Use the following table as a rule of thumb to determine the size of your cable according to it's length and the rider's weight you want to put on the zipline. Then, choose the turnbuckle and the amount of wire clips accordingly.
|Length||Max Rider Weight||Cable||Turnbuckle||# Clips|
|up to 100'||100 lbs||1/4"||Plus →
Here is a question I received from Jason Devine in Kentucky, USA
"Hello, I'm currently using a bungee brake on our commercial zip line, but as we are trying to accommodate a wide range of weight (70-250 lb), it is somewhat difficult to manage. While our speeds are only around 25-30mph, we are trying to stop on a platform and it can be difficult. I'm wondering if the Counterweight Progressive Brake would be an option for us? We need to keep it economical so the zip stop is out of our range. I appreciate any help you can provide....
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By Jonathan Green - May 2010
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Why do I need a brake
Unless you have designed your zipline to be very slow, thus taking away the fun of it, you need a zipline brake.
A short zipline, and especially in your backyard, should have more than 3-5% slope. Meaning that for every 100 feet, not more than 3-5 feet of elevation loss is needed.
How to build my bungee brake
Most of the time, a bungee brake is enough but it has the disadvantage of sling shot the rider back to the bottom part of the catenary, the belly if you may.
To avoid this...