My Coker arrived this week and thanks to John Drummond came when requested.
Throughout the process John was very attentive and when it arrived spent a good
15-20 minutes on the phone with me, directing the process of attaching a seat
post with a quick release knob (which I had never done). My thanks to him for
all his help.
I’ll probably go on at some length here, so if you’re not interested but have
advice on free mounting, please skip to the bottom.
I’ve been coveting a Coker for sometime and what finally made me buy one was the
little blurb on Loretta Ehlers in the most recent On One Wheel. Like her, I’ll
be riding in a charity event in June (18 miles) and wanted a Coker for this.
Looking at the photo of her riding, my first impression was that she was happily
waving at the camera. Now that I’ve been on one (and know that it was only her
second day riding one) I suspect she’s probably flailing a bit to maintain her
balance. (But smiling all the more!)
Actually riding the Coker for the first time, took me about 5-10 unsuccessful
launches. Free mounting was out of the question (see below) so I had to use my
car as support to get up. Riding, at first, requires pushing off and going
without any hesitation. The slightest hesitation and I was down.
But what a blast! When I finally figured out how to get started it was a
tremendous rush. Your legs and arms really have to work, but you can get some
great speed and the ride is extremely smooth. (In fact, when I got back on my
20" I was initially taken aback by the choppiness). I ride at night in the local
train station parking a lot and zipped around 3 times without a dismount. (Yes,
I wear a helmet and reflective vest). There is a unicycle (and bike and walking)
path nearby and I look forward to trying it out and being able to ride in
daylight for some distance.
All in all I have to say that riding this machine is going to be great fun
and wonderful excerise. My thanks again go out to John for his assistance
(and to Loretta).
Now for the advice part.
Firstly, how difficult is it to idle on a Coker?
Secondly, is the question of freemounting. I’m 5’4" tall and it’s going to take
a lot of doing to be able to freemount the Coker. I’d appreciate the advice and
experience (especially of the shorter of stature out there), concerning
freemounting. The more step by step detail the better and if anyone has photos
of free mounting posted, that would be a huge help.
John has suggested jumping up on it. I will try that, but first I want to work
on the jump mount with a smaller wheel.
In approaching this problem I think what might work for me is (with helmet,
wrist guards and elbow and knee pads) holding the left peddle at about 4
o’clock, placing the seat in my crotch (with left foot on the left peddle),
holding on to front of the wheel and jumping up while pulling on the wheel. I’m
hoping to be able to straighten up, push off on the right peddle and be off.
(Anyone ever try this method?)
I appreciate any help that can be provided. Given the height of the Coker one
simply can not rely on there being support for mounting after dismounts. And it
just isn’t the same unless you can freemount.
Many thanks, Raphael Lasar (short guy with a tall ambition)