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In Topic: Rev Clinic in Berkeley?

30 July 2009 - 05:51 AM

I'd be there, up until I made your mega team fly resemble a Rok battle. :blink:

In Topic: Broke my Rev on my first outing. What was i thinking

21 July 2009 - 07:10 AM

There would be quite a difference between the SLE and the 2 wrap. The 2 wrap is lighter and more flexible, meant for light winds. It might work up to about 10 mph, if flown carefully (no crashes).
The SLE is a stiffer and heavier 1/2" dia. rod, they are stronger but can break. I use the SLE for standard and vented Revs. Alot of people prefer the flex and sail cupping with the 1/4" rods. The SLE should fit in your leading edge. The end caps would go inside instead of outside. Just be sure they have the rubber rings on the outside to prevent the spar from rubbing and cutting the bridle. I think it's the best rod for learning.
If you stick with the 2 & 3 wrap frames, use the 2 wrap for the lightest wind, switch to the 3 wrap as soon as you can and double them up in strong wind.
Breakage is guaranteed if a ferrule comes unglued and slips into the rod only gripping the other by a 1/2" or so. Something to check once in awhile.

In Topic: Love my REV EXP, finally broke it, which kite next?

09 July 2009 - 04:09 AM


At 12 hours and still crashing alot, I'd just fix the EXP for now, it's meant to be a beginners kite. For 14 mph+ winds, you might consider a vented 1.5 SLE or the B series as your next Rev. The SLE is a nice robust rod, I like it...others don't.
In the mean time, it sounds like you should work on reverse flight and inverted hovers. I can still remember the crossed lines/inputs making my head hurt. When it becomes second nature, it will be alot more fun. When you see that crash coming, hit the brakes (reverse) hard. If it doesn't stop the kite, it will slow it down. The dive/stop is good practice, although a risky move. Hitting the ground flat/square is better than at an angle, as you found out.
If you ever get out to the Berkeley Marina (Chesar Chavez Park) on the weekends, you'll find some experienced fliers happy to help.

In Topic: My version of No Snag Handles

04 December 2008 - 05:56 AM

The rounded end cap with the leader coming out the end sure seems like the best solution for eliminating those wraps and snags on the handles when you're whacking away (I too feel your pain John). It sounds like countersinking/radiusing the hole isn't enough to prevent fraying the leader though.
It wouldn't require many tools to install them. Screwdriver and/or pliars to remove the Hog rings, small Rat tail file for any burrs (the ones for sharpening chain saws have nice fine teeth).
Personally prefer longer handles (13" & best of all 15") so adding an inch or so would be a plus. I don't have access to a lathe, so if the caps become available, I'd love to get a set or two.
You may be onto a "must have" accessory there Walt (bling, bling). Hope something like those come out someday, good luck with it and nice job.

In Topic: music while flying a rev

14 November 2008 - 01:28 PM


You'd probably have more fun with music YOU liked. Anything that moves you. Looking for ideas?