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The most dangerous thing about rollers ...(9 posts)

The most dangerous thing about rollers ...Allez Rouge
Nov 5, 2002 10:34 AM
... when I first started riding them was getting on and off the bike while wearing cleated shoes. Even after I got the hang of rollers and could stay up for an entire session without any problems, I would still sometimes almost turn myself into a soprano when my shoe slipped off the roller's side rail as I was dismounting. Since the top of the rails are a good three or four inches above the floor ... and the bike sits even higher ... I had more than a few scary moments and actually would have fallen a few times had I not been set up in a doorway, where I was able to catch myself.

My solution was to have a woodworking shop make me a simple plywood platform that fits over the rails, between the drums. It's 3/4" thick, about two feet long (maybe a little less), and a couple inches wider than the rollers' rails. On the bottom on each long side is a continuous 1x1 cleat, spaced just far enough apart that they provide a nice, snug fit against the outside of the rails. When I'm ready to ride, I simply place this contraption atop the rails about midway between the drums and presto, I've got a nice big wooden platform to stand on while mounting and dismounting, rather than trying to keep a cleated shoe atop a slippery steel rail. I originally planned to apply some of that non-slip tape stuff to the top surface for even better traction, but this proved unnecessary.

If anyone is interested, and/or the above description is not sufficiently clear, I could probably arrange to post a photo or two ...
re: The most dangerous thing about rollers ...PDF
Nov 5, 2002 10:47 AM
Even easier is to use an over-turned milk crate with an old towel on top for traction. Place it next to the rollers and put it away in the garage or closet when done.
re: The most dangerous thing about rollers ...Bike Fool
Nov 5, 2002 11:30 AM
I just use a two-step stool that the S.O. uses to reach stuff on the top shelves in the kitchen.
As an avid woodworker and ...PaulCL
Nov 5, 2002 11:50 AM
..a victim of the dreaded "roller slip"...I would appreciate a quickly scanned drawing or a photo. Maybe I'll make a few dozen of these things and sell'em on Ebay. We can share the big profits...your design, my skills...whaddyathink??
As an avid woodworker and ...desmo
Nov 5, 2002 6:26 PM
just think "pallet". 3 2x4's on edge about 10" long. place one each side of the rollers and one in the center. lay a sheet of plywood cut to their profile over and screw into 2x4's. take some old belt sander belts, cut them open and glue to the plywood for traction. just make sure you adjust height for your set of rollers (mine were the low Kreitlers) and make sure you have clearence for wheels and pedals. viola.
Sprinkler Manifold boxesRickC5
Nov 5, 2002 11:57 AM
At Home Depot, I bought two of those dark grey fiberglass/plastic "boxes" with the green lids that you're supposed to bury in your yard with your sprinkler manifolds and valves inside.

I had to glue some rubber feet to the bottoms to keep them from slipping around. I place these on either side of the rollers as steps for mounting and dismounting. They work great! Only about $10-15 for the pair, as I recall, and no work involved.

Years ago, Kreitler sold small metal steps, with rubber matts glued on top for the same purpose. Just more expensive.
.....getting chased by the dog! ;-) -nmgrzy
Nov 5, 2002 12:09 PM
Just buy a dog sized hamster wheel and put it behind you. -nmTig
Nov 5, 2002 1:20 PM
re: The most dangerous thing about rollers ...Woof the dog
Nov 6, 2002 12:07 AM
I don't know about u, but I can ride up onto the rollers and start riding. When I am done, just throw your bike and ride off.

....just kidding

Woof, the dog that rolled off the fuKking rollers today. Whats up wit that shit?