David Stone recently proposed a process for beta testing the geared
unicycle. He thinks he was kidding but it is actually a very good idea
for a couple of reasons. At UNICON and the NAUCC conventions this
ummer, all people will have an opportunity to ride this unicycle (which
I have taken to calling uni.5 but am always open to suggestions) for
hort periods of time which will be fun but not enough to seriously
evaluate it. Also, having it in a venue like that greatly hinders the
testers' abilities to modify the unicycle to their own preferences (tire
width, tread, crank length, pedal type, etc). If I actually shipped it
around the country (limited to the continental US although there are
many Coker riders in the UK and Canada whose input would be valuable),
erious riders could spend some time with it and evaluate it more
My goal was to simulate a stock Coker with a 36" wheel and 6" cranks. My
interest is in input from Cokerheads, particularly serious power riders
like Chris LeFay and distance riders like David Stone. I am not looking
for approval. I am looking for the honest opinions of knowledgeable and
experienced people who would comprise a market for this type of
unicycle. If you think it rides like an arthritic hippopotamus, that
tells me something. If it breaks, that tells me something (I have
another one anyway). If the gear backlash is too annoying or
distracting, that tells me something. If you would never consider buying
a unicycle set up this way, that tells me something. If you think it is
a screaming, lightweight, road speed monster that you can't live
without, that tells me something too.
I have ridden it about 5 miles while tweaking it and I plan to put my
Miyata air seat conversion on it and log another ten miles or so and
remeasure the backlash for the third time. Then I would remove the seat,
build a wooden, reusable crate and start it on its journey. UPS will
hip a wooden crate for $5 extra handling. Approximate shipping cost
from Seattle to Miami is $41. Each leg of the journey should be
ubstantially less expensive than this.
RULES FOR PARTICIPATION:
1.) There should be at least one experienced Coker rider at each stop.
Anyone else there may also ride it...friends, club members, but no
2.)An approximate log of the mileage at each stop should be kept.
Approximate means within a factor of two. If it is used 50 miles at one
location, 25 miles and 100 miles are both accurate guesses of the
mileage. Anyone interested in donating a used cycle computer?
3.) Only aluminum cranks may be used. The axle is unhardened steel and
will gall if steel cranks are installed. Any pedals, seats, or tires may
be tried. Please be careful removing or installing components. Always
hip it to the next stop with the 6" cranks installed. I will provide a
Torker seat on a 300mm post that I have no use for if I have one
response from someone who cannot provide their own seat and seatpost.
4.) You must pay the shipping costs to the next stop.
5.) The uni.5 should probably remain resident at each stop for no more
than a week, particularly in warm climes where it might become too
comfortable and take to wearing swimming suits and muscle shirts. An
exception might be made for the New York club and the Minneapolis club
where there are several riders.
6.) You should be willing to give comments and discuss your impressions
with the other riders in an open forum in which I would prefer not to
participate except to read them. I want to know what you think. I
already like the uni.5 because I am connected to it in a unique way. You
cannot insult me or my work by providing valuable information.
Those interested please e-mail me at:
and I will try to set up some kind of schedule. If there are too many
responses, please do not be offended if I omit you from the schedule.
Thanks for your help.
harper - Greg Harper: Frequent Faller (oops)
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