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  2. Hi Pete and welcome. All types of kite flyers are welcome here. As a four line suicide bedsheet flyer I appreciate those like you who put up pretty things for me to look at to check wind direction and gaze at while I take a break. Your fun kites and ground displays keep my kids happy while I fly a little bit longer then I would be able to if you were not putting on a show. Thank you to all the SLK out there! Sent from my [device_name] using http://KiteLife mobile app
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  4. Edmond Dragut

    kite line selection

    the pull of the kite dictate the line strength. may be a small kite with a high pull and a large one with small pull. Manufacturer usually give the recommendation for line strength and for security purposes is good to up that. some of the sled out there are required up to 1500 Lbs (680 kg) so....check and follow the manufacturer recommendations . kite pull and line strength are also connected with the anchor you need for different kites so...do not forgot to use the proper one to do not have bad surprises. Better safe then sorry
  5. makatakam

    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    I've done it with no issues. The materials they're made of will deteriorate faster just as everything else does when exposed to heat and light. Keeping them in a cool and dark location will extend their life. The wind sucks everywhere if you are inland. Ocean, Great Plains and Great Lakes winds are the only good winds you'll encounter. Miles and miles of flat land or water are the only things that don't make wind turbulent. Once you can fly consistently well in inland wind, you will look like a pro in decent wind. It will make you a better flyer so get used to it and let it refine your skills. If you can fly in crap you can fly in anything. Don't let it frustrate you. Have fun in it. It will make you better much more quickly.
  6. LookuPLars

    Welcome LookuPLars

    Wooowhoooo Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  7. HedgerowPete

    kite line selection

    I have only ever bought shop kites that come supplied with that small thin kite line, most of my kites are under a metre square of canvas so that's not much of an issue. I have just progressed to buying larger kites and these come without a line spool and I have bought my own, rated at 45kg (90lb in old english) which when i do a pull test is easily double the kites pull in a decent wind. But at my first ever kite display last weekend I saw a lot of the people had much much thicker line and so i think a greater rating to it. ok some of them changed kites several times from small to large but still nothing that would justify the choose of such a thick cord. why is that? and what sort of rating do you normally use? I was thinking of staying with my 45kg (90lb) for the small stuff and going 150kg (300lb) as my newer mainline. I did try to gain the pull on the kites i have and cant get much past 80kg (160lb ish) so sticking to the double the rating for safety. I did see some of the really large inflatables require 500kg or more, but i am no where near that skill level yet
  8. Hi all, Pete here from Birmingham, UK. A late middle aged old fart that has been playing with bed sheets and bits of string and single line kites. I have tried the two line arm pullers and four line suicide bed sheets, and have reverted back to the single line kites and string, line laundry and small display stuff. looking for help and advice on singles and line laundry and inflatables. at a novice level not looking to build kites, but i do build lots of other pieces of kit and stuff.
  9. LeeBB

    Karma-Blade Nano QX 6/5/18

    Hey Great Thank You Sonex
  10. Breezin

    Welcome LookuPLars

    Welcome. You are fortunate to be able to fly with those people. Someone in that group has taken a bunch of very cool kite photos over the years. The kite history lessons you'd get would be just as good as the flying lessons. Fly it, break it, fix it and fly it again.
  11. John Barresi

    Welcome skyrider

    Hello @skyrider, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat Member Map KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
  12. Breezin

    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    I've acquired the quiver for 0 to 30. Skills, ahhh getting there slowly but surely. Had to go to town today. Got back and winds were over 20 and later hit 30 for a bit. Didn't have the poop to fly . Feel ya. I used to not have the choice. Yesterday winds were 0 to 4 for a good while.Had the choice. Chose to fly.As long as they're not in direct sunlight I don't see a problem. It'd make me paranoid though. Thieves and such. Mine are kept in a barn guarded by 2 Akbash Shepherds and 7 booby traps. 1st ones a fairly painful stiff blast of sand and small debris as a warning. Progressing to leg traps, amputations and ending in decapitation.Maybe the next 6 are getting a little extreme but hey the warning is there. Love my kites. Heard that Kaiju will fly if you do what Acrop says 🤯. Might be well worth the try. Did that to my Pro Dancer once. Passed out hurt my head and haven't done it sense err since.
  13. Breezin

