One note of caution about cheap effective bungie solutions. I
experimented with bungie cords for my chicken loop a little bit last
summer, and immediately thought about the safety aspects. If your
chicken loop has a lot of travel or range, eventually your bungie
cord could snap when you're getting yanked super hard. I think it is
likely that the bar will be at or above eyeball height when the
bungie blows up, so there is potential for some really bad news. Two
things could help here.
1- the NSI system uses tubing and some heavy cordura for protection
against a snapping bungie.
2- tie a knot in the center leader 4 - 8 inches above the bar to
limit the amount that the bungie can be stretched.
Hope these thoughts are helpfull.
> --- In kitesurf@y..., "Doug" <kitesurf@t...> wrote:
> > I tried to post this the other day, but it didn't go through...
> > Been using a bungie since last summer... super simple and SUPER
> > cheap...
> > Anyway... about 24" of 5/16" bungie(whatever the costco cheapies
> > are), cut the hooks off if there are any. Tie an overhand knot
> > each end(these will keep the bungie from slipping in the next
> > step). Then tie both ends to the bar, about 6" from center on
> > side with a overhand not with TWO wraps with the loose end(pass
> > bungie over the bar and toward the center for neatness). Pull
> > knots out tight, you should now have a bungie harness loop that
> > very little slack in it... (you could put some harness tubing on
> > and use it ala ken winner)
> > Now for the killer trick... Take the bungie harness loop and
> > through the smart loop(from the front) then around the end of the
> > smart loop, to the rear of the smart loop, creating something of
> > larks head/rubber band knot. Now... pull the smart loop tight
> > presto... power brakes!!!
> > If you did everything right, you now have a wonderful $.69
> > autopilot... Hope the explanation makes sense.
> > If you did everything as stated... the excess bungie from the
> > should be on the bottom of the bar with the overhands you tied
> > toward the center. Also if you did the last step correctly, the
> > bungie should be holding your smart loop up for easy engaguement
> > your hook(no big hook necessary).
> > You can adjust the progressivness of the bungie's pull by
> > it's overall length and the spacing of it on the bar.
> > You can simply unlook the bungie if you don't want to not use it
> > temporarly.
> > I've only done this on pre ARX niash bars, the bungie needs
> > to "bite" to keep from slipping toward the center.
> > Anyway, hope this goes through... I've done this to several
> > bars and everyone has LOVED it so far(keeps the buddies happy for
> > less than the cost of a beer).
> > Pray for winds in the gorge tomorrow!!
> > Doug
> > --- In kitesurf@y..., Mel <kitebord@p...> wrote:
> > > Dwight & Jacky <fishersfort@a...> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Today I tried the NSI bungee chicken loop designed by Ken
> > Winner. ...
> > > > was like magic. I could not believe how fantastic this NSI
> > contraption was
> > > > working.
> > >
> > > Thanks for the report. I have a few questions: Can you foresee
> > having
> > > trouble unhooking in really big gusts? What kite were you
> > Did you
> > > have to cut down the plastic tube that the bungie goes through?
> > >
> > > Mel