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Question for Roller Users(10 posts)

Question for Roller UsersColorado Ron
Aug 22, 2002 9:20 AM
Just got a used set of Kreitlers. I was reading the tips section on their Web Site and see where they recommend you not use clip in pedals. I can see where this would be important when just learning but is it something established roller pros never do?
re: Question for Roller Usersspc15
Aug 22, 2002 9:39 AM
I've always clipped in without any problems...They probably mention this due to liability reasons. If you are starting out, it is probably a good idea not to clip in and place the rollers in a doorway. Once you get the hang of it, falling off is not a concern.

Clipping in helps me work on my form, which was one of the reasons I bought them in the first place.

My 2 cents...
re: Question for Roller UsersScot_Gore
Aug 22, 2002 10:00 AM
When I was learning I dropped a set of flats on my bike. Once I was confidient with how the bike handles on the rollers, I dropped the Speedplays on.

The best lesson rollers have to teach "Spinning In Circles" can only be taught with clipless pedals. I used flats durring the period when my major concern was not face planting into the basement floor, then went clipless for the real lessons to begin once I'd "graduated".

Yep Scot's right :) NMRayBan
Aug 22, 2002 10:19 AM
re: Question for Roller Usersjoekm
Aug 22, 2002 10:31 AM
I use my clips as a matter of necessity. That is, I don't want to have to change pedals when I change from rollers to the road. Also, from the standpoint of spinning, you might as well just stay with the clipless pedals.

That being said, it does take practice to get accustomed to the rollers. I would strongly reccommend that you stay with toe clips until you are both confident on the rollers and absolutely certain you can clip out on a moments notice. Once you are comfortable, switch over to the clipless pedals and ride next to a wall (or in a door) just in case.

BTW - I've fallen off rollers and, while it is hard on the tires, it's really not that spectacular of an event. Usually, the front wheel falls off first. Even if the back were to slip off, you're not going to go rocketing through the wall, you just don't have the rotational inertia. Every time I've fallen, I would just clip out and put my foot down.
re: Question for Roller Usersgwendolynofthemountain
Aug 22, 2002 3:35 PM
agreed. the falls are more traumatic for my downstairs neighbors (wheel sliding off to one side and me stomping down).

it should take about 1 or 2 rides to master the art of balance (then again, it could be like wheelies on a mountain bike... you either can or you can't). once that's accomplished, it shouldn't take too long to stand.
JA adviceJohnG
Aug 22, 2002 12:27 PM
The whole point of rollers is developing a smooooooth pedal stroke. You can ONLY do that when you are clipped in. Sounds like their JA lawyers wrote their manual.

Roller Stability Helpsjakart
Aug 22, 2002 6:12 PM
Did about a thousand miles last winter on my rollers. All in clips from the begining NOT Toe Clips. I find that if the rollers are close to a wall 6" or less (enough to clear the handle bars) that when my balance fails I can steer into the wall and lean into it with my shoulder. For me this worked much better than the doorway solution and gave me the confidence to go clipped. JK
Thats ridiculousPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 22, 2002 7:17 PM
Why you would NOT use clipless pedals is beyond me. Rollers are far harder without clips because you can't pedal smoothly so for learning this would be a fricking pain in the butt. Just place yourself between a doorjam, wall, chair, anything like that to hang onto and go from there.

Dunno what a roller pro is, but I certainly clip in.djg
Aug 23, 2002 7:40 AM
If you've never ridden rollers you might want to try sneakers once or twice (and no toe clips either) for easy and quick getaways. But really, once you get the hang of it you'll do better spinning away clipped in.