coker crank length

I’ve enjoyed very much the dispatches posted from the ride through western
europe, and am very envious of your trip. Congratulations to all on the
accomplishment and what appears to be whopping good time … I imagine
if I had known of it I would have begged for a slot. Thanks very much for
the running commentary.

I’d like to change my coker cranks. I’m looking at the following :::

  1. Savage 4inch cotterless

  2. Savage 5inch cotterless I’m assuming both of these are the rectangular
    section chrome plated casting we usually see in a crank.

  3. Savage 140mm (5.5”) Alloy, in aluminum color. This is a flat-ish
    looking crank and must be some flavor of aluminum. (Diet Coke, perhaps,
    or Qingdao beer.)

Which one (s) do I want???

Jack


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I believe the length of cranks depends heavily on where you’re riding.
Cokers come with 6", which I think are good to start out with. Once you’re
comfortable with that, shorter cranks might be nicer. I currently have 5"
cranks, and could not imagine using anything longer.

I do live in a relatively flat area, though. There are hills, and some of
them moderately steep, but they don’t last long. If you have a lot of long
hills (where the hill continues for a long distance, even if not terribly
steep) you’d probably want a slightly longer crank.

Also worth consideration, most of my riding is along one road (not a lot
of turning) with very few stop signs, or traffic lights. If you go through
an area where you have to do more stopping, slowing, or turning, you might
want to consider longer cranks.

As for the type of cranks to buy, I recommend inexpensive steel. Steel is
strong (and I don’t think the cranks are a major source of weight when you
consider the weight of the wheel), and you’re not terribly likley to break
them. They also have the advantage of being cheap. Also, consider, if
you’re not sure what length you want, you may go through a few pairs in
the process of deciding.

hope that helps, Jeff Lutkus

> I’ve enjoyed very much the dispatches posted from the ride through
> western europe, and am very envious of your trip. Congratulations to all
> on the accomplishment and what appears to be whopping good time … I
> imagine if I had known of it I would have begged for a slot. Thanks very
> much for the running commentary.
>
> I’d like to change my coker cranks. I’m looking at the following :::
>
> 1. Savage 4inch cotterless
> 2. Savage 5inch cotterless I’m assuming both of these are the
> rectangular section chrome plated casting we usually see in a crank.
>
> 3. Savage 140mm (5.5”) Alloy, in aluminum color. This is a flat-ish
> looking crank and must be some flavor of aluminum. (Diet Coke,
> perhaps, or Qingdao beer.)
>
> Which one (s) do I want???
>
> Jack
>
>
>
>
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It REALLY depends on your riding. I have switched down from 6" to 5.5
(140mm), but can’t go any lower due to steep hills. I did notice that
since I switched, my daily max speed is always 1/2 or 1mph higher.
Go as short as you can which might be 4, 5, or even 6". I am doing
a big climb (about 3000’ up) in October and will definitely switch
back to 6" for that.

—Nathan

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>
> I’ve enjoyed very much the dispatches posted from the ride through
> western europe, and am very envious of your trip. Congratulations to all
> on the accomplishment and what appears to be whopping good time … I
> imagine if I had known of it I would have begged for a slot. Thanks very
> much for the running commentary.
>
> I’d like to change my coker cranks. I’m looking at the following :::
>
> 1. Savage 4inch cotterless
> 2. Savage 5inch cotterless I’m assuming both of these are the
> rectangular section chrome plated casting we usually see in a crank.
>
> 3. Savage 140mm (5.5”) Alloy, in aluminum color. This is a flat-ish
> looking crank and must be some flavor of aluminum. (Diet Coke,
> perhaps, or Qingdao beer.)
>
> Which one (s) do I want???
>
> Jack

I’m not an experienced Coker rider. I have 6.5" cranks on my 45" Unicycle
Factory big wheel. But I enjoyed very much riding a Coker with 5" cranks
in the marathon at NUC. I think 5" works well for cruising, but would be a
little short for lots of hills or riding in crowded places.

My suggestion is to try the 5" first, and see what you think. If you want
to go even shorter, get the 4". This will at least give you a chance to
get used to the shorter crank ride.

Enjoy, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com

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