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Trainers vs. Rollers(5 posts)

Trainers vs. RollersMKD
Jul 23, 2003 10:12 PM
I have been researching both and I am unsure what is best, any suggestions?
re: Trainers vs. Rollersocbuckeye
Jul 24, 2003 10:51 AM
In my opinion the rollers are the way to go, they seem to force you to pay attention to your pedaling technique more than the trainers do. you can't get away with mashing the pedals. They do take a bit of practice to get the hang of.
This is one of my favorite subjects, but I've waxed prosaicbill
Jul 24, 2003 11:27 AM
on it so many times already on this board that I'm . . . tired. Do a search and you'll find lots.
Bottom line -- depends on what you want out of life. Riding rollers is a skill that builds skills instantly transferable to the road. Rollers also are much underappreciated for aerobic benefits as well as threshold work (super-de-duper anaerobic work is a bit tough, although I've seen HR's damn near my max on rollers). For dumb mindless grinding in front of the tube, though, get a trainer.
Thanks for the info, I was leaning more towards rollers also.MKD
Jul 24, 2003 5:30 PM
Get one of eachMShaw
Jul 25, 2003 9:26 AM
For easy spinning, there's nothing that beats rollers. The downside is that if you want to go hammer, rollers aren't the best bet.

I have a set of rollers AND a trainer. Use the rollers for easy-moderate rides, and trainers for intervals/hammering on.

Trainers are notorious for allowing you to develop bad habits: square pedal strokes, etc. so you need to balance that with a nice, smooth spin.

Get something used on ebay/rbr for the alternate system.