Kite Biking

18 05 2009
Kurt flying a 4m Scout power kite

Kurt flying a 4m Scout power kite

With another sunny day forecast Kurt and I decided to ride across town to Nosehill Park and fly some kites.

Urban Assault

Urban Assault

We stuck to the Calgary Bike Path System most of the way which was nice and peaceful, but took quite a bit longer as the route was decidedly not very direct.  A problem shared by most dedicated bike paths.

Kite flying @ Nosehill Park

Kite flying @ Nosehill Park

The 4m Scout is still a beginner kite, but a lot more powerful than the 2.3m Rush trainer.

I rode my Thorn Nomad

Thorn Nomad

I rode my Thorn Nomad touring bike.  It’s a very comfortable solid ride, but it has all the good and bad qualities of a truck!  Not a fast accelerating bike, but uber stable and confidence inspiring.  It plowed capably through everything on and off-road I threw at it.

Getting hauled all over the place!

Getting hauled all over the place!

I was impressed by how hard the 4m Scout pulled.  We literally went skidding all over the grass when the kite was in the power zone.  However, with a little bit of caution we were able to control it quite well and nobody sustained any dragging injuries!…=-)  Next time out we’ll bring along a all terrain skateboard and try it out with the smaller trainer kite – of course wearing all our DH biking body armour and a helmet.

On the way home.

On the way home.


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4 responses

18 05 2009
Jakub

“Getting hauled all over the place!” <= whoa! Could you have depowered this kite using the bar if you wear wearing a harness? What was the wind speed?

18 05 2009
thelazyrando

This kite has no depower feature. Wind speed varied, but was up to 30kph.

18 05 2009
thelazyrando

We may get a 7.5m Apex at some point this summer. It can be depowered.

http://www.cobrakite.com/apex.html

18 05 2009
Jakub

Thanks.

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