Kite Repair & Line Issues

Kite Repair & Line Issues

Postby Jeffro1 » Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:41 pm

Kite Repair & Line Issues
There are quick fix options out there like bladder repair kits, Canopy Tape and Leading Edge tape that are sold in local Kiteboarding Shops, but due to the constant inflate/ deflate/ folding of the kite these are never a permanent fix. Nothing will be as long lasting as a professional repair that is stitched inside and out, as well as Canopy panel or bladder replacement.
Airtime Kite Repair located in Hood River OR is the best in the biz for professional kite repairs, bladder and valve replacement. Your local kite shop can provide valuable advice, arrange shipping and should carry a run of most of their general sizes of Leading Edge and Strut Replacement Bladders as well as U-Stick valves to match your inflation system (based on kite brand).
Kite repair has never been so easy with Airtime’s online submission forms, U-Stick valves, professional work and service and is the only way to have confidence in equipment that has been compromised.
Air Time http://www.airtimekite.com/kite_repair_page1.html
Submit Online Repair ticket http://208.109.85.74/ohd/index.php?modu ... TicketsAdd
Then ship direct or have your local Kiteboarding Shop take care of it for you
Bladders Replace/ Repair
http://www.airtimekite.com/bladder_page_1.html
Online Bladder Sizing http://www.airtimekite.com/sizing%20tool/chart2.html
Valves Options http://www.airtimekite.com/valve_page_1.html

Line Replacement / Knots in Line

Each time lines are untangled for rigging to the kite, both visual and touch inspections should be performed for any damages or knots. Most lines for kiteboarding have a breaking strength of 600-700lbs. If a line appears to be fraying this may be hazardous and should possibly be replaced.
If a line has a knot in it do not fly with this and immediately get the knot out, then fly or consider replacement.
Strength – (of a line) Refers to how a knot weakens the breaking strength of the line. The twists, loops, and turns of a knot place unequal stress on the line which reduces the line's breaking strength. In general, knots reduce a line's breaking strength by about 50% (Jacobson 1999). http://www.geospectra.net/kite/knots/knots.htm

Line replacement with kites is not as easy as just replacing the single line. Lines vary in length between 20-30m. Most replacement lines come in sets of 2 or 4/5 for a reason. Although both packs of a new line set on the wall will say 25m, they are not always exactly the same when they come off the spool and are cut to length. The difference is not a huge amount but enough to cause the kite to favor to one side if only one line was replaced. This is very annoying to fly with. This is why it is recommended to replace lines in sets of two or four/five at a time. Not to say that one couldn’t adjust their lines themselves, but this typically involves a lot more time of trial and error for adjustment. Most Kiteboarding retailers should have a line set to match the length you need and be able to assist in advice and/or rigging.

If you do choose to accept the additional risk of flying a kite with a compromised line, consider flying well away from other kiters or beach users and consider the possibility of the line going/ breaking when you are riding in the water and use this to gage how far off shore you are comfortable traveling. Also be sure to be confident in your self-rescue skills and options.
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Re: Kite Repair & Line Issues

Postby stephensibborn » Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:14 am

Thanks jeffro, for the great info.
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