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#96317 Brand new to kites. Have some questions.

Posted by Mike on 01 April 2015 - 05:25 PM

Mitch is a good guy to hook up with. Let him talk you into making the trek with him to the festival in Jamestown, ND where team 180GO! will have a team of 6 Revs flying. It's a 3-day festival and the first day, Friday, is all about lessons and learning to fly.


For an online kite shop, I highly recommend TheKiteSite.net

Big Mike and his wife run the shop, and Big Mike knows his revs--he's on 180GO! and has been flying Revs for years.

#95802 Ben's Farewell

Posted by Mike on 16 December 2014 - 07:54 AM

awww, we'll miss you Ben. Best of luck on whatever you do next.

#95055 2nd Rev!

Posted by Mike on 10 June 2014 - 09:52 AM



What is the approximate wind range for a vented with race rods?

When the vented kite starts to pull you off your feet, switch to the 4 wraps :)

#94865 my fist rev : not got a clue guys help please !

Posted by Mike on 29 April 2014 - 04:43 PM

Quick tip: don't pull your hands back and forth like you do with a dual. With a quad, it's mostly in the wrist movement.


Tip 2: just to be sure, on Revs, the spars go on the back side of the kite. They are *not* on the same side as the bridal--unlike duals.


Tip 3: make sure all 4 lines are all the same length.


Tip 4: hope someone from the UK pops on here and you can meet up with them. :)

I learned on my own, and so have many others, but it's easier to learn from someone with experience.

#94745 About the Pulling power of a Rev kite, and some background story

Posted by Mike on 30 March 2014 - 02:14 PM

Glad you got your kite, I think it looks great!. I see you will also be flying with a local flier, that will speed up your learning. Welcome, as we say, to the dark side!

#94290 Treasure Island Florida 2014

Posted by Mike on 21 January 2014 - 05:06 AM

Thanks for posting! What a great time in Florida.

Back home now with single digit temps and sub-zero wind chills. The video can warm me until next time :)

#93862 New Here

Posted by Mike on 25 October 2013 - 06:11 AM

Welcome Nick!

If your travels ever take you to the Midwest, be sure to let us at IKE know. We've got a bunch of Rev fliers in our club.

#93623 Quadcopter filming 180GO!

Posted by Mike on 27 September 2013 - 06:12 PM

We met this guy flying a quadcopter with a GoPro camera mounted underneath it. 

That thing is super cool.



#93601 Are You Going....

Posted by Mike on 25 September 2013 - 04:54 AM

OOPS! Thanks Jynx, I didn't read closely. I will be there in January, not October

#93373 Revolution 25th Anniversary - 100 strong at WSIKF! (Aug 19-24, 2013)

Posted by Mike on 13 August 2013 - 04:54 PM

WoO HoO!

IKE / 180GO! will be on the beach in a week--Wednesday the 21st.

#86279 New web site for Revolution

Posted by Mike on 31 January 2012 - 08:20 PM

I don't see the problem here. When I load the page, the first thing my eye goes to is the "Our Products" link. Seems like a very obvious and helpful link for someone new to Revs looking for info.

Ahh, but the product pages still don't tell you what a Rev *is*. It's for those already converted to the dark side and wanting to buy.

I would hate to see this info pushed back to another page. One of the things that I was most happy about when seeing the new site was a link to the colorizer on the front page. On the previous site, it was a pain to remember how to navigate my way back to it, and now it's in plain sight.

I would guess that most of the Revs sold aren't custom colors. The colorizer link should be repeated on every page that has a customizable kite. That would be easy to find.

If content was to be removed from the main page, I think it would quickly become too barren. It would become more like a splash page than anything, forcing you to go from there to the info that you are looking for. I feel like it would become like folders within folders making it difficult to find what you want.

A fair point. However, a splash page is what they used to have, just a logo to click on. What I'm proposing is to have more selling on the first page.
There can still be links there, but they don't have to be as prominent, i.e. big photos. That takes away from any focus of the first page, which I think should be promotion and explanation of what the product is. I'm looking at the first page as way to keep first-timers involved with the site and wanting to see more.

Just a countering opinion ;)

That's what keeps life interesting :)

#73905 Light wind flying

Posted by Mike on 05 October 2010 - 03:38 PM

Also, try going as slow as you can. The kite wont go as fast in reverse as it does traveling forward.
It's also harder going through the center of the window. Try starting at the edge and backing towards the middle of the wind window.

#73598 My leaders ... your thoughts

Posted by Mike on 27 September 2010 - 07:36 AM

Just to be clear:
It doesn't matter how long your bottom leaders are. It doesn't matter how long your top leaders are.
What matters, is the difference in length between the top and bottom leaders.

Choose the knots you mostly fly on.
1. Measure the distance from the handle to the knot on the top leader.
2. Measure the distance from the handle to the knot on bottom leader.
Subtract: #1 - #2.
That's how much brake you're using.

I found this diagram I had posted a few years back on the IKE forum. It's another way to measure your brake.
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Another helpful hint. If you have the standard Rev handles, without knotted leaders, you can re-do them. Remove the top leader and untie it so that you have a long line instead of a looped line. You can tie knots and attach the leader without it being looped & larks-headed. Another old diagram from IKE:
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We've being using leaders like that on 180GO! for years without a problem. Here's our leaders: (sorry for the over-sized photo, it's what was already online)
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I usually fly on the last knot or second to last knot on the top leader, and the last knot on the bottom leader.
Depending on the flyer, I'll use the other knots when teaching a newbie or converting them from the "no-brake" to "brake" way of flying.

#73203 world record of 64 revolution kites... FAIL

Posted by Mike on 14 September 2010 - 03:45 AM

As long as we're talking USA vs UK records: what percentage of the UK record was flown by UK citizens?
Setting that quibble aside though, I agree with everything Jonesey said since I wasn't at WSIKF and I did fly in the Portsmouth record.

I propose the new standard for a world record should be that you can thread, play with balls, and scratch Jeremy's nose with your elbow.
Jonesey can verify all records by observing from a car park or parking lot (depending on the venue)

#4673 Kite Staking

Posted by Mike on 14 June 2007 - 01:44 PM

Here are a couple photos of John's stake from Kite Party 2006: