Level 1 on a Coker

John Foss gave my name to a guy named Carl Costas who wanted to try a
Coker. Carl saw a guy (probably Tim Bustos) riding a Coker in downtown
Sacramento and wanted to try the sport. He came by for our weekly practice
last night. Carl is a brand new rider. He bought a 24" Schwinn a couple
weeks ago. He could ride some, but couldn’t free mount or turn. His seat
was way too low, so I lent him my 20" Schwinn. After getting used to the
different wheel size and the correctly adjusted seat, I showed him how to
free mount. After 4 or 5 tries he got the mount. We then worked on
turning, and dismounting under control with the wheel in front. After that
he climbed onto the Coker. In a remarkably short period of time he got the
feel for the big wheel, and moved on to free mounting the Coker. The extra
mass in the wheel made up for the beginners mistake of stepping on the
pedal too hard. As the sun was setting he took the Level one test on the
Coke and passed.

I had never had anyone try the Level 1 test on a Coker (for a first try
that is - not someone who had already passed the test on a smaller wheel).
I’m sure it has been done before, but still, I was impressed.

All the best,

John Hooten

Kudos for Carl!

Klaas Bil

On Thu, 06 Sep 2001 12:49:59 -0700, John Hooten <jhooten@rcsis.com> wrote:

>John Foss gave my name to a guy named Carl Costas who wanted to try a
>Coker. Carl saw a guy (probably Tim Bustos) riding a Coker in downtown
>Sacramento and wanted to try the sport. He came by for our weekly
>practice last night. Carl is a brand new rider. He bought a 24" Schwinn a
>couple weeks ago. He could ride some, but couldn’t free mount or turn.
>His seat was way too low, so I lent him my 20" Schwinn. After getting
>used to the different wheel size and the correctly adjusted seat, I
>showed him how to free mount. After 4 or 5 tries he got the mount. We
>then worked on turning, and dismounting under control with the wheel in
>front. After that he climbed onto the Coker. In a remarkably short period
>of time he got the feel for the big wheel, and moved on to free mounting
>the Coker. The extra mass in the wheel made up for the beginners mistake
>of stepping on the pedal too hard. As the sun was setting he took the
>Level one test on the Coke and passed.
>
>
>I had never had anyone try the Level 1 test on a Coker (for a first try
>that is - not someone who had already passed the test on a smaller
>wheel). I’m sure it has been done before, but still, I was impressed.
>
>All the best,
>
>John Hooten
>


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picked automagically from a database:” “biological warfare, Taliban,
Aegis radar system”

Similar story for interest’s sake:

We spent Labor Day camping at a local campground and always take our
uni’s, all ten of them these days. They’re always a big hit with the kids.
There is even a campground website and my son and I make a unicycling
appearance as a camp activity, http://www.kings-camp.org/camping.html .
Three boys in particular last weekend did very well, all about 11 or 12
years old. They made their first mount onto a unicycle in their life on
Friday evening and by Sunday afternoon, they were riding all over the
campground and even freemounting a time or two. I’ve never seen anything
like it! One boy told me that he had not looked forward to going camping
that weekend with his grandparents because he was expecting to spend a
boring weekend in his trailer reading the entire time. Little did he know
that he would learn how to ride a unicycle. We love to watch the kids
learn to ride and always make a point of wildly cheering their every mark
of progress. Great fun!

Bruce http://move.to/daup

Klaas Bil wrote:
>
> Kudos for Carl!
>
> Klaas Bil
>
> On Thu, 06 Sep 2001 12:49:59 -0700, John Hooten
> <jhooten@rcsis.com> wrote:
>
> >John Foss gave my name to a guy named Carl Costas who wanted to try a
> >Coker. Carl saw a guy (probably Tim Bustos) riding a Coker in downtown
> >Sacramento and wanted to try the sport. He came by for our weekly
> >practice last night. Carl is a brand new rider. He bought a 24" Schwinn
> >a couple weeks ago. He could ride some, but couldn’t free mount or
> >turn. His seat was way too low, so I lent him my 20" Schwinn. After
> >getting used to the different wheel size and the correctly adjusted
> >seat, I showed him how to free mount. After 4 or 5 tries he got the
> >mount. We then worked on turning, and dismounting under control with
> >the wheel in front. After that he climbed onto the Coker. In a
> >remarkably short period of time he got the feel for the big wheel, and
> >moved on to free mounting the Coker. The extra mass in the wheel made
> >up for the beginners mistake of stepping on the pedal too hard. As the
> >sun was setting he took the Level one test on the Coke and passed.
> >
> >
> >I had never had anyone try the Level 1 test on a Coker (for a first try
> >that is - not someone who had already passed the test on a smaller
> >wheel). I’m sure it has been done before, but still, I was impressed.
> >
> >All the best,
> >
> >John Hooten
> >
>
> –
> "To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been
> picked automagically from a database:" "biological warfare, Taliban,
> Aegis radar system"

That is cool! totally impressed

I wonder what level can be achieved on a Coker though? Any one have an
idea where the more experienced riders could get up to? Wheel walking is
possible (inc 1 footed)… but feet recovery is really scary! Jump mounts
are possible but very scary first time! One footed no problem, riding over
a 10cm object easy!, kickup… now that would be great to see! :slight_smile: I think
that it might be possible up to level 5, but… I can not think of enough
mounts at moment though and backwards in figure of 8 I definitely can not
do (well not with 110 cranks anyway!)

Roger

                     The UK's Unicycle Source
                   <a href="http://www.unicycle.uk.com/">http://www.unicycle.uk.com/</a>

----- Original Message ----- From: “John Hooten” <jhooten@rcsis.com> To:
<unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2001 8:49 PM
Subject: Level 1 on a Coker

> John Foss gave my name to a guy named Carl Costas who wanted to try a
> Coker. Carl saw a guy (probably Tim Bustos) riding a Coker in downtown
> Sacramento and wanted to try the sport. He came by for our weekly
> practice last night. Carl is a brand new rider. He bought a 24" Schwinn
> a couple weeks ago. He could ride some, but couldn’t free mount or turn.
> His seat was way too low, so I lent him my 20" Schwinn. After getting
> used to the different wheel size and the correctly adjusted seat, I
> showed him how to free mount. After 4 or 5 tries he got the mount. We
> then worked on turning, and dismounting under control with the wheel in
> front. After that he climbed onto the Coker. In a remarkably short
> period of time he got the feel for the big wheel, and moved on to free
> mounting the Coker. The extra mass in the wheel made up for the
> beginners mistake of stepping on the pedal too hard. As the sun was
> setting he took the Level one test on the Coke and passed.
>
>
> I had never had anyone try the Level 1 test on a Coker (for a first try
> that is - not someone who had already passed the test on a smaller
> wheel). I’m sure it has been done before, but still, I was impressed.
>
> All the best,
>
> John Hooten