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Fell off my rollers this morning and....(29 posts)

Fell off my rollers this morning and....PatM
Jan 16, 2002 4:23 AM
it wasn't a graceful dismount by any means but I had the long standing myth in my head that you would go headlong into the wall. That did not happen. A post about a week ago also stated that this was a myth. I actually didn't go forward very much, I was going about 17-18mph, the front wheel came off the roller then the back, I unclipped my pedal and put my foot down and that was it. Not that I want to do it again but some of the fear is gone. How many of you roller users have done the same ?
re: Fell off my rollers this morning and....DWridesGT
Jan 16, 2002 4:46 AM
Look into getting a stationary trainer. :-)
Similar experience,Spinchick
Jan 16, 2002 4:58 AM
but I kind of fell of sideways. I've done better since then but I'm still not 100% stable on those things.
Similar experience,DWridesGT
Jan 16, 2002 5:01 AM
spinchick- how's the new baby commin' along??
Similar experience,Spinchick
Jan 16, 2002 5:52 AM
Only 5 1/2 months to go. As long as I stay off the rollers, that is! Thanks for asking...:-)
Babies, spokes, and gears don't mix . . .morrison
Jan 16, 2002 7:59 AM
Probably common sense, but it's a good idea to remember that once the little critter gets mobile, rollers and stationary trainers will be objects of INTENSE fascination. One grab at a moving wheel can cost a finger or worse. If it's not already there, might be time to put the rollers in the garage. :-)
Babies, spokes, and gears don't mix . . .Spinchick
Jan 16, 2002 2:03 PM
Actually, this little critter isn't yet born. However, the drastic change in my center of gravity is enough to keep me off for now. Didn't have the rollers when my daughter was a baby/toddler so I didn't have to think of it. Good advice, though. Thanks!
I watch the cats mill around me, and I wait for one of thembill
Jan 16, 2002 2:23 PM
to flick her little tail into some part of the machinery that will end up depriving her of said little tail. Of course, and this truly is the great thing about cats, is that I'll watch them and be worrying, and then I'll go ass over teakettle.
My three-year old seems to know enough to stay away, although she has hung around and watched cartoons and asked me a bunch of three-year-old questions (and adding, "are you being careful, Daddy? Don't huht youhself, Daddy. How's youh boo-boo, Daddy?" Ahh, domestic bliss).
The comment I kept gettingSpinchick
Jan 16, 2002 2:43 PM
the few times I tried it when my daughter(3 1/2) was around was, "Mom, you're not GOING anywhere, maybe you should pedal FASTER." This, coming from the same little mouth that has suggested "wings" for my bike so I can "really go fast." It's REALLY hard to stay on the rollers when you're cracking up.
You mean you are not working on stupid roller tricks??? nmMB1
Jan 16, 2002 2:59 PM
questionWoof the dog
Jan 16, 2002 5:14 AM
another reason to avoid speedplays on rollers - sometimes you ain't got enough time to unclip. How were you able to put your foot down if the front and then rear wheels roll off and stop while you are still centered over rollers? did you put your foot down on the side of where the bike came off or on the other side? Usually, when I lose balance (rarely) I fall on my foot the opposite side of coming off.


