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  1. I don't bother with anything...
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    Sleeving

    Yeah, what Paul and Rich said. I can't remember the last time I sleeved a line. 15 years ago, maybe? The only sleeved lines in my bag are sets that came with sleeving (e.g. LPG from Theressa). I don't even sleeve the 1800# spectra I use for my show kites...
  3. Is this where I make some crack about how I slept through it, just like everything else Paul's involved in? ba-dum--dum. No? What about...this is what JohnnyB is warning us about when he complains about all the flailing in the DC-school style of Rev flying! But seriously, I was actually bummed to miss it, having never been awake through an earthquake before. I was away at college for the 1990 one, and have never been in California during one, despite many visits to the state!
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    Help

    As Gary points out, the super glue method works very well. I've used it on my full-vent B (near as I can tell, it was the victim of a tip stab one day while we were playing around in 30-40mph winds) with great results. And the chances of welding yourself to the kite are pretty slim. The only tricky part is getting the edges of the tear lined up when you're applying the tape. As for repair tapes, I've used tedlar, ripstop, and tear-aid. Tedlar is probably your best bet on a poly kite like a B or something in the Pro series. Tear-aid is great on large soft kites. Can't remember the last time I used ripstop repair tape.
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    Rev flying

    Funny, my husband says the same thing about me -- that I can be in bad pain for weeks leading up to a festival, and for weeks afterward, but while I'm there, I seem fine. I have psoriatic arthritis that affects my legs, back, neck, sacro-iliac joints, shoulders, and on, and on. Huge quantities of drugs (NSAIDs, tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, etc) generally keep it in check, but there's no question that kiting helps keep me more limber and generally in better physical condition.
  6. Baz and John spent all that time on the Zen not because they wanted to make money for the company but because they (iQuad) needed it! That point was driven home last summer in Bogota when they flew a prototype Zen in absolutely awful conditions in an arena. I adore mine...and anyone who suffers a season of light winds like we have every summer in DC needs one in their bag!
  7. The living room is full of kites. That must mean I'm packed and ready to go...just 3.5 hours of work to get through in the morning, and then I hit the road!
  8. Many years ago on a snowy day in DC, I took an old flexible flyer down to the Mall and did some kite sledding on the hill right below the Washington Monument. This was before the power blast existed...I was using a (too small!) quadrifoil for propulsion. Also on the Mall that day was a fellow mushing with a small team of dogs and a wooden sled. He seemed as amused by my presence/activity as I was by his!
  9. When the 1.5 first came out in '95 I was a broke grad school student, so I built one for myself. Like my custom IIs, the sail is a little different from stock, with slightly more camber, but uses the standard frame. I still keep it in the bag...a great kite. I bought an SLE not long after they came out ('98, maybe?) and the fabric is still stiff. Never liked the kite. I didn't buy, and barely flew, another 1.5 until June, 2007 when Elliott Shook handed me the handles to a B up on Jockey's Ridge. I bought one that night, and a full-vent a few months later (the mid-vent wasn't out yet). Since then I've bought a total of 6 B-series kites, including Pros and a Zen. As Paul says, there's simply no point in building my own (well, other than my custom 6') Paul covered some of the structural differences beyond the sail layout (increased camber, deeper belly, etc.). To me the kite has more presence, more precision. That said, it'll still come down to what you want to look at on the end of your lines -- many people choose to fly masterpiece series kites because they're beautiful, even though many of them have heavier sails with layers of nylon fabric and/or paint.
  10. To build on what Watty said a bit, you're flying indoor, not street, so you shouldn't be concerned about any "little puff of wind." Typically indoor is easier than street for that simple reason! My preferred street/indoor kite is a II, which has roughly the same geometry as a 1.5. There's no reason with respect to the kite that you shouldn't be able to do repeat reverse 360s for as long as you feel like it. Another good thing to practice along these lines is transitioning between forward and reverse 360s, both F->R and R->F.
  11. And how...Jay must've moved a good number of Revs over the weekend; I certainly saw them going down the boardwalk in Kite Loft bags!
  12. I still can't believe I never made it down to the Rev field for some team flying! Hell, I never even opened my Rev bag, thought it spent the entire weekend on the beach next to the rest of my gear. We were just having too much fun up on the show kite field. I did spend a lot of time looking North at the all the Revs, though, and y'all looked great. Jay, thanks for a fantastic event!
  13. You're late! We got in to our place on 128th about 40 minutes ago...
  14. Andrew Beattie got a spectacular shot of Ben flying his vented Eyes: http://www.tug.com/blog/2010/20100411_Berck/people.html
  15. Arriving at my place Thursday evening. As usual, I'll mostly be on the show kite field, but I'll make it over to the Rev area from time to time...
  16. Annnnnd....postponed again. C'mon New York! Aren't you _ever_ dry on Friday mornings?!
  17. Current rumor is that we're back on for this Friday, 4/16/2010. Unfortunately, Paul has a commitment at a festival, but I should be there with Ian and Lisa Willoughby.
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    It's A Big One

    1) I'm not sure Ben can do something evil with that lens...he can't afford to! 2) Andrew and his wife Kathleen do a lot of fabulous photography, both of kites and other things (especially wildlife). Check 'em out at www.tug.com/blog
  19. Yup. They're modeled on the indoor rev handles -- but with traditional foam, traditional angle, and extended length.
  20. Actually, a bunch of years ago (I remember discussing it on the OC boardwalk, so maybe the '02 or '05 AKA convention?) a bunch of the DC folks got Lolly to make us an order of custom handles. Wrapped graphite without the steel inside, 17", and clean ends. There's a plastic plug in the end of the handle and the leaders are knotted inside the handle so there's just a clean line coming out the middle. The only issue I've had is with the hole in the plastic caps enlarging so that the knots can slip through. Easy enough to fix, though. I usually have a set in my rev bag; remind me the next time I see you (Wildwood? I don't recall you saying anything about the family coming to MIKE/MASKC) and I'll show 'em to you. Actually, come to think of it, I may have a spare pair if someone's interested in them; I know I bought two sets when we put in the order.
  21. Gee, Paul, I'd love to give you my set, but you'd just look silly flying on handles with the name "jeffy" stamped into them! <grin> (to make you feel even worse, almost all of the sets Mikey made Back When were of standard I size; my set is extended...roughly B-sized) I've been meaning for years to have Mike put a groove on the back side of the handles for my pinkies...for some odd reason I like to hold the handles with my pinkies on the back, but I never get around to it...and then I'd just run into the problem you have with Mike not finding the time!
  22. This comes up from time to time. The best thing you can do is to make sure that the joints in the leading edge have plenty of folding room -- pull the outer leading edge sticks out an inch or two before you try to fold the kite into thirds. I can't think of any of my post '91 revs that have rips in the mesh.
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