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Ceiling fan with rollers?(8 posts)

Ceiling fan with rollers?vindicator
Nov 18, 2002 12:51 PM
I'm hoping Santa will bring me my first set of rollers this year. I've read all the comments on the board about setting up a fan to keep cool, evaporate some sweat, etc.

If I get to the point where I can move out of the doorway and use some roller rides to catch up on some DVDs, I'd best like to be right in the middle of our family room in front of the good TV. Rather than dragging a big fan in each time I want to ride, or dealing with the domestic hassles inherent in just leaving a big ugly fan in the room, I could set up right under the ceiling fan we have in the room and just crank it up.

Anyone ever tried this with rollers or otherwise think it will or won't work?


It should work provided ...Allez Rouge
Nov 18, 2002 1:01 PM
... you have adequate headroom under the fan blades when sitting upright on a bike that is in turn sitting on a set of rollers.

Ceiling fans are very good at stirring the whole-room air around, less good at putting the airflow exactly where you need it. I will hazard a guess that you will need to run the ceiling fan on a higher speed than you would a box fan sitting in front of you.
Good point about heightvindicator
Nov 18, 2002 1:32 PM
I guess I could use the ceiling fan as an incentive to maintain a more "aero" position, eh? ;^)

We have 9 foot ceilings, so hopefully I'd fit, but that's definitely something I'll check out before I turn the fan on.


Yeah, checking the height ...Allez Rouge
Nov 18, 2002 1:58 PM
... BEFORE you turn the fan on would definitely be the time to do it. :-O

All kidding aside, with 9' ceilings you'll probably be okay, especially if the fan is the so-called "hugger" type that mounts up close to the ceiling, but make double-damned sure before you try it. Also check how high you can reach while sitting on the bike. You wouldn't want to stretch one arm waaaaay out above your head during a long workout and draw back nubs where you used to have fingers.
might be obvious but...dunkind
Nov 18, 2002 3:01 PM
My ceiling fan has a switch that reverses it. Should cool you better. Just a thought
Two pointsKerry
Nov 18, 2002 5:11 PM
Depending on your room temp, you may not get enough breeze from that ceiling fan, even when set to "downflow." In our cool basement, we have two box fans and a desk fan - you can't get too much wind! Also, most of us roller riders like to keep them close to a wall, bench, couch, etc. so that you can grab/lean on something if you get a little off the beam.
you'll still need a regular fanshawndoggy
Nov 18, 2002 5:15 PM
I've got a ceiling fan in my bedroom where I ride the rollers in front of the TV. I've got it on the gale force/tornado setting where it's whiling like an aircraft propeller. I've also got a small 8" or 10" "spot" type fan that I put in front of me. For general aerobic spinning these are fine, but for more spirited work (i.e. cruise intervals, etc.) I've REALLY been jonesing for one of those big ol' box fans to put in front of me. It's amazing how much that air cools you when you can actually move into it (and how much it doesn't when you're standing still).

In sum, pony up the $19.95 for more fan than you'll need.
re: Ceiling fan with rollers?brurider
Nov 19, 2002 9:50 AM
So what is wrong with a little sweat? Feels pretty good to me building up a good sweat on the rollers now that the days are getting cooler, and approaching cold, in SE PA.