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DIY Rollers......any advice??(4 posts)

DIY Rollers......any advice??MrCrud
Feb 16, 2003 12:04 AM
Hey all,

Anyone ever try to build some trainning rollers? I'm considering this because of the relatively high prices of the models offered around my place, and the relative simplicity of the system.

Anything in particular i should pay attention to in my design? Like, are wooden rollers better than steel, or Al?? What works well as a belt?

Thanks in advance!!

Mr.Crud
I would think....Lone Gunman
Feb 16, 2003 9:19 AM
that trying to machine rollers so they are smooth enough to ride will be your first major challenge. Most are plastic or aluminum. Next is the bearings, frame belt etc.

I have seen rollers online for between $100 and $130, (La Bicicletta.com), is that too much?

I look at it this way, time is money. Unless you have a shop and can machine all this stuff yourself so they roll smooth or have a source to obtain the rollers and just mfg a frame, well I think I would spend the 100 bones and get something that works right out of the box.
I would think....MrCrud
Feb 16, 2003 11:12 AM
I can get my hand on Al tubing of about 3" diam for very cheap, and have it cut to length. This place is actually called the Metal Supermarket... any grade of steel, Al, brass in any shape cut down to size and dirt cheap!!! i love this place!

Also, as an engineering student, i'm pretty broke, and i have plenty of time for this sort of stuff!!!

Thanks for the reply though!

Cheers!

Mr.Crud
Maybe you can buy the rightdjg
Feb 18, 2003 10:40 AM
tubing off the shelf, but I suspect that most of it won't be round enough, unless you can put it on a lathe after it's mounted. I believe that this is what the first post had in mind.