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« on: September 10, 2010, 09:40 PM »

Been working on a bridle for a shadow and playing around.  I have been trying to find info but am at a loss.  When in a fade, the kite sits extremely nose up.   Make backspins really easy..  Smiley  but I am wondering where I went out of balance.  Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2010, 09:47 PM »

The width between the tow points can effect the fade. Compare to the stock bridle.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2010, 02:29 AM »

Yup. Generally speaking the wider the bridle the more nose up a kite will sit in a fade

Obviously there are lots of other factors that affect this but if it was ok before the bridle change...
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2010, 10:04 AM »

If you are really interested in bridles, Andy Wardley has written a very informative dissertation on the dynamic bridle.  He's the bridle guru, who developed the bridlles for the Benson Gemini and a number of other kites.

The address is http:/wardley.org/kites/bridle/dynamic.html

In the art/science of bridle-making there is a degree of trial and error Undecided which can be aggravating.  In the building process, keep notes on what you did and how well it works in order to got back to a successful adjustment.

This is a generalization and also may be used as a starting point:  When you pick a kite up by the bridle pigtails. the spine of the kite should be level horizontally.

Also remember, that all lines for the right side (wing) of the kite should be EXACTLY the same as the left side (wing), as nearly the same as humanly possibly.

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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2010, 08:34 PM »

Thats awesome.  So I will try and shorten the activator between the towpoints by a little to see what that does.   

Its a starting point.   
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2010, 08:56 PM »

I'm curious, what is it about the stock bridle that needed fixing?
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2010, 09:08 PM »

I have found that the stock Shadow bridle is set way, way too heavy. In general, the tow point should be raised at least 1.5 inches from stock. It isn't just me on this one. Everyone I know who owns a Shadow has raised the tow point 1.5 to 2.5 inches.
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