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Roller owners... your opinions need.(3 posts)

Roller owners... your opinions need.5ive
Apr 8, 2001 5:19 PM
I own a CycleOps trainer. I like it fine except that it really chews up my rear tire. Would rollers be better than trainers in this regard?
re: Roller owners... your opinions need.fuzzybunnies
Apr 9, 2001 7:33 AM
The problem you're having usually appears when you don't have the little roller tight enough against the wheel. Grab the wheel and move it back and forth quickly a couple times, if you can feel the tire slip on the roller you need to tighten the roller against the tire, if there is no slip than you're useing a better quality tire on you're trainer than you should. TTFN
I believe that rollers are easier than trainers on tires, butbill
Apr 9, 2001 7:36 AM
that's not why to get rollers. For one, because there are two rollers in the back and one in the front on most systems, the wear is still uneven, much greater in the rear. Twice as much. I don't know whether the friction on the rear from the trainer is greater or less than with rollers, where the deflection is all from weight as opposed to the clamped positioning.
I'll tout rollers for other reasons. You will develop a pedal stroke and, dare I say it, balance, grace, and feel for the bike that you didn't know you were lacking. Less of a strength workout, yeah, but, in a long gear, you still can get plenty of resistance for aerobic and anaerobic training. For more resistance, you can get smaller roller size or various resistance devices (none of which I'm using, but I'm thinking about it).