Todd and Corky,
Well the thread has wandered far and wide as is often the case with us. Hopefully in addition to the feedback on your frames and hubs, it’s also helpful for you to know what kind of heat we’re packing when we’re out enjoying our Big Ones.
One thing that’s been mentioned a few times in this thread is how the Coker has really changed the face of unicycling, and created a whole new category–distance unicycling–that just wasn’t feasible with the hard-tired big wheels. Since you seem to be willing to invest some time in getting a deeper understanding, I thought it might be helpful to gather together some links to some of the bigger rides, riders, and events that the Coker tire has helped enable. You’ll see it’s helped some people push themselves to almost superhuman achievements (aspenmike), while others have combined unicycling and ambassadorship on extended country tours, or helped raise significant money for charity organizations.
I’m sure there will be others I’ll miss, but I’ve tried to include the ones that were most inspiring to me as I’ve tried to increase my own skill and distance. In the process of reading them, you’ll be introduced to some of your most serious product users.
Lars Claussen’s USA Tour: you’re probably aware already. Still the longest single tour on record.
Norwegian Unicycle Tour: a long distance unicycle ride starting in Trondheim, Norway and ending in Bodø, Norway. Ten riders went a total distance of 601 miles.
UniTours: One stop shop for info on the BIG distance rides like Norway. Includes links to this year’s Alps Unicycle Tour and several others, plus write-ups on equipment, profiles of some of the major distance riders, and lots and lots of photos of Cokers in interesting places, including above the Arctic Circle.
Thread discussing people that have completed 100 mile Coker rides.
One Hour World Record Ride:World Record attempt on a geared up, outrageous custom Coker.
Seattle to Portland on a Coker (200+ miles in two days)
Unicycling Around Lake Tahoe: Two threads about one of the more picturesque rides in the country.
Why do you distance cycle?: Somebody asked, lots of bodies answered. May find some good insight into your customer base.
Cokering in skateparks: One guy has been pushing the boundaries here…Cokering on vertical ramps, bowls, etc. Here’s one thread with a video, but you could search on him and you’d find many more.
Ultra Achievement - Durango Challenge: Skip to page 3 for the write up of this epic ride by Aspenmike, one of the top mountain/endurance riders.
Aspen-Snowmass Cancer Ride: Another epic ride and write-up from Aspenmike, benefit for charity.
California Coast Classic: Scot Cooper did a 520 mile ride for charity.
Ken Looi’s 24 Hour and 100 Mile Record Ride: which also happened to benefit charity.
Tour de YoopRide planned next summer to raise funds for charity.
Laos Unicycle Tour: Upcoming tour to raise money for charity. Also has a link to the details on last year’s tour.
Distance Ride for Multiple Sclerosis: Thread on a ride I did this summer to raise funds for MS. First unicycle in the Washington ride, and ended up #13 out of 750 in fundraising.
Ride to raise money for AIDS
There are many others. Perhaps some folks will post links to their favorite Cokering threads.