RE: Coker Challenge
> There are a large growing number of Coker enthusiasts who have nothing
> to gauge themselves by. I think its time to provide them with
> something. The 25K flat out and back time trial is a good start.
I agree. The first of many records for Coker enthusiasts to strive for.
The reason you don’t like Takayuki Koike’s 100 mile record is because it
wasn’t set on a Coker. What you need is a Coker 100 mile record to compare
with your own machines. Someone will do it sooner or later, but don’t expect
Guinness to care if it’s slower than 6:44.
As the audience of Coker riders grows, it is only a matter of time before
someone starts organizing races for them. We generally have a single road
race at the NAUCC or UNICON, but this is only one little event. I don’t
recommend using Cokers on an athletics track, as the lanes are too narrow
and I think the combination of the Coker tire and the tartan of a quality
track would make for too much friction. Plus the track is too small for
Coker speeds, and damage to tracks (and riders) would be more likely, making
it hard for the smaller unicycles to get permission to use them.
I also would like to see us move away from 24" racing, and am promoting a
change to 700c. But this is not intended as something to do instead of Coker
racing, just a more sensible wheel size for the track. Bigger wheels should
race on the road, and be thought of more in terms of bike racing than track.
Or on a velodrome, fine, but you still won’t get much out of those banks…
> BTW-If anyone is under the impression that 15 miles in 1 hour
> on a Coker
> is too easy than please be the first to record it. To my knowledge it
> has not been recorded by anyone yet, at least in an “out and back”
Somebody set a bunch of records in the late 1880s, I think, on a
penny-farthing front wheel of unknown size. He got just under 15 miles in
one hour, I believe. He also established times for 1-14 miles, which were
probably records at that time. But since his wheel was probably bigger than
a Coker, maybe his times weren’t that amazing after all…
Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
“This unicycle is made all from lightweight materials. But it uses a lot of
them.” – Cliff Cordy, describing the very heavy new prototype unicycle he
brought on the Downieville Downhill