Maximum Distance On A Large Uni?

It occured to me the other day to post this to get some opinions: What would be
the LONGEST distance someone in average condition could commute on a LARGE
unicycle (such as 36" Coker)? I realize that question leaves a lot to the
imagination.

I’m curious if it would be worth it to buy a coker to occasionally commute to
work- approximately a six mile ride each way. Thanks for the info.

-Allan “UniCoastie” Gaines North Carolina, USA

RE: Maximum Distance On A Large Uni?

Allan wrote:
> It occured to me the other day to post this to get some opinions: What would
> be the LONGEST distance someone in average condition could commute on a LARGE
> unicycle (such as 36" Coker)? I realize that question leaves a lot to the
> imagination.
>
> I’m curious if it would be worth it to buy a coker to occasionally commute to
> work- approximately a six mile ride each way. Thanks for the info.

I don’t think 6 miles is a problem. I did this each day for a long time on my
28" uni. But I don’t recommend using a 36" uni for commuting to work. I think
its wheel is too large for stopping fast enough if necessary in city traffic.
For my 28" uni I use 125mm cranks and that are the shortest cranks I want to
use. I tried 110mm cranks once, but stopping took too long.

You asked for long distances: my personal best was about 100km per day (on my
28" uni as described above). Another thing was the trip across the alps in 1996.
Have a look at
http://spectrum.mathematik.hu-berlin.de/~stroess/alps/alps_gb.html for more
information.

Regards, Wolfgang

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Re: Maximum Distance On A Large Uni?

I just recently got a Coker. The only problem with using it for commuting is
that it’s not very maneuverable. You can’t turn as sharp, you can’t stop as
fast, and you can’t idle. You have to choose your route carefully if you plan to
commute with it. If your route is busy, has a lot of pedestrian traffic, has
many intersections, or has other obstacles it might be better to consider
something more maneuverable like a 28". Intersections can be a problem due to
the lack of maneuverability. You should plan to dismount at most intersections
just to be safe.

Where the Coker shines is on long stretches of road or on dedicated bike trails
where there are few intersections. You want roads and trails where you can get
up to cruising speed and then maintain that speed for some distance. Stop and go
riding on a Coker takes away the advantages of riding it in the first place.

To give you an idea of the maneuverability challenges on a Coker, a 90 degree
turn on a narrow sidewalk is not trivial and can leave little room for error. If
there are other people using the sidewalk you should dismount or get the heck
off the sidewalk. Once you start a turn (or once you even start preparing to
start the turn) you are committed. Coming out of a turn also requires some
additional effort because that big heavy wheel doesn’t want to get upright again
very quickly.

On the plus side, the big fat low pressure tire on the Coker soaks up bumps and
uneven terrain. Big sidewalk cracks (where roots have pushed the sidewalk up,
etc.) that get your attention when riding a smaller wheel are trivial on the big
Coker. Also mounting is not as hard as you might think.

A 6 mile commute each way would be easy on a Coker as long as the route
is friendly.

john_childs@hotmail.com

>From: “UniCoastie” <exfloridians@ecsu.campuscwix.net>
>
>It occured to me the other day to post this to get some opinions: What would be
>the LONGEST distance someone in average condition could commute on a LARGE
>unicycle (such as 36" Coker)? I realize that question leaves a lot to the
>imagination.
>
>I’m curious if it would be worth it to buy a coker to occasionally commute to
>work- approximately a six mile ride each way. Thanks for the info.
>
> -Allan “UniCoastie” Gaines
> North Carolina, USA


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Re: Maximum Distance On A Large Uni?

UniCoastie wrote in message <7isnl4$4f3$1@news.campuscwix.net>…
>It occured to me the other day to post this to get some opinions: What would be
>the LONGEST distance someone in average condition could commute on a LARGE
>unicycle (such as 36" Coker)? I realize that question leaves a lot to the
>imagination.

I’ve ridden 46 miles on a coker in one day without pushing myself. Actual
peddling time was about 5-6 hours. Total time with stops for lunch, etc. was 8
hours. One with more determination could definitely go 100 miles in a day on
that thing.

>I’m curious if it would be worth it to buy a coker to occasionally commute to
>work- approximately a six mile ride each way. Thanks for the info.
>
>-Allan “UniCoastie” Gaines North Carolina, USA
>
>

I’m in average condition for a unicyclist and have a coker. I have gone as far
as 6 miles without stopping, except for pausing for traffic, etc. My average
speed on the odometer was 9 mph. With stops, you would probably average about 8
mph. You should be able to make that commute in 40-50 minutes.

Don from Tennessee

Re: Maximum Distance On A Large Uni?

DJ <filmguys@bellsouth.net> wrote in message news:Ffv43.209$7W6.64@news3.mco
> UniCoastie wrote in message <7isnl4$4f3$1@news.campuscwix.net>…
> >It occured to me the other day to post this to get some opinions: What would
> >be the LONGEST distance someone in average condition could commute on a LARGE
> >unicycle (such as 36" Coker)? I realize that question leaves a lot to the
> >imagination.
> >
> >I’m curious if it would be worth it to buy a coker to occasionally commute to
> >work- approximately a six mile ride each way. Thanks for the info.
> >
> >-Allan “UniCoastie” Gaines North Carolina, USA

I commute 6.5 miles each way on a Coker. I usually do it about 3 times a week,
and use a bike on days I need to get there faster. Takes under 40 minutes one
way typically. Usually the cyclometer says my average speed is 10.5mph or so,
maybe a little less going home since it’s uphill.

I don’t know what “average condition” is, but anyone who can ride should be able
to do 12 miles round trip. Just take it easy, don’t try it every day and don’t
push the speed for a while, etc. Be careful of traffic!

I haven’t done any long rides on it yet, but plan on a 100 mile ride in one day
later in the year. Even with my padded Miyata seat, when I arrive at work or
home after a no-dismount commute, I am ready to stop for a while.

Have fun with it, Nathan