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opinions on rollers vs fluid??(8 posts)

opinions on rollers vs fluid??fasteddie
Oct 9, 2003 5:06 PM
I've never used either during the off season - typically have gone to a spinning class. This year I want to use an in-home trainer, but lack of experience makes it difficult to sort out all the advertising hype. For the record, I'm looking at Cycle-ops and Elite fluid trainers and Kreitler rollers. Any feedback, pros/cons,etc would be greatly appreciated. thanks
Rollers vs. trainersKerry Irons
Oct 9, 2003 5:39 PM
Most would agree that rollers are best if you want conditioning and skill building. You can't ride rollers comfortably without a smooth pedaling style and the ability to ride a straight line. These skills are quite useful on the road :) If all you want is a workout, then a stationary wind/magnetic/fluid resistance trainer is fine.

Standard methods for roller/trainer boredom are loud music, varying speed/effort in some sort of structured way, and watching TV. Some of us have reading stands and use the whole winter to catch up on our reading. Get yourself a couple of box fans and set one on a chair in front of you and hang one from the ceiling above you. If you don't have some sort of cooling, you drip sweat all over everything and can't get a good workout because you are overheating. Cadence is a personal thing, but 90+ is always good, on the rollers or on the road. Working on cadence and power are some of the really great benefits of roller riding - being able to spin smoothly at high power output is the mark of a good rider! Whether you can stand up or ride no handed comes with time, practice, and having the rollers set up properly (experiment with front roller position to see what makes you most stable).

You'll get a workout with a trainer, no doubt. But, rollers can change your (cycling) life. And, unless you're a monster and need huge resistance, don't let anyone tell you that you can't get a workout on rollers; you can.
Tough to answer...DrPete
Oct 9, 2003 5:52 PM
The question I think you need to ask yourself is this: Are you willing to focus completely on the task at hand, or do you just want to spin the cranks while you watch TV?

If you want to focus on what you're doing, then rollers are AWESOME. My pedal stroke and control on the bike improved in a couple days of rollering. The downside is that you can't zone out--I mean it's dangerous to zone out, as evidenced by my almost eating coffee table after getting a little complacent on the rollers.

So, for improving your cycling from a technical standpoint, I think rollers are clearly superior, but both will force you to work against resistance, so if you just want to tune out and pedal, the trainer may be for you.

DrPete
re: opinions on rollers vs fluid??george_da_trog
Oct 9, 2003 9:03 PM
Is this a different fasteddie than the SS guy?

Anyway I have both, trainer is a better work out resistance wise, rollers are more fun. Plus trainers tear up your tires more than rollers.

We have a group of guys that get together and do spinerval tapes once a week. Some of the stuff is harder to do on rollers... one legged intervals, and standing is a little trickier but all doable.

george
Roller workout: 53x11 and 70 psi in yer tires!! nmSpunout
Oct 10, 2003 3:38 AM
Does anyone have any experience with the...Bonked
Oct 10, 2003 9:56 AM
small diameter Kreitlers? I was toying with getting a pair of rollers as well but can't decide between the standard set and the small diameter "increased resistance" set.

thanks!
Same question here - roller sizebw77
Oct 10, 2003 11:22 AM
Are the 4.5" rollers easier to learn than the smaller ones?
And does rider weight make a difference - are smaller riders
better off on smaller rollers?
I used the small-diameter...DrPete
Oct 12, 2003 9:58 AM
And it works nicely. I had the Kreitler Dyno-Lytes, and I think it's a much better representation of real riding if you're in decent shape... I could still hit 30+ much easier than I could on the road, but it's a decent workout.