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Poll: Rollers or trainer.(20 posts)

Poll: Rollers or trainer.Juanmoretime
Jul 29, 2003 7:27 AM
I'm planning ahead for this winter and I wore out a set of rollers and went to a trainer. My trainer is just about trashed and I think I'm going back to rollers. Thoughts, ideas or preferences?
Rollers. nmSpunout
Jul 29, 2003 7:29 AM
Jul 29, 2003 7:36 AM
You will learn skills on rollers that will make you a better rider. A trainer will just make you sweat.
why: rollersSpunout
Jul 29, 2003 7:40 AM
I bet if I had a resistance trainer, I'd hammer intervals all January and be dead by May.

So, rollers it is. Save sweat for the summer!
Fluid Trainer...........nmMR_GRUMPY
Jul 29, 2003 7:36 AM
Neither. Dress real warm or run if it's too cold nmDave Hickey
Jul 29, 2003 7:38 AM
Jul 29, 2003 8:18 AM
winter is time to mix it up; exercise a different muscle group, and a develop a fresh appreciation come spring.
starting to agree....gtx
Jul 29, 2003 9:07 AM
I've had Kreitlers since the 80s but can barely bring myself to ride them anymore. Would rather ride in the dark or rain...
Works for me - use the trainer about 10 times a year in CT. nmdzrider
Jul 29, 2003 10:19 AM
2nd the fluid trainerCritLover
Jul 29, 2003 7:45 AM
Can't stand having to concentrate on rollers. On the trainer I can do 2+ hours watching cycling tapes. Not to say it can be done on rollers, but I am not that talented, or focused.
true story...Spunout
Jul 29, 2003 8:09 AM
watching TDF tapes, when on a long alpine descent the vertigo of the high speed corners caused me to lean right off of the rollers!

Lesson learned.
Jul 29, 2003 7:45 AM
as you are probably aware of: less boring, and helps hone your skills while you are peddling away. Also get some good rollers like kreitlers that you wont wear out. btw, what rollers did you wear out?
Minoura folding, Aluminum barrels and..Juanmoretime
Jul 29, 2003 8:58 AM
polycarb ends. After 5 years of heavy use the poly carb ends started to break up. I'm looking at the Performance Pros since they have all aluminum rollers. I've had some positive feedback on them.
rollers nmandy02
Jul 29, 2003 8:23 AM
i'm against it...JS Haiku Shop
Jul 29, 2003 9:38 AM
this winter i will again be dressing warm and riding lots, supplemented with indoor swimming, resistance training, and treadmill work. i gave trainer time a good run for 2+ years, and at this moment can't think of many things more distasteful than sitting on the trainer for 60+ minutes, VCR or no.
i'm against it...Juanmoretime
Jul 29, 2003 10:26 AM
Sometimes I just don't have a choice. I lift twice a week during the summer and three times a week during the winter. I run 40 to 50 miles weekly year around. I will occassionally ride my mountain bike over winter with my lights. Sometimes I don't have time to put on all the clothes and prep for a winter ride and when you only have 30 to 45 minutes total time for a workout, the rollers come in handy.
understood (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 29, 2003 10:32 AM
Jul 29, 2003 9:55 AM
Rollers and trainers allow you to do different things. Use them for what they're for:

trainer: intervals, hard workouts, etc.
rollers: spin, aerobic conditioning

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, ya gotta do both if you wanna be a good cyclist. The rollers will allow you to fix the bad habits you're developing when you're hammering on the trainer.

Rollers, a 'cross bike, and a singlespeed/fixie...pdg60
Jul 29, 2003 12:01 PM
for winter training.
Roller and XC ski. (nm)tempeteOntheRoad
Jul 29, 2003 6:15 PM