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rollers?(6 posts)

rollers?namir in SoCal
Jun 9, 2002 5:23 PM
So I'm a newbie, and I found a deal on an older set of Kreitler rollers.

They are the PVC ones, and the guy says they're in great shape. Even so, I could always replace the PVC rollers with metal ones, I guess.

Anyway, my questions are as follows: what would be the possible concerns in buying used rollers of this nature?
I also would really appreciate any advice on training with rollers. Is it a bad idea for a newbie to ride rollers? What is the single biggest tip for not falling on my face? Is it worth getting these to avoid developing bad habits, or should I wait?

The other thing is, I go to college in a place where winter makes a lot of outdoor riding somewhat unpleasant...the roads are also really bad during winter.

One of my favorite subjects. EVERYBODY can benefit from rollersbill
Jun 9, 2002 6:34 PM
from the newest to the least newest.
The single best tip for not falling over is --- well, I guess I have three.
One. Relax. Loosen your grip. Trust the bike.
Two. Small movements/corrections.
Three. Bigger gears are easier to stay up on when you are starting out.
As for the PVC rollers, all that Kreitler told me about them was that if you leave the fanbelt stretched over the rollers, the PVC can deform. If they're smooth, they're smooth.
Have fun. It's one of the best things you can do to improve.
Yep, yep!Ken of Fresno
Jun 9, 2002 10:41 PM
Rollers are the best cure for common squirrel. :)
Don't pass up a good deal on something that could be the number one tool for improfing your bike handling skills.

re: rollers?Woof the dog
Jun 9, 2002 6:40 PM
I wouldn't bother replacing the drums, unless you gots cash to burn. Rollers are a tool and I find pleasure in abusing them. Sure they sound noisy and roll uneven, sure there are deep scratches in plastic, but I am gonna ride the suckers till they derail on me completely. I suggest you do the same. You should get a lifetime out of them, as they are quality.

Search this site for rollers, you should get tons of hits.

Have you ever met a dog that can roller?

Woof the dog.
Rollers are greatPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jun 9, 2002 8:11 PM

Rollers are great in all honesty and Kreitlers are the best you can possibly buy. Theres none better! So don't worry about buying used Kreitler rollers as long as they spin smooth.

Its not bad at all for a newbie to ride rollers. It teaches good bike handling skills but you should offset it with some stationary bike work in the winter just so the rollers don't limit it you to how fast you can go.

As for not landing on your face... put something in the middle of the front roller just in front of the tire and focus on that.

Just ride... if you ahve to ride in a door jam but try to move as quickly as possible out of this and try to master getting on without any support by pedalling with one leg on the ground in a ratchet motion and hopping on. Very hard to do but impressive when you get it.

Have fun!
re: rollers?zero1
Jun 10, 2002 4:04 AM
i started riding rollers back in january and to be honest the 1st time i tried them it was like putting my bike on a pond of took me about 10 to 12 times before i started feeling comfortable...just do not give up on them...they can really help u with your training, especially spinning and not pass up a good deal...i know if someone my age (52) can learn to ride them anyone can....ride safe