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Rollers vs Trainer (I have been riding for a year)(5 posts)

Rollers vs Trainer (I have been riding for a year)PhatMatt
May 22, 2002 10:02 AM
What dou you think. Should I get the rollers (w/resistance unit) or a trainer. What do you all think.

Depends on your goals.Scot_Gore
May 22, 2002 10:19 AM

If your goal is to build cycling strenght so you will be able to climb hills, pedal hard and leave your group wondering where you went, get the trainer. Trainers are the best tool to build strenght and power from you to the bike.

If your goal is to improve your handling skills, understand "pedaling in circles", and your own comfort level astride your saddle get the rollers.

This isn't as clear cut as I'm going to make it sound and there is alot of overlap between the two tools, but basically trainers make you a stronger biker and rollers make you a more skillful biker.

My two cents

re: Rollers vs Trainer (I have been riding for a year)mixinbeatz
May 22, 2002 10:21 AM
This has been discussed several times on the Race board you might want to do a search.
IMHO, I think that a resistance trainer is more effective than rollers. Although I have not tried rollers w/ resistance, I have both rollers and fluid trainer and find the trainer key to building on the bike strength. Rollers are a fun distraction and good for technique, but a trainer does more to make you a stronger rider.
ah, but he did say "w/resistance unit." I'm a big fan ofbill
May 22, 2002 10:49 AM
rollers, which have done more for my overall cycling ability than any single other toy or technique or whatever. I just got a resitance unit for my rollers, and I can't believe that I'm missing much of what a trainer has to offer (some people have both, hoopefully one of those guys will chime in).
Downside: Even with a resistance unit, grinding at high resistance, low cadence is not very easy with rollers (although above about 50-60 rpms is doable and, frankly, if you're dropping below that cadence I can't believe you're helping yourself much, anyway). Out of the saddle sprints are tough, too, although not impossible within reason -- you cannot throw your bike around, you have to maintain more control than that, but you can get out of the saddle and hit a high cadence, high resistance sprint. Consider the alternative; I can't believe that a sprint locked into a trainer is all that realistic, either.
Big upside: The thing that trainers can't do that rollers excel at is to show you where in your stroke you are missing opportunity. This is what I think most people overlook when they poo-poo rollers as strength/power builders. What you will learn from rollers, because not to learn this is to end up on the floor, is how to use your entire stroke, hamstrings and hip extensor and all that stuff, in your stroke. Finding muscles to use other than your quads for the other 270 degrees of your stroke IS developing power, and, IMHO, more than compensates for the supposed handicap when rollers are compared to trainers.
Go rollers. You will not regret it. I offer a money back guarantee (whatever money you pay me, I will return if dissatisfied for any reason, no questions asked).
Trainers let you do one thingKerry
May 22, 2002 4:39 PM
compared to rollers. That one thing is stand up and hammer. While the claim that trainers work you harder is largely based on this, but rollers will do the most to help you become a faster, better rider. No doubt.