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Old 2017-08-06, 05:43 PM   #2311
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Pretty sure mine is aluminum frame and 25.4 mm seat post, so not quite as vintage as yours. Mine is said to have been ridden in Ride the Lobster so it goes back a ways nonetheless.

Have you ridden it yet? Is that "got" as in physically in your possession now or are you waiting for it to arrive?
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Old 2017-08-06, 06:45 PM   #2312
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Yes, my Coker is really old. Probably the original model. Not sure anything on it is upgradeable. Not only is the seat tube narrow I think the hub is also smaller than current ones. It does have a Nightrider tire though.

Picked it up yesterday and took my first ride today. Had one brief beginning ride against a fence and then took off. I'm really surprised at how easy it is to ride at a manageable pace. Turning wasn't difficult at all. The big challenge will be unassisted mounting. I'm not great at it with my 29er so the 36er seems impossible. I normally do a static(ish) mount but I'm not sure that's possible given my height (or lack of).
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Old 2017-08-07, 02:11 PM   #2313
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Might try the angled mount that Liz Wilson does.
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Old 2017-08-07, 03:33 PM   #2314
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNX79lhVGCU&t=16s


I'm a fan of the tire grab to get on my 36er. It's easy to do even when really tired.
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Old 2017-08-07, 04:38 PM   #2315
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Might try the angled mount that Liz Wilson does.
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I'm a fan of the tire grab to get on my 36er. It's easy to do even when really tired.
You can combine an angle mount and tire grab. I do that sometimes.

I like UniMyra's tutorial. Easy to learn, effective, works for short riders.

Here is another old tire grab video we shot for Mr. Bond.

Learning how to ride slow and hopping on a 36 will really help with mounting issues. Ride up to a stop or near stop, pendulum forward, ride away. Then add a hop or two when you can. You will be able to salvage a less than perfect mount with a hop or twist and then ride away.

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Old 2017-08-08, 03:23 AM   #2316
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Thanks for the tips Joe and TMason! Glad we have so many options. Worst case scenario, I can use a bucket like that Japanese guy who rode from LA to Orlando.
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Old 2017-08-08, 03:47 PM   #2317
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Thanks for the tips Joe and TMason! Glad we have so many options. Worst case scenario, I can use a bucket like that Japanese guy who rode from LA to Orlando.
Bucket video here: http://youtu.be/gylsnKm_gR4

Thread here: http://www.unicyclist.com/forums//sh...d.php?t=115474. Bucket video link on page 5 or so.
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Old 2017-08-08, 05:11 PM   #2318
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Yes, my Coker is really old. Probably the original model. Not sure anything on it is upgradeable. Not only is the seat tube narrow I think the hub is also smaller than current ones. It does have a Nightrider tire though.
It's not old, it's a classic! Nothing wrong with it, and many upgrade options, if you choose to go that way.

I got my first 36" uni in WA, in 2002 at the end of Unicon 11. Unicycle.com hadn't sold their display/demo "Coker Deluxe" by the end of the two conventions, so it went to me. The Deluxe version came with an upgraded rim (black Airfoil) and a rim brake. I later added a Wyganowski handle (nothing on the market yet otherwise), and rode it in Ride The Lobster also.

If yours has a shiny chrome rim, it may be all original. Those rims didn't work with brakes, I think (not made for them). But my original Coker hub and wheel build are still just fine after a ton of miles. It's semi-retired now, having been used by my friend for about a year, until he finally bought himself a KH recently.

You can upgrade pedals, tire, rim and seat. You might be a little limited on the seat, but maybe not. If they make a KH-friendly post for that, you might even be able to add one of his handles. Or just keep it "stock" and get a newer one if you like riding it.
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Old 2017-08-11, 03:40 AM   #2319
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Free mounts

I've been relearning how to free mount on this 29inch. The last few days I've been trying to get my feet into the same place every time I mount. And how much of it is about timing. Now just 800 more times and I might be some what good about it. Ha!
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Old 2017-08-13, 12:51 AM   #2320
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I've been relearning how to free mount on this 29inch. The last few days I've been trying to get my feet into the same place every time I mount. And how much of it is about timing. Now just 800 more times and I might be some what good about it. Ha!
Keep practicing. I often have to shift my foot after mounting.
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Old 2017-08-14, 02:25 AM   #2321
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I'm not great at it with my 29er so the 36er seems impossible. I normally do a static(ish) mount but I'm not sure that's possible given my height (or lack of).
I found the 36 to be a bit easier than the 29 to static mount, presume due to it's greater momentum. I have a feeling that the rolling mount is the most reliable way to go but I have never got comfortable with a simple jump mount on smaller wheels....

As for height, I get to see the little kids hopping on to their 36's and riding away no problem, so depressing And they go fast
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Old 2017-09-20, 01:04 PM   #2322
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Hi Gang

After I attempted the road race at Horwich I treated myself to a new unicycle.

I didn’t do very well in the race, in fact I only rode 1 mile
I upd on the last bend and I couldn’t for the life of me get back on again. Boy it was hot that day !
Anyway, to cheer myself up I've got the new 32” Nimbus. So far I'm liking it very much. Only been on grass as I've been riding it at the field where Bobbs flies his RC planes. It is a lot easier to get on than I thought it would be. Looking forward to trying it on tarmac

https://youtu.be/L7KXikLJVZg

Here's a quick video. This was my 3rd attempt at riding. I started off on a slope, but now I don’t need to. It could be down to the fact that I now wear varifocals, but the wheel doesn’t look as big as at first if you see what I mean so it's not as daunting to freemount.

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Old 2017-09-20, 03:22 PM   #2323
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Anyway, to cheer myself up I've got the new 32” Nimbus. So far I'm liking it very much. Only been on grass as I've been riding it at the field where Bobbs flies his RC planes. It is a lot easier to get on than I thought it would be. Looking forward to trying it on tarmac
Glad to see you're enjoying the 32"! Nice video! (I believe you will find riding it on the road to be much easier than on the grass.)

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Old 2017-09-20, 06:11 PM   #2324
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Anyway, to cheer myself up I've got the new 32” Nimbus. So far I'm liking it very much.
Not many things that can't be fixed with a new unicycle. Congratulations on the new wheel! 32" looks like a really fun size.

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It could be down to the fact that I now wear varifocals, but the wheel doesn’t look as big as at first if you see what I mean so it's not as daunting to freemount.
Funny how much things like that can change the experience. I remember very well the feeling moving first to a 26" and then later up to a 36", of standing beside it and wondering "Dear God, what have I gotten myself into?"
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Old 2017-09-21, 06:07 PM   #2325
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Hi Gang

After I attempted the road race at Horwich I treated myself to a new unicycle.

Anyway, to cheer myself up I've got the new 32” Nimbus. So far I'm liking it very much.
I bought that one too earlier this year. It is much easier to mount that the 36inch and also coz it is closer to my 29" muni Nimbus which I have most experience with. I put some handlebars on the 32inch. It truly is a comfy uni. Hopefully it will bring you as much joy as it does me.
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