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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Re Peter Lynn

    Bars or handles??? Each is different. most kites are only designed to fly on one and can't be used on the other. Handles give more control, and you don't have to be attached to the kite to fly it. A bar needs you to wear a harness, and you are attached to the kite via a loop with a quick release. The problem is the fact that by the time you realise you need to pull the quick release, your already in trouble. A bar gives you the ability to sheet the kite in or out (adjust the angle of attack, and therefore the power), while a kite on handles doesn't allow the power to be adjusted, you steer the kite to different parts of the wind window to adjust the power. There are a few fellow kiters up your way. There was a small kite fly at Dean a few weeks back, pity you didn't contact us here earlier, as you could have gone along and seen some kites in action and meet the local kiters.
  6. Re Peter Lynn

    Or a bit tamer? Or even kites with almost no pull but maximum control?
  7. Re Peter Lynn

    Stunts like this?? Or this??
  8. Re Peter Lynn

    Welcome @Gilbert Taylor, So what was the 5m Peter Lynn kite you had? A Hornet is a lower aspect power kite (low aspect, fatter kite, slower, more solid power, while a high aspect kite is very thin, fast through the air, makes power only when moved at speed or used in it's high end wind requirements, the power can come on and off very quickly). Are you looking for a kite on handles, or a bar?? Any kite will drag you, given enough wind. The bigger the kite, the less wind will be required to drag you. Down side, big kites are slow, turn like a bus, and have a smaller usable wind range. The smaller kites will be quicker through the air, turn faster and produce power very fast. Down side, power is explosively quick on some small kites, think of being attached to a snatch strap of a v8 race car Power also disappears just as fast. Everything happens quicker on a smaller kite, and the landings are usually harder than a bigger kite. What do you mean by "want to do stunts""?? Let us know what you want to do and we can help point you in the right direction so you don"t make a poor purchase, or get a kite that is not suitable for your needs. And where are you based?? Plenty of people on the forum here, and some one might be a local to you and be happy to show you some of their kites in action to give you an idea as well.
  9. MEFM heading home

    Are going to make a copy Doug? A stack MEFM's??
  10. Yes it's on this Sunday!! All welcome to attend, BYO kites, buggies and land boards, etc. Plenty of room for every one!! And fingers crossed, I will have finished some new kites by then.
  11. Skate board pumping

    I can "pump" the scooter I have, much to my 5 year olds disgust, as he can't fathom how daddy can move and not push with his foot. You can use a pallet jack and do the same thing, but work cover and your employer don't like it. And you can pump a PL buggy as well. Not sure on the Libre or the GT? Will have to check next time I'm out.
  12. Video Les Hemmes

    Would love to get over to Europe to have a burger and beer with you boys after a hard days buggying
  13. Tread Marks @ Speed Week 2018

    The tides are looking magical!!! Friday 2nd Nov (if you get there early), low tide 1:05pm Saturday 3rd, low tide 1:59pm Sunday 4th, low tide 2:57pm Monday 5th, low tide 4:00pm Tuesday 6th, low tide 5:02pm
  14. Lady Bug Workshop

    For those that missed it, we had a great time!! A few big bugs for the next kite event. Here is my first real effort with a sewing machine, a nice red lady bug, and it's two offspring (purchased). Tested out down the beach in quite strong wind. They work like magic!! They stopped all the beach walkers, who came over and had a look. A big thank you to Jo and Ricky for hosting the event, and Darren and Naomi for their expert construction input. What to make next??????
  15. Video Les Hemmes

    Did you race in the 8 hour event Juan?