Coker Serving Unicyclers Everywhere, One Tire at a Time
Chances are, you've seen these one-wheeled wonders sailing around the Scenic City and if you look close enough, you might see the symbol of a Chattanooga staple.
"Once I got in to unicycling I realized Coker was a local company in Chattanooga," rider Matthew Gant says, "and that drew me to them and they were the first company to do the big wheel."
In Coker's case, big means 36 inches that J.D. Scott custom creates. "We will start with our links here and go ahead and get that cut." The chrome tubing is light-weight but long-lasting. "It's a strong durable material you see it on a lot of bicycles, race bikes something like that," Scott says.
For the V-2 unicycle, the curve is key. The bended U-shape is cut in half and shaped to slide onto the unicycle's base. Since Coker built this brand from scratch, they figured things out as they went along. Scott says, "there was tweaking that had to be done and trial and error with machining and such to make sure everything come together and worked as one."
Once the final welds are complete, it's time for paint and assembly and then the road with the perks that go along with this one-of-a-kind wheel. "There's a lot of people that have taken 'Cokering,' it's now a verb," Casey Coker Cunningham says. "It's riding a 36 inch unicycle, that first one made back in 1998, and they 'Cokered' across the United States."
But even here at home, the Coker still turns heads and carries the mark of Chattanooga craftsmanship. "There's been several times, I've driven through the riverfront and I've seen some of our V-2's out being ridden around in town," Scott says. "It's nice to think that came out of my shop."
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