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by iriejohn
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: First Gear Purchase
Replies: 14
Views: 442

Re: First Gear Purchase

185 lbs = 84 kg. Look for used 12m and 9m Slingshot Rallys, plenty of really good condition (or even new!) kites around. Years 2016-2019 are all pretty much the same. Rallys are tough but you're going to knock the shit out of them, so you need tough kites and lines. Get a 20" Slingshot Sentinel bar ...
by iriejohn
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Should professional kiters carbon offset their (many) flights?
Replies: 137
Views: 3876

Re: Should professional kiters carbon offset their (many) flights?

Just as a curiosity and to see where folks are starting from Is there anyone on here that thinks that 7+ billion people are having no effect on the planet/climate? If we are having an effect, whether for positive or negative being quite unknowable at this stage, are we interested in doing something...
by iriejohn
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pump lube
Replies: 24
Views: 1375

Re: Pump lube

Have to say that with white lithium grease I've never seen any seal problems, neither do I see sand inside my pump (I regularly clean the pump which also has an effective air filter). But I also have silicon grease spray so in the future I'll use that instead of white lithium grease.
by iriejohn
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Pump lube
Replies: 24
Views: 1375

Re: Pump lube

After cleaning lubricate with white lithium grease spray.
by iriejohn
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bars with PU tubing
Replies: 14
Views: 823

Re: Bars with PU tubing

typical chicken line is about 8x overstrength to compensate for wear. 3mm is plenty thick enough if there's no wear, so yeah it's fine if the PU tubing works properly and sand doesn't get into it. If it does get wear under the tube of course that's another story. Agreed, it certainly is another sto...
by iriejohn
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: mystic stealth bar
Replies: 130
Views: 12367

Re: mystic stealth bar

Good point prfctChaos. I thoroughly clean/degrease and epoxy all the threaded parts of this system. Even with blue loctite the port attachment shackle pin kept loosening. I still feel the need to inspect all the threaded parts before use. If I was making up my own D shackle I would peen over the en...
by iriejohn
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: mystic stealth bar
Replies: 130
Views: 12367

Re: mystic stealth bar

If you are going to use a D shackle and wheel with 4 or 5mm hollow braided dyneema you may find that the runner line will occasionally jump off the wheel and jam between the side of the wheel and shackle if the gap between them is too big. This was the case for me with my roller hook which has a si...
by iriejohn
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: mystic stealth bar
Replies: 130
Views: 12367

Re: mystic stealth bar

^^^ I like the idea of minimal line wear. Your setup looks great. Do you have a source for a shackle that fits the 3D printed wheels from Shapeways? Thanks. Use 6mm stainless steel 'D' shackles which normally have a 6mm bolt. I use these below (break load ~1500kg) because the bolt (6mm diameter) ha...
by iriejohn
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: mystic stealth bar
Replies: 130
Views: 12367

Re: mystic stealth bar

Irejohn Having used my slider enough to become aware of how it's working I feel I need a bit more slack to stop the rig over sliding in some manoeuvres. I see you are using a fair amount of slack in your runner, have you optimised this for the feel you like? If so, I would be grateful for any recom...
by iriejohn
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bought 2 Duotone kites, a question about click bar
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Bought 2 Duotone kites, a question about click bar

A warning about line lengths. When you measure line lengths from the bar to the end of the line they aren't necessarily what the manufacturer says, they can be several metres out (typically longer) than you expect.

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