On the weekend I was looking at my Coker wheelset which happened too be removed from the frame, and decided to try riding it like an ultimate wheel.
Surprisingly, it’s not harder than a smaller ultimate wheel, in fact I think it might be easier once you get used to it!! Definately it’s a lot faster and easier to ride on bumpier terrain due to the low rolling resistance.
I’m sure someone else must have tried this before, but it was still a really fun discovery. Anyone else here tried it?
Advice to all those wanting to try this -
Riding wasn’t that hard, mounting with 125mm cranks however was a little tricky to start with. I would try longer cranks for your first session. Rolling mounts were actually easier than starting from a static position using a post.
Okay I went out for a little 20 minute practise on my coker wheel. I’ve never tried an UW before today and it certainly is fun…and different. I can only go about 5m at the moment. I’m hoping to get the hang of it by the end of the day though. In answer to my question, no you don’t need grippy pedals, but pads help if your technique is as poor as mine currently is. I was amazed at how much the wheel can wobble and tilt side to side before you fall off. You can see it in the following pics.
For those wanting to try it here’s my advice. For the first few minutes it feels utterly impossible (well it did for me anyway) but then you’ll realise that you have to tilt the wheel quite a bit to the side of your rear pedal as it comes around…at least I do at the stage I’m at now.
Well maybe eventually. I was thinking of trying to jump on while it’s rolling along in a few days. I just got back from another 20 minute ride and did better this time. I went 35m a few times and found it’s easier down a hill but also easy to build up too much speed which can be a little bit scary. I also went backwards for two full revs which was great fun. I’m really enjoying this and I’m going to work on some tricks like 180 twists, etc eventually. Thanks for showing usa it’s possible on a regular coker Kris.