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HELP! JUST GOT ROLLERS!!(13 posts)

HELP! JUST GOT ROLLERS!!nestorl
Oct 2, 2001 3:04 PM
Anyone wth detailed instructions/advise about how to learn...even getting on the bike is quite a challenge... Any tips would be appreciated!!! Thanks
Um...............Spinchick
Oct 2, 2001 3:08 PM
1. put them next to a wall
2. hold onto wall tightly while clipping in
3. start pedaling while still holding the wall
4. let go carefully
5. do not get cocky
6. I'm totally serious about number 5
7. be careful about what music you listen to
Music?RB
Oct 2, 2001 3:39 PM
no way! your's good!
Point #8Kerry Irons
Oct 2, 2001 4:14 PM
You can even ride with your shoulder against the wall for stabilization as you gain experience.
re: HELP! JUST GOT ROLLERS!!Lone Gunman
Oct 2, 2001 3:57 PM
Start with flat tennis shoes instead of cycling shoes and make sure the laces are secured and not flopping around. Check the archives as this subject was covered extensively a few weeks ago. Relaxing the whole body instead of being tense is key, also not looking down at the roller helps once you get going. I started out trying to get the hang of it in a hallway, you may be better off starting in a grassy area with plywood under the legs of the rollers. Just set the bike on the roller set in a low gear so it is easy to spin and be as quiet in the upper body as you can be and ride setting small goals; 20 seconds, 1 minute, and so on. Expect to struggle at first and DON'T GIVE UP! You will be a much better rider as a result of the training.
A fair amount of the battle is gaining the simple blindbill
Oct 2, 2001 5:02 PM
faith that the bike will stay up. It CAN BE DONE.
I position myself next to some sort of support. I clip in with my left foot, hold on with the right hand. Pull myself over the bike like a horse. Now I'm up. Haven't started pedaling yet. Holding on with my right hand, I clip in the right and start to pedal. I get up a little speed (the gyro effect of the wheels helps -- I agree on not working too hard, but try to get a little speed up by using the big ring). Hold on with the right. Let go. Hold on, let go. Focus on spinning in circles. Keep the wheels under you, turning the bars, leaning, whatever you have to do. When you get enough confidence in the whole thing to let go long enough to grab the bars with both hands, RELAX. You're there. RELAX. Trust the bike a little. And don't get cocky.
and use small movements. The other big part of thebill
Oct 2, 2001 5:03 PM
battle is learning not to overcorrect. RELAX.
I learned in a doorway........Len J
Oct 2, 2001 5:38 PM
with the doorjam centered so I could use my elbows to stabilize. Relax & set small goals. Spin don't mash.

& relax

Len
re: HELP! JUST GOT ROLLERS!!Jamis
Oct 2, 2001 9:58 PM
Maybe I'm gifted, but I never really had any trouble using rollers from the very start. Anyhow enough with the bragging... the best advice I can give you is that if you start to fall over, just relax and put your foot down. I'm not trying to be a smart ass, but your natural instinct when you're pedaling and you begin to loose you balance is to tense up, expecting a big crash. But remember you're not really moving so the only thing that can happen is you fall over sideways -- the key to rollers is to stay relaxed. I know there are stories of people having falling off rollers and really "crashing", however, in most cases, if you react calmly you will avoid any serious mishaps.
re: HELP! JUST GOT ROLLERS!!LLSmith
Oct 3, 2001 3:09 AM
Got mine about a month ago.First off there is hope...it will get easier as you practice more.I have used them about 6 times and got up to 30 minutes without having to grab anything to stop the fall.I can even take my eyes off the front roller and move my head from side to side now.To start I put the bike on the rollers and climb on. Then clip in with one foot. I have mine set up next to a vehicle on my left. I hold the vehicle... get on the saddle and clip the other foot in. I pretty much get off in reverse.Each of my rides has been easier, but I have to stay focused on exactly what I am doing.As far as improving your road riding, don't get to confident about that just yet.This past Saturday I fell for the first time ever while starting a ride. I was just taking off and getting ready to adjust my mirror(very slow speed).Don't really know what happened, but there I was laying on the pavement with a bike stuck between my legs. I don't know what size your rollers are. From what I have read the smaller the roller the harder the ride.I'm sure glad I got the 3" and not the 2".
use a mirrorDuane Gran
Oct 3, 2001 3:42 AM
All the other advice is really good, but one thing I have found helpful is to position the bike/rollers facing a full length mirror. If you have a hallway, this is preferable for when starting out, but when you get comfortable move onto being next to a wall. Having a mirror in front allows you to look directly ahead and easily detect if you are drifting to one side or the other. You can also analyze your form a bit if you want, and you get plenty of time to admire yourself. ;)
re: HELP! JUST GOT ROLLERS!!zero1
Oct 3, 2001 4:45 AM
practice! practice! practice! practice! practice! practice!
good luck and ride safe....
I haven't used rollers in yearsJules
Oct 3, 2001 6:07 AM
because I live in Southern California and I can ride all year round (sorry). I used to put a small step stool near the pedals to step up onto the bike. It also helps to be near a wall or table or something to steady yourself until you get pedaling.

You'll get used to it after a while.