Posted 08 May 2008 - 08:33 AM
Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:00 AM
My suggestion is to go no bridle only for very light or zero wind flying only.
Asked this over on the KiteLife forum, but figured I'd get more feedback here. Tricky subject to search for as you can't put "no bridle" in the search; all the words have to be 4 characters or longer. I found a few posts discussing bridleless flying, but was hoping to learn more about it. Can you describe differences between flying bridled and unbridled? Is the kite more/less responsive? Does it seem to have more/less lift?
One of the purpose of the bridle is to distribute the stress to the rods evenly. In a stronger wind with no bridle you are exerting excessive stress on rods as specific points.
I also find that no bridle with a bit of wind knocks down the smoothness of rotations.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 10:33 AM
I'll occasionally fly a 1.5 without a bridle. I've never flown a I without one.
As for what the bridle does, apart from spreading stress: it moves the tow points away from the tips of the vertical spars. By attaching my lines directly to the tips of the spars (and my attachments protrude from the ends of the endcaps, not from where the bungee is tied) I can make the trailing edge tips move much more quickly and with greater leverage than I can when a bridle is attached. This gives me far greater floating ability. Further, when 3-D flying, yanking on the top lines will cause the leading edge to pop out of the wind much faster and more cleanly.
Posted 08 May 2008 - 12:31 PM
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