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Author Topic: Adjusting a Regular Single Line Kite  (Read 3487 times)
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« on: October 10, 2012, 09:12 AM »

When flying single line kites, especially the less expensive, (under $20.00) variety,  they dive to the right or the left and crash.  Do I remedy this by adjusting the lenght of the bridle string or the position of the main line on the bridle string?  I am introducing a young lad to kite flying this weekend and I don't want him to get discouraged   I have some bird kites that are notorius for this. 
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2012, 09:35 AM »

most of the single line kites out there have their bridle set for "most" wind ranges.....if it has an adjustable bridle that is great and you can slide the attachment point up/down ~1/4" at a time....very small amounts until you can find a sweet spot...

for bird kites i try to twist the unstable flight with the idea that like a bird this kite was designed to not fly stable all of the is meant to do a flight that moves around a bit....

For deltas - make sure the leading edge rods are pushed as far down the leading edges as they can be....lots of time these are slid up to the nose to fit into a smaller bag.....think of pushing the rods down as increasing the size of the want it as big as it can be...

have a bag of tails, windsocks, line laundry etc....for plastic kites - or really quick impromptu tails get a roll of surveyors flagging off an amount and tie it on.....

length of the line......i fly most of my kites between 50-200' up....i like to be able to see the kites lower altitude you end up getting into winds that are a bit more whilry/active/squirrely/weird/crappy due to buildings, trees a bit higher....the winds are usually cleaner higher up....

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2012, 10:18 AM »

Flying smaller kites higher than 200' is really a wash. Cleaner wind, but worse view. Try and find the bridle sweet spot and fly it in the most open place you can find. If you're flying at the beach you're golden at 50'. Plus it's a lot less line to bring in. You can put up more kites quicker to attract your viewers too.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2012, 11:43 AM »

Depends why it's going side to side...  which does not help. It could be that the kite is unbalanced which could be for different reasons. A spar may not be in the correct place, the manufacturing may be a little off and require some tuning, etc. If the winds are strong the kite could be getting forces to one side. Let's start with the type of kite and go from there.

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2012, 10:34 AM »

This has got to be the Best Forum around.  I am learning so much.  And I would never have thought there was so much involved in single line kite flying to tweak those kites.  I  mean a quarter of in inch! Who would have thought?  And the variations! Even per kite and style and type of kite on single lines   You folks are the best.  Thanks so very much.   
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