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Trainer or Rollers?(15 posts)

Trainer or Rollers?jagreenwald
Nov 25, 2002 6:05 PM
Not to brag, but I live in San Diego. The weather is wonderful but I have a hard time getting home from work with enough time for a ride. Winter hasn't killed my want to ride, I'll just have to do it at home. Can rollers be used on carpet? Which is louder? And I've been told that it takes a little getting used to rollers. Cost is not really an issue, I just want good quality/feel...
BLARHGHS!~! do a search, then get rollerscollinsc
Nov 25, 2002 6:13 PM
ps. search will work well for this topic.

why dont we have a 'questions that get asked a zillion times a day FAQ'
BLARHGHS!~! do a search, then get rollersjagreenwald
Nov 25, 2002 6:42 PM
sorry I asked
yeah, uh, sorry i guesscollinsc
Nov 25, 2002 7:51 PM
but this question gets asked more than 'campy vs shimano' and 'which wheels should i buy?' put together
Imagine if Shimano & Campy made trainers & rollers! nmdzrider
Nov 26, 2002 6:22 AM
Lighten' up pal!2ride
Nov 25, 2002 6:48 PM
Excuse the poor soul for asking a good, albeit, very common question. Maybe there's people out there who have recent experience with rollers and/or trainers that haven't answered this question and would take this opportunity to do so.
BLARHGHS!~! do a search, then get rollersjagreenwald
Nov 25, 2002 7:02 PM
I did do a search and was able to find some helpful information. However, I was not able to locate any information regarding the use of rollers on carpet (I know that you can use a trainer on carpet). Would I need to put some plywood under it?
BLARHGHS!~! do a search, then get rollersjaybag
Nov 25, 2002 7:07 PM
If its any consolation, I just got off my 1up, for the 1st time ever. Rode it for an hour and loved it. I have never trained indoors before but I dont think Ill be riding much outside this winter (im in Illinois).
For what its worth, I like this product very much.
Your Carpet QuestionScot_Gore
Nov 25, 2002 7:41 PM

Rollers are elevated and will clear all but perhaps a 70's era goldenrod plush shag. Operation of the rollers on carpet is not in jeopardy.

How much do you care about the carpet ?

I've not experienced it, but others have had tread dust worn off by the rollers friction mare their floor or carpet. Also, you'll probably slide off the rollers occasionally. You could burn your carpet as your wheel comes to an abrupt stop from speed.

I use mine on a cheap remant in my game room every day.

Hope that helps

Your Carpet Questionspuncrazy
Nov 26, 2002 5:14 AM
You can build a inclosed platform like this. It makes dismounting safer, along with the occasional unexpected dismount while focusing more on the movie than riding and slowly drift off the rollers(movie drift). Also lets my kids ride safer. Heres my daughter in action on her commuter bike.
Nov 26, 2002 9:53 AM
I've never seen that before. Thanks for sharing the idea. This should let me get rid of the bucket I use get started.
My Xmas Break ProjectWhoisJohnGalt
Nov 26, 2002 2:36 PM
Thanks spuncrazy...I now have a cool project to build...I'm pretty good with a circular saw and plywood. Beyond that, I'm clueless...Hey, maybe tack some carpet down on the topside too! "Tight, Dad", as my teen sons would say..
2d the remnant suggestion.djg
Nov 26, 2002 6:23 AM
Actually, I picked up a finished carpet/mat thing at Costco for about 10 bucks that's ideal, but something or other is useful for keeping the good carpet clean. The mat doubles as a seatliner for when I want to toss the bike in the back of the car.
Relax... shimano vs. campy is brought up way more often (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 25, 2002 8:32 PM
...and don't forget Campag is the best while we're at it ;) nmSpunout
Nov 26, 2002 4:48 AM