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Rollers(27 posts)

Oct 4, 2001 4:58 AM
I want to do the roller thing this winter. After reading another post it ocured to me that there is a skill to rolling. I am relatively coordinated, as I would imagine any of us are who ride bikes. Any way what is the learning curve? Will it take me all winter to get proficient? Once prficient can I get out of the sadle? I was planning on getting the Minora rollers with the ICE set up. Basically computer controled resistance. Does any one else have a roller set up like this?
I think rollers work best on the KISS plan.MB1
Oct 4, 2001 5:33 AM
Start out without all the accessories. People generally either love or hate rollers so to me it doesn't make much sense to go overboard on your roller purchases. Can't you buy the Minora rollers (quality stuff indeed) without the additional resistance. Then if you find that you like rolling-buy the extras if you still feel you need them I bet you won't).

Better yet, ask around and see if someone will loan you a set for a week or so. Long enough for you to give rollers a real try and to decide if they are going to work for you.

Rollers will give you a great workout-adding resistance just makes them that much harder to stay up on.

My .02 worth.
Would a fixed gear work on rollers?Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 4, 2001 6:45 AM
The bike I feel most comfortable abusing is my track bike. I'd hate to learn the hard way on my roadie and bust it to pieces (it's carbon).

I'm trying to imagine what stopping and getting off would be like with a fixie on rollers. Talk about developing a good spin, tho.

Trackies do it. But only to keep warm between events.MB1
Oct 4, 2001 6:51 AM
There is no problem getting on and off or starting with a fixte but you just don't have a hard enough gear on a fixte set up for road use to get much of a workout on rollers once you are over the learning curve. No reason not to start out on a fixte though.

And yes I imagine you would develop an amazing spin if you kept at it for a while.
i ride fixieishmael
Oct 5, 2001 6:07 AM
just dont go backwards getting off...i got a headwind thing,its useless without it, especially with fixie
re: RollersWoof the dog
Oct 4, 2001 5:48 AM
if you are not an old geezer like probably half the people here and do not ride 500 mile rides which make your crotch a raw hamburger but instead practice tight cornering in the parking lot and trackstand at every light, you will only need 10 minutes to get comfortable. With 2nd ride you will hop on rollers without support in the middle of a football field, and soon will be able to ride it no hands easy. Out of saddle stuff is useless, because you rock your bike back and forth which can lead to the fall so you must take it easy. i think the key is to put your front roller not right under the front wheel but way in front of it, so that you wouldn't push your bike out when out of saddle. Any questions?

If any old geezers think I am insolent rude whatever, don't bother getting mad...I love you guys anyway (in a friendly sort of way of course)


Woof the doggie dog
I feel the love too. Platonically of course. nmMB1
Oct 4, 2001 5:51 AM
Not that there's anything wrong with that. nmBrooks
Oct 4, 2001 6:26 AM
There is if you KISS your rollers. nmSpinchick
Oct 4, 2001 6:40 AM
Man, it is not even Friday yet. I think we have some energyMB1
Oct 4, 2001 6:43 AM
here today. Guess we better ride big miles this weekend.
It's always here. Just that some days we show restraint. nmSpinchick
Oct 4, 2001 6:47 AM
What days are those? I must have missed 'em. nmMB1
Oct 4, 2001 7:03 AM
Why dont you and Spinchik just get a room!!!. nmAustin Danger Powers
Oct 4, 2001 12:10 PM
no message
Isn't the point not to get horizontal? nmBrooks
Oct 4, 2001 7:12 AM
depends on what you're doing. ;) nmraboboy
Oct 4, 2001 7:19 AM
Oh my, what have we gotten ourselves into? nmMB1
Oct 4, 2001 7:22 AM
YOU started it, Mr. KISS man. nmSpinchick
Oct 4, 2001 7:39 AM
I'm on my way to confession right now! nmMB1
Oct 4, 2001 7:44 AM
Wow. Guess we won't be hearing from you for a while ;-) nmSpinchick
Oct 4, 2001 7:49 AM
Ok, you people are weird (nm)Woof the dog
Oct 5, 2001 2:34 AM
It took you this long to figure that out? nmMB1
Oct 5, 2001 5:33 AM
Rollers! You're supposed to be doing rollers! nmBrooks
Oct 4, 2001 7:49 AM
Being a mere mortal, and not a grrring Woof with super-caninebill
Oct 4, 2001 7:19 AM
powers, I would leaven expectations just a tad. If you are more like me than Woof, expect a learning curve of longer than ten minutes. The first time you do it you'll think it's all a bad joke, like a "left-handed smoke-shifter" or a snipe hunt. The second time, you'll hang for a bit. And the third time, some more. It takes a week or two, though, before you can get on and off entirely at will. Take it easy. It's doable, it's incredibly beneficial, but don't expect miracles very soon.
There is a voice of reason! What are you doing here? ;-))nmMB1
Oct 4, 2001 7:22 AM
Lost. Can you help me? I keep ending up here.bill
Oct 4, 2001 7:35 AM
"Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in."
Michael Corleone
Hmmm...I guess you do belong! Welcome friend. nmMB1
Oct 4, 2001 7:38 AM
BTW it ain't raw hamburger, it's Steak Tartar. Class y'know. nmMB1
Oct 4, 2001 7:42 AM