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Indoor training/rollers(8 posts)

Indoor training/rollersDadecityroller
Aug 31, 2002 11:50 AM
I'm in the process of buying a set of rollers, I've narrowed my search to the sportscrafter model for $179.00. Can anyone give me their experience with this brand, good or bad. Or suggest a better brand in that price range? Another I looked into was ZZZing? The second part of my question involves fork stands with the rollers. Both have said they should not be used with Carbon forks? I'd like the benefits of the fork stand but have a carbon fork on my bike. Has anyone used the stand with the carbon? if so what are the ramifications? Thanks
If you're going to use a fork stand, you lose all the benefitsbill
Aug 31, 2002 5:21 PM
of rollers. I guess some people justify it because they say that the fork stand allows them to hammer, but, once you get good with rollers, you can hammer fine, thank you very much.
I should just ask -- what do you see are the benefits of the fork stand?
Aug 31, 2002 9:38 PM
A pair of rollers with a fork stand is infinitely better than a trainer. This is due to the fact if your pedal stroke isn't perfect your rear wheel will wag a tiny bit which is noticable. I think its good to compromise between riding rollers for balance/technique and aerobic benefit. Nothing sucks more than riding rollers for over an hour but I could live with doing it with a fork stand as I don't have to be really careful about my balance. As such I'm looking into a stand for my rollers. Also I want to get a wind trainer so I can do sprint workouts on my track bike with them.

Not exactlyDadecityroller
Sep 1, 2002 5:51 AM
At last someone who shares my sentiments. I was begining to feel like an idiot for wanting to use my rollers for duel purposes. Now can anyone answer my initial questions? Sportscrafters vs Zzzing. Both sound great for the money, neither have reviews by real people. Thanks
Not exactly is rightKerry
Sep 1, 2002 2:43 PM
You say that the fork stand is a compromise on technique/aerobic benefit. I think (hope) you meant anaerobic benefit. Rollers are great for aerobic workouts and for building your technique - spin, smoothness, ability to ride a straight line, efficiency, etc. The only possible knock on rollers is that they're not the place for out of the saddle efforts. Why you would be doing this in the winter is the topic for another thread, but you make no compromise on aerobic workouts with rollers. Are they more difficult to ride than a trainer? Yep. Did you not want to build your skills? After adequate practice on rollers, it is boredom that makes you want to stop, not difficulty. If you can't ride rollers, the odds are good that you have some significant skill building opportunity in front of you.
Sep 1, 2002 7:13 PM
I like the idea of having rollers and a fork stand. This is because as much as I can and like to ride rollers. For any workout more than an hour even though I can ride rollers for that long the strain of having to keep your focus in such a boring environment becomes an issue for me.

Then your absolutely right that for anaerobic efforts and hard hard out of the saddle stuff a fork stand is better than rollers. Out of the saddle stuff can be done on rollers but almost anyone will have trouble bringing up the rpm's to 140 on rollers in any gear.

If you're going to use a fork stand, you lose all the benefitsDadecityroller
Sep 1, 2002 5:46 AM
Benefits of the fork stand are exactly that, hammer once in a while, some hard driving sprint workouts.
I'm telling you, man, you can hammer on rollers. In a 53-12 orbill
Sep 1, 2002 6:33 PM
11, at a reasonably high (100-110-120) cadence (I don't know from gear inches and all that), you're spinning your wheels at 45-50 mph, and it is work. With just a little bit of resistnace (I've never tried the towel-under-the-roller technique, but I believe it works), it is a LOT of work, and you can work lower cadences too (lower than about 60-70 is kind of tough, but what are you doing down there, anyway?). I've seen my highest sustained heart rates on rollers (some of that, no doubt, is due to the heat effect; hr seems to be higher when there isn't as much breeze on you, but it ain't all about that).
You cannot zone out and get out of the saddle (you can get out of the saddle, but you can't throw your bike around like in a sprint). Other than that, you can do anything on rollers.