I did it. I sold the Coker. It was not an easy decision, and if money were not an issue I’d have kept it, but I’ve done it.
I’m still weighing all the options, but I’ll be getting a 29"er to replace the Coker. At the LBI Unithon I was able to have a quick go on Dave’s (uni57) Yuni 29" uni and I liked it. With a 200MM seatpost, I can freemount and idle and it is soooooooooo light. I’ve never owned a unicycle that weighs less than a 20" Schwinn.
What I’ll give up in speed will, in my opinion, be more than made up for, given the type of riding I do all but once a year, in control.
Given the number of riders at the Unithon it was easy to sell and for me and the buyer avoiding the hassles of shipping was a blessing.
Please, I did not finance the tattoo with the sale of the Coker. sendhair, as I’m sure he’ll tell you was simply engaging in a bit of humorous speculation and did not mean to suggest that it was in any way factual. The tattoo was an extravagence and experience which my wife and I shared. The proceeds from the Coker will be going directly to the purchase of another unicycle.
Sofa, given some of our previous exchanges, I’m touched that you’d say this. Thanks. But be assured, I’ll probably be riding more as a result of this trade. Just not as fast.
Can’t say as I blame you. Cokers are big and heavy, and no small feat for anyone to ride,(muchless anyone under 5’6"). They are a pain to maintain and you need a safe place to ride them. I am looking at the twentynine inch unis in the catalog with utter lust, and one will be mine shortly. The Coker will not be sold, no matter how furious it makes me during repair sessions.
I want the 29er for trail riding. I tried cokering on trails and the beast is just now learning to breathe again. I wrote Mike and asked him about his Pashley, he gave it a fair critique. After you get your Yuni would you be so kind as to give it a review?
I’m going to go home, put the seat on, and see if I’ve finally dished the Big Wheel back into straight. carjug
I can’t believe what I’m hearing!! There are some people out there who actually DON’T like cokers??? I have a good home for retired cokers. Anyone out there thinking of getting rid of them, I will salvage it for about £50 or less. maybe.
I am 5’4" and I can ride my coker perfectly well (well not by most ppl’s standards of “well”, but by mine :))
The coker is a gift from the onewheeled god in the sky and must be worshiped by all! None of your pathetic 29ers, slow, too light, no momentum, the list is endless.
All must worship the coker!! All of you damn it!
Ok, you can ignore me if you want to. I am just very high on caffeine and I love my coker.
I hear ya, foolish. It blows my mind as well. All the Muni and everything i do, if I could only have one, there’s a VERY good chance it would be the Coker.
Those who don’t like it may not have taken the time to master it. It has one wheel, and a seat. It is unlike any unicycle in all other respects. You need to relearn riding. I have absolutely 100% mounting success with the Coker. It takes practice and dedication (although, not really that much, I found) and an alternate riding style.
It may not be for everyone, but I certainly would recommend everyone taking a few months to master it before they make their decision. Lots of people want one, so if you buy it, you will probabyl sell it, should you want to.
Ok, now Mr Foolish, let me ask you a question, please. And perhaps you can answer when you’ve come down from your caffeine rush.
I’m 5’4" as well and I ride (or should I say “rode”) my Coker perfectly well, too. That is on flat(ish) ground. And then there’s the whole mounting issue.
How do you mount and do you feel comfortable mounting, say, on a narrow path or in traffic and being able to control your direction well enough on a mount? I can (or should I say “could”) mount the Coker way more often that not, but usually ride off several feet in some other direction than I intended before readjusting. That is, of course, unacceptable on a narrow path or worse, with traffic nearby. This was my primary reason for trading the Coker for a 29"er.
Cokers are the hot tubs of unicycles. Ahhhhhh… yes…
R E L A X I N G
You can kick back and pump energy into the big wheel without being bothered by that hole ‘balancing’ thang, freeing your mind up to take in the sights.
Just as comfortable as those 2 wheeled contraptions in traffic, you cut a big enough profile to be recognised by other traffic as a vehicle.
…however, me thinks they will always be a bear to mount up-hill.
Going as fast as a Coker on a 29’er is franetic and requires more concentration. Going at a moderate speed on a 29’er will get you there a good bit before a 24, though… and allows for better socializing with smaller wheeled people. Blue Shift was a wierd mix- one moment a casual stroller that you could idle and get around a bit faster- the next an adrenaline junkies dream. For now, me thinks to go fast on one wheel in comfort a 29’er just wont do…
You’re going to love the 29’er Raphael; fast, light and very agile.
I’ve got a very thin road tire on mine and with its yellow powder coated frame it is so the ‘road bike’ of uni’s! I put tons of kilometres on it every week commuting to and from work. I ride it more than any of my other uni’s. I ride it on bike lanes, in areas crowded with people and cars and down quiet paths… its all good.
Versatile, fast, sweet to ride… yeah, you’ll love a 29’er.
Cokers can be big and heavy or quite light. I rode one last October that had
a carbon frame, seatpost, and a one piece carbon seat with integrated
Reeder-like handle). It felt like it weighed nothing. Maintenance is as easy
as any other cycle, and I know many people under 5’6" who ride them fine. I
ride mine anywhere I’d ride a bike. They are great on roads, fireroads and
not-too-technical singletrack. I guess you either love them or hate them.
To tell the truth, when I first got mine (April '99), I got on and promptly
fell off (to the ground). That happened 2 more times and I sort of stood
there holding it thinking “Can I send this @#^%@&! thing back?”. Lucky thing
I perservered. 4 years and 4 thousand miles later, some of my best rides
anywhere have been on Coker.
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> Can’t say as I blame you. Cokers are big and heavy, and no small feat
> for anyone to ride,(muchless anyone under 5’6"). They are a pain to
> maintain and you need a safe place to ride them. I am looking at the
> twentynine inch unis in the catalog with utter lust, and one will be
> mine shortly. The Coker will not be sold, no matter how furious it makes
> me during repair sessions.
> I want the 29er for trail riding. I tried cokering on trails and the
> beast is just now learning to breathe again. I wrote Mike and asked him
> about his Pashley, he gave it a fair critique. After you get your Yuni
> would you be so kind as to give it a review?
> I’m going to go home, put the seat on, and see if I’ve finally dished
> the Big Wheel back into straight. carjug