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noob question: stationary trainer vs. rollers(6 posts)

noob question: stationary trainer vs. rollersowmynads
Oct 5, 2003 4:53 PM
I'm getting ready for the dark winter. I've looked with great curiosity at rollers. I'm torn between getting a Cateye CS-1000 and a set of rollers. What are the advantages/disadvantages here?
Some answers from a roller fanKerry Irons
Oct 5, 2003 5:36 PM
Most would agree that rollers are best if you want conditioning and skill building. You can't ride rollers comfortably without a smooth pedaling style and the ability to ride a straight line. These skills are quite useful on the road :) If all you want is a workout, then a stationary wind/magnetic/fluid resistance trainer is fine.

Standard methods for roller/trainer boredom are loud music, varying speed/effort in some sort of structured way, and watching TV. Some of us have reading stands and use the whole winter to catch up on our reading. Get yourself a couple of box fans and set one on a chair in front of you and hang one from the ceiling above you. If you don't have some sort of cooling, you drip sweat all over everything and can't get a good workout because you are overheating. Cadence is a personal thing, but 90+ is always good, on the rollers or on the road. Working on cadence and power are some of the really great benefits of roller riding - being able to spin smoothly at high power output is the mark of a good rider! Whether you can stand up or ride no handed comes with time, practice, and having the rollers set up properly (experiment with front roller position to see what makes you most stable).

You'll get a workout with a trainer, no doubt. But, rollers can change your (cycling) life. And, unless you're a monster and need huge resistance, don't let anyone tell you that you can't get a workout on rollers; you can.
Thanks! Now a question about wattage...owmynads
Oct 5, 2003 6:04 PM
Is there a gadget you can hook up to rollers or your bike that will measure wattage output? That would complete the picture.

-owmynads
Thanks! Now a question about wattage...Xeo
Oct 5, 2003 6:42 PM
Polar has an adaptor for their heart rate computer 720i that will measure wattage. The whole unit adds upwards of 250 grams to the total bike weight, but with it you will get total power, as well as distance, speed, avg, speed, etc, etc.

It is quite expensive but if you're willing to shell out the bucks for it, go for it.
..or any other bike-based system: Power Cranks, Powertap, etc nmSpunout
Oct 6, 2003 3:32 AM
re: noob question: stationary trainer vs. rollersMShaw
Oct 6, 2003 10:29 AM
I've ridden both. I love the Psychostimulator for strenght/endurance/speed workouts. Back in DC, there was a group of about 6 of us that used to get together Tue/Thurs to do trainer workouts. We used to spend 2-3 hours on a Psychostimulator. It isn't so bad if you're in a group...

I left the winter faster than I went in a few years in a row.

That said, rollers will make you smoooooth.

I'm convinced you need both. I'd say try and find a pair of rollers used. Maybe one of your buds has a pair that they're not using? I hear all the time "I tried those rollers and couldn't get it" so I know that there's a few pair out there.

Email me off the board and I'll give you a few workouts that I used to do on the Psychostimulator... (mikeshawTWO@cox.net replace TWO with the number to reply)

Mike