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Whats the deal with rollers?(5 posts)

Whats the deal with rollers?Juniorgriff
Apr 16, 2003 9:37 PM
I just got my road bike and I joined the cycling club at school. The weather in wisconsin is crappy and cold so a few of the guys suggest that I try some rollers. After I finally got the hang of riding a bike and not moving, but it just feels wierd. It feels like there is more resistence than if I were on the road. Do you eventually get used to it or am I just not rollers material
high resistance good!the bull
Apr 17, 2003 3:26 AM
That way you get a better workout quicker and you dont have to waste time sitting on rollers spinning forever!
re: Whats the deal with rollers?joekm
Apr 17, 2003 4:47 AM
It's much harder to balance and control a bike on rollers than it is on the road. What your probably feeling is all the little balance corrections that your brain is sending out causing your muscles to constantly and rapidly adjust your position. This will actually cause your muscles to fatigue faster until you get accustomed to spinning on the rollers.

For a related example, I used to work out on something called a "slackwire". This is just a loose chain attached between two pylons that you would balance on. Once I learned how to just balance on the chain, I noticed that my legs would fatigue very rapidly even though I wasn't moving. The reason was that my legs were actually working very hard trying to keep me from falling. As I became more accustomed to balancing on the chain, my legs didn't fatigue as much.

You will probably get a similar result as you become more accustomed to the rollers. If nothing else, it will feel less "wierd".

Hope this helps,

One more thing.....joekm
Apr 17, 2003 4:55 AM
make sure your tires are well inflated because that will increase rolling resistance quite a bit if they are not. Also, some rollers are intentionally made to a small diameter to increase rolling resistance (basically the same mechanism as under-inflated tires).
The weather in wisconsin...Andy M-S
Apr 17, 2003 8:42 AM
What part of the state?

Agreed, it's not ideal, but this is the sort of weather for which fenders were invented. Slap some on an MTB or 'cross bike, pull on your tights and ride!

Rollers are for when there's a foot or two of snow on the ground.

Andy (in La Crosse)...