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fork brace for minoura rollers(8 posts)

fork brace for minoura rollerszero1
Sep 4, 2001 7:25 AM
has anyone ever used the fork brace made for minoura rollers...thanks
No, and no one should use the fork brace for rollers. If youbill
Sep 4, 2001 8:15 AM
are using the fork brace, you may as well use a trainer. Now, if you're going to use the fork brace only sometimes because you want both rollers and a trainer and you don't feel like shelling out for a trainer, I might could cut you a little slack. I still think, however, that rollers with a fork brace likely are a poor substitute for a trainer, although I cannot speak directly to that because I have used rollers only.
No, and no one should use the fork brace for rollers. If youzero1
Sep 4, 2001 8:27 AM
the reason i am going to use a fork brace is that i just bought a new colnago mxl and i do not want to fall and mess the bike up while it is stll new....i still need to get use to the rollers...i just do not want to purchase a trainer...
Don't use your good bike on rollers and/or trainers.MB1
Sep 4, 2001 10:41 AM
Anything that holds your fork or any part of your bike steady while the rest of your bike can freely move around is going to put stresses on your frame or fork that were not planned-not a good thing. And you will not believe how much sweat is going to pour off of you onto your nice new pride & joy.

Rollers are not hard to ride, most people think too much at first and cause themselves problems. The more relaxed you are the less problems you will have.

Use an old bike for indoor training, you will be much happier.
Do you have another bike? I would use almost anything onbill
Sep 4, 2001 10:59 AM
rollers but a nice new steel bike (mxl is steel, isn't it?). You sweat on rollers like a fiend. Definitely use something to catch the sweat -- Blackburn makes a little thingie. You don't need a great bike or great wheels on rollers. Use a fan, too, which helps cut down on sweat and on cardiac drift, if you are using a HRM.
It takes a week or so to get used to rollers, during which you should hang in a doorway, so that you can use your elbows to push off if you start to go over. And you will lose it some, but, even if you lose it, if you are very comfortable with clipless pedals and can get out in a hurry usually all that happens is that the wheel slips off the roller and you leave a burn mark on the floor. I, of course, did not heed the doorway advice and I sport a scar on my wrist, which arrived at the same time as a huge gauge in a wood floor that I think my wife still hasn't seen.
I understand not wanting to trash a nice bike on rollers, but, I repeat, if you are going to use rollers, you may as well suck it up and learn how to use them, because they aren't as good for the things a trainer is good for, stand or no stand. You really can't mash with them (as a poster below noted, the rear probably will swing around if you tried to really hammer), and, if you can't mash, that leaves spinning, and spinning so that you learn technique requires that you use the durn rollers without a stand.
No, and no one should use the fork brace for rollers. If youslack
Sep 4, 2001 8:28 AM
granted the orignal poster had no question, but a little condescending from a guy that needed a book and still took 2 weeks to build up a new bike (and dropped a tool on a brand new high-end expensive frame), no?
Sep 4, 2001 8:46 AM
I didn't see the response as condescending, and I consider myself very sensitive (sometimes overly so, I suppose, but that's another thread) to the way folks treat each other on this board. I did see some meanspiritedness in the response about someone needing a book to build a bike, etc.

And I've got to agree that using a fork brace with rollers is not a good substitute for a trainer. You'd be amazed the bargains with used trainers, and if you don't want to ding up the new wheels (which I understand) then I'd use the rollers in a doorway (done that!) and work on roller technique with less risk of biffing.
A question on the braceLone Gunman
Sep 4, 2001 9:43 AM
If you use the brace, what keeps the rest of the bike from whipping side to side if you decide to hammer, how do you lock the headset in? I have both and my trainer is an older model that locks in the bike at the bottom bracket area. That has been the complaint about rollers, tough to really hammer on them.