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« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2011, 04:22 AM »

Just how big a difference do slippery lines make?

Is it like the difference between my 20 year old 20 lb Trek 1500 road bike (with sew ups) and my 8 year old 18 lb Cannondale R800? I actually like the Trek because I selected the chainwheel sizes and the cog sizes for the cluster to get the perfect gearing for me. The weight savings doesn't make me ride better. (Though I think the sew up tires ride actually faster than the clinchers.)

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« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2011, 05:19 AM »

Just how big a difference do slippery lines make?
E-freakin'-normous but the question here is whether or not silicone (and anything else) can return slipperiness to lines once time and use has diminished them. The answer to that is yes, but with caveats. It won't return them to pristine, box fresh condition and it won't repair actual damage, such as frayed lines. It's a worthwhile bit of maintenance though.

I haven't noticed much difference between brands but then it's not as if I've tried all of them in blind trials.

Without very slippery lines stunt kiting would be nowhere near where it is today and would quite possibly not exist in anything like the form it does.


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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2011, 07:06 AM »

Good line is so cheap (1000' for $100 or so) why not just replace those old line sets?


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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2011, 11:44 AM »

... if you fly a Liros DC 40 oder DC 60, you don`t have to think about things like Silicone oil or something else


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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2011, 07:00 PM »

I'm not the greatest flyer, but I fly several times a week, I have made my own line sets since I got into the higher end kites, I have a 90# set of Shanti speed line that I have been flying on for a year and half now, I have just recently made a new set.

Huh??  1000 foot of line for a $100 bucks, if you fly on 100' lines, If my math is right that's 5 line sets, at $20 bucks per set, if I went through 2 sets a year, that's 2.5 years on a 1000 foot roll and only $40 bucks a year, Only makes sense to just make new line sets Wink

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« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2011, 08:14 PM »

I always make a new line set when my lines are worn out, it is nice to fly on good new line. 
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« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2011, 01:10 PM »

i used to take care of my lines, but now i am with the king and coogee nothing compares to a fresh line set or 3

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