Coker Unicycle

I read that Coker Tires had one of their 36" unicycles at Monrovia. Could
someone who rode it comment? What is its craftmanship like?

Thanks,

David Maxfield Seattle

Re: Coker Unicycle

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Okay David, I’ll bite. Bear in mind that this is a personal opinion and needs to
be taken as such. I was there, and I rode the Coker Uni --twice. In construction
it looks very very much like an overgrown Sem
XL/ Cycle Pro. It is made in Tiawan, and has the same bearing holder design as
the XL, and the crown of a CP. The unit that he brought had a Viscount seat
(not the ball buster that’s in the picture). Can’t tell about the
axle/cranks quality, but have an idea. (In my opinion), the wheel is not as
well made as it should be --easy now! It doesn’t look as though it will take
much, if any abuse. If one should need a replacement tire-it’s gonna
cost-about $70. for the tire and $20. for the tube. On a whole, I was not
too impressed. On the road test, my legs were complaining. Given a completly
flat riding surface it might be acceptable, but we all know that that isn’t
reality. A partial incline or slight head wind and your gonna loose interest
fast! This baby will make you work. It does not deliver the ride or
manuverability of a good street uni. As a novilty, it’s just OK. As a
serious street uni, it don’t get it! As a possible Muni, not even possible!
Hope this is of some help. Mike

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I read that Coker Tires had one of their 36" unicycles at Monrovia. Could
someone who rode it comment? What is its craftmanship like?

Thanks,

David Maxfield Seattle

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Re: Coker Unicycle

Okay David, I’ll bite. Keep in mind that this is a personal opinion and need to
be taken as such. I was there, and I rode the Coker Uni – twice. In
construction, it looks very very much like an overgrown Sem XL / Cycle Pro. It
is made in Taiwan, has has the same bearing holder design as the XL, and the
crown of a Cycle Design. The unit that the company brought to the NUC had a
Viscount seat (not the ball buster that’s in the ad picture). Can’t tell about
the axle/cranks assy.,but have an idea. (In my opinion), the wheel is not up to
par – easy now! It doesn’t look as though it will take too much, if any,
abuse. If one should need a replacement tire -it’s gonna cost you- about $70.
and $20. for the tube. On the whole, I was not too impressed. On the road test,
my legs were complaining. Given a completly flat riding surface it might be
acceptable, but we all know that that isn’t reality. A partial incline or
slight head wind and your lose interest fast! It does not deliver the ride or
manuverability of a good street uni. As a novelty, it’s just OK. As a serious
street uni, it don’t get it! As a possible Muni, Not even! Hope this is of some
help, Mike (Ment to send this some time ago, but got a new -puter and didn’t
push all the right buttons!)

Re: Coker Unicycle

I talked with the folks at Coker Tire today, and learned that the shipping date
for their 36" unicycle is “up in the air.” They had anticipated shipping on
August 1, but now it may be as late as “the first of next year.”

Bummer. I may cancel my order.

David Maxfield Seattle

Re: Coker Unicycle

I talked with David Coker, who said that he thinks he has the
production/delivery schedule for the 36" Coker Unicycle back on track. He
expects to ship them by the end of August or September.

David Maxfield Seattle, WA

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Hi all, Mike Payne here, (eating alot of crow, right now). Wish I could have
another shot at riding that there Coker Big One. Damn, I should have checked the
tire pressure, as I’m very sure that that would have indead made all the
difference. The tire (though expensive) did look neat. If it has a good ride all
the other problems can be dealt with. I am sorry (sounding like Clinton, here)
for misrepresenting the Coker uni. Wish I could have another shot at riding it
with the proper tire preasure! I do think it’s a great concept and David
deserves alot of credit for his efforts. Mike

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Unidiver@webtv.net (Mike Payne) wrote:

>On the road test, my legs were complaining. Given a completly flat riding
>surface it might be acceptable, but we all know that that isn’t reality. A
>partial incline or slight head wind and your gonna loose interest fast! This
>baby will make you work. It does not deliver the ride or manuverability of a
>good street uni. As a novilty, it’s just OK. As a serious street uni, it don’t
>get it! As a possible Muni, not even possible!

