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Top 3 Safest Zip Line Braking Methods

You're in the market for a zip line for the backyard and you think it'll be so much fun, but wait... is it safe? How do I or my children properly brake? Here at The Zip Line Blog we will be explaining the top 3 ways to safely brake.

1. Bungee Brake
By far the most popular and safest method of braking is using a Brake Block with a Bungee. How it works is a Brake Block is installed at the end of the zip line with a Bungee Cord attached perpendicular to the zip line and mounted to a tree or rock. Once the rider hits the Brake Block on the zip line the block will be pushed but the rider's momentum is absorbed by the Bungee Cord therefore slowing the rider safely and smoothly. Here are a few pictures/videos of it in action!

2. Spring Brake
Next up is a Spring Brake. This method is the easiest to install and understand. It involves a heavy duty Spring Coil that is absorbs impact from a rider and pushes the rider back out. A Spring Brake is often used in conjunction with a Stop Blo…

Weight Testing your Zip Line

Analyze your new zip line

Weight Test: Then check/retighten bungee block bolts, all cable clamps, and turnbuckles. Never surpass 350lbs in the authentic operation of the zip line.

Speed Evaluation: Have a test rider sit on the zip line seat, and lower them down the zip line by jogging alongside them holding a rope connected to the trolley or walking. Until you're assured the zip line is not going to be overly fast, boost the speed of each jog in the event the riders are allowed to zip, or around extend the bungee brake. Your zip line is ready to roll, after accomplished!

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