RE: Coker calibrations
> Jack Halpern <email@example.com> wrote:
> : For a second I almost thought this may be serious!? Don’t
> laugh – there
> : is a reason. Nearly 20 years ago Floyd Crandall allegedly hit a momentary
> : speed of 51 kph on a 54" big wheel – I am not sure of the exact facts, but
> : I think John Foss knows the details.
> Ah, but I know how I managed that reading, and so does Michel, and michel now
> knows how my speedo works. I also know I was not in the saddle at the time,
> nor was michel. We were just playing about.
But Jack Halpern was telling of a time before computerized cyclometers were
available. So how was this speed recorded?
A little background for those that don’t know Floyd:
Floyd Crandall’s father Bernard was one of the founding members of the USA Inc.
He hosted the first USA “Nationals” (which we count as the second or third
convention, from events that were held before there was a USA Inc.). Floyd and
his brother Clyde, among other riders from the Pontiac Unicyclists, were some of
the top riders of their era. Floyd was basically the top male unicyclist of the
70’s. He used to win most of the races (and artistic events), and in 1980 was
flown to Japan to set a 100 meter record for a Guinness TV special. He did this,
and established the first 100 meter unicycle record for the Guinness Book.
This stood until 1987 when I broke it, again in Japan. Floyd was always an
inspiration and role model to me as a competitor. It was important to me to
learn from his example and be a good role model as well. Hopefully I have
Meanwhile, Floyd did other amazing things in his day. His father built some big
wheels, and Floyd did a 100 mile attempt in 1980 also, I believe. But on his
heavy wagon wheel he was unsuccessful. I don’t doubt that speeds of 51 kph are
possible on a big wheel, but only at great personal risk (as well as risk to the
However I don’t know anything about this high speed ride. The speed listed
in kph suggests it was done when Floyd was in Japan, so any record of it
might exist in Japanese, or with people who were there including Sem and
Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com
“Riding a unicycle has NOTHING to do with physics.” - an unnamed engineer,
trying to help adults learn to ride