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Beginning Rollers 101(9 posts)

Beginning Rollers 101Walter
Jan 22, 2003 8:21 AM
After 25+ years of riding roadies I'm near to taking the plunge and buying rollers. Jst been missing too many rides. Performance has a basic set on sale for a doable price.

All right how do I get started? I've always been pretty comfortable on 2 wheels and figure if I can get "rolling" :-) I should be ok from there. Talk to me as if I'm a newbie b/c in this respect I am.

Also, as I've mentioned when talking to others about weightlifting, my left arm is paralyzed below the elbow due to a motorcycle accident. It's been 9+ years and I've adjusted both my riding as well as my bike to the condition. However, this is new. Will that present difficulties I haven't already encountered? My ego tells me if I can still squat over 600# I should be able to handle this but intellectually I know that the 2 activities are not at all related.
Basic rules for beginnersMike-Wisc
Jan 22, 2003 8:29 AM
1. Set up in a doorway.
2. Keep a sturdy step stool or chair nearby.
1a and 2a. Ensure that anything nearby does not interfere with your pedals as you pedal and wander from side to side on the roller barrels.

#1 will help you get started and to help keep the initial wobbles and wanderings under control, especially if your mind begins to wander and your tires follow it off the rollers or into the roller tire guard if your rollers have this feature. #2 will help you mount, dismount, and get started.
What he said and....joekm
Jan 22, 2003 12:37 PM
Don't focus on the front wheel. Instead, pick a fixed point on the floor about four feet ahead or so and ride to that point. Staring at the front wheel and barrel will tend to make you overcorrect (at least initially). If you need to, set your fixed point so your front wheel is in your periphial vision.

Eventually, it won't matter but this should help get you started.
Plus:djg
Jan 22, 2003 1:20 PM
just find a doorway narrow enough that you can steady yourself by flaring out an elbow to either side (if you have the ability to do that). The first time or two, it's nice to be able to grab something if you are (otherwise) going down, but the way your body learns to stay up is by riding, not bailing. Being able to steady yourself by flaring an elbow out to the side enables you to stay up and keep spinning. Use of the arm below the elbow (wrist and hand) is not necessary. BTW, you should be able to use the other arm in case you truly need to bail.

Also:

Look ahead, not straight down.
Keep your upper body relaxed.
And--as in so many things--do not panic.

You'll do fine.
Dismounting tipCHRoadie
Jan 22, 2003 11:19 AM
When you're ready to get off (usually my rear end has just about had enough after half an hour), spin up, unclip the foot closest to the chair/box that you've placed next to you, and put your foot down. But most importantly, don't stop steering! Once you're stable, you can apply the brakes if you want, but not too hard, or your bike will go flying off the back.
Dismounting tip: Plan the crash! nmSpunout
Jan 22, 2003 11:59 AM
Dismounting tipBike Fool
Jan 22, 2003 12:41 PM
I've found it works better for me to come to a complete stop, then put my hand against the wall, then unclip out onto the step stool. Regardless of how you do it, like CH said, be careful that the bike doesn't flip out behind you when you dismount.
Many thanks all. I'll report back. (nm)Walter
Jan 22, 2003 6:24 PM
PS keep a loose grip - don't strangle the handlebars - it just makes overcorrections worse (nm).VertAddict
Jan 23, 2003 12:22 AM