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Tips for riding on rollers(8 posts)

Tips for riding on rollersFender
Apr 18, 2003 7:50 AM
I just got my first set of rollers a few days ago. First time on them in over 5 years. I was able to gain some confidence after about 5 minutes of riding with my right hand firmly grasping a chair. For the next 40 minutes I was able to ride them somewhat properly (i.e. no carpet surfing), but had a hard time reaching down for my bottle or shifting. Any recommendations? Also, I checked my tires air pressure before I rode and it was okay but on the rollers my tires seemed to be low? Is that normal?
re: Tips for riding on rollerspurplepaul
Apr 18, 2003 7:57 AM
I've been riding rollers since last Fall and I still can't take a hand off the bars. I'm on a mountain bike, so shifting isn't a problem, but I'm not sure I'll ever feel comfortable enough to reach for a water bottle.

Pump your tires up to their maximum as the contact points with the rollers is smaller than when on the road.
re: Tips for riding on rollersPT
Apr 18, 2003 7:58 AM
1. Ride in a doorway, at least until you're comfortable.
2. Look "down the road". I find that if I keep my head up and look into the distance (across the room), my balance is better. That's when I have the least wobble when either shifting or drinking.
3. Keep a bottle on a shelf/stand next to you, rather than having to yank it out of the cage.

I keep my tires up to pressure, and they don't look low on the rollers to me.

(I was off the rollers for the past couple of weeks, but it's supposed to snow this weekend, so I guess...)
re: Tips for riding on rollersM_Lou
Apr 18, 2003 8:12 AM
Focus your vision as you would if you were riding on the road (i.e. don't fixate on your front wheel). If you look down to locate your bottle, this is probably translating into tenseness and slight movement in your shoulders and arms which in rollers translates into oversteer for the uninitiated. I find that watching a video or looking out the window helps. Also make sure that your shoulders and arms are relaxed.
re: Tips for riding on rollersScot_Gore
Apr 18, 2003 8:18 AM
In 15-30 30 minute sessions with no session more than 3 days apart from the last you'll be riding with a degree of confidence that you'll be yanking water bottles and flipping TV remotes with confidence. So, just ride more.

I find on the rollers that my tires are noticably more deformed by slightly low pressure to a much greater degree than the road does.

All that said, wait till winter, it's SPRING. (are you an Aussie ?????)

nope.. San Francisco.Fender
Apr 18, 2003 10:56 AM
Live in S.F... got some rain last week plus long hours at work. It was rollers or nothing... plus I'm able to do a 20min ride every morning just to get me more energized (i.e. not start thinking about work and destress myself).
re: Tips for riding on rollersea39ie33na28
Apr 18, 2003 8:47 AM
When I reactivated my rollers from about 10yrs in storage, I went w/a front stabilizer, which is available from Performance. It makes the rollers very stable.
re: Tips for riding on rollersspuncrazy
Apr 18, 2003 8:51 AM
Roller setup can make a big difference. Make sure that the bike's front axel is as close to being directly above the axel of the front roller. This puts the bike in a neutral position on the rollers and makes the bike much more stable. I have one bike that I can do just about anything on the rollers short of a wheelie because it is set up almost perfect axle to axle, really stable. While some of my other bikes don't fit the rollers quite as well and inturn are alot more unstable.
Try matching your bike and rollers it might help