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Roller Size?(9 posts)

Roller Size?trijunior
Jan 1, 2003 4:43 PM
For those of you with rollers, looking at kreitler, what diameter do you have? What's the best way to go to get the right amount of resistance? Would 2.25" be suicide? 4.5's or 4's ,whatever, after having ridden them, seem too easy.
re: Roller Size?JFunk
Jan 1, 2003 6:30 PM
My vote is for the "standard" challenger rollers with the Killer Headwind unit. The Dynolytes and even more crazy the Dynomytes are just really tough as well as narrower making them much more difficult to ride.

Just my 2 cents.

re: Roller Size?firstrax
Jan 1, 2003 7:46 PM
I have the Tacx roller track rollers (4 1/2") with the speedmatic resistance unit. 3 years old and still happy.
re: Roller Size?flying
Jan 1, 2003 8:21 PM
I use the small rollers & like it.
Gives a great workout
I've got the poly-lytes (3", I think).djg
Jan 1, 2003 9:34 PM
I like them. It's a better range of work load (at least in my opinion) than the larger drums and not difficult to ride after a brief adjustment. I've never tried the smallest Kreitlers and cannot comment on what you win or lose with them.
Jan 2, 2003 3:20 AM
Great thread. I just ordered the Poly Lites and expect to have them by Friday. Having NEVER ridden rollers before and having researched them a LOT, they sounded like the best option. I felt I'd be too strong for the Challengers without the fan option, and that was another $150 or so bucks. I'll try and post a 'ride report' after getting them set up and learning how to balance.

Jan 2, 2003 7:24 AM
Don't panic if the first five minutes seem impossible. Keep spinning and you will definitely get the hang of it. If you do a search on this board you'll find some good posts on tips for getting started with rollers.
I have the standard with the Headwind unit. You can modulatebill
Jan 2, 2003 7:28 AM
the resistance even on the standard without a headwind with your gears -- a 53-11 is plenty of resistance -- but the downside is tire wear, I suppose. You end up spinning madly at 40+ mph.
So, I bought the headwind unit, and now I work out at about 16-20 mph -- a lot easier on the equipment, with a wind in my face. Not bad, but I still sort of wish that I had got the Dyno-myte or whatever.
re: Roller Size?upandcomer
Jan 2, 2003 8:38 PM
I built a set of rollers for myself and used 2.3" drums. I'm a larger rider (6'2" and 190 lbs) and they are really quite hard. I'm usually in my lowest gear and pushing a decent pace to remain upright in tough. Use larger drums as they will be easier to maintain balance. Use a trainer for resistance.