Hey all. I'm checking out my gear for the season, and I have a problem with my 2012 Cab 12m bar. The problem is with the red IDS safety line (I think it's what other brands call the mini-5th line), which runs from the safety releases, through a black tube, through the hole in the bar, and connects to the front lines. When I throw the safety, the IDS line pulls through the tube, tensioning both front lines while releasing both steering lines, flagging the kite.
The problem is that it takes a lot of force for me to pull the IDS line through the tube. I have to stand on the bar and pull hard to get the line through. So I worry that if I have to flag the kite, it won't depower and flag out smoothly.
The IDS line itself seems OK, with no obvious knots, frays, or anything that could catch inside the tube. I don't see any kinks or other problems with the tube. The tube has some curve to it, built up over all that time wrapped up (I'm thinking I should try to not bend the tube too much from now on), but I am holding it straight when I pull the line through, and of course when flying, the pull from the kite keeps it straight as an arrow. So it's difficult to get the line through even when the tube is straight.
Thus there must be something in the tube that's restricting the IDS line, because it's a steady, consistent tension when I pull the line through. I always rinse the bar out well in fresh water after a session, but maybe something got pulled in there and caught. Any ideas for how to get it working smoothly again? Maybe soaking it in fresh water to see if I can loosen whatever is restricting the line? I had hoped that after a few pulls in and out it would loosen anything that was caught in the tube, but I'm not seeing any improvement.