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    Rev B-Pro, Shook mesh Rev
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  1. KARMA 9/21/2017: Revolution Rainbow Radical

    I'm in. Wow, what a great prize. Just the thing to get people excited about karma again. Thanks M.
  2. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    Like Mark says, it is somewhat personal preference. 2 wraps and race rods are often used by different people in the same wind conditions. The response is different on race rods. Many people like them, some can't get used to them and prefer 2 wraps. I'm not sure what you are referring to as sul rods. Rev has the diamond frame. There are also a variety of other rods that people have made lighter than 2 wrap frames from, e.g. Skyshark P90, P1X, etc. There may even be some newer rods that I am not familiar with. These are generally more delicate than 2 wraps. I have a frame I made from P90's. I don't like to use it unless the winds are so light it's basically fly or die conditions. I'm not sure how well they will work in a (mid)vented kite because I've never tried.
  3. Silver Fox 2.3 UL Wing Tip Tension Help??

    My leech line is larksheaded onto the bungee if I remember correctly. It definitely is on one of my kites, because I've adjusted it, but don't know for sure if it's this one. Really easy to adjust when the standoffs are not in place because there is not any tension on the leech line, thus you have plenty of slack to loosen the larkshead and move it on the bungee. I guess you would still have to take it off if you were to make and use a new hole, but it should be straightforward to larkshead it back on the bungee. It doesn't even need to butt up against the knot at the end of the bungee since the bungee is kind of "soft", so the larkshead just bites into it wherever you want it.
  4. Silver Fox 2.3 UL Wing Tip Tension Help??

    FWIW, mine is like kitedad's. It's similar what you show in your picture, but the hole is about 1 1/4" up from the bottom of the spine. Mine is also a 2.5 though. Perhaps you can make another hole about an inch higher than the existing hole. You can do this with a soldering iron or wood burning tool as long as you have a tip that you don't mind contaminating with plasticky stuff (that's what you're going to get when the material melts). That will still leave quite a bit of leech line outside the velcro though. However, I never really thought of it as a problem, because if you're looking at the back of the kite, the back of the spine is recessed between the rest of the kite. Doesn't seem like it would be easy to get abrasion there. Having the leech line come out at the bottom of the spine might be more concerning.
  5. Silver Fox 2.3 UL Wing Tip Tension Help??

    kitedad's answer is probably your solution. However, I just wanted to check if the rest of the kite was completely assembled in pic 1. Often times if the kite is not fully assembled, the leech line will appear loose. It should tighten when the kite is fully assembled and the standoffs are in.
  6. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    @happysuperbutton, glad you were able to make it to BKF. The learn to fly clinic in 2 weeks is put on by BASKL. Definitely a good event to attend if you can make it. There's no set schedule, so come when you can. I will be there. Some of the others you have met will most likely be there too. I noticed Rev had the RX Spider too, but didn't get a chance to go try it out.
  7. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    @happysuperbutton, you know BKF is both Sat and Sun right? Hope you can still make it. Bumpy winds definitely make learning harder. Keep with it, you get it soon. At Shoreline if you're flying on the grass, the wind is much less closer to the ground. It picks up significantly about a third or half of the way up the wind window. The ground wind is a little better if you're further downwind in the dirt area (assuming typical wind direction). Good luck. (Edited typo, oops)
  8. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    @happysuperbutton, glad you met "S" and "F" and got some good advice from them. Yes, I know who you are referring to. "S" even mentioned to me that he met you. Unfortunately I won't be able to fly for the next week or two, so I probably won't see you in person until Berkeley Kite Festival or after.
  9. Lazy Afternoon

    Niiiiiice. Purple
  10. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    You've got lots of good advice already, so I'll try not to repeat too much of it. Lines: Never let line ends flap in the wind. That will twist them up faster than anything. If you keep your handles attached to the lines, try not to pick the handles up by the lines and let them dangle. That will also easily introduce twists. Wayne's point D is done at the kite end. The handles should stay together, i.e. don't spread your arms out when holding the handles. Picture a triangle formed by the handles at one point, two pairs of lines forming two sides, and the kite at the third side. If you spread out the lines at the kite end, and keep spreading them out as you walk toward the handles (keeping tension on the lines between you and the handles), you will bring the twisted part of the lines toward the handles, where hopefully it will be easier to see. If the lines ever don't want to separate, don't force it as you could cause more problems. Spreading out the handles is not helpful because it will cause the twisted part to move away from the handles. Untwisting is sometimes a bit of trial and error. Remember what you did so if you find it getting worse you can do the opposite. And passing handles through each other will happen, don't fret about that part. Flat kite: If the kite is belly down (trailing edge toward you and lines underneath), you should usually be able to recover using makatakam's advice, unless there's really no wind along the ground. If the kite is belly up (leading edge closer to you and lines above), the ground conditions at Shoreline will make it difficult. There is not much for the leading edge to catch on to provide enough resistance for you to pull the bottom wing tips up. If you ever find your kite with the belly down, leading edge toward you, and lines underneath, just go for the walk. Good luck.
  11. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    Yay! Sounds like a success. Next time, stand a little farther back so your kite isn't so close to those logs on the ground there. To learn the dive stop is really just to train your brain to tell your hands to hit the brakes as the kite is zooming forward toward the ground. Many people's instinct thinks "up" and their hands give the go input, which is wrong because the kite is upside down. You have to think from the kite's perspective not the perspective from where you are standing.
  12. The Next Little Thing - Full Spectrum

    I was just teasing, not suggesting you should resew the panel. You know how much I like purple.
  13. The Next Little Thing - Full Spectrum

    The last one needs more purple. Looking good though.
  14. help 4 line kite

    Welcome Bruce. You've got great advice from the above posters already. I'll add two more things. To check the bridle, you don't even need a measuring stick. Since the frame is already out of the kite, and the sail folded in half from previous steps, you can simply compare the right and left sides of the bridle side by side. And check for extraneous knots in the bridle that may be shortening one side. The pigtails you attach the flying line to can sometimes wrap around the bridle and form an extra knot. That is enough to cause the kite to favor one side. I've had such a knot form spontaneously between packing a kite up and setting it up again, and the kite didn't feel right when I flew it. Good luck.
  15. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    Cool! So you've seen us out there. Feel free to come talk to us whenever you have time. Most kitefliers are happy to talk about kites and show you theirs. Let's discuss over PM about meeting up this Sunday. Hopefully I'm not exhausted from Saturday. Alternatively, you could just show up to Shoreline on Sunday and try your luck at running into someone.