Coker convert

Barry has very kindly lent me his Coker big one for a few weeks and I LOVE IT.
My neighbours have got used to unicycles by now but the Big One got me few odd
looks, that wheel is HUGE. I’m not tall either and the saddle comes up to my
tits when I stand next to it. After pottering around the car park for a bit I
felt the need to go further and rode down to the tow path cycle way to take it
for a spin. Boy can those things move, I glided along feeling 7 feet tall,
having to duck going under bridges, overtaking two wheelers and scattering
pigeons to the four winds. I’m in love and looking forward to payday.Just need
to crack free mounting tidily now.

sarah

RE: Coker convert

>I’m not tall either and the saddle comes up to my tits when I stand
>next to it.
>
Can you say that on this newsgroup?!!

<g>

hugh

RE: Coker convert

On Thursday, March 25, 1999 7:47 PM, Nathan Hoover
[SMTP:nathan@paper2net.com] wrote:
> Oh yeah! Just got mine a couple of weeks ago. Although I would’ve preferred
> (and paid for) higher quality construction, it is good enough and it really
> moves. I call it my commuter-machine. I found mounting to be easy since there
> is so much momentum, you can just jump right up and pedal away.

After riding Roger’s at the weekend, I am (almost) a man obsessed. I could
easily ride as fast (and faster) on it as my fiancee does on her bike, which
might make our rides together a little less frustrating for me.

I hadn’t really expected to be able to free mount or hover without a lot of
practice, but after a few goes it was easy. This has to be the most practical
one wheeled commuting machine ever produced.

There’s just one concern if I do get one. How easy is it likely to be (long
term) to get hold of those monster tyres and tubes?

Danny Colyer danny@mos.clara.net (remove socks to reply) A mite teed off because
he didn’t get to ride Roger’s diddy giraffe at the weekend. Will you bring it to
BMW Roger, pretty please?

RE: Coker convert

> >There’s just one concern if I do get one. How easy is it
> likely to be
> >(long term) to get hold of those monster tyres and tubes?

since the tires come from the manufacturer of the unicycle and they’re a tire
company, tires and tubes should always be available. But they will be more
expensive than the standard stuff. I expect the tires are well over US$50 but I
don’t know the price.

> Has anyone put on a cyclometer? If so, which did you use and were you able to
> set it for a 36" wheel, or did you have to go to 18"

Most of the cyclometers I’ve used are not settable beyond 28" or so. You
might be able to shop around for one that has the available parameters to set
it for 36".

> Some of us (hi Bruce & Lloyd) are thinking of trying some longer road rides on
> the Cokers, building up to a 100 mile ride. What’s the longest anyone here has
> ridden in a day? At 10mph (easy cruising speed), it

I’ve done 75k in March of Dimes rides, and 36 miles several times in the New
York City 5 Boro Bike Tour. Get a good seat…

Stay on top,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

RE: Coker convert

On Friday, April 16, 1999 11:33 PM, Foss, JohnX
[SMTP:johnx.foss@intel.com] wrote:

> since the tires come from the manufacturer of the unicycle and they’re a tire
> company, tires and tubes should always be available…

I’m worried about having only one source of tyres. What happens if Coker decides
to stop making them? The same goes for the rims, though I’m sure I could find
someone to make a 36" rim if it came to it.

Danny Colyer danny@mos.clara.net Playing devil’s advocate because he can’t spare
the money anyway.

RE: Coker convert

Hugh Allison <HAllison@CWholesale.com> jokingly writes:

>> I’m not tall either and the saddle comes up to my tits when I stand
>> next to it.
>>
> Can you say that on this newsgroup?!!

If you can’t say “tits”, you can’t say “the government has great tits”.

(with apologies to Lenny Bruce)

Re: Coker convert

Sarah,

> Barry has very kindly lent me his Coker big one for a few weeks and I LOVE IT.
> My neighbours have got used to unicycles by now but the Big One got me few odd
> looks, that wheel is HUGE. I’m not tall either and the saddle comes up to my
> tits when I stand next to it.

You always were a speed merchant, You are not the only recent convert, Miark has
just ordered one. We will need to have a Coker ride at the BMW, super fast
through deep muddy puddles and avoiding the very steep hills.

Cheers

Roger

Re: Coker convert

Oh yeah! Just got mine a couple of weeks ago. Although I would’ve prefered (and
paid for) higher quality construction, it is good enough and it really moves. I
call it my commuter-machine. I found mounting to be easy since there is so much
momentum, you can just jump right up and pedal away.

—Nathan

Sarah Miller wrote in message …
>Barry has very kindly lent me his Coker big one for a few weeks and I LOVE IT.
>My neighbours have got used to unicycles by now but the Big One got me few odd
>looks, that wheel is HUGE. I’m not tall either and the saddle comes up to my
>tits when I stand next to it. After pottering around the car park for a bit I
>felt the need to go further and rode down to the tow path cycle way to take it
>for a spin. Boy can those things move, I glided along feeling 7 feet tall,
>having to duck going under bridges, overtaking two wheelers and scattering
>pigeons to the four winds. I’m in love and looking forward to payday.Just need
>to crack free mounting tidily now.
>
>sarah

Re: Coker convert

Hugh Allison wrote in message
<CC0FF1CF6C4D2119CC800A0C9E956500343E9@cwmail.cwholesale.com>…

> >I’m not tall either and the
>> saddle comes up to my tits when I stand next to it.

>Can you say that on this newsgroup?!!

I think she did!

