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Should I get rollers or get fixed(10 posts)

Should I get rollers or get fixedkilimanjaro
Apr 1, 2003 11:05 PM
Here is the situation. I am saving up for a new bike due around the new year (2004 that is). I want to use my current and only bike to improve my stroke,spin and figure out what fits me by playing around with stem and saddle positions. However, with me starting a job assigment that will require a lot of time commuting by car and our third baby coming there is not going to be much time for riding.


Advantage of fixing current ride:
1) It has horizontal dropouts
2) Conversion costs are lower than rollers; more importantly the costs are less "visible" to the SO. This means getting the new bike a few months earlier.
3) I will not have to defend the purchase of another "gadget" the SO thinks I will not use.

Advantage of rollers
1) I can roll in the garage when everyone is asleep.
2) I can still pull the two kids in the trailer for our Sunda)y morning donut run. With a short but relatively steep hill on the route I don't see how I can pull the kids in a fixie.

Your enlightened input will be greatly appreciated
re: Should I get rollers or get fixedPaulNYC
Apr 2, 2003 5:58 AM
Get the fixed bike. I have rollers, and hate indoor training. You could always use a flip flop hub with a larger freewheel in back to pull the kids.

Good luck,
Paul
rollersmadstork
Apr 2, 2003 6:08 AM
You'll get the new bike later by getting the rollers now, but based on your situation (and having been through similar times - I'm 45 w/ 2 kids) I focused on your available time, not money. New job, commuting, new baby. You said it, "...there is not going to be much time for riding.".

So your idea of riding rollers when you can is your best bet for now, I think. You may use them less during warmer months, but they will be a good investment. And continue the donut runs! Having fun with the kids is good mental health for the whole family.

More thoughts. If you really need a new bike in 2004 go for it, but why not continue saving and go wild later in the year or even 2005? Will you have more time to ride in 2004 than now, or less? Buying a new bike and not having the time to ride it sounds like a presription for the blues to me.

And whenever you get the new bike, carry out the plan to build the fixed gear bike. You'll love it. Just my 2 cents. Good luck with the job and new family member.
Rollers...my dog hasn't been happy being fixed (nm)LactateIntolerant
Apr 2, 2003 6:21 AM
Riding fixed is fun, riding rollers isn't.dzrider
Apr 2, 2003 7:44 AM
With limited time, I'd go for enjoying the time I get.
Riding fixed is fun, riding rollers is work.MB1
Apr 2, 2003 7:51 AM
You have to ask yourself, do you want to work or do you want to have fun.

I gave my rollers away years ago.
who needs rollers when you ride in 3 feet of snow? :-) nmDougSloan
Apr 2, 2003 8:03 AM
I'd get the rollers.djg
Apr 2, 2003 8:19 AM
Been there buddy. 13 month old twins and a 5 year old.

Your situation says it all: you can ride in the garage when everyone else is asleep. You can also squeeze in a quick 30 minute workout here or there on days when life just doesn't seem to permit anything else. Could be dark. Could be snowing or pouring (I know it doesn't faze everybody). Also, it's nice to preserve the ability to tow your kids around.

As for cost, I really like my Kreitler poly-lytes, but you can get serviceable rollers for down around a hundred bucks.
I'd get the rollers.Steve_0
Apr 2, 2003 8:26 AM
ditto,

no doubt, the fixie is more fun; but based on his stated needs, rollers are more appropriate.
Thanks for all the inputkilimanjaro
Apr 2, 2003 10:36 AM
I have not decided what to do yet. The original plan was to convert the current to a fixie after the new purchase. So my orginal question was only moving up the timeline a bit.

Some rationalization on my part.
I certainly could wait to 2005, 2006, .... But I have been looking to get a new bike since around 2001 and really would like the new toy sooner than later.

Since I don't eat donuts anymore. The donut run was my idea of bribing the kids to sit in the trailer. Now the kids look forward to it. We are also talking about longer rides to the breakfast joint on the weekends.

As many of you who are "attached" might understand. The financial issues does not usually involve fund availability, but rather convinsing someone the need to spend said funds while still living in relative matrimonial harmony. Oh, if only she was willing to spend on some expensive toys! She actually returned a $1500 piece of jewelry I gave her last Chanuchah.