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Rollers with my turbo trainer?(3 posts)

Rollers with my turbo trainer?TrekMan
Aug 8, 2001 5:15 AM
At the moment I've got a turbo trainer that I use in the evening when it's to late to ride and on wet days. It's got an adjustable magnetic resistance unit which gives me a nice work out. I also find it handy when working on the bike since it holds it up right, something that a lot of people seem to over look. But what I'm wondering is if it would be worth getting a set of rollers as well. I ride between 150 and 175 miles a week, both on the road and the trainer (mostly on the road). So what would the benefits be of getting one?

Also does anyone know of a good book(s) on training, or a website(s) for that matter?
Kreitlers...Cima Coppi
Aug 8, 2001 5:23 AM
Having rollers will accomplish two major issues. 1: You will learn a more fluid, even pedal stroke. 2: You will learn to have great balance on the bike. This is great if you ride/race with a big group, or run pacelines.

I only ride rollers, and I will not go back to a regular trainer.

I recommend Kreitlers. They are the most expensive, but they are well worth to cost. They'll last forever, and there are several models to choose from. If you checkout their website, they also have a page on learning to ride rollers for the novice roller rider.

http://www.kreitler.com

Good luck.

CC
Training Books and WebsitesJon Billheimer
Aug 8, 2001 8:07 AM
For the second part of your question, The Cyclists Training Bible by Joe Friel is the most widely respected standard currently. Other good books are Serious Cycling by Ed Burke and The Lance Armstrong Performance Program by Armstrong/Carmichael. Some websites to check out are www.bike.com, www.ultrafit.com, www.roadbikerider.com. These are only a few. There are many others.

BTW, I agree with respect to the rollers. There's nothing that will develop your cycling skills and aerobic base like roller training. Ever wonder why trackies use them so much?