I would first like to thank the members of the forum for all of their advice. In building this bike, I drew from many personal experiances of many 36 inch Coker riders. It would have been difficult, if not impossible for me to do this wthout you. I know it’s off topic, but here’s the link if anyone’s interested. Thanks again,
A search found the thread you started about cutting the TA tire: 36" Wheels TA tire converstion. I had missed that thread before. Very neat. The TA tire is more grippy than you would expect from a slick once you wear through or rub off the outer skin on the rubber.
I think it’s going to be cool. With any luck, we can get a standard established, therefore eliminating the tire/rim fiascos of late. I think it will benefit everyone. Thanks for the replies, oh, and it is the most fun bike to ride I own!
I built it mainly for the fun of it. It was a huge challenge in terms of design, as many factors are very different with wheels the large. For riding, I did it for the same reason people ride 36" unicycles, they are just cool. The have certain technical advantages, but hey, they’re just really just fun to ride. As a unicycle this is a practical matter, the bigger wheel, the faster you go, (over simplified of course.) On a bike, it is a bit of a novelty, but a great fun one at that.
I will be using it offroad. Nothing too crazy, but it will be a lot of fun.
I used a Surly single speed rear disc hub for the front wheel, and a Profile Racing 6 spd rear in the back. These are both 135mm wide at the axles, similar to most Uni hubs. This is why the spokes work out so well. The hubs are normal rear hubs, it is a little odd to use them on the front as well, but not that different.