Woof, the friggin roller dawg
Jan 16, 2002 5:51 AM
I have time pedals and I naturally unclip my left foot first and the front wheel went off the right side of the rollers. I think when it did I unclipped my left foot and tried to put it down, then the rear wheel came off and I was able to put my foot down, although not at all graceful. The rollers are also right next to a counter which I was able to put my hand onto to help. I know I was lucky in terms of not completely taking a digger.
re: Fell off my rollers this morning and....jswhern
Jan 16, 2002 6:00 AM
I recall that post myself on falling off rollers. I have a broken 19 inch TV to disprove that myth. I was riding about 26-27 mph when I focused on my daughter doing something and off I went right into the TV 10ft in front of me. Myth, maybe, but tell that to my wife who discourages me from riding in the family room at all. That is the only time it has happened. Usually I topple over like closing a book, and stay with your rollers, stationary trainers are for mindless techno weenies. I would rather run the risk of falling off due to my lack of focus than asume a drooling
re: Fell off my rollers this morning and....PatM
Jan 16, 2002 6:17 AM
Now that you mention that story - I do remember that. I guess I am lucky that I am in the garage where the most I can break is my head or my bike. I like my rollers they are nothing fancy, performance, pvc drums, but they give me the work out I need and make me pay attention to what I am doing - sometimes ;^)
re: Fell off my rollers this morning and....RayBan
Jan 16, 2002 6:05 AM
yeah I fell off them before. It happens when I'm paying more attention to the cycling video on the TV then to where I am REALLY riding! Luckily I have just come to an abrubt stop, and somehow managed to clip out and put a foot down.
re: Fell off my rollers this morning and....door buster
Jan 16, 2002 6:22 AM
I went off the front of the rollers while sprinting at "45mph" road speed. I went down the hall totally out of control biffing the walls and eventually into the bathroom door. Two seconds of inattention and disaster strikes. Damage: one bathroom door and frame, several wall scrapes, a front rim, burn out marks on the hardwood floor and a pissed off land lord. My girl friends mother was in the bathroom at the time too. Moral: Give up rollers, get a front wheel holder-stabilizer or wear a helmetindoors. I did well over a thousand dollars damage and spooked the old lady.
Tennis shoes...Lone Gunman
Jan 16, 2002 6:26 AM
I still have not transitioned to bike shoes on the rollers. I tried it earlier this year and within the first 2 minutes had a pulled groin and a sprained ankle. I don't have problems riding rollers and do the no hands thing at times, I concentrate on retaining pedal pressure throughout the entire stroke.
yup nutin much can go wrong..... well maybe.....CT1
Jan 16, 2002 7:00 AM
I came off my rollers while at about 32 MPH and nothing happened other than my tires got slightly "burned".

BTW: A fellow over on velo news "reported" that someone died from a head injury due to a fall off of rollers. He then made the leap of logic to suggest people should wear helmets while riding rollers. I guess if you're stupid enough to ride rollers with a coffee table next to you then maybe you should wear a helmet.

I heard that a local racer (D.C. -- I think that he was withbill
Jan 16, 2002 8:00 AM
NCVC), a young guy with a little family, was by himself, fell over, hit his head on a coffee table, and died. This was supposed to have been some time in the last year or two. I don't recall this on the news, but I've heard it from other local cyclists. If it's true, which I have little reason to doubt (it's entirely plausible, I guess, even if a real fluke, and I think that there was some question as to whether his falling over was cause or effect) it's very sad, but I'm not worried about it's happening to me any more than I am worried about getting run over by a bus. Yeah, it could happen, but I'll watch where I'm going, and I'm darn sure not going to stay on the curb. I guess all I do differently after hearing that is to try to scope out what I would hit if I went over.
With a little experience, even if you do slip off (which has happened to me maybe a small handful of times after the first couple of weeks, during which it was a too-frequent occurrence) it tends to be much less dramatic. You just slip off; like any bike emergency, you learn not to panic.
I also worry far more about what's next to me than what's in front of me. All I could say about the stories of people shooting through hallways is that, when I've slipped off, my wheels were turning at 25-30 mph at least, and I didn't go forward an inch. With no forward momentum, you need an awful lot of energy from just your spinning wheels to move your 180 combined pounds or whatever from nothing to speeds fast enough to move you any distance, let alone 10 or twenty feet or whatever. Add to that the kinetic, as opposed to static, friction of your wheels on the floor surface, and I'm wondering all over again how the bike is going to move forward. I would think that you would have to continue to pedal long after you fell off. To people who haven't tried rollers,I just have to say that these sorts of events are, umm, unusual, and I wouldn't let them dissuade me.
ehemDuane Gran
Jan 16, 2002 12:16 PM
I'm going to try not to get too personal about this, but I think you are referring to the NCVC racer in the DC area who died last year on rollers. I knew him. It is true, and I have on occassion suggested wearing helmets on the rollers, although in the case in question it probably wouldn't have helped the person. The table was glass. I won't go into the gory details, but it was a very sad thing.

The moral of the story is to keep a clear area around the rollers.
sorry for the cynical remarks! ride on .... nmCT1
Jan 16, 2002 7:05 PM
Myth and reality of the rollertempete
Jan 16, 2002 7:41 AM
Lots of things can happen on a rollers. And as it seems, wheather they are the tool for you or not is as much a question of opinion (what you think) as a question of choice (what you've tried)...

