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  1. Hi Rickie, here you're a video where Joe Hadzicki explains the main differences between the use or not of reflex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDpyQWBLIA0 Cheers.
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  2. Try to fly in 5-10 mph wind until you have very good control. If you're fighting to stay airborne you're not developing the muscle memory to gain control of the kite's movement. Flying in less than ideal wind as a beginner makes it take longer to learn the basics, and you may pick up bad habits you'll have to unlearn later. Watch the video tutorials and know they are GOSPEL. Especially tuning basics -- use as much brake as you can and still lift off.
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  3. In the days before the springs and reflex everyone flew without them. You can fly with or without. They change the flight characteristics in some ways. Try it. The difference is not HUGE, but is more noticeable as you gain experience. The main difference is how the kite "floats" as you gain ground inverted, and being able to hover closer to the edge of the wind window. It does slow down some tricks and its desirability depends on your flying style. It does help beginners a bit with control as it makes the kite a bit less "squirrely" by slowing down its response to changes in wind speed. This c
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  4. A similar forecast to last Sunday but the wind was from the North today and the cloud cover gradually thickened. Full vent 1.5s with race rods were fine again. We did manage to get the sound system set up properly so had the benefit of Bill Frisell for our final flying session which helped cover the background noise from the Bank Holiday fairground on the other side of the A2. Mr. Helicopter was unusually on our side of the road today doing all his trick flying but fortunately he didn’t stay long. It is a noisy machine. In addition to the Rev flying today we put together the Peter
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  5. 5-10 mph is ideal for a beginner. As mentioned you can't learn good control if you are struggling to just stay airborne. Also, low wind flying requires proper tuning which again requires more hands-on experience and additional brake (lines further out on the top knots) which is difficult to wrap your head around until you understand that the closer to perpendicular the sail gets to the direction of the wind, the more force it applies to the sail -- which is what keeps the kite in the air. Flying with maximum brake is difficult for beginners because the kite must be told what to do as opposed t
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  6. The forecast was for 10-11mph gusting maybe twice that and for fairly dense cloud and that is basically what we got although there were some brighter moments. Full vent 1.5s felt very comfortable and we even had a bit of jazz piano accompaniment by Andrew McCormack. A new one for me and might be interesting long term! For some reason the UE Boom 2s wouldn’t pair up which was irritating so it was a mono playback. I had hoped to fly and video the JMH Della-Porta: Four Rhomboids and while setting it up the wind dropped a bit. When the time came though, the anchored 40m of 4mm polyest
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  7. Joe Hadzicky suggested me to watch this video
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  8. Lots of good information to be found here... http://www.kitelife.com/video-tutorials/
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  9. With lines, I pair off a black and a white. Black for bottoms and whites for tops. At the kite end of the string I larks the white onto the black to allow for the longer leaders at the handle end. I have a few Revs and they have all come with the bridle attached. Even my "sail only" ones. Don't know what happened with yours. When I got my 120' x #90 line set they were in all sorts of tangle, no knots thankfully. It took about 3/4 hour to get them separated. All I can say is check out the line management tutorial and it won't happen again. Your EXP is a great kite, I still fly on mine.
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  10. I carry two 'stakes' with me, one is a 24inch, 6mm solid fibreglass rubber tipped rod, rescued from a now dead kite, and a smaller 12 inch *ABS PLASTIC with a slight mushroomed top. The idea of the 24inch rod is to set it at about 60 degrees into the ground with tip facing WITH the wind. I use this rod for multiple uses. It's a bag anchor. It's a wind direction indicator (hole for cotton thread at top), it's a line length checker...hook loops over and unwind, pull on lines, result!! And last but not least, it's a place to test your control accuracy, rod directly between wings, extra pint nex
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  11. Interesting URL Bob. Thanks for that. I think I would have to mention Blackheath. Didnt fly there for long, but it WAS FAST!! I notice it is in the "list" on the site.
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