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Bridles

Postby zilkz » Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:43 am

Hello,

I just became a happy owner of fresh quiver of Naish Pivots.

I plan to use these kites for approximately the next 5 seasons.

But from the manual I read that it is recommended to change the bridles every 6 months.

So my question is to the other Pivot owners, or any other bridled kite owners, how often do you change your bridles?

I have never changed a bridle on any of my previous kites, nor do I think that realistically anybody does, but I am a bit curious, if this is something that I should pay more attention to.

Do bridles really need to be changed that often?
I clock around 50 sessions per year.

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Re: Bridles

Postby sflinux » Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:28 pm

Typically the line that goes through a pulley will wear out and need replacement. If it looks fuzzy, then it may be time. One trick is to 180 flip the pulleyline so it wears in a different area to extend it's life. To replace the bridle, you will want the original specs. If you can't get the specs from the manufacturer, best to measure when the product is new. A line that goes through a pulley will shrink with time. I use amsteel to replace pulley line. I splice and sew. Measure under load when complete to verify length. Having both left/right lengths match exactly is imperative.
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Re: Bridles

Postby evan » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:53 am

They should state riding hours instead of years, it is not as if Dyneema is rotting or wearing down by sitting in a dark and dry storage.

But for the normal guy it is easier to keep track of the amount of years instead of logging the hours per kite size so I understand they keep it on the safe side with their statement.

But better safe than sorry, a set of pulley lines should cost only around €20.- per kite.
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Re: Bridles

Postby Hugh2 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:22 pm

Never had a problem with the bridles on my Pivots, and some are from 2015 and well used.

Back in the day had to replace (or swap around lengthwise as sflinux notes) the parts of the bridle that had pulleys running on them for my Best Waroo kites, but I believe that was primarily because those pulleys routinely got stuck with sand and hence were sliding rather than rolling.
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Re: Bridles

Postby McLovin » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:49 pm

Hey Zilkz,

My 1st read of your post - thought you said, Change BRIDES every 6 months :thumb:

It may be a hassle but definitely worth considering to keep things fresh - regarding your Pivots no idea, kites tend to last longer...

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