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by TomW
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Tube vs Softkite - an epic battle?
Replies: 80
Views: 5466

Re: Tube vs Softkite - an epic battle?

Funny. With Hyperlink I’ve gotten in the habit of taking the bar off. I just attach front and back pigtails to each other then put them in the Velcro. It takes only moments to shake out the bridle. I leave my bar on if I can, once you get the hang of it, getting launched ( alone) is way easier than...
by TomW
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 71
Views: 18620

Re: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?

I was thinking about this. purely emperical. Lets say the kite has 60kg pulling force in normal riding with some speed. during a jump it has more pull, say 120kg pull- I know , I know this is all wrong, but dont know any physics. so lets say im loaded to do a jump, 120kg on center lines. CL accident...
by TomW
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 71
Views: 18620

Re: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?

I guess i could destruction test the one i built - i have spare core bar ( bare) i can use instead of it. This was discussed before- Its not clear how much force and what dynamic is correct test force. One way is to say that the rear steering lines are rated at 300kg breaking- the front at 500kg. th...
by TomW
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 71
Views: 18620

Re: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?

Nix,

Might work. But i think you are going to fall or drop like if the bar breaks.
Then you are disoriented in the water, trying to figure out what happened, find those loose bar ends that are folded up, twisted (?) around centerlines.
by TomW
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 71
Views: 18620

Re: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?

Im becoming more sceptical to making carbon bar due risk of failure. The more I think about it, the more concerned I'm getting... Why not test it and see if it can handle the force you assume it will face? Easy enough to support it at the tips and hang weights from the centre. How much? And what ab...
by TomW
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Who here is Kite Foiling?
Replies: 19
Views: 1474

Re: Who here is Kite Foiling?

I was at an informal race the other day a shop up a bit up the west coast of Sweden organised. 3 of us showed up and I came last. But there were 6 or so other kiters watching and they were really interested once they saw us. Regular folks were super curious too. It's going to pick up soon here. 2nd ...
by TomW
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Board Builders
Topic: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?
Replies: 71
Views: 18620

Re: How to build a bar? Just the rod/pole item ~60cm. Anyone done it?

BWD, ... The bar ends have the lines going through the carbon, so even if the ends break, it's still functional to get back. ... Guys, I'm not into racing and won't ever be, but I'm tempted to explore the DIY path. So my question is: would a single line inside the carbon tube, connecting both line ...
by TomW
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: New Inflatable Rash shirt
Replies: 11
Views: 1032

Re: New Inflatable Rash shirt

Great idea. I'd buy one.
by TomW
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??
Replies: 28
Views: 1267

Re: Strappless or Strapped for Learning to Foil ??

I have looked through most if not all the posts mentioning the foot hooks, I bought a set of these when they first came out, and used them for 3 sessions. then unscrewed them and sold them on. the reason was two very scary situations when the bar got trapped in the hooks during big wind chop water ...
by TomW
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one
Replies: 39
Views: 3079

Re: Advice from an older married kiter to a young one

Pretty good advice. I've been married 32 years and was windsurfing nut when I met my wife 34 years ago. So she didn't get a surprise. We have common interests, and only one very late child, now 13 yrs. ( which is a help actually). Primarily it's my wife that deserves the cred for putting up with me,...

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