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Did my first fixed roller session last night. guess what?(13 posts)

Did my first fixed roller session last night. guess what?T-Doc
Nov 5, 2003 6:55 AM
No big deal...I don't know what I was so nervous about. In fact, IMHO, rollers were made for fixies since you really can't coast on rollers. Did about a hour listening to the oldies station with the fan blowing in my face...very nice...Now I need to build that roller frame...
did you use a 52x12 gear? nmDougSloan
Nov 6, 2003 2:28 PM
No, do you? nmT-Doc
Nov 7, 2003 12:25 PM
on rollersDougSloan
Nov 7, 2003 1:22 PM
On rollers, I found I couldn't get much of a workout without big gears. Typically, fixed gearing is fairly low. So, I was being partly facetious, but also genuinely curious.

on rollersT-Doc
Nov 7, 2003 1:46 PM
Thanks for clearing that up...I thought this board was really getting snooty. I read your cross post on the general board. I think it depends on how you use them. I have only been riding seriously for about 2 years, and only use rollers occassionally and then only to work on spin and balance. My gears are 42/16. Typically I do my harder workouts on the weekends out in the country.
But then I am not that serious a hammerhead, and I don't race..., so perhaps I will be looking for a harder indoor workout in the future as my riding experience advances.
My brother, who is much more serious than I recommends the 2 inch full aluminum Kreitlers, and guarantees a kick a$$ workout for even the most serious roadie. YMMV
Nov 7, 2003 1:51 PM
I use very cheap Performance PVC rollers, and I can't imagine spinning in big gears on those things...anything faster than 20 or 21 mph, and they feel like they are going to come apart...I would guess the Kreitlers are much smoother.
Nov 7, 2003 2:39 PM
I used to have some cheap plastic rollers, and when I got them up to about 40 mph my wife would come out to the garage to find out what was about to blow up. I think my air compressor was quieter.

Since I don't enjoy indoor workouts in the first place, I like to get in and get out with plenty of resistance in a short time. The gearing I use on the road on the fixed gear bike wouldn't be tall enough to ever break a sweat on the rollers I've had. I'm looking into the small diameter drums, though.

How long/fast can you spin on rollers?hrv
Nov 7, 2003 3:03 PM
Is that a valid workout? How long can you hold 150+ rpm for? Isn't that what we're doing on fixed gear descending? Independent of gearing or resistance. Seems like a good workout if one is doing/going to do long descents. I know I need to do it, and like your other post, my Minoura's (alum. rollers) aren't too user friendly in the super hi-speed realm. Would like to try some Kreitler's to compare.
Get some Dyno-Litesrcmann
Nov 14, 2003 8:00 AM
Those are the Kreitler medium-diameter rollers. The big (normal sized) ones are too easy on a fixie, the Dyno-Mites (~2" in diameter) are really too hard unless you're geared really low or are in killer shape, but the Dyno-Lites are in between and just right. They'll give you a great workout but still allow you to spin fast enough in a bigger gear to stay upright.
estimate resistance?DougSloan
Nov 14, 2003 8:08 AM
I'm seriously considering some of these, too. Can you compare what the various models feel like in terms of mph? In other words, if the large rollers feel like 18 mph, what do the smallest and medium feel like 22, 25 mph? I realize it's a relative thing and depends on fitness, but that might be a way of quantifying it. Thanks.

So 150 - 200 cadence on the D-Lites, no problem? (nm)hrv
Nov 14, 2003 12:52 PM
getting Poly-Lites (and saving $100); thanks nmDougSloan
Nov 18, 2003 9:21 AM
yup, work greatDougSloan
Nov 21, 2003 10:48 AM
Got the Poly-Lytes (same as Dyno-Lytes, but with plastic end caps). I'd say the resistance makes 24 mph on the rollers about like 20 mph on the road. Not quite enough to match effort levels, so doing it on the fixed gear without changing gears wouldn't work. But, with a flip flop, shouldn't be a problem if you have a small enough cog on one side.

Thanks for suggestion.