RE: Uni5 and wind
> >The big wheel has more surface to catch side wind; moreover, on
> >average that surface is farther away from the twisting axis, which
> >increases the momentum.
That’s the idea I was looking for. Inertia! The “ride quality” difference
between uni.5 and a Coker is inertia. The Coker, with a wheel that’s not
only bigger but heavier, has all this rotating mass far away from the axle,
which makes it ride smoother than a smaller wheel geared up to the same
Increasing the gear ratio will make this difference more prominent. That’s
why I think the uni.5 is a very useful compromise between speed and
rideability. I think it will be primo on a 700C road wheel. A 2:1 ratio, as
someone was suggesting, will make for harder work and less stability.
> This is in part because the crank sizes are different and there is a
> quality to the uni.5 not found in Cokers which may cause it
> to ride slower
> anyway (due, I believe, to the ‘slop’ or wobble felt when you pedal).
The “play” (slop) is only a very minor factor. If you introduced the same
play on a Coker, you would still find it a more stable ride. Years ago I
learned to ignore it on my 6 footer (until I got the thing spot welded).
But that’s the point. If you choose the bigger wheel for the nicer ride, you
have to live with the extra weight and the space it takes up. Now you have
more choices on how to go fast.
> I can say that in stiff wind, neither unicycle is especially
> fun to ride. But I think the uni.5 handles slower speeds better,
> so it probably handles wind better for this reason alone.
I didn’t ride uni.5 in much wind, but I’ve ridden enough unicycles to know
that uni.5 should be far less affected by wind than a Coker. It’s a matter
of surface area. In addition, with the Coker’s wheel being spread out
farther from the axle, it’s easier for the wind to push it around and aim
you off course.
I think I already wrote about a time when Ken Fuchs and I were riding big
wheels across a huge parking lot (Jones Beach) with a stiff crosswind that
literally forced us to “tack” like sailboats to make it across the parking
lot and end up where we wanted to be.
Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
“Vehicularly-Injured Sperm-Count seat: better known by it’s abbreviated
name, Viscount.” David Stone, on saddle preference