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Postby Doug » Mon May 31, 2004 10:22 pm

I need the following:
somewhere in or around London to rent powerkites for a not too expensive price, somewhere in or around london to rent offroad skates
also it would be good if some of you that have any of the above* to lend & take part on the day if you wish.

I'm wanting to organise for sometime in the winter, a Kite flying day at Rickmond for anyone interested.

*or a powerfull enough kite to pull someone on skates.

NB: This is nothing official, it is still very much in the planning.

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Postby Hypersonic » Tue Jun 01, 2004 12:31 am

If it aint costy I am up for it. It sounds interesting.. ;)

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Postby Caz » Tue Jun 01, 2004 9:33 am

yeah, I'd be up for it provided it goes better than yesterdays attempts (!)

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Postby John » Tue Jun 01, 2004 9:36 am

I have a power kite - it's big enough to lift me off the ground in decent wind, so enough to pull me along. The best area is blackheath (20 min from charing cross, victoria). I don't have the off road skates, but a landboard instead.

I'm not sure I would want to use the rollerblade off road ones (with 3 wheels), as you would be too high off the ground. You would have to be a good kite flyer to be able to lean back enough. Ideally the skates with wheels before and after the boot, so you are lower to the ground.

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Postby Stevie B » Tue Jun 01, 2004 11:22 am

Does any one else see accident written all over this?

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Postby Gerbil » Tue Jun 01, 2004 11:23 am

Stevie B wrote:Does any one else see accident written all over this?
thats why im interested.

If you combine it with Quentins ramp Imagine the air you could get !!!
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Postby Stevie B » Tue Jun 01, 2004 11:24 am

Same here.... Will be fun in the winter... have to see how far down the Serp we can fly one of the sprogs...... :mrgreen:

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Postby John » Tue Jun 01, 2004 11:28 am

Gerbil wrote:
Stevie B wrote:Does any one else see accident written all over this?
thats why im interested.

If you combine it with Quentins ramp Imagine the air you could get !!!


Trust me, ramps are not neccesary for air :mrgreen:

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Postby Stevie B » Tue Jun 01, 2004 11:45 am

John wrote:Trust me, ramps are not neccesary for air :mrgreen:


But it will come in handy for when we try and fly Dougy over the lake.....

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Postby John » Tue Jun 01, 2004 12:07 pm

Stevie B wrote:
John wrote:Trust me, ramps are not neccesary for air :mrgreen:


But it will come in handy for when we try and fly Dougy over the lake.....


Do you need a kite for that? Seems unneccesary to me :mrgreen:

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Postby Stevie B » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:16 pm

John wrote:
Stevie B wrote:
John wrote:Trust me, ramps are not neccesary for air :mrgreen:


But it will come in handy for when we try and fly Dougy over the lake.....


Do you need a kite for that? Seems unneccesary to me :mrgreen:


Nah we will need it... and some kind of launcher..

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Postby Evil Alan » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:33 pm

Just spent the weekend at the middle wallop kite festival. There were several hundred seriously large kites up in the air at any one time. Lots and lots of mountain boards, buggys and the odd dirt surfer (not slang for a gay boy).

I own five flexifoil 6ft stackers and a Peter Lynn 4.2 C-Quad. As I don't especially love boarding and I can't transport a buggy, I'm thinking of banging together some "Doom Wheels". This involves strapping a couple of metal plates to the chassis of some old skates and mounting some 10" wheels in front and behind the skates.

Check out http://www.doomwheels.com

You may also wish to check out the forum at http://www.flexifoil.com if you want to get advice or find a kite on the cheap.

Thor, what do you fly?

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Postby John » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:34 pm

3m Flexfoil blade 3 - I have in a four line config with handles. Thinking of getting a back strap as your arms get quite tired holding it down - it generates a lot of lift. :mrgreen:

I was using it in Normandy this weekend in about 12 knots. At one point I managed to get 2 metres in the air! On the board I could get to the "Blimey this is fast" stage in about 2 seconds :P

Eventually I'll get a bar and harness, so I can hook in properly. I'll need it anyway if I ever kitesurf/snowboard.
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Postby Doug » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:37 pm

John wrote:I have a power kite - it's big enough to lift me off the ground in decent wind, so enough to pull me along. The best area is blackheath (20 min from charing cross, victoria). I don't have the off road skates, but a landboard instead.

If you know of any better places that aren't too hard to get to then fine, I just thought that we could end one of the Richmond Sunday Strolls there.

Ideally the skates with wheels before and after the boot, so you are lower to the ground.

That's what I thought, but I didn't think they were very common or easy to get hold of.

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Postby Evil Alan » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:39 pm

I flew a 8.5m flexifoil blade this weekend :)

My arms are about a foot longer.

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Postby Gerbil » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:40 pm

ok on Doom wheels theres videos of people going up to 60mph on big skates in the dessert. thats a long walk back to the car in the dessert.

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Postby Evil Alan » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:42 pm

And sailors have a long swim?

You generally travel across the wind, and it is possible to travel up it by zig zagging.

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Postby John » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:43 pm

Doug wrote:If you know of any better places that aren't too hard to get to then fine, I just thought that we could end one of the Richmond Sunday Strolls there.


Never been to Richmond so can't say what it's like. You need a large area free of pedestrians, obstacles and tall objects. Tall buildings and trees can really screw with the airflow. A soft surface (grass or sand) is desirable if you fall!

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Postby John » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:44 pm

Alan wrote:I flew a 8.5m flexifoil blade this weekend :)

My arms are about a foot longer.


cool! what was the wind like?

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Postby Evil Alan » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:45 pm

Another spot is the Hackney Marshes. But again it's a pain to get to.

And you might get knifed...


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