With my family out of town and two pins in my finger I have some time to work on a bar project or two. Making my own bar has been a great learning experience and quite a lot of fun. I found that I really like riding with a sliding hook. I am still getting used to it, but, so far it is two thumbs up. My assumption, before trying it, was that the hook would slide with the slightest movement to each side. In reality, it stays in one spot (for the most part) until I move it consciously. After a while I think moving the hook to my advantage will become second nature, similar to the when you start flying your kite without looking at it.
Below is a pic of the current set up. I need to adjust it for a bit more "throw". I am thinking of trading out the metal CL for Spectra in Poly tubing to reduce weight and eliminate something that could smack me in the head. I also want to try wrapping a Spectra CL in Low Temp Thermo Plastic to see how it works. The Sure Fire QR seems to work well but it naturally flips upside down when not bolted to the spreader bar as it was designed to be used . The donkey d**k keeps the CL in place though. Eventually I would like to change it out to for a 360 degree QR, but, that is down the road. My long term goal is to only need one QR for all of my bars.
I would like to see QR sold as a separate component from bars someday. Then I would not need to buy a QR for every bar. Also, It would mean that i could choose the QR of my choice and the depower system of choice. Less expensive and more choice wins customers.
I am trying to use the KISS principle. All parts are off the shelf or scrounged from other kite gear. No specialty machined parts. I want to make two more bars. One similar to Ozone's Contact Bar and one similar to the North Bar. Both have above the bar Cam cleats. The Ozone is interesting because it is simple. The North Bar is a little bit more complex, but, it has an adjustable stopper. Eventually, I will figure out which features I want/need and build a few bars with different line lengths.
I am looking for control bar parts to create these bars. If you have Control bar parts or a whole set up that has little or no future value, make me a fair offer and clean out your garage.
I have spent a lot of time in sail shops, but, I am not finding the hardware I need. They don’t carry the right size/weight SS rings and other hardware. I miss Doc Freemans.