Re: Coker Questions
> Thinking of getting a Cycle Computer for my new (brag) Coker.
Congratulations on getting a Coker! They are great unis for cruising around.
> The ones that I have looked at do not seem to allow for 36in wheels. Is there
> a particular Brand/Model that others have found works and/or how do you
> calibrate standard ones for the big wheel?
Most that I’ve seen can be set for a wheel with a circumference as high as 3000
mm. For a Coker, the setting can range from around 2780 to 2850 mm depending on
the air pressure in the tire, how much you weigh, how worn down your tire is and
other factors. You’ll want to do a roll (ride) out to see what setting would
work best for you.
When I went out searching for a computer for mine, I didn’t think I’d be able to
find one that could be set that high so I asked for an extra magnet just in
case. I ended up only needing the one.
Right now I got a Cateye Mity 3 cycle computer and it’s worked pretty nice, but
I haven’t put it on mine since the Unicycle Across Minnesota and now the cables
are messed up and the magnet is unaligned. Of course that’s the least of my
troubles since the axle is now broken (it’s nice having a spare Coker :-). I got
an estimated 2345 km on it before having to change the tire, bearings or axle.
To put a computer on the Coker, you’ll want to put the magnet so it’s 45° from
the bottom of the wheel when you idle and when you hop to avoid the computer
from reading it when hopping or idling.
I mounted my computer on the crown of the frame so that it can be read while
riding by looking down at it. Has anyone else here done that on the Coker? I
know that the Coker I mounted the computer on has more clearance for the tire
than all the others, so the strap to mount the computer cleared just fine for
me, but I’m not sure if it works on the others.
Another good way to mount it and still be able to read it while riding is to
mount it on a stem that sticks out from the seat post. Roger Davies did this on
his and put a thing on the end of it to control a brake.
> One of the positives of my Coker arriving is that I still have skin on one of
> my knees. The other one will heal no doubt but not so the seat. Aside from
> becoming more proficient and not falling off so often (actually only serious
> crash in which I tumbled only the road and various extremities and other parts
> of my body developed mild to serious ‘road rash’) is there any good advice
> about protecting my seat? I dont think that it will heal as well as my knee.
Once you get used to riding the Coker some more, you shouldn’t be falling too
much. I rarely fall while riding mine, but when I do, it’s usually not very
pretty (well, just the shoelace incident :-).
What kind of seat do you got on it? The viscount seat, which I think is what
comes on the Cokers, has the bumpers to protect it. If you’re really worried
about it, you can try to catch you’re uni, but save yourself first. The seat is
replaceable. You can also try to make your own seat bumpers (or even a seat) by
whatever means you might have (mine would be with composite materials).
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