&lt;G

Re: Coker convert

Sarah Miller wrote in message …
>Barry has very kindly lent me his Coker big one for a few weeks and I LOVE IT.
>My neighbours have got used to unicycles by now but the Big One got me few odd
>looks, that wheel is HUGE. I’m not tall either and the saddle comes up to my
>tits when I stand next to it.

So, you're saying if I stand in front of one, the saddle is right where
your... oh, never mind. &lt;eg&gt;

>After pottering around the car park for a bit I felt the need to go further
>and rode down to the tow path cycle way to take it for a spin. Boy can those
>things move, I glided along feeling 7 feet tall, having to duck going under
>bridges, overtaking two wheelers and scattering pigeons to the four winds. I’m
>in love and looking forward to payday.Just need to crack free mounting tidily
>now. sarah

Sarah, this is the &gt;36"&lt; Coker, right? Disregarding my previous pun, how
high is the seat in it's lowest position? I'm a bit short (and short
legged), standing at 5'5". I'm curious if I could ride one of these without
having to treat it as a "giraffe" for someone my size?

-Allan “UniCoastie” Gaines North Carolina, USA

Re: Coker convert

Danny Colyer wrote:

> On Thursday, March 25, 1999 7:47 PM, Nathan Hoover
> [SMTP:nathan@paper2net.com] wrote:
> > Oh yeah! Just got mine a couple of weeks ago. Although I would’ve preferred
> > (and paid for) higher quality construction, it is good enough and it really
> > moves. I call it my commuter-machine. I found mounting to be easy since
> > there is so much momentum, you can just jump right up and pedal away.
>
> After riding Roger’s at the weekend, I am (almost) a man obsessed. I could
> easily ride as fast (and faster) on it as my fiancee does on her bike, which
> might make our rides together a little less frustrating for me.

I ride regularly with several friends on bikes, the speeds are very similar
except for down hills where I get left miles back. But there again going up the
hills I have to wait for them at the top. Over-all it is pretty even.

> There’s just one concern if I do get one. How easy is it likely to be (long
> term) to get hold of those monster tyres and tubes?

I need to know this as well, my tyre is seriously wearing now. My guess is
that it would depend on deliveries to the UK and from what I remember it was
every 2 months.

> A mite teed off because he didn’t get to ride Roger’s diddy giraffe at the
> weekend.

That is amazing, I thought everyone and their aunt rode the little giraffe. I
seamed to spend a lot of time trying to find it, as it kept disappearing off
somewhere.

> Will you bring it to BMW Roger, pretty please?

It lives in the car, so yes. It doesn’t exactly take up much space.

Roger

Re: Coker convert

Danny Colyer wrote in message <01BE87F1.123FED00.danny@mos.clara.net>…
>On Thursday, March 25, 1999 7:47 PM, Nathan Hoover
>[SMTP:nathan@paper2net.com] wrote:
>> Oh yeah! Just got mine a couple of weeks ago. Although I would’ve preferred
>> (and paid for) higher quality construction, it is good enough and it really
>> moves. I call it my commuter-machine. I found mounting to be easy since there
>> is so much momentum, you can just jump right up and pedal away.
>
>After riding Roger’s at the weekend, I am (almost) a man obsessed. I could
>easily ride as fast (and faster) on it as my fiancee does on her bike, which
>might make our rides together a little less frustrating for me.
>
>I hadn’t really expected to be able to free mount or hover without a lot of
>practice, but after a few goes it was easy. This has to be the most practical
>one wheeled commuting machine ever produced.
>
>There’s just one concern if I do get one. How easy is it likely to be (long
>term) to get hold of those monster tyres and tubes?

I haven’t called the Coker people to see what a new tire or tube costs - it’s
not listed on their website separately. But I’m not worried.

I have a couple of other questions now that I’ve ridden it more:

Has anyone put on a cyclometer? If so, which did you use and were you able to
set it for a 36" wheel, or did you have to go to 18" and double the readings?

Quite a few of the spokes on mine needed tightening. But the nipples are way
larger than any of my spoke wrenches (I measured 4.05mm). Has anyone found a
spoke wrench that fits? I just used an adjustable wrench which worked ok.

Some of us (hi Bruce & Lloyd) are thinking of trying some longer road rides on
the Cokers, building up to a 100 mile ride. What’s the longest anyone here has
ridden in a day? At 10mph (easy cruising speed), it would be about 10 hours of
riding to go 100 miles - might need a more comfy seat…

                               Have fun,
                                 Nathan

Re: Coker convert

Nathan Hoover wrote:

> Quite a few of the spokes on mine needed tightening. But the nipples are way
> larger than any of my spoke wrenches (I measured 4.05mm). Has anyone found a
> spoke wrench that fits? I just used an adjustable wrench which worked ok.

I used a small spanner (wrench) that I had about, but I have found since in my
old tool box a spoke key for my old motorbike and it fits perfectly. It is an
old pressed steel one in a square with a zink coating. I believe they are still
on sale in the UK.

Cheers

Roger

Re: Coker convert

>
>> >I’m not tall either and the
>>> saddle comes up to …

My 24" Schwinn is that high compared to my grandmother’s stature. Maybe we
should use a more stationary reference height <Grin> although it does make for
great covert conversation.

Re: Coker convert

Joe Mayers wrote:
> it does make for great covert conversation.

So is this covert Coker convert conversation?

Regards, Mark.

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Re: Coker convert

>> it does make for great covert conversation.
>
>So is this covert Coker convert conversation?
>
We could change to a covert Coker convert conversation, considering the concesus
of current co-authors dont’ give a hoot. Concur?