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    Los Altos, CA
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  1. Basically that is correct, except to recognize that the measurements are of the bridle line off of the kite. That is, the measurements include the sections that tie around the rods. Also The O to I you show is only to the end of the loop that larks heads to the pig tail. Here is a rough sketch of the bridle and dimensions. Good luck tiering a new bridle. Take your time and measure carefully.
  2. I measured my hydra bridle and all of the dimensions agree with the figure you posted. The dimension of the loop on the ULE pigtail is missing – it is 68mm. The figure can be confusing if you are new to this. I will try to add some details – I hope it helps. The bridle consists of three sections. One that is tied to the spine at the center T and then continue to each of the tow points. The other two are identical, one for each side of the kite, and go between the two leading edge connectors. These sections are actually each in two pieces with a pig tail at the upper leading edge connector to allow you to adjust for wind conditions. Look at the point where the three bridle legs come together. You will see an overhand knot and a larks head knot next to each other. The overhand knot is on the center T bridle section and the larks head is in the section that goes between the two leading edge connectors. The center T part is on very long piece (almost 3.5m). It consists of a loop at the center that is 38mm long (this is the part that connects to the spine). There is a knot that is 584mm from the tip of the loop on each side. This is the knot where the three legs come together. There is another knot at the end of each side where you connect the flying lines – the tow point. The exact length to the tow point isn’t critical, but it is critical that it is the same on both sides. Now look at the upper leading edge (ULE) connector. You will see a pigtail looped around the connector with two knots in it. These are the knots at 83mm and 105mm. The loop is 68mm (the missing dimension). Again, the knots are measured from the tip of the loop. The other part of the section that goes between the two leading edge connectors has a knot at one end and a loop at the other end. The size of this loop doesn’t matter – this is the loop that uses a larks head to connect to the pig tail. The mark at 584mm is the center of the larks head knot that connects this line to the center T connection. I hope this helps and that I didn’t add more confusion.
  3. You could also try to find some local flyers and ask them for recommendations. They will probably let you try their kites so you can see what you are getting. Kite shops often have limited offerings these days. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  4. For parking, take the last right just before the shoreline entrance. The is a dog park on the left with a parking lot. Go all the way to the end of the lot and take the path up to the flying field. The signs say parking for dog park only, but..... I have seen single line kites caught in the power lines when people let go of the line. It would be hard to get a multi line up there since they tend to fall out of the sky when the lines are dropped. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  5. The solution I have found at shoreline is to find where a blade of grass is (was?) growing and the push/twist your stake in along the grass blade. The ground is actually a bit softer there. I know this sounds weird, but it works most of the time. Don't even bother trying in the areas that are bare of and growth. If you are willing to wait a few weeks we will probably get some rain which softens the field and staking gets easier until the spring.🙂 I fly dual lines at Shoreline once or twice a week and will look for you next time I am there.
  6. I have both a Widow NG and a Hydra. The Widow is more ruggedly built and feels a bit more stable than the Hydra. The spars are more available, so when you do break one it will be easier (and less expensive) to replace. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  7. I have to agree. The PDSUL will fly in less wind, but once it gets up to 4 or 5 mph I switch to the Mamba UL. The PD will fly in next to no wind, but if I want to do any tricks the Mamba is a better choice for me. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  8. I haven’t seen any of the issues you mention with my Widow NG. Shortly after I got my I broke a tube and had Jon T. Send me the framing plan for the kite. This should help you make sure you put the stop in the right place and allow you to check all the other frame and bridle dimensions. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  9. I love my vented Mamba. Flies similar to the standard, so if you like the Mamba (as I recall you got one last year) this would be a good option. Ken makes them with removable windows that cover part of the vent so you can adjust to the wind speed. I have had no problem flying mine in winds over 20 mph with ease. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  10. Like Mark said lean back and in the center of the window. If you are near the edge of the window the wind sometimes flips my kite over and then I need to walk ☹️.
  11. I would add my recommendation for the Widow NG. Very capable and will take you quite a while to outgrow it. Starts to pull pretty hard past 13-15 mph - that’s when I put it away. Should be able to get it from kites and fun things in a few days (not Amazon fast, but less than a week.) Consider coming to the Berkeley Kite Festival at the end of July. Check out the Bat Area Sports Kite League at BASKL.org Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  12. I have some tape that I will bring tomorrow in case the super glue doesn’t work. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
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  14. Fear not - we still have another 2 or 3 months of good winds in the Bay Area. This weekend was surprisingly light, but still good enough at Shoreline to fly my UL (ok dual line and not rev, but still...). Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  15. That did it - it working again. Thanks JB. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
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