    Replacement Parts

    The Kymera is the same quality as my ITW Hydra. I think my Hydra is really tough and built really well. Iv'e only broke it once and I'm not very good yet.Broke the LS smacking the kite onto it's side in a epic failure resulting from a tip wrap close to the ground. Broke a center tee on a different kite when launching with one side of the bridle under the LS. Yanked real hard trying to adjust flight not knowing I had assembled wrong and pop. Broke the LS on a Widow ng and my Zephyr while trying to cascade. Got the lines wrapped around the kite both times, yanked real hard and crack.I still fly just as aggressive but my timing is better and can see when I'm in trouble easier. Now when in doubt on how to get out of a wrap I'm more apt to take the kite into a softer (hopefully) controlled crash instead of cranking on the lines. Iv'e broken 2 other LS that I was in doubt about the other side so replaced the whole thing. Better safe then sorry I figured.I'm assuming you have the screw type connectors. Take a micrometer and measure the width of the broken stand off. You'll have to get a whole rod and cut to size with a tape wrap to keep rod from splintering. Measure the counter part to the broken one. Some kites with 4 stand offs have 2 different lengths per side. If the stand off won't come out of the connector fairly easy do this.Take the sail connectors apart. Measure from the bottom of the top piece of connector to the top of rod without the end cap. Take the new rod insert into new connector to measure for cut. Some use fine tooth saws. I use a Dremel. I broke the sail connector when replacing a stand off on my Black Dog. Buy a few extra. Around a dollar but a pain in the neck when you don't have them. Shipping will cost as much as a sail connector and a 2 or 3 mil. rod.Fun With Wind will ship for free on orders over $20.00. Jim will help you put together a kit that fits your needs. If the Kymera has Dynamic tubes I don't know if he sells them though. I've gotten my Dynamics from Wind of Change. The stand offs will be a standard carbon rod. I don't think sail connectors get broken often so if you buy a few extra you got a pretty good chance of never using them. Some people will replace them every so often to avoid problems of corrosion. If you live near the ocean or in high humidity something to consider.
  14. LookuPLars

    LookuPLars

  15. Edmond Dragut

    Replacement Parts

    this is from Prism but parts name is applying for any other brand
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  17. ACrop

    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Come on... doesn't at least one of you famous PBG hills have wind on top? I feel your pain, and some would say that this is highlighting a gap in our quiver and/or skills. Have you tried blowing at the kite yet? Purse your lips and blow hard, it works 30% of the time to call a brief teasing breeze....just enough to keep you trying for another 15 minutes. Sent from my [device_name] using http://KiteLife mobile app
  18. toddnkaya

    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Is it ok to leave my kites in a hot car for weeks? the wind sucks in Pittsburgh!!! Frustrated!
  19. Carl Norman

    Replacement Parts

    I keep breaking my Kymera. Need a lower spreader (non-ferruled) and a standoff. Is there a "parts list" somewhere or what's the best way to figure out what I need? I'm trying to avoid calling a kite shop every time I need something and just order it on my own. The standoff mount broke, so I need both the standoff mounting piece and the mini-standoff-spar but don't know the sizes. As a follow up question, I didn't crash the poor thing, maybe I'm pulling too hard on launch or something? I'm not accustomed to these higher end kites so maybe I'm just a bit too hard on them? My experience has been mostly with Prisms. Thanks a ton for the help.
  20. John Barresi

    Quad Line Clinic (May 26-27, 2018)

    7 spots gone!
  21. Carl Norman

    Kaiju by Kite Forge (June 10th, 2018)

    It would be my first indoor kite. Have a feeling I'd be spoiled with the Kaiju. Who doesn't love being spoiled?? I'm SO IN!
  22. John Barresi

    Welcome HedgerowPete

    Hello @HedgerowPete, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat Member Map KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
  23. Carl Norman

    Win: JB for a Weekend (5/15/2018)

    If I had won, one of the days would be weeding the yard. (Sorry).
  24. riffclown

    Welcome LookuPLars

    IIRC, almost 2 years ago now..
  25. whtmtn

    Welcome LookuPLars

    @Lookuplars Where in vegas are you? I'm in vegas also. Theres a small group of pilots that gather at the silverbowl on fri nights. With all the spares i have lying around we should have your baby up in no time. I'll dm all my info.
  26. makatakam

    Welcome LookuPLars

    My bad. I thought they were still in Vegas. That 's quite a long-distance move. When did this happen? @LookuPLars, you'll have have to go elsewhere, or contact them on-line. Probably still the closest to you, and they know their kites.
  27. Wayne Dowler

    Welcome LookuPLars

    A Wind of Change moved to Salt Lake City. I don't know if other stores are still in the area.
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