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roller workouts(10 posts)

roller workoutszero1
Oct 2, 2001 6:29 AM
does anyone have any suggestions for good roller workouts or where to find some. ride safe!!
re: roller workoutsPaulCL
Oct 2, 2001 6:30 AM
Try The tapes are about $25 each, but well worth it if you are like me and get bored very easily on the rollers.
Cure for roller boredom. "Stupid Roller Tricks".MB1
Oct 2, 2001 6:44 AM
Just something to do to pass those winter days away.

1) Drink from your bike mounted waterbottle.
2) Ride no hands.
3) Stand up and sprint.
4) Ride with only l leg in the pedals.
5) Take your shirt off while rolling.
6) Bunny hop off.
7) Bunny hop on.
8) Ride backwards.

It can take a long time to master these skills (some call them dumb). Give you something to work on while maintaining fitness.
Aren't you forgetting one?Spinchick
Oct 2, 2001 7:40 AM
Okay now I get your post from a few days ago. Was I just a little over sensitive? I hate when that happens.
What? Falling off?MB1
Oct 2, 2001 7:45 AM
That is only a good trick when done gracefully in front of friends and family followed by "I ment to do that, how did it look?"

Oh well, now you have a few ideas of what to do on rollers.

BTW when are you going to get a fixte?
When I can find one within my budget...Spinchick
Oct 2, 2001 7:48 AM
read - free to really cheap.

And it was, um, graceful...and um, I meant to do that...yeah, that's it, I meant to do it.
Fixtes are fun and can be cheap.MB1
Oct 2, 2001 7:56 AM
There was a rider this weekend on an old used Schwinn Sprint (about $169 new in the early 80's) converted to a fixte. I bet he didn't have $100 in it. Check out Sheldon Browns website for a how to do.

All those different ways to ride and types of bikes can really improve your riding and outlook quickly. No reason to spend gobs-o-dough, look for used. Even for the tandem with child stoker kit. You know they are out there if you look around.

Your story about trying rollers for the first time cracked me up. I could just picture you getting comfortable and thinking it was easy-then bam down you go. Been there, done that! But at least you aren't afraid to try things. I'm looking forward to more Spinchick adventure reports.
40 bucksvanzutas
Oct 2, 2001 8:09 AM
I built one this weekend. for $40. all I bought was a bottom bracket and a rear cog. I got an old vista frame from someone who was throwing it out, cleaned and greased the headset. then I used the wheels and cranks off an old cannondale I had around. throw in some parts from the parts bin and it is a fun ride. front brake was all I have needed so far but I try not to use it.
Nix the rear brake on a fixte.MB1
Oct 2, 2001 8:19 AM
Makes it way too easy to lock up your rear wheel, then you have no control at all (prepare for a gravity assisted dismount). I've learned to lay off the rear brake entirely, I only keep it in case I flop to a freewheel.

However I would never ride without the front brake. Even if you don't use it much you occasionally really need it.
re: roller workoutsmackgoo
Oct 2, 2001 9:38 AM
I am going to have to do something this winter, as I work at a facility that has been affected by the sep 11 tragedy and security has closed the gym for who knows how long. Any way, I like the idea of the rollers as it seems that it most closely replicates a real ride. I saw an add for manaura ice wich is a computer interface that can be used with their rollers. Does any one know if any one else makes something like this?