bar, if next is a 6m get the smaller bar. When you start just fly both 9 and 12 on the 50cm and leave it there until you are competent. Arguably all kites can be flown on all bars with the r...
by Herman
Fri Jun 18, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: How to change high Y-Bar to Low-V bar??
Replies: 7
Views: 274

Re: How to change high Y-Bar to Low-V bar??

I think a flag line attached to the bottom of a single front line is more common. Problem to solve with this is the need to have a calibrated stopper system which takes the tension but still allows it too pass through the flagging line tunnel in the chickenloop etc. Usually two spliced loops in a ha...
by Herman
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cracking Valves - Am I doing something wrong?
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: Cracking Valves- Am I doing something wrong?

I would bet that nothingtoseehere is on the money with bad batch syndrome. Have seen a vid of a guy cutting a welded valve off leaving the anular weld untouched. Obviously getting a start on the inside cut is tricky but seemed doable with a bit of luck. He then just used a stick on replacement and p...
by Herman
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cracking Valves - Am I doing something wrong?
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: Cracking Valves- Am I doing something wrong?

Even my attic in the UK gets way too hot for kites. It’s like leaving them in a car. Oxidation, plasticiser migration, glue failure are generally faster in heat. Kite material and manufacturing dictated by price………… Water itself does not generally damage kites, if salt water I just let my kite drain...
by Herman
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cabrinha bar - broken part
Replies: 13
Views: 662

Re: Cabrinha bar - broken part

If the rubber compound is soft enough I would consider adding a stitch or two of whipping twine to Onda’s PU glue suggestion. Probably glue once if it fails, regule and add stitching for reinforcement. Or as it only a floater, jam a strip of neoprene in the top just to stop it riding up and just go ...
by Herman
Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Looking for cheap lines supplier
Replies: 20
Views: 898

Re: Looking for cheap lines supplier

Just for comparison I had a squint at uk eBay. Ropelocker had 100m reels of silvergrey SK75 1mm brk load 195kg for under £61 with free delivery within Uk. Probably not helpful other than for price comparison.
by Herman
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kite for Beginner Switchblade or Reach
Replies: 14
Views: 817

Re: Kite for Beginner Switchblade or Reach

Beginners tend to worry too much about gear. Imho it would be wrong to think of the SB as outdated. Neither kite will impinge on your progress. You are not likely to appreciate the subtle differences until you are riding competently in a specific style. I suspect you would be happy with either kite....
by Herman
Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Core Kite - Duotone Bar - Compatibility issues
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Core Kite - Duotone Bar - Compatibility issues

Imho the first consideration should be whether the flagging system is compatible !
by Herman
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: tacking with long lines
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: tacking with long lines

I find a long bar throw helps and is, perhaps, more important with long lines. I like to be able to sheet out a lot to get the kite flying over Z quickly, then sheet in a lot to get a fairly pivoty loop and finally sheet out to accelerate the kite in the desired direction. If I am only doing a 180 I...
by Herman
Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Splice - Taper resurrecting after buried
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Re: Splice - Taper resurrecting after buried

First thing to say is, I don’t know. The following is just my best guess. When a line comes under tension it can create high levels of internal pressure, just look at the water shoot out of a wet mooring rope when it comes under tension. That is the force coming into play. Don’t liquify your taper b...

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