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Kreitler Fork Stand revisited (MB1...)(8 posts)

Kreitler Fork Stand revisited (MB1...)gtx
Oct 27, 2003 9:14 AM
Ok, I'm so now officially in the worst shape of my life. I have a very young baby in the house now, I'm getting out to ride MAYBE once a week and now daylight savings is over...you get the idea. So I've had a set of Kreitlers for almost 20 years, and they're great, but in my terrbile shape, they're not what I want right now. I was thinking of maybe getting a cheap mag trainer like the Minoura, or maybe getting a fluid trainer, OR just getting the Kreitler fork stands. So I search the archives and turn up this:

Brooks "Will the roller stand damage the fork?" 10/7/02 10:06am

Dang I miss grzy ;)

Anyway, got me thinking maybe it's not such a hot idea (I'd be using my old Merckx or Bonty cross bike with steel forks, but still...). So if anyone has any more comments on this, or experience with the Kreitler Fork Stand, or can recommend a good cheap fluid trainer than won't blow its seals after a month or two of use, let me know. Thanks!
I just started riding rollersbw77
Oct 27, 2003 10:50 AM
Having just learned to ride rollers last week, my first thought was - just ride the rollers. I do not have the best of cycling skills, but I find that I love getting on the rollers and seeing how long I can go. I have them set up between a wall and a moveable shelf in the basement, so I cannot fall. You can use your gear selection and cadence to vary the level of workout. Why not just use the rollers without the fork stand?
I just started riding rollersgtx
Oct 27, 2003 11:28 AM
because I'm 1) sleep deprived 2) lazy 3) totally out of shape 4) need to do a very long and very slow warm up. I've ridden rollers for 20 years and love 'em, they're just not what I want right now.
why aren't rollers what you want right now? please 'splain. nmbill
Oct 27, 2003 1:09 PM
why aren't rollers what you want right now? please 'splain. nmgtx
Oct 27, 2003 1:46 PM
cause I need to be able to ride really really slowly in a foggy, sleep deprived state? If you ride slowly on rollers you need to be able to pay extra attention. I want to be able to turn off my brain.

now, anyone have more to say on these Kreitler fork stands?
here I am doing the classic answering of a question differentbill
Oct 27, 2003 2:45 PM
from the one you ask, but I remain confused about your reasoning, here. If you want to go slow, go slow. With my resistance unit, I'm going like 17 mph much of the time, which, without a resistance unit, would be very, very light pedaling, and it's fine. It works. And it's better for balance, because you're getting less gyro effect. I mean, either you're working out a little or you're not. If you're not, stay in bed.
Try it. You might like it.
Dontcha remember Bill? Your kids aren't that old ...djg
Oct 27, 2003 3:38 PM
He doesn't want to do something that's "better for balance" because that implies processing feedback as opposed to processing nothing and simply FALLING OVER.

My uneducated guess about the fork stand is that it should be less stressful than some other setups because, with the rear wheel floating on the rollers, you're not necessarily torquing the ... stuff out of the bike as you "ride." That is, unlike some trainer setups, you are not BOTH locking the fork in place and bolting down either the rear wheel or the bottom bracket and then hammering. How much of a difference this makes I cannot say (or how bad the other is), but it seems like an improvement to me.
thank you ;)gtx
Oct 27, 2003 4:02 PM
Ideally I'd like a setup with a pillow where I rest my head while I turn the pedals--kind of like those massage tables you see in airports. I'm thinking I wouldn't stress the forks too much if I don't do a lot of sprint workouts (not likely in my current state).