The Coker I rode at the NUC had a underinflated tire (15 psi at most). It rode
exactly as Mike described above. However, after increasing tire inflation to
the tire’s 30 psi rating and adjusting the seat height, it was a joy to ride.
Very different from the hard wheel chair rubber big wheels! I’m definitely
getting one.

Sincerely,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com>

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RE: Coker Unicycle

> There’s a guy around here selling one for $800CD which is outrageous, but he’s
> down from 1K, so I guess that’s something.

Maybe it’s not a Coker? Sometimes I wonder if people get “big wheel” and Coker
confused. Big wheel unicycles have been around for at least 120 years. Cokers
have been around for 2.

I know a guy in the Ottawa area. I think his name is Guy Beasgour, who had a
custom made air tire big wheel (42"). It would be well worth that price if he
were selling it!

> Also, Coker Tire Company is the only company that produces the 36"
> unis, right?

They are the only makers of the 36" air tire. The rims are made special for that
tire, and the unicycles are assembled in Taiwan for Coker only. So far.

But Tom Miller has made 36" wheel unicycles, and other hand made ones may be
floating about. Isn’t eBay great? Now we can find all this stuff that otherwise
would just live in someone’s garage forever!

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“Sometimes there just aren’t enough rocks.” – Forrest Gump

RE: Coker Unicycle

Graham, My bike shop sells them new for $320- try coker’s web site
(www.coker.com) to find a dealer in your area. Assuming you’re in the US, that
shouldn’t be a major problem. Outside the US, I haven’t a clue about
availability, but try unicyclesource-US or UK. >unicycle.com

Coker is the only 36" manufacturer, although a Coker-derivative is being put
together. (higher price, lighter, better) Rideable Bicycle Replicas has other
big-wheel unis available, 42" and up, also more pricey and a harder,
non-pneumatic tire. For commuting use, though, the Coker is it. Pneumatic
comfort, unparallelled smoothness, sorta hill friendly. :slight_smile:

Hope this helps. Keep on riding! Jeremy

>RATS! I wanted one! I just missed that recent auction on eBay too…by /seven/
>dollars! LOL! Anyone else got one they’re willing to part with? There’s a guy
>around here selling one for $800CD which is outrageous, but he’s down from 1K,
>so I guess that’s something.
>
>Also, Coker Tire Company is the only company that produces the 36" unis, right?
>
>Thanks, Graham W. Boyes


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Re: Coker Unicycle

At 07:59 AM 8/5/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Okay David, I’ll bite. Keep in mind that this is a personal opinion and need to
>be taken as such. I was there, and I rode the Coker Uni – twice. In
>construction, it looks very very much like an overgrown Sem XL / Cycle
Pro. It
>is made in Taiwan, has has the same bearing holder design as the XL, and the
>crown of a Cycle Design. The unit that the company brought to the NUC had a
>Viscount seat (not the ball buster that’s in the ad picture). Can’t tell
about

The “ball buster” in the picture was only a prototype. They discussed seats with
John Foss, and I believe he suggested the Viscount seat, which they are will be
shipping the unicycle with.

>the axle/cranks assy.,but have an idea. (In my opinion), the wheel is not up to
>par – easy now! It doesn’t look as though it will take too much, if any,

I’m not so sure about this. I looked at it, and granted, it was not a high end
unicycle, but I’ve yet to see a high end commercial unicycle. This unicycle is
not expensive. For $300 you can’t complain. I really think the quality is good
enough. You won’t be riding this off curbs or jumping it etc. so it shouldn’t
need to take an incredible amount of abuse. The wheel is torqued pretty hard on
mounting due to the high wheel, but I think it will hold up. There were several
Big Wheel expert riders there like John Foss and Ken Fuchs who thought the
unicycle was great.

>abuse. If one should need a replacement tire -it’s gonna cost you- about $70.
>and $20. for the tube. On the whole, I was not too impressed.

