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getting faster

lasrocas

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For the next few months i trundled about in my faithfull buggy

Gaining confidence and enjoying every minute.

even got confident enough to powerslide a few times.

A wide axle would be great but not enough room to transport it..

the alternative was to fly slightly underpowered or get used to the bug stepping out

and learn to control it.

The second option was the one i took.

I am never going to be the best buggier in the uk ,probably not the best in my town but i could now powerslide and control the bug when it stepped out of line

so i was pretty pleased with myself

one particular saturday a few months back ,i had the day to myself

had it all planned ,up early , out to my local flying field and a full day of fun

oops spoke to soon !!!

wind was between 15-20 mph 

up went melonman , bags of power 

big grins , even bigger spins 

then ooohh shiit ......

 

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one powerslide to many

I assume the axle bolt came loose and one big gust and i almost had a crab buggy

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At the time i thought  i dealt with it quite well , but then the reality of what could of gone wrong with a powered up kite and a dodgy wheel.

I am now a bit more carefull and check my bug over after each outing

i also tend to fly a little under powered now as well

i may not break speed records ,but also i may not break my neck.

the speed would be great if i had bigger spaces , but in small areas the small light bug works well

and 20mph  feels like 50

 

 

 



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Holy Moly! I check all my bolts, fixtures and fittings every time before I go out - always worried I loose a wheel at 60kph! Thanks for sharing

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Agreed that the small fields make 20 mph feel like 50.... My fields are small enough that 15 mph feels crazy... gets one good at turning though, eh!

Though I must say that even on the beach when I've gotten to my PB of 26.6 mph, that speed still felt screaming fast!!

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LOL, I've had my wheel pass me several times.

 

Only had wheel issues with the PL not my Libre. Same 12 mm bolts, the Libre runs 20's.

But I tend to snap high tensile 12mm bolts.

Libre run a nut on the bolt between the wheel and the axle, PL just bolt the wheel on.

The nut allows you to adjust the tension on the wheel, and yet lock the bolt in as tight as to the axle without crushing the spacers in the wheel.

PL have never realised why Libre do this, but it is a great way to save your bearings and spacers from deforming, and increasing the life from your wheels (wheel rims, bearings, and spacers).

 

Small parks are great. You have to learn to turn, and it sharpens your reflexes when you get 3 or 4 other kiters in the same field.

I've played follow the leader with 6 other buggiers in such a small park. :grin:

And if your wheel tries to run away from you , just chuck the buggy up on two wheels and chase it!!

Usually (nine out of ten) the left wheel as well, not the right.

 

On a side note, people, do give your buggy the once over every six months for cracks or other nasties.

I think I have to be the worst offender at turning a buggy into scrap. I've gone through 2 axles, 4 forks, and 3 sets of side rails. 

The only original part on my PL buggy is the down tube and the foot pegs, third seat as well.

It is 17 years old.

And I have cracked both the 6mm stainless plates that adjust the camber on the Libre Full Race, only person in the world as far as I know to do as such. 

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The nut allows you to adjust the tension on the wheel, and yet lock the bolt in as tight as to the axle without crushing the spacers in the wheel.

PL have never realised why Libre do this, but it is a great way to save your bearings and spacers from deforming, and increasing the life from your wheels (wheel rims, bearings, and spacers). 

A nut shouldn't ever be needed if the spacer is up to scratch. The spacer needs to be of thick enough wall to take the compression strength and the exact length so as not to side load the bearings. This takes a bit of time as the plastic compresses as the bearing seats correctly, so they need to be setup properly for optimum performance.

The Peter Lynn/Libre plastic rims have very little bearing support that transitions out to the webbing of the rim. Then they slot it all the way around the bearing as well.:wall2: 

The manufacturers just haven't bothered. Some of the spacers are a joke they are so thin and the ends are not even square to the bearing face. 

It's just that the plastic wheels are so ordinary in their construction tolerances, this cant be achieved easily and this "just add a nut" is an easy out.

Aussie made "Fallshaw" plastic wheels have very close manufacturing tolerances and once fitted with a 2mm walled spacer machined to the correct length, perform perfectly to over 130 kmh on our land yachts.

Sysmic rims, have the best bearing spacer setup system I have seen by far. Although the earlier Sysmic rims were a bitch to change the bearings. The spacer didn't have a very big cutout to fit the punch into to remove the bearing on the opposite side. The spacer is centred with a firm rubber sleeve, to keep it in position when fitting the wheel to the axle. A really nice design and they run perfectly.

 

 

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I agree Chook.

The spacers that have been delivered with my PL and Libre were very thin.

I have some nice 2.5mm wall (one inch tube) that I use one the Libre, no problems, and no mushrooms.

And I haven't had to make new one's since getting the buggy over 10 years ago.

Sysmic, well I've been trying to get a set of these for well over a year now....

While the Falshaw plastics are good, they are not as round as I'd like, so the sysmics are on the cards. 

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Dang, I keep forgetting to check out the blogs.  Good story @lasrocas, your local spot and buggy philosophy sounds a lot like mine.  Haven't lost a wheel yet in my pl buggy but they pretty much always need tightened from the previous time out.

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