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Mounting/dismounting rollers ... some suggestions please ...(8 posts)

Mounting/dismounting rollers ... some suggestions please ...scopestuff2
Oct 10, 2003 11:57 AM
OK ... I can ride rollers just fine. But, when it comes to getting on the bike and into the clips, and getting out of the clips and dismounting I find that I simply must be near a wall or door frame.

Is this a universal requirement or is there a method to get on/off rollers without nearby support ?

Any tips and tricks very much appreciated.

p.s. I've got Kreitlers .... not the Minoura that have the step-up frame.
re: Mounting/dismounting rollers ... some suggestions please ...lotterypick
Oct 10, 2003 12:09 PM
Just coast and gently unclip as the wheels are turning. they'll slow down fast so do it smooth and quick and then just lean as the wheels slow.

If you miss the unclip just gently speed up and then try again. I don't know about this one but maybe you'll have to loosen your pedal grip.

I've never had a problem but maybe yours are real tight.
no wall necessarywilsonc
Oct 10, 2003 12:30 PM
I ride my kreitlers in the middle of the room without any problems mounting or dismounting. What I do to mount is to put my left foot on the frame of the rollers and clip in with my right foot. To start, I just step down with the right foot to get the wheels spinning, hop on the saddle, clip in, and pedal away, much like i would if i were just riding on the road. I dont remember this being particularly difficult to learn... one or 2 tries was all it took.

To dismount, i just unclip my left foot, let the wheels/rollers stop, and put it on the frame of the rollers, again much like i would if i were riding on the road.

Something you could try so you dont have to step on the roller frame is to put something on the ground beneath your bottom bracket that you can step on, like a large book or something.
Place a chair next to the rollers and grab the back (nm)innergel
Oct 10, 2003 12:38 PM
re: Mounting/dismounting rollers ... some suggestions please ...wookieontherun
Oct 10, 2003 3:58 PM
I usually ride in the middle of my living room with a dining room chair next to me to grab on to for mounts and dismounts. I cant be need a wall or door frame, it drives me nuts when im spinning, but thats just my oddity.
Come on, do it like a man (or like a kid, I guess)...TFerguson
Oct 10, 2003 4:30 PM
I see the Juniors at the races stop the bike, track stand, hop the front wheel off, hop the back wheel off and ride away.

Oct 11, 2003 11:51 AM
Build a platform, like this one. Now you are at road level when attempting to mount, and dismount. This one is built out of 1x12 board with 4 supporting 2x4 rails and a 2 thin guides that the belt runs through so I don't crush the belt when I put my foot down. For a couple extra bucks, I finished it off with some black linolium tiles.
Folding step-stool?djg
Oct 13, 2003 8:08 AM
We've got one with some sort of high-traction coating on the steps themselves (almost like a coarse sandpaper). There are indefinitely many solutions to your problem, but the nice thing about a step-stool is that it's (a) easy and inexpensive to obtain, (b) good enough, and (c) eminently portable.