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jwajack



Joined: 26 Apr 1994
Posts: 157
Location: San Pedro, CA

PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jpbassking wrote:
I like the Roller Bar..but I thought it closed in '79??


If it didn't, you're gonna have to find some plus size skates if you want to go back and hang out. Weren't Hillary and Madeline A. on staff (and skates)? Laughing
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jordanwd



Joined: 20 May 2007
Posts: 158

PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Royce,
Reactor bar works well for me (hell "i've had this same one since 1998 or so..)...I'm at 200 # ..don't saila s radical as I did 10 years ago but evan then only tweaked the screw on the roller... 10 foot waves at Dport ...was that 2 days ago? if so check out some of these pics and see if yer in any of them... they were taken late though..right before the wind died off...

http://wetsands.smugmug.com/gallery/4506034_jiyDu#265261368
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
Posts: 13785

PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original Reactor bars could bend. The more recent ones (since the mid '90s) are stronger. I've used the same Reactor bar now for at least 6-8 years @190, in everything the Gorge can throw at us 8 months out of the year, preferring too much power, hooked in all day, and crashing as often as I possibly can. My very fast, back-looping, 240-pound stainless steel bud crashes HUGE all day 12/months out of the year and has used the same Reactor bar for years.

Besides, if I bent Reactor bars, I'd just buy 'em by the case, 'cause I wouldn't sail without one.

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victor



Joined: 03 Aug 1998
Posts: 543

PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had bad luck with the reactor bar (roller type) The roller itself broke twice. The screw came loose a few times and many times my harness line would just barely catch on the edge, hold until I got really powered up and then slip off. The device is a little more complicated than it has to be.

Went back to the hook type. One broke where the hook was welded. The hook stayed on, the bar broke.
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

victor wrote:
The screw came loose a few times and many times my harness line would just barely catch on the edge


Loctite. And I give the roller bolt a check with my fingertip every day, just like I flex and eyeball my rubber uni every time I rig.

That edge-catch is a PITA, all right, but I'm guessing the deeper roller with the narrower lip would prevent that. One of these years I might swap rollers and find out.

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