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  1. Hi David,

    I would have put this as a reply to your recent "Forum Upgrade" topic but there is no link to do so !

    Some topics do have a link for "Reply to this topic or Answer this question" but not all. am I missing something ?

    On the old Forum I would usually check for "New entries" virtually every day, again am I missing a trick here ?

    I had a couple of problems this morning when the site failed to respond when changing subject and logged out !

    Bill


  2. Now that we have the Forum back is not it about time it was used more !

    I have noticed that over the last year or so that the quantity of new posts

    has declined significantly, is everybody using other forms of social media!

    Come on everybody lets use it or lose it.

    Some comments would be welcomed.

    Bill

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  3. Hi Nigel,

    All excellent advice given so far, now for my bit,

    It might well be that the bridle is at fault, here is a link to a post that I

    did covering this subject :-

    http://www.revkites.com/forum/topic/6173-bridle-images/?hl=bridle

    I am assuming that the B is new with lines and handles, so try your other set of lines and handles,

    that will at least show if it is the kite or the lines!

    If you were closer to me we could have met up and have it sorted pretty quickly.

    Bill


  4. Hi Nigel,

    Here are a couple of links showing pictures of what kwmf and I use, if you work through the forum you will find

    more information especially how to take off !

    Have a look at JB,s handles in the tutorial (Tuning Theory) and look at other videos of team fliers where there handles are visible !

    Bill

    http://www.revkites.com/forum/topic/4409-my-leaders-your-thoughts/

    http://www.revkites.com/forum/topic/6272-handle-length-and-bend/?hl=leaders#entry95524


  5. Hi,I have just got a set of 13" snag less handles to use on my new Rev B series full sail I have just bought,can somebody explain the adjustment knots top and bottom, and by moving the lines on the knots back and forth what affect it will have on flying the kite.

    Thanks

    Hi Nigel,

    Here is a link to get you started, the set up shown is very near the same as I and several of my friends use !

    http://www.revkites.com/forum/topic/4409-my-leaders-your-thoughts/

    What you are looking for is differential in length between the top and bottom connections!

    Start with your brake lines on the knot nearest the handles, ( it,s the only one I ever use )

    Connect the power line to the knot furthest form the handle,

    Try to take off ( I bet you won,t ),

    Move back a knot and try again, repeat until you can take off then go one more knot,

    This should be your basic datum, remember it, mark it if you can.

    From your datum try more or less knots, one at a time, to get comfortable and eventually

    you will settle on one particular knot that you like, if it is windy back off one knot, if it is calm add a knot.

    When I am setting up I always connect to my datum point and only add one more knot of drive when

    team flying.

    Have a look at JB,s handles on the tutorial videos, then look at other peoples videos and you will see

    what is meant by differential, and remember everybody is different !

    Bill


  6. I'm Probably going to order a roll of "Berkley Whiplash Crystal" tonight, I found it in orange for high visibility rather than translucent. Did you use sleeving on the ends like normal line? I realized that if I normally fly with my roommate we shouldn't have an issue if we both have the same lines for 30 footers anyway. Thanks for the help I'll put an update on after I make the lines and try them out.

    Bad idea using Orange !

    you will end up having coloured fingers when you wind up your lines,

    that is why I stated Crystal !

    Sleeving as normal but for short line sets I do not use any sleeving at the kite end !


  7. Bill, I'll look into that line, thanks. Is it slippery or does it stick to itself when wrapped? And I definitely plan on only flying solo unless I'm on LPG lines. (My brother sliced a set of my dualie spectra lines when he was flying with a cheaper kite. Luckily they were about four years old and desperately needing to be replaced.)

    Slippery enough ! When I first flying Revs it was all I used until I started team flying with others

    using LPG that I had to match !

    I have heard that some fliers regularly use it on 120ft for team work !


  8. What kind of line would be the best value for making thirty foot lines. I have 90# Dacron but that is way to sticky/heavy for really anything. I made a fifteen foot set using it and one wrap is more friction then five or six wraps on my standard 90# 80 foot LPG lines that came with my rev 1.5. As a college student I'm trying to save money and kites are a hard hobby for someone trying to do that because as you all know "kites needed=kites owned +1". Is there any cheaper alternative to LPG line that I can get? It would be great to get two full sets for around thirty or forty bucks because my roommate could use a shorter set too.

    Also I have been using 150# bridle line with the center pulled out for sleeving on the ends of my lines. Is this a good idea or do you think it will cause weak points? In my opinion it looks like it is almost identical to the sleeves that come in a sleeving kit. So far I only did it on my Dacron lines which I am pretty sure won't cause any issues but what about on spectra line?

    No problem using the bridle line quoted, that's what I often use.

    As for using fishing line,be careful as most of it is totally unsuitable but what I have used

    for SOLO flying only is " Berkley Whiplash Crystal" in 100 lb, also available in 50, 80 lbs.

    The 100lb is very similar in size to 90 lb LPG, no where near as good but for generally

    playing around it would do !

    Bill


  9. Try a 30 foot and see how you like them. Things happen fast and it's a small window. However it opens up a lot of places to fly where you normally wouldn't. Street lines are quite intimate and you really get personal with your kite.

    Even up the remainder which would be close to 50 which is great for the middle ground between your standard (80 feet I'm guessing) and the new 30's.

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    Hi Kev,

    I made up a 30ft set from a spare 80ft set then used the remaining to make up a set that ended up at 47ft, unsleeved and with pull off,s.

    Remember that you will only use these short sets for solo flying therefore the lengths are not critical !

    I must admit I prefer using the 47ft, I am to ham fisted for the shorter ones !

    Bill

    PS This coming weekend, 25th/26th is the Dunstable Downs Kite Festival, all are welcome !

    https://www.facebook.com/DunstableKiteFestival?fref=ts

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