kitesuffer wrote:I suggested the use of this Spinlock cleat for bar lock-off back on the Yahoo newsgroup about 3 or 4 years ago.
As another poster suggested, centreline wear is a big downside to this sort of approach.
I'm glead to hear I'm not alone who had that in mind but appears to be I applied that first for kite bars.
According to experts about lines I talked to, you could probably get about 150 hrs lifetime of the centerline.
I don't think that should be a problem to anyone to replace about 3 feet $3.00 line.
captain pugwash wrote:2 questions if you don't mind :
the distance from where the rope leaves the clutch to the steel retaining loop on the bar is quite long, does this increase significantly the effort required to turn the kite...it looks to be a long lever you're having to overcome.
When doing a hard turn is there a tendency to accidentaly lock on/off. If the clutch and the bar arn't aligned perfectly, the chicken loop will try to straightline its path through the clutch and possibly cause it to click over.
The turning is the same has no effect on the steering IMO.
When the angle is set up right there isn't any accidental on/off,
because of the trigger on pressure requires more than the off mode.
I designed it such a way so in case of imergency it's visible, reachable and disangagable easily with one hand also.
toyletbowl wrote:thanks for the info. very interesting. was hoping for a quick easy fix to the existing cab bars. can the spinlock be added to the line of a cab bar?
Absolutelly it can be added on to a stock X-Bow Bar but need to find a holding peace which would match of the bar's oval contour and size.
I could make a lost wax mold for it and take it to a foundry,
or make it on my CNC machine which would be expensive.
Unfortunatally I don't have the time right now and what I got works for me.
On my second generation for X-Bow bar you don't need that as you see,
I designed it so the spinlock can be mounted right on.
You're very open minded and I'm sure you could come up with something.
Let us know if you could find something,