Still, you can fall off them. I doubt that it would be more dangerous and glamourous as sliding on elk pie on a corner, coming down Bear Tooth Pass in Montana (or is it Wyoming?) but it is IMPOSSIBLE to fall off a roller and hit a wall at the speed you are going to UNLESS your weight and the weight of your bike together is a lower mass than the rotating wheels...

See what I mean? The two pounds wheels revolving at 49 km/h on a surface on a square inch don't carry much energy as your mass stays immobile "floating" over the rollers.

Falling off is similar to failing to unclip at a trafic light. Except for the added height that may cause trouble.

If you have no side support, use a chair with the back towards your side so you can put a hand on it and try to do it BEFORE it's too late. Confidence will come if you persevere. Remeber loosing the training wheels? ha ha!

Yes it's tricky to get started on these. No they are not for everyone. I'm sure lots of us have broken stuff in the house or burnt a rug. I did.

But please! It's not because I use a roller that I despise the trainer. So don't be a moron and bring that "MTBers are stupid, roadies rule" inside the roadies "roller vs trainer" or "titanium vs alu"...

If it makes you train, I suppose it's all good.
Myth and reality of the rollerflying
Jan 16, 2002 9:55 AM
Tempete wrote
"but it is IMPOSSIBLE to fall off a roller and hit a wall at the speed you are going to UNLESS your weight and the weight of your bike together is a lower mass than the rotating wheels... "

Thanks Tempete,
I often wonder why folks post those tall tales.I know from using rollers every other night...
You can be doing 40+ but it the wheel should come off the roller it will stop right now right there period.
I wonder if they meant they kept pedaling down the hall into doors etc? lol ;-)
no big woop... unless...g-money
Jan 16, 2002 7:47 AM
your foot fails to disengage from your pedal. Then the floor gets a bit hard. I have done the same thing. I sometimes ride from side to side on my roller just for fun. Every now and then I plop my front wheel off the front. Abrupt stop... Have yet to have any physical damage... Just ego...
sounds like a blues song...mr_spin
Jan 16, 2002 8:22 AM
A little 12-bar for y'all:

Fell off my rollers this morning and got myself a beer
Fell off my rollers this morning and got myself a beer
I didn't go forward much
Now I've got no fear

It needs work, but someone call B.B. King!
I like it!gtx
Jan 16, 2002 9:04 AM
the beer part is good. I think you're on to something.
Jan 16, 2002 2:07 PM
and if you drink a few BEFORE you get on the rollers, it probably won't hurt as much if you do fall off. :-)
It happens, furniture just jumps out at youAndante
Jan 16, 2002 9:38 AM
One of my worst cycling injuries was on rollers. I was just going along, and did not hear my roomate come home. He sort of snuck up on me and shouted in my ear. I went off the rollers, a few feet forward, into the desk and flipped up on top of it. Very painful. Did not see a doctor, as I was too embarassed to tell him that I rode into a desk. I would have been more safe with 1)pedals other than Looks with the release tension set at max 2) a helmet 3) a helmet mirror. Now I keep my back to the wall, and there are no surprises.
"I was just riding along ..."IF Rider
Jan 16, 2002 6:53 PM
This was back in the early eighties. So the technology was a little different.

No clipless pedals, I was using my old Detto Pietro racing shoes (leather soles with a set of screwed in cleats). Leather toes straps pulled tight.

I was listening to the stereo through a set of headphones with a long coiled extension cord (punk rock, living at my parents house and pre walkman days). Hung a bent wire coat hanger over the ceiling light to keep the cord up and out of the way of spinning wheels.

My parents used kerosene heaters to supplement the regular house heat. This dried the hell out of the air and lead to some nasty static electricity.

I was just riding along, listening to some loud music. I reach over to grab my water bottle off a metal shelf and get the nasties spark ever know to man. This causes me to loose control of the bike. I swerve left, swerve right and tried to pulled out of the toe clips (being studdly and stupid, I really cranked down on the toe straps). I rode off the rollers fell over on to the floor, tearing the metal shelf and stack of school books off the wall. The headphone cord pulled the lampshade off the ceiling light, which then crashed down next to me and shattering into an infinite number of shards.

Boy did I feel stupid. But rollers do really improve your riding ...