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Rollers or trainer?(9 posts)

Rollers or trainer?SPINDAWG
Aug 25, 2003 5:39 PM
I've been debating this for quite sometime. I'm alright with the trainer but it seems as though rollers would give you more of a sensation of being on the road. My concern is the balancing act you have to perform. Should I go with the trainer first and then try the rollers or are the rollers the way to go? Thanks ahead for all of your answers!
rollers = riding --- trainer = boredom (nm)flying
Aug 25, 2003 6:11 PM
yeah, but still--you have to DO itcory
Aug 25, 2003 7:43 PM
Rollers are more fun and more challenging--but I'd still vote for a trainer. I'll USE a trainer, because I can read or watch the news or whatever for an hour while I spin. When I'm on the rollers, I can't do anything else and I get bored and quit after a few minutes. It's a weakness in me, not the equipment, but still. Lucky I live in a place where I can ride year-round with a little layerage.
yeah, but still--you have to DO itfirstrax
Aug 25, 2003 7:53 PM
The trick to rollers is have the TV dead straight in front of you. Or a computer with Divx movies.
yeah, but still--you have to DO itflying
Aug 25, 2003 9:02 PM
I guess that is true but I ride because I want to.
If & when I use the rollers it means I could not get my morning ride in probably due to very bad weather. So I will ride at night so I can still do the big miles on the weekend.

When I do ride on the road I would not want a book or TV then either ;-) to me if that is what it comes to on a trainer I would rather not even ride since my mind & senses are not on riding.

My hour on the rollers goes by quick...usually something like 5-10 min warm up 100+ spin
then 10 minutes ascending sets of harder gears for 3 gears then 2 -10 min sets descending etc. Or Intervals etc.

But Ultimately like you I prefer the road & am lucky to live in a place that I can ride 95% of the time in actual conditions.
Depends on what you are trying to get out of each...russw19
Aug 26, 2003 1:17 AM
If you are training to race, you want to learn to hold an arrow straight line, and learn how to focus on your riding without letting your mind wander, then rollers are for you.

If you want to pound the pedals and gain some off season power or do some interval work, you are better off with a trainer. It you want to space out and mindlessly put in the time in your indoor training, and not have to think about it, stick to a trainer.

With rollers, you really need to concentrate on what you are doing. They are great for developing your form and teaching you to concentrate rather than having your mind drift. Trainers are better for putting in the time if you don't want to have to think about it, or if you want to get out of the saddle and do some sprinting... you can do it on rollers, but it's much much harder.

So once you know what the advantages of each are, you will most likely end up with both. It's good to have both if you have the space and can afford both, it mixes up your off season training so you can maximize your time off the roads and in your house.

The thing about trainers is that they will allow you tobill
Aug 26, 2003 5:58 AM
perpetuate all of the bad habits you have on the road. It's easier. Pound away. You won't lose much, but you won't learn, either.
Rollers, otoh, will punish you into smoothing out your stroke and taking your cycling to another level. Seriously. The whole deal about rollers being only for balance and holding a line is just not true. That's half the story. The real benefit is that you round out your stroke (of necessity -- if you pound a square stroke, you fall over), and you end up putting power into more of the arc. The balance and straight line stuff are byproducts of a smooth stroke.
Don't worry about getting a workout on rollers. By changing gears, you can vary the resistance to do threshold intervals if you want, even anaerobic intervals. I finally got a fan resistance unit, thinking that cutting the speeds in half may save tires, and it blows in my face to cool me off. You can't pound out of the saddle, but you probably shouldn't be doing a whole lot of that in the off season, anyway.
I do an hour and listen to the radio. I love my rollers.
BTW, I think that the learning curve for rollers isn't appreciably less with a little bit of experience, and trainers certainly are not a stepping stone to rollers. They are entirely different animals. A Cat 2 racer in my club, who had used rollers for years but just not in a while, found that he had to learn rollers all over again. He had got sloppy and needed to tighten up his stroke before he got comfortable again.
Yes (nm)hrv
Aug 26, 2003 7:07 AM
re: Rollersandy02
Aug 26, 2003 7:45 AM
Rollers. I leave mine in the coner of our "workout room" with the tv in the middle of the room and have noo trouble.