How do I measure for the correct size aerial lyra (aerial hoop)?
Begin by sitting in a chair. Have someone measure you from the seat of the chair to the top of your head. Then add three inches. If this is a lyra for a child/teen who is still growing, you may want to purchase a lyra that is 2" larger so they have room to grow into it. We measure our lyras from the inside diameter. A standard size lyra is 36".
What material is used in the aerial lyra?
We use a standard for the industry: 11 gauge 1" steel tubing. What separates our lyra from others is that our tabs are made in-house with 1/2" solid steel. We then sink the tab into the lyra before welding for extra durability.
How should I rig my aerial lyra?
Please consult a professional rigger as there are many ways to do rigging dependent on the situation. Make sure all rigging hardware is above 18 kN (kiloNewton)-- the kN will be stamped on all certified hardware. We recommend using a sealed ball-bearing certified swivel for single point rigged lyra.
Should I get a single or double tab aerial lyra?
Personal preference. A double tab can be rigged to be "static" meaning it goes to two rigging points and cannot turn. A static lyra can be thought of as a traditional trapeze style. Some people even prefer a flat top lyra for more of a trapeze feel (we can make these as well). Double tab lyras can also be rigged to a single point allowing for the lyra to spin. The most common lyra is single tab attached to a single point with a swivel.
Should I tape my aerial lyra? Do you tape them?
Again, personal preference. Many like the feel of bare metal (we clear coat all of our bare metal to prevent rust). Other customers prefer the feel of a taped grip. For some, it can be a matter of aesthetics (we personally love the look of bare metal). We will wrap your lyra for an extra charge of $30 and have a variety of colors to choose from depending on what's in stock. If you are set on a certain color and we don't have it in stock, we can order it --please allow for a longer turn around time as we will have to wait on the tape to arrive ourselves.
DIY: Start at around 5 o'clock and wrap clockwise to the tab. Start again at 7 o'clock and wrap counter-clockwise. This will give you a double wrap where the most wear will be. It will also keep the tape from rolling over itself when sliding your hands down while on the lyra. Try to wrap halfway over previous wrap and make sure tape is tight for a clean look.