Well, I got my Radial 36" in the mail just after Statistics class today. The package wasn’t as large as I anticipated, but the thing looked huged outside of the box; much bigger than I expected. I put it all together and decided I was too scared/embarassed to try it out in front of a large crowd, which is unavoidable on a college campus. But, my roommate reassured me and I went out to give it a run.
First I mounted with a wall…but could not get moving and fell off. On the second try…I was unstoppable. I rode, uneasily, probably about half a mile around campus and collected quotes like “Now THATS a unicycle” and “That’s a big wheel!” I was terrified of the speed at first because I had no doubt that I’d probably wouldn’t land on my feet if I fell. But, after a while my nerves settled and I was able to bring it up to full speed.
I pass a guy and his girlfriend who shouted “Come back here I need to get a picture!” So, reluctantly I dismounted and walked back in his direction. I warned him that I probably could not mount it, as I had just recieved it today. I knew it would only happen by walking-mount…so I gave it a try. But get this, I DID IT. Mounted successfully on my first try & again on the second attempt. Not nearly as hard as I anticipated it to be when I sat on the unicycle in my dorm room.
Then I had to go to Chemistry…in which I could not pay attention with the unicycle on my mind (anyone else have this problem?). After Chem I went right back out and began to get more comfortable on the beast. I decided I’d go for a leisurely ride. I rode around campus a few miles, only dismounting a few times with fear of hitting pedestrians. Lots of “DAMN”'s and “Wow”'s. Then I headed out along the Lake (Ontario). I passed an ice cream shop (didn’t stop for ice cream or water after reading uni57’s post) about 3 miles from the school and then veered left onto a road I’d never been on before.
There was NOTHING on this road. I began to get really bored; nothing to look at, no one to impress…but my conscience egged me on just to see where this long boring road would take me. I’d estimate I rode about 5 miles on this road til I came out on what looked like a highway. I headed in the direction which I presumed the campus was. A little ways down the road I realized where I was, route 104, which would lead me back to campus.
It was pretty scary riding in the tiny shoulder of the road. Fortunately the speed limit was only 45…and not 55 like it is further down. I’d estimate I rode another 5 miles or so before turning back into the main entrance of campus. Now, if you’re keeping track, thats and estimated 13 miles or so without dismounting. At this point, my ‘boys’ are beginning to experience a burning sensation like no other and my knees begin to tremble. The Coker is SO tiring in comparison to my trials…but that makes sense.
I’m glad the Radial comes with 150mm cranks, there where many hills I had to conquer and slowly make my way down. Anyway, back on track…I was about to dismount to give the ‘boys’ a rest when I sighted a biker. So, I suffered uncomfortable just long enough to let the biker pass and then went to dismount…
I think it was solely because my legs gave out from the intesity of the ride.
It is a relatively high fall too. I guess like 4 feet high. The beast flew out in front of me and I fell straight to the @$$. Only scraped up the hands and banged up the knees a little bit though. Only a few minutes of walking before my ‘boys’, hands, and knees were ready to go again…but this time headed back to the dorm.
In conclusion, it is a feeling like no other. The combination of speed, height, and the looks on people’s faces make it an unforgettable experience. I’d highly recommend the Radial/any other Coker to anyone who thinks they might want one. I’m certainly glad I didn’t settle for the 29"
Feel free to ask any questions or make any comments
Here’s a low quality picture of it next to the Qu-Ax and the mini-fridge: