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Will a true Newbie Benefit from Rollers?(11 posts)

Will a true Newbie Benefit from Rollers?nicholasdunford
May 22, 2003 10:58 AM
I know that most people love their rollers. Because of this I am considering purchasing a set for the hot months, but I am little concerned about difficulty. Everyone who writes in says that it takes a little while to get used to, but I am presuming that most of these people have been cycling for awhile. What about a true newbie who just got a road bike. Will rollers be too difficult?
I was pretty close to your situation...joekm
May 22, 2003 11:04 AM
I got them because I was unsure of my ability to hold a safe line in a large group of riders. I figured that learning to ride rollers would enhance my ability to control the bike. I believe that it has to a large extent. There is a learning curve involved and it does take some patience but I think it's worth the effort.
With practice you will be finejayb29
May 22, 2003 11:06 AM
Rollers are tough at first. If you have relatively good balance and are decently coordinated, you will be fine after a few tries. It will help your bike handling enormously,as well as develop a good spin. However, if fitness is your main goal, a wind or fluid trainer may be a better choice. You can get a solid workout on rollers if they have a resistance unit, or have small drums.

As a true new roadie, spend as much time outside as possible!
You will think that rollers are impossible. Ridiculously,bill
May 22, 2003 11:19 AM
laughably impossible. Then, after about two or three tries, you'll start to get it. In a week, you'll still have to focus, but you'll be able to do it. And then your bike handling and, more dramatically for a newbie, pedaling technique will take a mammoth quantum leap fprward. You will zoom right past others with more experience in these skills.
I credit rollers with giving me a spin and in teaching me that there is a technique to road riding (as well as some of the techniques). These are invaluable benefits for a newbie. No need to wait.
Do it. Just clear the area of sharp corners and things that will break, because you will go over. Best is to start in a doorway.
You will think that rollers are impossible. Ridiculously,No_sprint
May 22, 2003 1:53 PM
How about for an experienced racer? Just wonderin'. I've always waffled on rollers because where I'm at, ridin' is very easy all year around.
We have a guy in our club that's a former Cat 2, racing a bunch,bill
May 22, 2003 2:09 PM
of years, who recently got himself back into rollering. After ten years off of them, he was surprised to learn that it was like starting up the first time. He's using them again, though, so I guess he sees some value.
I think that rollers are to some extent their own skill, in that the sensitivity you develop with that feeling of riding on ice probably doesn't have much real parallel on the road (other than on ice), but maintaining/regaining that sensitivity can't hurt. Plus they are a way more versatile training tool than they get credit for being.
I've never considered giving them up as beneath my experience level, but then again I haven't been at this five years yet.
If you can ride year round...Ray Sachs
May 23, 2003 9:27 AM
...try a fixed gear instead. A lot of the same benefit to your pedalling stroke, but instead of being deadly boring, its fun. My bias - I hate riding indoors in any format I've yet tried (rollers, trainer, spin bike, spin clase, stationary bike, you name it).

-Ray
Absolutely you will benefit 100%cyclinseth
May 22, 2003 1:05 PM
Here are some tips for getting started.

1. set up the rollers against a wall. It's good to have a shelf with in reaching distance for a waterbottle.

2. Use a step-stool to help get up onto the bicycle.

3. If you're using a wind resistor, put it between the wall and the front wheel. If it's on the outside it will create a big air-pressure difference and force you off the rollers.

4. you can substitue and old towel or something similar for wind resistance. just put is under one of the barrels and adjust the amount of friction to your liking.

5. get some cheapie tires for using on the rollers

Once you've got the hang of it, you will be able to hammer every bit as hard on rollers as you can on a stationary trainer.
Teaches humility ...Humma Hah
May 22, 2003 2:18 PM
... or so I'm told.

Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger?

Enough sillyness from me, but one serious question ... why for HOT weather? Do you have some particular medical problem that keeps you from riding in the heat? I know its not the most pleasant condition, but a nice wicking jersey and plenty of hydration get most here down the road just fine in hot weather. Most of the roller-users here use them in COLD weather when the snow-drifts and ice patches make riding impossible or unsafe.
Newbies will benefit the most!Kerry
May 22, 2003 5:36 PM
An argument could be made that a truly experienced rider would have already developed a smooth style and the ability to ride a very straight line. Not always the case, but often true. It's the new rider who can use the most help on spinning, smooth pedaling, and keeping the line.
They helped me a lot.Squishy
May 23, 2003 9:00 AM
And they were fun to learn. It made my spin very efficient. I can also ride on the painted line for a mile. Your muscles develop a stability not gained by just road riding. You will enjoy the challenge. Make sure to get a wind/resistance unit. That way you get a "killer" workout.