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Improving fitness-- Rollers???(4 posts)

Improving fitness-- Rollers???ronniedee
Aug 27, 2003 7:04 PM
I am moving to an apartment and plan on doing more indoor riding. I am considering getting either a set of rollers or a trainer. I have been cycling for about 2 years, but could stand to improve both fitness and form.

Are rollers the best option? I plan on riding on the balcony when the weather permits. (I know it doesn't make sense, but I want the roller for when I don't have a sitter for my son.)

I am thinking on saving for the Kreitler Dyno-mytes? Any advice???
re: Improving fitness-- Rollers???stillridn
Aug 27, 2003 7:08 PM
I like rollers because I feel they help you mold a better pedal stroke BUT I would never want to be on them with my young daughter near me. I use a cyclops trainner and riding on its a no brainer. You can read your favorite mag and its much easier to get on and off to check on your child
I don't see that rollers are any more or less hazardous tobill
Aug 28, 2003 7:58 AM
little ones than a trainer. Either way, little fingers are going to be in danger, and I probably wouldn't do either around a toddler.
With older kids, I have rollered away while one or more of my daughters watched TV next to me. Not a big deal. Just make sure that you have something to grab onto, and stop when you get distracted. Remember that, if you fall, it will be sideways (the bozos that say that they were propelled forward are lieing), so make sure that there's nothing sharp or breakable on either side of you. So, if your kid is with you, have the kid off to the front or back.
Rollers are great. I have used rollers for three years (four years? I forget), and they are great for pedal stroke and fitness. I have Kreitler standard rollers; if I had to do it over again, I might have got the Dyno-mytes. As it is, I use a fan resistance unit, which actually does blow some wind back on you (I still use another fan).
Dyno-Mytes RollersMKD
Aug 28, 2003 2:13 PM
I just got the Dyno-Myte rollers and I am very happy with them. I was concern that they would be too much resistance, but I can spin easily for recovery rides and gear up for intervals and tempo training with a double. You get hot quick so I would definitely recommend a fan. Make sure you stick to a doorway or hallway at the beginning, I have gone off the side a couple of times and still bump my elbows a little on the walls. Each ride gets better though and I feel that my form and balance is improving considerably.