Re: Coker crank length
In message “Re: Coker crank length”, unicycleSourceUK wrote…
>> Sometime ago I think there was a discussion about the optimal crankarm
>> length for Cokers. I missed the details and would like to know what the
>> conclusions of this were.
>> Yesterday, I changed my crankarms from the original 6" to 5.5", and I feel
>> that on the whole it is easier to handle and is especially comfortable for
>> long distances on smooth roads.
>Definately smoother on shorter cranks, I have not found it harder on hills
>with shorter cranks though. I must say my favourate is 110 cranks on my Coker.
>It is soooooo smooooooth
Are you sure about that number? My God, that’s only 4.3"!! You must either be a
lunatic (you are a member of the Loonies, right?) or a genious beyond your
times! (just joking, as I need not tell you).
How the frick can you start, stop, turn, and idle? Please, share these secrets
with us ordinary mortals so that we can achieve greatness too.
>> The disadvantage, if I can call it that, is that it is more difficult to
>> climb hills and do such maneuvers as one-foot idling, which I more or less
>> mastered using 6" cranks.
>I agree shorter cranks do reduce manoeverabolity, I don’t know if it does
>reduces ones ability to one foot idlinging because I cannot do it on a Coker!
But of course, because you use cranks way too short. It’s the chicken and
>I have problems idling it, I think it is that I am light weight and
No! It’s because your cranks are too short and you don’t have enough levrage.
>end up just being lifted out of the seat when I idle, then thown off! I tend
>to track stand when I wait for lights etc.
All this talk convinced that maybe I should take one more step towards The
Lunatic Way and try 5" cranks. Sarah tells me she uses them. I can imagine what
a breeze it would be to ride at high speed on a smooth road, but God forgive me
if I have tackle a steep hill or off-road trails.
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