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Roller gamesandy02
Nov 19, 2003 2:09 PM
things to do while riding the rollers
1 watch tv
2 watch old races
3 see how close to the edge you can get
4 see how fast you can get to the edge without falling off
5 standing with #3 and 4
6 riding without hands (I can only go a couple of secs my wife can go longer)
7 wheelie (I am working up the nerve haven't tried it yet)
8 sleep (this is what I wish I could learn on the 430am roller sessions)
9 focus tricks (thinking about only the up stroke, then the down stroke, big circles, small circles, knees in, knees out, toes down, heels down,)
10 how fast can I spin (upto 115 before I start jumping around now)
11 how slow can I spin and not fall over (use a big gear)
12 track stand when your done (really it just how close to ground can you let yourself get before you unclip..have fallen over doing this)

Anybody got better ideas for figthing boredom on rollers. I usally do an hour or two anyday I can't get out
forgot oneandy02
Nov 19, 2003 2:13 PM
squrit my wife with my water bottle if she is lifting when I am riding...Or she tries to get me if I am on the weights and she is riding
so, I usually work out between about 6 a.m. and 7 -- whenbill
Nov 19, 2003 2:17 PM
can your wife get here?

I'm sorry, man.
Circuit trainingDale Brigham
Nov 19, 2003 2:27 PM
Just get off the rollers periodically (like every 5-10 minutes or during TV program commercial breaks) to do crunches, pushups, back extensions, etc.

Last night, while watching a documentary on PBS (no advertising breaks), I got off the bike when the minute hand on the wall clock hit the "fives" (e.g., 5, 10, 15, etc. after the hour), hit the deck to do 24 of pushups, crunches, or back extensions, and then back on the bike until the next "five." Three cycles of that (15 minutes per cycle), plus a full set of all three floor exercises at the end, and I called it a workout.

It's a battle against boredom, and I'm trying anything and everything to prevail.

that is a great idea nmandy02
Nov 19, 2003 2:30 PM
Stupid roller riding tricks (I've seen all of these)MB1
Nov 19, 2003 2:54 PM
Take your shirt off.
Bunny hop.
Bunny hop onto the floor.
Bunny hop onto the rollers.
Track stand.
Ride backwards.
how many can you do?andy02
Nov 19, 2003 2:56 PM
I hope you are using a fixed gear with the backwards thing
Actually it is point the bike backwardsMB1
Nov 19, 2003 3:39 PM
With the front wheel between the 2 rollers.

And yes, when I was a young, stupid Cat 2 living in Hawaii I could do them all. I haven't ridden rollers in years (and never plan to again).

I would much rather ride outdoors no matter what the weather. I gave my rollers away shortly after I married Miss M and realized I had a riding partner as crazy as I (or even crazier).
I've heard of stuff like this, and, not to say that I'mbill
Nov 19, 2003 3:21 PM
skeptical, I'd like to see it. I'd certainly like to see it.
Guys have told me that they "used" to be able to do stuff like this. No one seems to be able to do it when I'm there.
I've seen some of it,TJeanloz
Nov 19, 2003 4:34 PM
I've seen some sick bunny hop tricks done on rollers - with a BMX bike. Apparently the degree of difficulty increases with a road bike.
You know bill, with a bit of work I bet you could do some.MB1
Nov 19, 2003 7:53 PM
Bunny hopping off is the easiest. Once you can do that bunny hopping while rolling is easy too. After those 2 bunny hopping on is not much problem at all (just be sure to be in a good gear for rolling).

Taking your shirt off isn't much different than drinking from a bottle while rolling as long as the shirt is fairly loose.

Riding backwards is pretty hard although not much harder than riding rollers for the first time.

The real question is how bored are you that you want to ride rollers enough to develop these useless skills.

It is easier to try these stunts if you are riding rollers with a bunch of other demented riders.

Wives tend to look askance at their husbands who want to show off their recently developed skill at stupid roller tricks. Wives will also start to find "must do" chores at roller time for husbands who hurt themselves learning stupid roller tricks.
Best tv shows to watch:rollo tommassi
Nov 19, 2003 3:30 PM
I've usually got the headphones on blasting away, so here are my top picks for no-audio viewing.

Wheel of Fortune (play along!)

Futbol Mundial (it's in spanish anyway!)
Nov 20, 2003 8:13 AM
Wha ?AllUpHill
Nov 19, 2003 7:29 PM
standing? wheelies? what's that all about

It's an adequate test of my concentration to keep the rubber down with both hands on the bars and my eyes fixed on the front wheel. No need to try for style points. And i've been using them 3 years, not three days. Having the TV on and trying to get a glimpse every few seconds adds a whole new dimension of complexity. If I really want to live on the brink of death, I try taking one hand off the bars for an instant to scratch my face. It's usually a close call. Yeah coordination was never my forte.

Still boring though.
geez, they arent THAT hardcollinsc
Nov 19, 2003 9:32 PM
lose the death grip, loosen up, dont watch the wheel so closely.

seriously, rollers are easier if you just relax.
Wha ?MShaw
Nov 20, 2003 9:43 AM
You're better off not focusing on your front wheel.

Next time you're out on the road, try riding the white line on the road by looking at your wheel.

Then try looking 10m down the road.
Then 20m.

How much straighter are you going when you're looking further down the road? Fewer corrections? Betcha.

One of the things I did when I first got my rollers was to put some scotchlight tape on the very edge of the front drum. That way, I can see if I'm getting close out of the bottom of my eyes without having to watch for the edge every second. Grip tape probably works too: it'll give you a warning rumble through the bars when you're getting to the last inch or so.

You CAN ride no handed, drinking water, etc. if you just try. Its not any harder than doing it on the road...

Back in College...OwenMeany
Nov 20, 2003 5:42 AM
We used to do shots every 10 minutes until.....

Ah UCSD Cycling Team at its fineist...
with noncyclist after a fewandy02
Nov 20, 2003 7:14 AM
It is always fun to break out the rollars after a few drinks with non cyclist . I can ride fairly well tanked but guys that normally would try it are the first on the bike later in the evening. Just use a old beater bike not your racing machine.