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  1. Sweet! That looks soooooo professional compared to my Rube Goldberg contraption!
  2. Hi. Got mine tested a few weeks ago, and then made a few permanent modifications. The first image shows the whole thing 'packed up' (small enough to fit in the bag on my buggy). Then it is shown released but not assembled. Then there are images of the various parts of it ready to use. I changed the rods from being four rods long to being three. That still seems to be long enough, and reduces any bending when going downhill. At the 'handle' end you have the choice of the handle to grab, or a couple of shoulder slings. And pulling it along by the shoulder slings is so easy that I'm unlikely to use the handle much. To fit it all I have to do is (push the rods forward in the sleeve and) tie the straps to the buggy foot pegs. This should make it flexible enough to be able to fit it to any buggy.
  3. Hi. Got mine tested a few weeks ago, and then made a few permanent modifications. The first image shows the whole thing 'packed up' (small enough to fit in the bag on my buggy). Then it is shown released but not assembled. Then there are images of the various parts of it ready to use. I changed the rods from being four rods long to being three. That still seems to be long enough, and reduces any bending when going downhill. At the 'handle' end you have the choice of the handle to grab, or a couple of shoulder slings. And pulling it along by the shoulder slings is so easy that I'm unlikely to use the handle much. To fit it all I have to do is (push the rods forward in the sleeve and) tie the straps to the buggy foot pegs. This should make it flexible enough to be able to fit it to any buggy.
  4. It worked brilliantly!!! What I shall do tomorrow is get the sewing machine out and fix everything in place rather than have it all floating around with just knots holding it. Once it's done I'll take some new photos and see what I can do in the way of plans.
  5. I've just been going through the same myself. https://www.extremekites.org/topic/171091-wanted-walk-of-shame-solid-tow-bar/ Have ended up coming up with a home made solution. Should get to test it out next weekend, and will let you know how it goes.
  6. I used to have a Baggy Bag Man bag (https://buggybags.co.uk/) on my buggy. Unfortunately time was not kind and when I dug it out a few months ago the zip had died a glorious white furry death. Fortunately I'll be picking up a new bag (and buggy seat) next weekend. So I was planning on being able to fit my solution in that bag. I had been using a rope, which was great when I flew in flat land. But having moved to Wales I have to struggle up and down a few slopes between car and beach, and the buggy kept trying to run me over. I have yet to test but the solution I've come up with looks like it'll work for me. I've taken a roll of 25mm tubular webbing and a tent repair pole to make a 'solid' tow bar that breaks down small enough for my buggy bag. The tent pole is made up into two halves and then slid through the webbing, with a short bit in between to act as a handle. When the poles are disconnected it all folds down to the length of a single pole section (65cm) which will easily fit in my bag. But when the poles are joined it should give me a solid enough tow bar of 2.5m. The remains of the webbing I've made into a crude shoulder harness that I should be able to tie to the handle, giving me an easy tow option. At the moment everything is just tied in place, as I'm sure adjustments will be needed. Once the weather/tides over here combine to let me out I'll give it a test and post up the results.
  7. Gonna zombie this thread! Just wanted to chip in with a great trick for fixing nose tuck without having to add rear line tension. Cut a piece of pipe insulation foam to the same length as the central leading edge, and fit this into the leading edge when you fly it. I did this on mine by sewing in velcro rather than the little leading edge lines. This allowed me to easily adjust the amount of 'tuck' on the leading edge, but also allowed me to fit the foam as an experiment. When I tried the foam the result was so good that I just didn't go with the original plan of playing with the amount of 'tuck' on the nose. If anyone is interested I can throw up photos and videos at some point. It may take a few weeks as the kite was eaten by some gorse bushes at Pembrey last Friday, so it needs a little TLC before it flies again.
  8. I like the idea of the garden fork. Will have to look into that if I can't find one elsewhere.
  9. Have just moved into range of Pembrey and the rope I use to tow my Flexibug around doesn't handle the slopes and soft sand that I now have to deal with. Does anyone have (or know where to get) one of those solid tow bars that seem to handle that type of stuff much better?
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