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« on: May 28, 2013, 08:40 AM »

I have lately been trying to do so many yoyo based moves that my new Skybond lines are having its coating worn off from the wraps around the kite.  The super thin kite line is also damaging the yoyo stoppers.  They are cutting into the rubber like a hot knife.  I want to add leader lines but wasnt sure how to attach.  If anyone can post images or instructions that would be great.  I imagine its a single piece of bridle line that is knotted at both ends.  Just want to make sure my knots and lengths are common and appropriate to the general standards of manufacturers.

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013, 09:02 AM »

i know that a good number of guys just use ~4' leaders out of a heavier thicker line.....just larkshead them in with a loop on one end of each and a knot on the other.....larkshead the loop to the bridle and then attach your lines to the knot....
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013, 09:26 AM »

i know that a good number of guys just use ~4' leaders out of a heavier thicker line.....just larkshead them in with a loop on one end of each and a knot on the other.....larkshead the loop to the bridle and then attach your lines to the knot....


Excellent, thanks Rob.  I thought those knots also to be appropriate for its purpose.  I wasn't sure on general length.  I was going with either one or two full wraps around the kite, but wasn't sure.  Four feet sounds perfect.  Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 09:05 PM »

I use 100-lb bridle line.  With both ends slightly widened by melting the cut, a slip knot on the bridle end and an 8-knot on the line end do the job just fine.  If the bridle's pig tail has two strands, I thread the end of the slip knot through between them so it jams.  Guess that knot would technically have a different name then...  As for the length, I wrap the leader twice around the kite, so that the line-side knot is about two inches below the yoyo stopper.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 10:16 AM »

Here's another trick, attach the leaders to your flying line, not the kite, that way you only need to build one set of leaders and they will be attached to whatever kite you fly. Smiley

Much easier than having to create multiple leader sets for all your kites.
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2013, 05:47 PM »

Here's another trick, attach the leaders to your flying line, not the kite, that way you only need to build one set of leaders and they will be attached to whatever kite you fly. Smiley

Much easier than having to create multiple leader sets for all your kites.

This guy is soo smart!
I wish he lived in Reno, where i could glean stuff like this from him weekly.  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2013, 10:10 PM »

Much easier than having to create multiple leader sets for all your kites.

But that means creating a set of leaders for each line set.  And right now, I own more line sets than kites.  Shocked

Seriously, this is a great tip, and I will keep my leader sets separate going forward.  That approach would favor a larks head on the bridle end over a slip knot or a modification thereof.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2013, 10:41 PM »

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But that means creating a set of leaders for each line set.  And right now, I own more line sets than kites.  Shocked


After a while, you start to only fly one kite anyhow!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2013, 07:36 AM »

My Dad always said "you love doing things the hard way"
Thank you for this revelation.
Thanks GameLord.
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2013, 09:00 AM »

Do they sell or can I make sleeves for my line sets that are 4 feet long.  That would be great to just sleeve my line sets the 4 feet to protect them.  Don't think it would be needed for my precision flying kites but I can't imagine the weight added being anything detrimental.
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2013, 09:29 AM »

I would say it's easier to just get some bridle line and make leaders over long sleeving.
a knot, a loop and done. I have some that are bright orange and others that are black. All are connected to kites but come off easy enough
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