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Roller Experience? Please Advise(4 posts)

Roller Experience? Please AdviseXeo
Nov 5, 2003 1:41 AM
Hello all,

I'm contemplating purchasing a roller to suppliment my winter training and I would like to know if anyone out there (I'm sure there are many) have any experience with them?

I'm looking at the Kreitler Poly-Lyte roller due to the quality/craftsmanship of the Kreitler and the cost. I can get the unit for roughly 250.00, which seems like a pretty good deal (most places sell the unit for 280.00).

If anyone has any pros/cons of the Poly-Lyte or information on other brands that perform as well or better, I'd really appreciate it. The days are just too short right now to get in much riding even when the weather is good and the roller is appealing because it not only enhances fitness/cadence but also balance and makes you an altogether better rider than just using a trainer.


Check ebay for Minura rollers at $160.niteschaos
Nov 5, 2003 8:14 AM
I just got a set and have 2 hours on them. After 10 minutes I was up and flying on those things. Way more entertaining than trainers.
re: Roller Experience? Go with KreitlerKeeping up with Junior
Nov 6, 2003 7:12 AM
Previously had the Minouras with the larger drums and was never able to get enough resistance to get a meaningful workout. Replaced them with the Kreitler midsize DynoLyte and I am able to get plenty of resistance from them. The quality of the Kreitlers is definitely better, they should last forever.

Be sure to set up the front roller so it is under your axle per the instructions. Follow the learning guidelines on their website and start in a doorway and you should be up and riding quickly. Going faster is easier than going slower so start in a 42x15 and then shift as appropriate. Put something in front of you at eye level so you have a focal point to stay centered and dont look down.
re: Roller Experience? Go with KreitlerXeo
Nov 6, 2003 10:25 PM

I decided to go with the Poly-Lytes. The LBS said some people had problems with warpage of the polycarbonate end caps but talked with the Kreitler folks and they assured me they should last anywhere from 10-15 years. If not they can be replaced for 8.80 an endcap.

The LBS is ordering the rollers and I get a nice price so I am very happy.