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Magnetic or liquid trainers vs. rollers??(6 posts)

Magnetic or liquid trainers vs. rollers??Methyl
Nov 16, 2002 2:08 PM
I am fairly new to road biking and want to keep on into the winter. I just cant figure out which trainer would be better. Any insight would be appreciated.

Depends on your goals.Scot_Gore
Nov 16, 2002 2:23 PM
Goal 1: Have great cardio and leg strenght when spring rolls around, so you drop your mates on the first climb and get those KOM points. Get the trainer.

Goal 2: Improve balance and bike handling skills so that in the spring your pedaling and handling technique are better than they've ever been. Get the rollers.

Bear in mind, you will still develop technique on the trainer and fitness on the rollers. They are not "one trick pony" tools.

OK - I've tried to be a balanced reporter of the facts so far, now my opinion.......GET THE ROLLERS.

Hope that helps

re: Magnetic or liquid trainers vs. rollers??TREKY
Nov 16, 2002 4:45 PM
If you're new to road cycling and haven't done alot of indoor cycling or work on a trainer I would suggest you save some time and aggravation and get a magnetic trainer.You'll be able to stay in shape over the winter and do some heart rate training.Rollers take awhile to get the hang of and you'll spend some time falling down.If you're new to cycling I think it would serve you better to work on something that will allow you to improve your conditioning without the distraction of trying to stay balanced.This does not mean that someday you shouldn't get rollers or that rollers don't improve your conditiong.Rollers are a fantastic trainig tool but for your immediate needs a trainer would serve you better.
re: Magnetic or liquid trainers vs. rollers??firstrax
Nov 16, 2002 10:44 PM
I have tacx rollers with the magnetic resistance unit. When I want to just sit and spin I take the belt to the resistance unit off. Best of both worlds.
Nov 16, 2002 11:01 PM
Like Scot_Gore said, it depends on your goals. If you are a recreational rider that doenst race or anything, and just wants to keep the legs moving, then a trainer will be fine (but rollers would be better). If you plan on doing any racing or anything more serious next year, you will probably be best off with a structured training plan. Most/all of those make most of your winter training spent base building with easy zone 2 pedalling. Therefore, again you could go with the trainer, but rollers would be much better for 2 reasons.

1. Rollers make you learn to handle the bike much much better. In the few weeks i've had mine (3 one hour sessions/week), i've noticed a significant change in my pedal stroke (and my pedal stroke was pretty smooth to start off with).

2. Rollers make indoor training less boring since you have to concentrate a little bit on keeping the bike on the rollers.

While rollers do take a little while to get used to like TREKY states, it really doesnt take very long. Probably 2-3 short sessions on the rollers, and it becomes pretty easy. If you need increased resistance either get a resistance unit, or put a towel or something underneath one of the rollers (some people find this to work well, others not so well). Since getting my rollers, i havent touched my trainer. Point is, get the rollers because the have many benefits, and few drawbacks.

I prefer rollers because ...Allez Rouge
Nov 17, 2002 5:07 AM
... they make it feel like I'm actually riding a bicycle (because I am). Fixed trainers feel totally unnatural to me, and I get bored more quickly because they are less demanding than rollers. There is a bit of a learning curve with rollers but I got the basic technique down in only two sessions and by the time I'd been on them half-a-dozen times, was completely comfortable.

Rollers can actually be cheaper than many fixed trainers. I paid only $90 (on sale, regular $100) for my Nashbar rollers and they are surprisingly smooth. You DON'T have to spend big bucks to get an adequate set of rollers (although the expensive sets ARE much nicer, to be sure).

There's one factor I don't think anyone has mentioned that you might want to consider ... will you want to do something else during your workouts? You can watch TV while riding rollers but trying to read would be pretty dicey. On a fixed trainer, you can do either. I am a voracious reader and am always behind on my magazines, so I have been thinking of getting a fixed trainer so I can make my workout time do double-duty. I still prefer the "ride" of rollers, though.