12018Re: [ksurf] Re: 4-line bar
- Apr 3, 2000Hi Greg and Saul
> Handles are the ultimate in control in marginal conditions. Nothing,except
> some of the hybrid bars (Advance or Windtools) will match theHandles give a flyer the most feedback in all conditions. Bars limit
> responsiveness of handles. In fully powered up conditions you really only
> need the responsiveness to avert near certain kite crashes.
respoiveness but increase leverage, so they "feel" very different, hence the
2 fan clubs!! :-))
Not really true once you have become accustomed to the power much less input
is needed when powered up, basically the kite is parked slightly sine waving
>Control with a bar is more than adequate in all conditions IMO :-) but I am
> If you're powered up control is more than adequate with a bar. Landing is
> just as easy with a 3 or 4-line bar. Launching can be more difficult
> because you can't brake a tip if the kite tries to surge and roll over. A
> bar probably insulates the kite from some extreme pilot movement. Handle
> movements can be quite subtle whereas you can fling the bar about with a
> bit more gusto, which is fun.
addicted to handles!
> A bar is easier for line management. You can figure-8 wrap the lines
> a bar much faster than wrapping around handles. Also easier to unwind theLine managemant is a matter of following procedures that work, I guarantee I
> lines as the figure-8 wrap does not put twist into the lines which makes
> line-overs a little more difficult to undo. If you do twist the lines it's
> easier to spin the bar to unwrap them. Handles are more likely to hook up
> on or pass through each other. It's also good to just grab the end of your
> foil and roll the kite around a bar.
can wind up my lines onto my handles and unwind again with no twists or
tangles as quick as anyone with a bar. There is no need to figure 8 on a bar
if you always hold the same one end of your bar when wrapping and
And I always wrap my line to about 2 M from the knots at the kite end and
then fold one end of my foil in and wrap the whole lot up like it was fish
>Is it? I think this is a very subjective thing and is one of the main
> It's much easier to hang on to one bar with two hands rather than two
> handles with one hand each.
differences that people can identify easily. When I fly using handles and a
Peter Lynn backstrap I actually have 2 hands free at all times to assist
getting my board sorted etc. I fly the kite with my shoulders only.
>Safety leashes should be used on all kites, especially when beggining, they
> You should have a safety leash with a bar. It's not so necessary with
> handles because your hands are on the brakes all the time.
are very easy to make yourself. Hope this helps cya and
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