Yikes, that’s pretty expensive. But its not much more expensive than getting a
wheel chair tire redone on a standard Tom Miller-like big wheel (which I need to
do with my big wheel).

>On the road test, my legs were complaining. Given a completly flat riding
>surface it might be acceptable, but we all know that that isn’t reality. A
>partial incline or slight head wind and your lose interest fast! It does not
>deliver the ride or manuverability of a good street uni. As a novelty, it’s

What you are describing is the standard big wheel experience. The price you pay
for being able to go much faster is less maneuverability, slower accelerating
and stopping times, and its hard to control on the hills. But it be ridden just
about anywhere (on pavement). I’ve ridden down and up some pretty big hills. The
great thing about a big wheel is the smoothness of the ride. It just feels
really good (and looks good) to ride a big wheel. The wheel is very stable due
its increased momentum. I was pretty happy with the cycle, and I’m glad Coker
made it. The inflated wheel beats the socks off the wheel chair tire type
wheels. I didn’t like it at first because the tire was way under-inflated. Ken
pumped it up for us, and man did that change things!! It is only rated for
32lbs, but it really needs more air than that. At 40 or 50 lbs, it works great.
The ride is very smooth and soft, which is nice compaired to the bumpier ride of
a wheel chair tire. Hopefully they will get it produced sometime soon! If I
could afford, I would definitely buy it.

Brett Bymaster http://shay.ecn.purdue.edu/~bymaster bymaster@purdue.edu

Re: Coker Unicycle

Unidiver@webtv.net (Mike Payne) wrote:

>On the road test, my legs were complaining. Given a completly flat riding
>surface it might be acceptable, but we all know that that isn’t reality. A
>partial incline or slight head wind and your gonna loose interest fast! This
>baby will make you work. It does not deliver the ride or manuverability of a
>good street uni. As a novilty, it’s just OK. As a serious street uni, it don’t
>get it! As a possible Muni, not even possible!

The Coker I rode at the NUC had a underinflated tire (15 psi at most). It rode
exactly as Mike described above. However, after increasing tire inflation to
the tire’s 30 psi rating and adjusting the seat height, it was a joy to ride.
Very different from the hard wheel chair rubber big wheels! I’m definitely
getting one.

Sincerely,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com

RE: Coker Unicycle

I have to go along with Ken’s comments (below). Ken has built his own set of big
wheels and owns 36", 40", 50" and 56". When we both lived in the same house, my
45" sort of completed the set. Ken offered me some early big wheel education
when I first visited his house in 1982, before I had mine.

When I first saw the Coker at NUC, the first thing I did was squeeze the tire.
Like kicking the tire on a car, it’s just one of those things you do. Especially
if you’ve gone through life on big wheels with hard tires! Also because many
people (especially bike shops and beginners) don’t put enough pressure in.

I immediately walked it over to my nearby car and pumped it up with my pump.
Even if the tire is rated at 30 psi it will probably handle more without a
problem. Let Coker tell you the limits there, but I usually run my tires at much
higher pressure than marked on them. This has seldom been a problem as long as
the tire is seated properly. This has worked with BMX and mountain bike tires on
20" thru 26" rims. But use caution on such a large rim, because the rules may be
a little different. Most likely using more than 30 psi will be considered at
your own risk.

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone


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Unidiver@webtv.net (Mike Payne) wrote:

>On the road test, my legs were complaining. Given a completly flat riding
>surface it might be acceptable, but we all know that that
isn’t
>reality. A partial incline or slight head wind and your gonna loose interest
>fast! This baby will make you work. It does not deliver the ride or
>manuverability of a good street uni. As a novilty, it’s just
OK.
>As a serious street uni, it don’t get it! As a possible Muni, not
even
>possible!

The Coker I rode at the NUC had a underinflated tire (15 psi at most). It rode
exactly as Mike described above. However, after increasing tire inflation to
the tire’s 30 psi rating and adjusting the seat height, it was a joy to ride.
Very different from the hard wheel chair rubber big wheels! I’m definitely
getting one.

Sincerely,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com