Mountain board harness + other things

Mountain board harness + other things

Post by Ian McKinno » Tue, 25 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Dear All,

After some initial goes with my 2nd hand mountain board I discovered a
problem with my normal harness. Because I always stand left foot forward
the harness hook was positioned fine when my back was to the wind but
was not very useful for the opposite tack. After a chat with a diving
buddy who is an engineer we hatched a plan to modify the bar. The
results are in the following pictures which can be found on Sam Eatons
kite pictures page if you're reading this on rec.kites. If you are
interested (I guess that globally only 10 or so people will be
interested!) but don't have web access mail me and I'll send the pics
direct. For one-list readers the pictures are just mime attachments.

Last W/E I went down to Weston-Super-Mare. Unfortunately the wind was
rather too strong for my 26^2' Tiger so I was mainly using a 10' Flexi
to power myself. The limited time I had with the quad was promising. The
second hook was much more comfortable than the original. Swapping
between the two, and locating the second hook, was a slight problem but
that can be expected.

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As an aside; I have swapped the original bar on my other harness for a
'Reactor' bar (wheel type) for use with the buggy. This is a pretty
useful modification, as has been discussed on this group before. Flying
the quad one handed using 'two line' control and the top brake is much
easier especially if the strop is wet / sandy. The other advantage is
that the strop will wear out slower.

At berrow '99 a strop bust on me on the way back from the lighthouse :(
This was ~3 miles from my car. I downed the kite and knotted the strop
which got me back to base. The breakage was due to abrasion from sand /
water against the stainless steel hook.

The only down side to the reactor bar is that is doesn't allow use of
the original quick release buckle which makes putting it on / taking it
off a pain. Oh and it costs more money that's another down side :(

The second aside is that I reached 300 recorded miles covered which I
felt quite smug about. Is anyone else out there sad enough to try and
record all their mileage?

Rgds ian :)

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Mountain board harness + other things

Post by Ryan » Wed, 26 Jan 2000 04:00:00

For kiteboarding (specifically on land with a mountainboard), I prefer a
chest harness, if anything, over my seat harnesses. On an all-terrain
board with bindings, I find that the chest harness allows greater
mobility without breaking your stance and affecting your riding style.
As you manuever the kite under power, you are forced to rotate at the
hips with a seat harness and your stance shifts, breaks at the knee and
places different turning forces on the pivot (axle/truck) point of the
board. Just my personal preference,

Ryan
http://homestead.deja.com/user.riffyan/rec.html



Quote:
> Dear All,

> After some initial goes with my 2nd hand mountain board I discovered a
> problem with my normal harness. Because I always stand left foot
forward
> the harness hook was positioned fine when my back was to the wind but
> was not very useful for the opposite tack. After a chat with a diving
> buddy who is an engineer we hatched a plan to modify the bar. The
> results are in the following pictures which can be found on Sam Eatons
> kite pictures page if you're reading this on rec.kites. If you are
> interested (I guess that globally only 10 or so people will be
> interested!) but don't have web access mail me and I'll send the pics
> direct. For one-list readers the pictures are just mime attachments.

> Last W/E I went down to Weston-Super-Mare. Unfortunately the wind was
> rather too strong for my 26^2' Tiger so I was mainly using a 10' Flexi
> to power myself. The limited time I had with the quad was promising.
The
> second hook was much more comfortable than the original. Swapping
> between the two, and locating the second hook, was a slight problem
but
> that can be expected.

> ****

> This message had an attached image.
> It has been automatically decoded by the experimental kitepics gateway
> and stored at:

> http://www.slack.org.uk/kitepics/bar.jpg

> It will remain stored there until Monday, 7 February 2000.

> If you would like to use this service, please e-mail your message with


> further information on this service.

> ****

> ****

> This message had an attached image.
> It has been automatically decoded by the experimental kitepics gateway
> and stored at:

> http://www.slack.org.uk/kitepics/harness.jpg

> It will remain stored there until Monday, 7 February 2000.

> If you would like to use this service, please e-mail your message with


> further information on this service.

> ****

> As an aside; I have swapped the original bar on my other harness for a
> 'Reactor' bar (wheel type) for use with the buggy. This is a pretty
> useful modification, as has been discussed on this group before.
Flying
> the quad one handed using 'two line' control and the top brake is much
> easier especially if the strop is wet / sandy. The other advantage is
> that the strop will wear out slower.

> At berrow '99 a strop bust on me on the way back from the lighthouse
:(
> This was ~3 miles from my car. I downed the kite and knotted the strop
> which got me back to base. The breakage was due to abrasion from sand
/
> water against the stainless steel hook.

> The only down side to the reactor bar is that is doesn't allow use of
> the original quick release buckle which makes putting it on / taking
it
> off a pain. Oh and it costs more money that's another down side :(

> The second aside is that I reached 300 recorded miles covered which I
> felt quite smug about. Is anyone else out there sad enough to try and
> record all their mileage?

> Rgds ian :)

> --


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