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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby Starsky » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:46 pm


I would add, that pretty much EVERYTHING is about technique when it comes to your back.

Proper full range of motion squat mechanics. Simple stuff that only a tiny percentage of the populations bother to pay attention to.

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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby tomatkins » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:40 pm

I don't think that bending over to put pressure on the "down-stroke" is bad for the lower back... but bending over and pulling up against the resistance of the pump on the "up-stroke" is what may be straining the back.

Therefore, it might solve all your back issues if you simply unscrew the top of the pump and peal off the little round rubber flap of the "up-stroke" valve... and by doing this, you will disable the up-stroke pressure and only compress air on the down-stroke.

Since you will then work the pump "faster", the overall time it takes to pump up a kite will not be much longer and your back will thank you.

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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby NYKiter » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:04 pm

B A D A S S ! !

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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby plummet » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:59 pm

Don't you guys bend your knees when pumping?

I do half my pumping with straight arms using my legs and the other half with my arms.

With a higher pump you can only use arms. Surely that's harder work?

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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby L0KI » Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:57 pm

I bend over, pump with my arms, keep my back and legs however they were when I bent over to grab the handle.
I'm 55 years old and have not been to a gym in 20+ years.
Not sure what is going wrong with so many mens backs, but pumping a kite is just not very hard work.
How do so many kiters surf waves and jump airstyle and do wake tricks and all that crap, and then get sore pumping up a kite?
I am always confused when this conversation comes up.

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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby Westozzy » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:05 am

Head up and out, keep back straight, use the proper way to lift a heavy object. Simple biomechanics that we follow lifting any object, same thing.

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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby pj sofine » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:55 am

This thread is very helpful! Now we know who the ex windsurfers are :nono:

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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby CaptainArgh » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:55 am

pj sofine wrote:This thread is very helpful! Now we know who the ex windsurfers are :nono:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Very similar to "The Fuller Mega Pump" that The Kiteboarder did a story on 4 years ago. Might give you some other ideas!

Full details in link below; ... kite-pump/
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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby Puetz » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:56 am

... pumping slowly but deliberately works best for me along with bent knees, and keeping the back straight. And pumps last longer too, the seals don't heat up and fail on you,,, reminds me of a story,,, young bull and old bull standing at the top of the paddock looking down on all the cows,,, young bull says lets run down and ride one,,,, old bull says no, lets walk down and ride 'em all. !!! :D

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Re: Pump mod for old guys

Postby knot_moving » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:21 am

I just saw a bravo hand pump - looked LOTS more durable and is taller like this one. pump hose was better material than normal and the air input has a filter on it to keep the sand out of the pump body. Looks like its setup to be able to be taken apart and cleaned / lubricated too.
Just hard to spend $80+ on a hand pump when I can get one for $12 that lasts the season!!

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