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Rollar or trainer - and which one?(13 posts)

Rollar or trainer - and which one?Rich_Racer
Aug 14, 2002 4:42 AM
As winter approaches (it comes pretty early in England!) I'm thinking of buying a trainer/rollar for the first time. Trainers seem to come epuipped with lots of cool add-ons but rollars seem like they'd actually simulate cycling better (along with a big fan!). What do other people think/have??

Rich.
Tried both, like the trainer...cabinfever
Aug 14, 2002 4:54 AM
I tried a roller first. The balance thing took a day or two to master. The more I did it, the better I got, but it still felt like I was spending more time worrying about staying upright than getting a workout. IMHO, a trainer/roller is about staying in shape, and the trainer does that for me much better than a roller. I think the Kurt Kinetic or Cyclops Fluid 2 are probably some of the best out there for the money.
rollers for technique, trainers for aerobic training (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 14, 2002 5:13 AM
what about rollers with resistance units?TomS
Aug 14, 2002 7:05 AM
I'm looking at getting one or the other this winter too... it seems like a set of rollers with a resistance unit would be the best of both worlds.

I haven't actually tried either though, so I don't know.
Depends on how the resistance unit works...cabinfever
Aug 14, 2002 7:12 AM
I don't know if a resistance unit could ever produce the resistance I get from my Fluid2 trainer. But, if it did, it might work well.
My thought was to keep riding anyway...TomS
Aug 14, 2002 7:20 AM
...at least commuting and weekend rides, and use rollers mainly to try to improve technique over the winter. But for the times when it gets really nasty out I'd have at least a little resistance to work with.
maybeColnagoFE
Aug 14, 2002 7:28 AM
But I sometimes just like to add on some resistance and just crank--maybe even watch some TV. With the rollers you have to stay sharp or fall off.
I actually like my Schwinn Spin bike bestColnagoFE
Aug 14, 2002 7:29 AM
Fixed gear with as much resistance as you need and a 40lb flywheel to keep it smooth.
what about rollers with resistance units?joekm
Aug 14, 2002 9:01 AM
I've heard that some people will reduce their tire pressure to increase resistance on rollers. Alternatively, it is possible to buy smaller diameter rollers to achieve the same effect.
Not reallyKerry
Aug 14, 2002 4:59 PM
Rollers are great for aerobic training. Until you develop a smooth spin, it's tougher to do anaerobic workouts (full out sprints) and you can never really do those "thrash the bike" sprints. There's not a lot of point in doing that kind of training in the winter, but a lot of people seem to think it is critical and therefore prefer trainers. Rollers are definitely the route to take if you want to become a better cyclist AND more fit.
re: Rollar or trainer - and which one?zero1
Aug 14, 2002 5:51 AM
I have been riding rollers since last january and though it took a while to get use to them, i really enjoy the work out i get..i try to ride them from 45 minutes to 1 hr when i can't get outside to ride....to me it simulates riding outside more than does the stationary trainer...that is my 2 cents worth.....ride safe...
re: Rollar or trainer - and which one?joekm
Aug 14, 2002 9:05 AM
I agree, once you get up the learning curve on the rollers, the workout is at least as good as a trainer. Additionally, I think it helps my overall control of the bike.
re: Rollar or trainer - and which one?mackgoo
Aug 14, 2002 7:07 AM
I went through this last year. I ended up building a cross bike and riding all year. It was great. The thought of spending the winter inside sickens me now.