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How hard is it to ride rollers?(7 posts)

How hard is it to ride rollers?crankset
Dec 28, 2001 2:02 PM
Was wondering about that after reading the thread on buying rollers. Is it pretty easy to learn? I don't know how difficult it is but I remember trying to ride an unicycle one time and after a few days I quit, just couldn't get the hang of it. Can you learn to ride rollers in a day or does it take a while? I've heard of a few people coming off their rollers and riding right into their TV. A unicycle on that would be something..huh?
re: How hard is it to ride rollers?weiwentg
Dec 28, 2001 2:29 PM
I sorta got the hang of it (meaning i can not ride off the sides of the rollers) after about half an hour.
Not veryKerry Irons
Dec 28, 2001 4:07 PM
You should be able to stay up after a half hour, and be comfortable after you've had 10 sessions or so. Since you have no forward momentum when riding the rollers, you don't shoot forward when you come off unless you keep pedaling. Anyone who tells you stories of "flying across the room" after coming off the rollers has never done it, is pulling your leg, or is full of it.
It is extremely hard, you shouldn't try itWoof the dog
Dec 29, 2001 12:50 AM

it is actually pretty easy. Its harder to be really good, but practice makes for perfect technique.

Crashing into a tv or a dresser is usually a result of having these objects on your sides, so when you roll off the rollers, your wheels stop instantly often making marks on the carpet and you fall either left or right into an expensive tv or some other object. When this happens, try clicking out and sticking your foot out. Another reason why you shouldn't use speedplays on rollers, at least for the first few times. Sometimes its just not enough time to twist your foot out, trust me, hehe.


Woof, the rolla'dawg.
Rollers are the single best cycling investment I've everbill
Dec 29, 2001 11:35 AM
made. Do it.
I found power in my stroke that I never knew existed. The discipline forced me to address problems in my stroke and balance and smoothness that I never knew existed. Sounds silly, but for me, it is true.
Try the hallway..coonass
Dec 29, 2001 6:16 PM
I can't speak from experience [I HATEEEE indoor training:), but I have heard of guys beginning their learning techniques in a hallway to get the feel of the rollers....this gives you some close barriers to help you get started and to prevent falling to one side to the floor....of course, zooming into the living room or bedroom at 27mph is another matter :))

Good Luck !
Thanks for your replies<nm>crankset
Dec 29, 2001 8:13 PM