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Fixed front wheels trainers VS rollersq(8 posts)

Fixed front wheels trainers VS rollersqKaboom
Nov 20, 2003 8:47 AM
What are the advantages of one over the others? the chilli weather and the rain are keeping me inside (I'm at a boarding school, they wont let me ride if its rainy...) so i was looking at typical indoor trainers and rollers.
what are the advantages/disadvantages of these two systems? thanx
have to get rollers nmandy02
Nov 20, 2003 8:57 AM
One reluctant vote for a trainer.Cory
Nov 20, 2003 9:07 AM
Roller advocates say--correctly--that you can improve your balance on 'em, and that they're more like real riding. It's true. But the problem I have is that they're BOTH really boring, and on a trainer I can read or watch TV. On rollers, I have to pay such close attention that I can't do anything else. The upshot is that I hate both, but it's harder to think of an excuse not to use the trainer.
You guys are absolutely missing the point!!!Kerry Irons
Nov 20, 2003 6:39 PM
If you have to concentrate hard to stay on the rollers, then you need to work on your riding skills, and that's just what the rollers will do for you. You should master the rollers such that you can read or watch TV. When you get to that point, you will have honed your skills and gotten the full benefit from rollers. The fact that you're weaving like a drunken sailor says explicitly that your skills are not where they can be.
re: Fixed front wheels trainers VS rollersqMShaw
Nov 20, 2003 9:36 AM
Get both if you can afford them. Hint: buy used!

Rollers help keep you smooth. Trainers allow you to get strong, but also allow you to develop a square pedal stroke.

If I had to pick one, I don't know which one I'd pick. I'm leaning towards the trainer just because it is easier to do intervals/hard workouts on. Just make sure when you ride outside again to work on that spin.

I've heard from a friend that having a cadence computer on your bike helps when you're on the trainer... I haven't had a cadence computer since the late 80s, so I can't confirm or deny this one.

rollers and tvloki_1
Nov 20, 2003 9:58 AM
rollers with a resistance unit. Allows you to get a better workout and improve your balance and stroke. Watching TV on it isnt too difficult either if you have a reference point you can check quickly to make sure you arent drifting off the side. (ie a yardstick standing up on end held at the base by four crisscrossed books right in front of you, or just screw the bottom of the yardstick to a 2x4, etc.)
resistance unit vs smaller drumsDougSloan
Nov 21, 2003 7:21 AM
I had normal rollers with a resistance unit. I just got smaller diameter drums, and they are much smoother. As noted in another thread, 24 mph on the rollers feels about like 20 mph on the road. I could not come close to spinning out without blowing very quickly. I have the medium diameter Kreitlers, and I'd be the smallest diameter Kreiters would be even harder.

The one thing you cannot (until you are 9th degree black belt ninja roller expert) do on rollers that you easily can on a trainer is hard, low rpm, out of the saddle climbing. Not enough resistance or stability available.

re: Fixed front wheels trainers VS rollersqHorace Greeley
Nov 20, 2003 11:58 AM
I now have both, but was faced with the same issue. I went with a trainer as the first purchase a few years ago. I can vary my workouts and pretty much cycle myself into deep, painful, yet gratifying trance without worrying about taking a dive like rollers. For higher cadence workouts, I prefer the rollers. I purchased the rollers on E-Bay at a steep discount. They were new and purchased directly from the manufacturer (discounted due to cosmetic blemishes which I can barely see). With the trainer, you can watch TV or a video without worry or concentration. With rollers, you still have the risk of going over although it gets easier as your go along. If you get a trainer, I recommend one with a speedometer unless you have a rear wheel mounted sensor. Just my $.02