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nigel last won the day on July 7 2018

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  1. nigel

    Hobbies - the definitive list

    Find all the clubs that are local to you. Then let the kids decide. I'd rule photography out. I know how much time, effort, and money goes into it. It can be done cheap, but if you get the photographic itch, it starts costing ......... And digital images need a computer to edit.
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    Night Buggy

    Done it as well. Except we had no moon. The only way to tell where the kite was, was by seeing what stars the kite blocked out. Tie a light stick (chemical lights) to the bridle, or chuck into the foil, as long as you don't turn the kite upside down it wont fall out. Chuck some push bike lights (red and white flashers) on the buggy, just so others can see you coming. Have fun!!
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    Hello. newbie Q bout depower kites-

    Nothing wrong with a land board on the beach. @bakersdozen has a nice land board with "grannys" (big over sized wheels), so it can be done. The buggy has the advantage of being able to sit down, but size is it's nemesis. A land board is very easy to carry and store. Check out the tassie kite flyiers: www.taskite.org.au Checkout face book as well. As a kite club, I think there is more single line and static flyiers than power kiters, but you might be able to find a local to you. Yes a 5m+ fixed bridle would be a good start to jump on, any less and you will get spanked harder when it goes pear shaped. You should find an 8-10m depower will be about the same power, being bigger they tend to move a little slower, but have a bit more sail there should you need some float. We did have a few power kiters based in Tassie, but I think they were further South, and they seem to have been very quiet the last few years.
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    Hello. newbie Q bout depower kites-

    Welcome @alison melia The amount of de-power depends very much on the kite. Some do more than others. You should find as a rule that high aspect kites will give a greater range of power adjustment over lower aspect kites. Good to see you are slowly moving up to a bigger kite each time, a great way to progress. The skills you learn can be moved along as you get bigger and bigger kites. You will also find that the smaller kites move far quicker than the big ones, so if you are gaining skills on a small kite, you should have little problems going to a bigger one. The big kites move slower, and as a result produce power the same way. The small kites move quick, and produce power quickly, and are often the kites that catch you napping. For jumping wait till you have a bigger kite. 4+m kite. It will have more "float" (softer landings) rather than a smaller kite which will have more "pop" (faster lifting), but pop doesn't work on the way down, only on the way up. Depower kites are bigger than fixed bridle kites for the same power. So an 8m depower may equal a 4m fixed bridle kite. Again it depends on the two kites (high aspect, low aspect, race kite, etc). Where are you based? We might have a forum member close by that can give you some pointers or even a go on some of their kites. Hope that's help a little.
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    Bye Dad.

    The Clifford's send our condolences to you mate. As Jim was a regular at most XK events, I have seen him for more than a few years, and always, full of fun and joy with the world. A sad loss to you, and all your family, may he forever be in your hearts and minds. RIP Jim.
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    What's everyone's go to kite in patchy light wind.

    3 knots, an 8.5m C-Quad. It's brown undies at 6+ knots. Super floaty if you want to jump off sand dunes though.
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    Tread Marks @ Speed Week 2018

    Current wind forecast looks good for Saturday. Cross on, with about 20 knots, easing later. Sunday should, and that is a should, have an afternoon sea breeze, but only 5-10 knots. Monday, a North Wester, light, and of shore. Tuesday, looks to be cross on and about 10-15, and turning more onshore later and increasing to 20 knots. But this far out, it could still change for Tuesday.
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    Super Tracks - video

    Loved it!!
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    Ways to bring kids for a ride along.

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    Tread Marks @ Speed Week 2018

    Mr 5 picked it up from kinder. The boy who passed it on had to go to hospital. Not sure you want to pass that on? But if you drink a bit too much you have the same result.
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    Ways to bring kids for a ride along.

    @twojaythomo welcome back to the forum! First simple solution is to place junior on your legs, and just cruise around. That is if they are small enough. Failing that, you will need either another buggy, or another form of "wheels". Kids bike trailers are great when they are small, as the little ones can't escape, and they are fully sealed inside. And against the manufacturers design rules (20kph max), I have had my bike trailer with a 3 year old in the back, at 50kph. It was tested before putting in the 3 year old at 45 kph. So either a form of trailer or buggy will be your next options. If your handy with a welder then a trailer can be a great option. Doesn't have to be stainless, as it will not be used much, and if you are in to timber, you could make one out of that. As long as it has a seat (seat belt optional), two rear wheels and the passenger knows (or can't) put their feet on the ground while the buggys going, all should be good. Buggy's can be expensive if all you want to do tow around the little ones once in a blue moon. Is there the option to borrow a buggy from another buggier?? If so. All you would need is a form of attachment. There are many different ways to chose from. Some cheap and nasty, to the fully CNC stainless options. All require a way to fix onto the host buggy, fixing to the towed buggy and some form of flexible join. In the pic below, there is the Libre setup on the top. Libre buggys have a flat plate with a hole in them welded to the axle. So the single big bolt goes in the Libre, and the bent arm ends loop around the foot pegs of the following buggy. The arm flexes by the black rubber near the Libre, so any twisting or bending is catered for. This can be removed very quickly, and has no modifications to the following buggy (as long as the foot pegs fit in the steel loops). The second one down is the GT version. The GT has no plate like the Libre, so they use two "U" style plates and bolt on to the axle, with a custom welded bolt and plate combination to cater for the movement. The bent ends are designed to poke in to spare axle bolt holes on your front forks (none on PL buggys), I have added "R" clips so they cant drop out. And last is a very basic set up similar to what PL did in the beginning. This requires you to remove the front wheel, and the sleve is put in place of the wheel in the fork. PL made a small version of the GT knuckle joint and clamp style to attach it to the axle. But this method is simpler, just lash the front wheel axle to the leading buggys axle. I use an old bike tyre as not to scratch the axle too much, and I have about 2 meters of seat belt webbing that gets lashed and tied to the axle. It doesn't need to be supper tight, as we want some movement, this is our flexible join. I also put an occy strap on each side, from the side rail holes on the axle, to the outer of the foot pegs, so it can't twist too much. Hope you can figure all that out. Ask away if you want more help. And in the video above (thanks @bakersdozen ) I have made a post that bolts onto the Libres flat plate, and on top has the attachment that connects the bike trailer via it's own arm. It is raised to match the height as if a bike was towing it. Made from mild steel, and spray painted. Also if towing for the first time, take some time to get used to the feel of two buggys. You will find it easier on both yourself and the passenger if you make wider turns, as you can jack knife the towing buggy if you turn tight or make aggressive movements. You might also need a bigger kite as the extra weight of the passenger can hold you back. Take small power scoops to get started, as we don't want you to do a super man as you take a huge bite of power to get going. You can also start facing down wind, this should get you rolling better at first. Good Luck
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    Re Peter Lynn

