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Starting the sport without any knowledge?


Powerkiteshop’s trained staff who all fly kites are always keen to help you, but first, check out our most commonly asked questions to get you started.


If you have a question that hasnt been answered here - you can simply call us on Telephone 0121 544 9514 and we will be pleased to hear your query!




What is a Kite Buggy?

How does a Kite Buggy work?

I am a beginner to kite buggying - which is best for me?

Why would I need to worry about downtube adjustment?

Why should I buy a Wide Rear Axle?

What kite can I learn to kite buggy with?

4-Line Handles or Control Bar?

Are Big Tyres best?

Do I need a Harness?

Do I need safety gear?

Should I fit footstraps to my buggy?



What is a Kite Buggy?


Kite Buggying at PowerkiteshopA Buggy is a three-wheeled cart often with its frame made of stainless steel.

Pilot skill can make it capable of achieving speeds of over 60mph and all manner of tricking and manoeuvring.


It is one of many ways of using a power kite as a form of traction to move about.



How does a Kite Buggy Work?


Kite Buggying at PowerkiteshopThe basic principles of Kite Buggying are easy to grasp with kite experience. A lot of technical theory is not a requirement.


The front wheel is steered by the pilot's feet, leaving the hands free to control the kite. With practice you can steer the kite and buggy in any direction, even upwind.


Manoeuvring the kite will enable you to pick up speed, steer, perform tricks, slow down and stop, even in a low wind.

For more information on how-to kite buggy - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>


I am a beginner to Kite Buggying - which is best for me?


Kite Buggying at Powerkiteshop Decide what kind of rider you think you'll be, Freestyler or Racer.

Freestyle buggies are good for recreational, blasting up and down the beach or even moving on to big air tricks. They are light, shorter, compact, very manoeuvrable, have low maintenance and will fit into the rear of most cars.


Racing buggies are usually slightly heavier, more stable with longer back axles, sideframes and a deeper seat with backrest for long buggy durations.


Consider yourself - Weight and Height


We’re all different sizes, heavier or stronger pilots may require a heavier and stronger designed buggy. Even lighter weight pilots may require stronger buggies for doing more extreme buggy tricks. If you are not comfortable in the buggy it spoils your fun and capability.


Leg room on most buggies is adjustable. Some buggy designs are limited in design but most have some form of modification available to enhance either comfort or manoevrability.


For people with previous kite flying experience and looking to get involved in kite buggying - check out the suitable options below:



For more information on how-to kite buggy - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>


Why would I need to worry about downtube adjustment ?


Kite Buggying at PowerkiteshopShortening:
Makes the wheel base shorter and brings your feet closer to your body, this effectively moves your overall centre of gravity forward in relation to the buggy. This gains manoeuvrability, moves like 180’s, 360’s spins and wheelies become easier.


You can get more stability by lengthening the downtube. This is worth considering to avoid tipping over in strong gusty conditions or when carrying out high speed runs where safety is paramount. Ensure you are still in full control of the steering following any lengthening modification.


For more information on how-to kite buggy - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>


Why should I buy a wide rear axle?


Kite Buggying at PowerkiteshopWide axles are a good investment especially if you are looking to do speed runs or possibly racing. The wider axle will give you better traction and stability against the kite and give you better upwind capability.


You will notice the difference the moment you put one on. Most buggies have this modification as an option.


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For more information on how-to kite buggy - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>


Are Big Tyres Best?


Flexifoil Peter Lynn Libre Buggy Buggies Standard Wheels Tyres Rims Extra Wide BigfootStandard Tyres:
Standard Tyres Size will be favourite for 90% of us. They work really well on most terrain except for particularly soft continous sand.


Rolling resistance is at a minimum and their lightness provides manouevrabilty and ease of use.


Some tyres are tubeless for lightness but all wheels, tubes, tyres and bearings are serviceable.


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Wide Tyres:

Wide tyres are slightly heavier and have greater rolling resistance and will initially slow you down but their advantages give greater lateral traction if conditions are dry and will glide over the occassional sand drift.


They excel on tarmac and the extended track width enable better upwind capability and general stability.


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Bigfoot Tyres:

Bigfoot type tyres are usually heavier and bigger diameters raise your centre of gravity and can make a small buggy unstable.


Their advantage is when terrain changes to softer drifted sand dunes where a smaller or thinner tyre would just sink and halt a buggy.


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For more information on how-to kite buggy - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>


What kite can I learn to Buggy with?


Kite Buggying Kites at Powerkiteshop The Kite Buggy is just the craft we sit in and accelerate away on using the power of the wind and kite. There are no mechanical brakes and only the steering of your craft and the kite will halt you.


Emergency procedures can kill a kite’s power instantly.


Be aware that different kites of equal size can handle and lift very differently. It is far easier to learn with a smoother, predictable, steadier flying kite than a high performance kite.


Remember that some days the equipment you own just will not be suitable, the wind may be too strong to fly safely - any kite flown in too stronger wind can be dangerous. Some days the wind will be frustratingly light to achieve what you have set out to do. Limits either way may also be determined by pilot skill level.


For people with previous kite flying experience or looking to get involved in kite buggying, consider a 4-line kite between 3 - 4m in size for use in a majority of wind conditions. Check out the suitable options below:


For more information on how to kite buggy or kite landboard - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>



4-Line Handles or 4-Line Control Bar?


Power Kiting at PowerkiteshopFour Line handles are safe, precise and easy to use and give you the maximum manoeuvrability over your kite. Four line handles allow you to slow the kite down, stop it in mid-air, reverse the kite, park it on the ground and if it crashes on it's nose - reverse launch the kite back into the air. This makes them ideal for landboarding, buggying, snowkiting or flying recreationally.


Four line control bars usually have built-in safety systems enabling you to launch and land your kite on your own. The power of the kite is distributed across both arms for easier flying but at the same time, less control is available due to their overall setup.


Check out our range of 4-Line Handles and Control Bars >>


For more information on how to set-up and fly 4-line kites - check out the Power Kiting How-To Guide DVD >>


Do I need a Harness?


Kite Landboard Harnesses at PowerkiteshopA harness is used to take the strain off your arms, allow you to fly in stronger winds and reduce overall fatigue. A harness is not essential when you first start out.


Harnesses can be used for either 4-line handles or control bar. Depowerable kites require a harness to function correctly.


Simply find a harness that is comfortable for you - personal preference is the key.


Seat harnesses fit around the legs and lower back giving you lots of support and hip protection. These harnesses stop any chance of the harness riding up your body when the kite is overhead.


Waist harnesses fit around the lower back and abdomen giving you freedom of movement for technical manoeuvres.

For advice on selection call Telephone 0121 544 9514


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Do I need safety gear?


Kite Buggying Safety at PowerkiteshopSafety is paramount and kite buggying can be a dangerous sport.


It is recommended you wear a minimum of a helmet for all activities. Safety methods and devices are being reviewed and updated all of the time.


Kite Buggying Safety at Powerkiteshop

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safety gear for land use >>




For advice on selection call Telephone 0121 544 9514




Should I fit footstraps to my buggy?


Kite Buggying Safety at PowerkiteshopNot at the beginning. You will need to get in and out of the buggy easily and without restrictions when your first start out.


Only when you have been buggying for some time - will you know when you need them.


Check out our selection of kite buggying accessories >>


For advice on selection call Telephone 0121 544 9514





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