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choice: rollers vs new carbon bars(13 posts)

choice: rollers vs new carbon barsmoots
Mar 20, 2002 6:39 AM
My birthday is coming up and the wife needs suggestions. I am thinking of aksing for either kestrel carbon bars for the road bike or rollers. What would you ask for? Nashbar has rollers on sale for $99.00. Has anyone ever used the Nashbar rollers? I've never used rollers before.

Thanks in advance!
my .02SteveO
Mar 20, 2002 6:59 AM
do you currently have rollers?
do you currenty have handlebars?

pretty simple decision, imo. but then again, i guess im lucky that my $15 cheapo handlebars never seemed to detract from my riding.

I've never ridden nashbar rollers, but i do have performance. Personally, i find rollers to be a good investment... good during snow, heavy rain, when youre watching the kids, even for trying out positional adjustments without ever leaving sight of your toolbox.
Mar 20, 2002 7:39 AM
So long as your bars are intact (and the right size), I'd go with the rollers. Never tried the Nashbar.

Nothing wrong with both, in my experience--there's always next year.
I got the Nashbars...Lone Gunman
Mar 20, 2002 8:59 AM
And they ride like rollers. 2 years, no problems, ride them in the winter, plastic type. I see they are now offering them in alu drums as well for $179. I ride them for about an hour at a time sometimes longer about 3 times a week.
re: choice: rollers vs new carbon barsRayBan
Mar 20, 2002 9:51 AM
Well since the weather is about to get nice (winters ALMOST over) I would get the road bars. Sure my roller are used a lot during the cold dark months of winter but they lie dormant during the spring and summer. Put the rollers on your Xmas list.
Try this.Spoke Wrench
Mar 20, 2002 12:04 PM
Flip a coin. If you find yourself thinking "phooie" over the result, ask for the other.
Rollers...Andy M-S
Mar 20, 2002 12:05 PM
You can't ride a carbon bar when it's snowing outside, or when you have to be home, or when you're watching a good movie. Well, you can, actually, but only if you have rollers.

I've had a set of Nashbar folding rollers (really, really cheap things) for the last two years and, while they're not as smooth as they used to be, they've kept me sane through a couple of Wisconsin winters...
Mar 20, 2002 3:13 PM
I'm thinking rollers! PVC or Al? I like the PVC since their cheaper, but I have not ridden either.
lemme tell you bout rollers.bill
Mar 20, 2002 3:32 PM
Of all the things that can change your life in cycling, I'd place up at the top clipless pedals and rollers. But you asked about rollers.
I'm assuming that you're relatively new to this game. If you aren't, just consider me to have shut up and sat down.
But if you're new, I'm going to climb back up on my stump and preach.
If you are like me just two seasons ago, you knew shite about pedal stroke. You intuitively move your quads up and down, and you may even have heard about pedaling in circles and have tried to effect said circle-pedaling.
Without rollers, trust me, you haven't got it.
The first time on rollers seems a bad joke. You will not believe that you wasted a perfectly good gift-receiving opportunity on the devil's machine.
By the third time (second's a bit rough, too), you'll start to be proud of yourself for not scarring the floor, you, or both.
By the third week, you will be starting to like these things. And you will be learning what the heck pedaling in circles is all about. Your spin will smooth out, and you'll be using more of your lower body through more of your stroke.
And the heavens will open, and you will hear angels sing.
No lie.
Bottom line -- carbon bars are cool, but they won't change your life.
But, you know, if you're going to be outside until November, I kind of have to agree with my brother who said, nah, you've got plenty of time to save your rupies until the bad weather hits again. Depends on what you've got going. Me, I'll be using mine until my first-born is out of school for the summer, and I can get out in the a.m. again, but I trust you don't have those child-care issues. Your call.
lemme tell you bout rollers.moots
Mar 20, 2002 6:21 PM

My spin could use some work. I also MTB with a Moots soft tail. (If you want some efficency going up hill you have to be a decent spinner.) On the road is another story. To be honest it is easier to mash on the road.

I have a 21 month old, so finding time is still pretty good. I get out about 3 - 4 times a week. Adding 1 or 2 times on rollers would be great.

PVC or Al?

Thanks for your comments!
When I decided to get rollers, I was having a pretty good year,bill
Mar 21, 2002 8:04 AM
so I just went for it and got the machined alu rollers. I can't compare for you.
I can tell you why I chose alu. I was a little put off the Kreitler PVC (PVC caps only; I never considered PVC rollers themselves, mostly because I was committed to Kreitler and they don't make anything but alu rollers) by the warnings Kreitler included for the PVC caps to make sure that you don't do this and that with them. Probably all BS and they'll work just fine, although I certainly would believe that the alu will carry you into your dotage, where the PVC may not. Considering how I'm contemplating my dotage, I got alu.
Mar 21, 2002 7:00 AM
about angels singing or anything but I helped this ingrate pick out his first road bike--then he spends a winter on the rollers and comes back and starts dropping me. Like a rock.

So I went and got my own kreitlers.
oh, you flatter me my friend. keep it coming. nmbill
Mar 21, 2002 8:05 AM