CokerChef

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Well, I finally got my Coker, after 3 years of hinting, nagging, and = spamming
my wife with newsgroup postings about how great they were. So = I open the box,
pull out the fork and tire, and look inside an empty = box- no pedals, seat,
post…nothing! =20

Fortunately, I have 5 more unis in the garage. So I extrapolated the =
pedals off my Sem, and the seat off my homemade giraffe and took off. = What
a blast!=20

Question- what kind of seat does the Coker come with? I am really = spoiled
now with the Sem Deluxe seat and inner tube cushion. Will a Sem = seat fit
on a Coker?

And yes- my wife called the folks at Unicycle.com and they are sending = out the
parts first thing Monday. They were very apologetic. They box = was intact from
what I could tell, they must not have been packed at the = factory- you just
can’t find good child labor in Taiwan these days!

Mike Bersell UniChef.com www.unichef.com unichef@unichef.com

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RE: CokerChef

If building your own giraffe…

> Then I found instructions on the internet that were made by someone who never
> rode a uni, much less built a giraffe. I tore those up.

Good advice. Thought the design of a non-rider might make an excellent cycle,
why take a chance? Use a design that has already resulted in good unicycles.

> The steel I used was too heavy. It is hard to pedal, especially uphill.

Heavy is something you should probably put up with on a home made. Try to make
it as light as a factory-built machine and you take a big risk of breakage. Tom
Miller’s home made giraffes are heavy, but pros around the world use them
because they can take the beatings of professional use.

> From being so heavy, every time I dropped it (which was a lot because I was
> just learning) it would slam down on the seat and post, putting stress on the
> joint just above the crank, which I have welded and reinforced 3 times.

Traditionally the weakest spot on a giraffe frame is the weld on top of the
crank barrel (as described above). If I were building one I would automatically
add gussets there; one in front and one in back of the joint. I wouldn’t want
that spot to break while I was riding…

Ride on, builders… John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

“I thought it was Memorial week!” - Austin Miller, 8, on being told he had to
get up for school on the Tuesday after Memorial Day

Re: CokerChef

Camilo-

I also looked for instructions on how to make a giraffe. I found some in a book
and tried that, but it did not turn out good, so I scrapped it.

Then I found instructions on the internet that were made by someone who never
rode a uni, much less built a giraffe. I tore those up.

I looked at the design of the Semcycle giraffe and patterned mine after that. A
few of the mistakes I made-

The steel I used was too heavy. It is hard to pedal, especially uphill.

>From being so heavy, every time I dropped it (which was a lot because I was
just learning) it would slam down on the seat and post, putting stress on the
joint just above the crank, which I have welded and reinforced 3 times.

The fork where the axle actually bolts onto needs to be reinforced and extra
thick. I also had to redo this.

Unless you are a real engineer, I would suggest just buying a giraffe. I got all
the steel for mine for free, and had a friend do the welding for me, but it
still ended up costing me about $75 US (seat, new wheel, tire, paint, asst.
parts). It looks great and I can ride it O.K., but I just save it for parades-
it’s 6 1/2 '.

After all that, I found a 5’ giraffe in a bike shop for $50. That is the one I
ride most of the time.

Of course, if you’re determined to build your own, I’m sure you can get plenty
of advice from the pros on the NG.

Buenos Suerte-

Mike Bersell UniChef.com www.unichef.com unichef@unichef.com

----- Original Message ----- From: Camilo Salas K. <bakan@directo.cl> To:
UniChef.com <UniChef@unichef.com> Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2000 5:27 PM Subject:
Re: CokerChef

> > Fortunately, I have 5 more unis in the garage. So I extrapolated the pedals
> > off my Sem, and the seat off my homemade giraffe and took off. What a blast!
>
> how do you make your homemade giraffe?
>
> im a unicyclist from the south of Chile, south america, and im looking for
> instructions of a good homemade unicycle but i didnt find info. can you please
> tell me?
>
> thanks
>
> Camilo Salas K. Coyhaique XI region Chile.