    No angle of attack adjustment on a Fixed Bridle. The only adjustment you can make is to pull the "brakes" on. This can have two different effects. Some FB kites have their brakes mounted a little in from the rear of the kite (not on the very end). This can work in the same way as flaps in an aircraft, so it can increase lift (pull for us kiters), but more input on the brake line will result in a stall (stopping the kite). Some kites like a little brake, others will not. Most FB race kites don't like any resistance on their brake lines, so essentialy the kite is used like a two string kite. Yet others can and do like a little tension on the brake line to "curve" the trailing edge and produce a bit more power, or can be used to "calm" a kite in gusty winds. I am sure Norman our resident aero-engineer can explain it better.
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    3.5m Flexifoil Blurr for sale

    @Gilbert Taylor an awesome first purchase. Might not be the biggest, but get your learning done on one of these and you'll be set for a bigger one soon.
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    Re Peter Lynn

    In the street kiter video, they are using LEI's (Leading Edge Inflatables). These are depower kites designed for the water. The front leading edge and the spines are pumped up with air, to make the kite frame, and allow it to float if you crash it in the water. They can burst if you crash them on land. Did the stores know where your flying and what you want to do?? As I said before, with a kite on handles, you are not attached to the kite and can let go when it goes wrong, if you learn on a depower (with a bar), then you MUST use a harness to fly the kite. You have to find and pull the quick release when in trouble, good luck finding it in time. There are a few of us who refer to the quick release by another name, "The ouch strap". Why, because by the time you realise you need to pull it, it's ouch first, then pull. Depower kites are often not as efficient as fixed bridle kites, so unless you know which kite people telling you to buy, the sizes given are going to be all over the shop, as you have experienced. Yes, a first time depower of a 8m to 10m is a good middle of the range size kite, the same as a fixed bridle 4m to 5m kite. Make sure you know what type of kite people are talking about before you note the size. I was in a kite shop one day, and a customer came in wanting a 10m foil (fixed bridle). The shop owner and myself said to the person that a 10m is way to big. "But my mate said a 10m is a good starting size". Yes, a 10m is a good depower size, a fixed bridle is more powerful and you will want smaller. After about 10 minutes of trying to make this customer understand the huge difference between the two styles of kites, I offered to give a demo of how powerful a small fixed bridle kite is. The wind was 25-30 knots and I had a 2m kite, I launched the kite and was dragged to the location where the kite was on the ground when it launched. I then slowly made my way back to my starting position, where the customer and his mate were. I then ran full pelt at them and swung the 2m kite back over my shoulder, needless to say they had expletives coming from their mouths when I jumped clean over their heads with a meter to spare. The customer then rejected my offer of a go on a very small kite. The kite in the video below is a fixed bridle, and wisely, the user has what are called "kite killers" on (the wrist straps and bungee attached to the brakes of the kite). This is what can happen with a big kite in strong winds, at any point, a wrong landing could have resulted in injury. The kite doing the tricks is called a Revolution. A four line ballet kite that can do amazing things.
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    Re Peter Lynn

    A 6m fixed bridle kite will drag you along the ground in as little as 6 knots (11 kph wind), in fact in a buggy you will not be needing a 6m fixed bridle kite in any more than about 10 knots (19 kph). In fixed bridle kites, a 6m is not a small kite, and is closer to the larger end of the scale for these kites. The largest fixed bridle are just over 10m in size and fly like a bus, and take the whole sky to turn around. I'd be going for a middle of the range size fixed bridle, about 4m. This has the best selection of abilities of both large and small kites. Fast through the air, but not too fast, good pull (not delivered too slow or too fast), some float if you jump (when you become more advanced), and can be fun to fly in light winds, and a real challenge in stronger winds (or usable in a buggy or with a board later on). If you intend to fly a FB of 8m or more, inland, be very careful for thermals. A kite that size doesn't need much wind, and as a result, the light winds you need to fly (fine, sunny, light winds), equal the perfect time for a thermal to develop.