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Everything posted by ssayre

  1. I agree. I generally purchase all of my specialized items direct from a retailer. Specifically I have been purchasing motorcycle parts lately and I like the support and advice I get from the retailers.
  2. That's incredible. Nice work. I always love the BMX bike action.
  3. Thanks Steve, I'll see if I can dig that one out of the archives and repost. That is still my favorite all around kite. It's just so versatile.
  4. I haven't kited for a long time, but I preferred the normal nasa stars to the street star I briefly tried out. I have many hours on the NS2's both buggy and longboard / skateboard. They are easily flown one handed using the standard 2 line bar. I used them for buggy on grass and harnessed on the 3 line bar and used them to longboard on asphalt using the normal 2 line bar and not harnessed. usually 3-5m lines for longboard and long lines in buggy since I was on grass.
  5. I wish we were neighbors. You have all the cool skate / kite stuff.
  6. Nope. Tea. Iced tea of course. It's summer here. Joel I might be interested. Can you take a pictures inside and out?
  7. ssayre


    That's awesome. Would love to try that out.
  8. Now that's funny. I just spit my tea out.
  9. That's what I like so well about this site. I don't use any third party for posting pictures here. Just click and drag images from my desk top. I had to use photobucket on pkf because I was never smart enough to embed pictures directly in the post without it. Either way, I could care less if I live on through my kite pictures posted and definitely won't pay photonucket. It was always awful to use. The only other forum I post pictures to is weber kettle club and that's because i can post pictures direct from my phone using their app. Ha, just learned I can upload direct from my phone here.
  10. Cobra kites in the USA have something called a speedfoil rm6 that looks like a replica. I've never flown either one so I don't know how it compares but they look they same or very similar.
  11. Unfortunately no wind today or for the better part of the coming week. I probably won't get another opportunity to test until next weekend. Damn the wind dependency.
  12. the depower works, its similar to a peak. trailing edge flutters without tension but you lose all steering depowered. Not unlike trying to turn a depower with the bar all of the way out. It turns solely by the back lines so without tension it doesn't turn. flying unhooked, you have to find the sweet spot between power and depower. Almost like flying a nasa on 4 line without z bridle but different. I don't think the depower is that usable unless flown hooked in which I have not done. I would guess it would be a dream for those with hard pack beach or beach pathway that can cruise long distances. you could hook in and have full control over the power I would imagine. Still a balancing act as there is no built in limiter like a standard depow bar has. I might rig a harness line and try it on a longer stretch although I'm always a little leary hooking in on asphalt. I had some technical difficulties with my old camera. I've never plugged the camera I bought from you in yet so I'll try that one. I'll have to get some mounts for it though. I have a little bit of cell phone video, but I'll try and do better than that. My favorite thing about it right now is landing and super easy reverse launch. That works flawlessly
  13. Are you talking about a regular fat tire bicycle? Only guessing but I think it would be extremely difficult.
  14. No, wind was about perfect. I would guess 10-12 mph wind with gusts higher. You really can't street kite overpowered because you can only lean so far before wheels will slip. 4m is a great size for longboard. A 2.5m and 4m is about all you need. I've been using nasa kites and longboard for years. I've always that it was an under rated discipline.
  15. Thanks Steve! @windstruck sent me kite that steffen sent him to try out. Kite control was intuitive but still took time to get the hang of while moving. My style of street kiting involves a lot of fluid transitions in a semi confined area so that's what I wanted to test first. It took me a good hour to get transitions down. The main reason is one handed control. This is where it gets hard to explain and will vary for different riders. I'm goofy footed (right foot first) and I transition from frontside to backside and ride toe side so my right foot is always forward. keep in mind your thumb always needs to be pointed to the top of the bar. This means I'm comfortably riding toe side using my right hand (I'm right handed) but when I transition there are 2 options. continue to hold the bar in my right hand but upside down (a little awkward but doable) or switch hands and use my left. I've never been good flying left handed so that took a lot of time to get down. Keep in mind your switching hands during the transition. All that is to say that when I use a normal bar on a nasa star, I would always fly toe side one handed with my strong hand and when I would transition to front side, I would be flying with both hands on the bar so I've never been forced to use my left hand solely. I've only used it for a couple hours so far so this will probably be a minor hurdle and something that I already was getting good at by the time I left. The relaunch and landing works flawlessly. Really impressive. The turning works well but does take some practice and getting used to as to be expected. My first impression is that a standard nasa star would be much easier for a beginner but for intermediates, this kite offers a much more dynamic flying experience and most likely will have much better upwind capability. I'll test that out when the wind direction cooperates for a couple of my long road spots. Transitions were much more similar to flying my peak on handles as far as how the kite behaves but using just one handle for all control. Very wild and fun kite. It does take some skill to use but I like that. I would like to add some 2m or 5m lines to see how that goes. I will take a look at how easy that will be to add next time I'm out.
  16. I love it. the mainstream kite manufacturers are competing with each other for the same customer base. Meanwhile in Steffenville he continues to innovate for the niche street kite market and doesn't care what the other manufacturers do. I would love to try this one out.
  17. Chevy has used "SS" forever. SS = super sport. I assume you guys already knew that, but just in case
  18. Wow, that's great. Very well done.
  19. That sounds very similar to us as far as the political aspect goes.
  20. I don't know how your system works but our system sucks if you have more than 2 pennies to rub together. I pay $7,200 a year for health insurance and I have a $12,000 deductible. Only reason I have to have it is because if disaster strikes, they will eventually take everything I own if I don't have it. So moral of the story to me is if you don't own anything and you don't plan on needing a good credit rating for anything than you don't need it. That's in the U.S. I don't know how your system works. This topic always gets me worked up and I couldn't stay quiet.
  21. I've been on a mac since playing games on my dad's apple IIe so there's no changing me, but I don't consider myself a fan boy. Just growing into being a stubborn old man
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