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Can't believe people tried to talk me out rollers!!(12 posts)

Can't believe people tried to talk me out rollers!!niteschaos
Nov 3, 2003 5:56 AM
I just got rollers and within 15 minutes was fairly confident (although far from pedaling one legged or pulling a waterbottle from the cage) of keeping the rubber side down. I tried to buy rollers from several shops, but they didn't stock thems saying that people always return them unsatisfied or because they are "too hard." Rollers are way more fun that trainers, especially when you use them for warm-up. The bike feels incredibly stable when you do a road ride after warming up on rollers! I'm adding this to my list of things every roadie must experience.

1. Rollers
2. Riding on tubs.
3. Mounting and repairing tubs.
4. Building and racing your own wheelset
5. Mountain Biking.

I feel that these 5 things make a well experienced roadie that apprieciates thier equipment and the difference between other forms of riding.
Welcome to the club, add cyclocross to your list! nmSpunout
Nov 3, 2003 6:10 AM
Thought about adding cyclecross...niteschaos
Nov 3, 2003 8:23 AM
but my mountain bike experience required a lot of dismounts. Some on purpose and some by surprise, so I think that resembles a good cyclecross workout.
Thought about adding cyclecross...MShaw
Nov 3, 2003 10:15 AM
I'll bet you'll be surprised at exactly how hard 'cross is. The combination of good technique to get on and off the bike AND the over AT pace equals a really tough time!

There really isn't anything that compares. Even track racing is easier 'cause the races are a lot shorter.

Take the bar-ends off and go try a 'cross race on your mtn bike! That'll open your eyes.

Mike
Right, MTB not equivalent to cross. Nothing is equivalent to CXSpunout
Nov 3, 2003 10:37 AM
and nothing could prepare me for my first cross season.

Blood, sweat, cold, mud, broken bikes, flat tires on wobbly wheels. I'm going to be happy when I can finish in the middle of a 60 (open class) rider field.

I thought I would do okay because I can hang with the 1s in a RR or crit.

Wrong.
Wow, how funny, I went here to post a question on thisjma24
Nov 3, 2003 6:41 AM
This will be my first off-season, and I wanted to generate a debate about rollers versus trainers. Bearing in mind, I am talking about something easy to set up, take down, store, and doesn't cost less than my bike.

Is this like a Campy / Shimano question, or is there general agreement here about which is preferable?

Obviously, I know how niteschaos feels about it...
Whoops... shouldn't cost MORE than my bikejma24
Nov 3, 2003 8:09 AM
But you probably gathered that.
Just got rollers alsoloki_1
Nov 3, 2003 7:12 AM
and had pretty much the same experience.

I was a bit aprehensive about the rollers hearing some of the stories on here and me being somewhat prone to doing stupid things.

Bought a set of minoura rollers ($149 with the mag resistance unit, plus shipping). I figured that if i really hate it (or injured myself) I could always resell it on ebay without too much of a loss.

I liked the idea that rollers do more for your form than trainers.

It took me only a few minutes to get used to them. I started by holding on to a post. Didnt take long at all to get the feel of the balance. No, i am not doing one leg spins yet, but feel very stable.
re: "rollers are way more fun than trainers"Steve_0
Nov 3, 2003 7:37 AM
indeed. of course, watching televised golf is way more fun than telvised bowling, too.
Learning how to stand up and pedal on rollers is nice.hrv
Nov 3, 2003 8:01 AM
That way you can go for extended periods (greater than 1 hour) and get some relief...Like everything else roller-wise, it's just a matter of keeping an even pedal stroke.

I do 1 and 5, want to do 4. Probably should try 2 and 3 for at least a historical perspective! Also, riding a fixed gear(barring that: single speed) should be added also.

hrv
re: Can't believe people tried to talk me out rollers!!MShaw
Nov 3, 2003 10:24 AM
Congratulations for being able to think for yourself! Most people would listen to the "experts" and decide that rollers/tubulars/cross/track/whatever is just too hard/technical/etc. for them to do and don't even try. Then go out and spout said drivel as gospel, further discouraging others from trying things.

Rollers and trainers do the same thing differently. Rollers are great for technique, but not so good for strength workouts. Trainers are great for strength/interval workouts, but not so good for technique. Having both is probably the best way to go if you can afford it. (Having said that, I live in San Diego, where I have both, but don't ride them...)

Then again, the rollers vs. trainer argument is as old as both kinds of devices. Same as Shimano vs. Campagnolo.

When you're feeling more confident, standing up and riding is a good way to relieve some of the pressure from the nether regions. All you have to do is click down a few harder gears and keep smooth.

After you get REALLY comfortable, try riding no-hands. It isn't as hard as it sounds.

I'd add 6. Riding fixed gear, 7. Racing track, and 8. Racing cyclocross to your list.

Mike
The way some people describe rollers, you do have to wonderbill
Nov 3, 2003 11:06 AM
whether they've ever used them.
I genuinely look forward to my rollers. I turn on news radio (yeah, we're rocking) and I work up a little sweat, and it's great. Particularly at this time of the year, when what I'm looking for is a good aerobic workout to maintain some bike fitness but just as much to keep the belt in the same notch.
You can do intervals, by the way. Doing, like, low cadence muscle tension or all out maniacal sprinting is a little tough, but with gearing or a resistance unit, you can do a lot. They're great for cruise or threshold intervals -- you can't get sloppy.