I've found https://goodwinds.com/ has some pretty good prices for kite line and the bits required to make lineset. Check the clearance section for even cheaper prices.
That said, I've never ordered from them, or had any experience making linesets. Anyone dealt with them?
If you buy bulk spools of line, you can make your own sets for about half the price of commercially made sets. The shorter sets can be made from long sets cut down to the areas with less wear on them. If you're just a bit handy it's not very difficult. You just need to establish a game plan first so that you can be consistent with distances, lengths and the way you tie the knots. Once you've done a set or two it becomes second nature, and if you mess up, just untie and try again. I don't use sleeving on the sets I tie or shorten, so I can complete a set in 20 to 30 minutes. With sleeving takes about twice as long.
Super stoked to announce that Team KiteLife will be returning to the SPI Kite Festival in February!
Thursday, Feb 2 evening: Indoor show (tickets available at B&S Kites)
Fri/Sat, Feb 3-4 all day: Outdoor festival
Additionally, we'll be offering TWO separate workshops / clinics / classes on Sunday Feb 5th!
These are fun and educational workshops covering the most important aspects of dual or quad line kite flying and we do cover a lot of important fundamentals in the starting presentation of each class, so please be on time.
If we have full classes would mean one instructor for every 2.5 students over the course of three hours, with four instructors rotating through the class... That's a ton of personal, one-on-one time with experienced fliers.
Included for each discipline:
Basic introduction to kite types and bridle / tuning
Field-proven techniques for setting up and breaking down your gear
Basics of flight posture, body, hands and feet, as well as line tension
Training with an instructor on your own kite(s), building your skills
FYI, you CAN register for both dual and quad line classes if you fly both styles!
Please note, kites are NOT provided.
Location: The Flats in South Padre Island TX
9am-12pm: DUAL LINE Instruction (10 students max) $50
Tickets - http://kitelife.com/forum/store/product/41-tkl-clinic-spi-dual-line-feb-5th-2016/< 1 hr lunch break >
1pm-4pm: QUAD LINE instruction (10 students max) $50
Tickets - http://kitelife.com/forum/store/product/43-tkl-clinic-spi-quad-line-feb-5th-2016/
I used diamond polished ceramic fishing rings back in the day.
Two primary things to consider...
1 - giving each line its own ring (or pulley, etc) will eliminate line-on-line friction.
2 - also consider the size of the "bend" in the lines...
A thin ring would make the line bend more like this... V (more torque / resistance on the line, less surface friction)
A thick ring would make the line bend more like this... U (less torque / resistance, more surface friction)
Somewhere in the middle should be the best balance, without using actual pulleys.
Video didn't come up for me, btw?