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Trainer or Rollers???(3 posts)

Trainer or Rollers???rcarbs
Apr 17, 2002 4:35 PM
I am recovering from a A-C (coller bone)seperation and want to keep in shape. I am considering buying either rollers or a trainer. Any insight on this? I know that to use rollers at this time I would have to get a fork stand untill the shoulder heals. Can you get as good of a workout on rollers as you can on a trainer? What do you prefer and why?
RollersKerry Irons
Apr 17, 2002 5:44 PM
you can get a workout on either, but rollers will build your riding skills, your spin, and your overall efficiency. In my experience, a lot more people need skill building than just strength building. The only thing you can't really do on rollers is out of saddle sprints. Of course, you have to ask yourself whether you need to do these during the winter, when you are typically working on your base.
Prefer rollers, butdjg
Apr 18, 2002 8:14 AM
a) a good (and not purely aerobic) workout is more likely if you get some with smaller drums, rather than the 4 or 4 1/2" options (or add a fan or mag drag unit); and
b) some of the advantages of rollers (viz. balance and smoothness) will be compromised so long as you use that fork stand--although, of course, you'll eventually heal and ditch it).