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Rollers with Clipless?(9 posts)

Rollers with Clipless?6was9
Dec 16, 2003 10:12 PM
Sportcrafter Rollers manual suggest that you don't ride rollers with clipless pedals since there won't be enough time to disengauge when things go wrong. How do you ride your rollers?
with cliplesscollinsc
Dec 17, 2003 12:06 AM
there will be plenty of time to disengage provided you are not a complete novice.
re: Rollers with Clipless?Andy M-S
Dec 17, 2003 4:19 AM
That particular "when things go wrong" refers to a particular kind of problem to which beginners are rather subject, but if you start riding rollers in a doorway or against a wall, you shouldn't have too much trouble avoiding breaking your neck.

I started riding rollers with SPDs and still do. Can't imagine riding WITHOUT being clipped in.
Lock and load.Spunout
Dec 17, 2003 4:27 AM
Yes, have a bail out plan in a doorway, or near a wall. I use rollers fully clipped in.

Toughest thing is to start up the rollers in the middle of the room. I clip one foot in, start up just fine, but can't stop to clip the other foot in. So, my other foot chases the pedal around for awhile, the pedal is upside down, etc. Quite a show!
Clipless of course.Mike Tea
Dec 17, 2003 4:47 AM
Experienced roller riders wouldn't dream of NOT using clip-in pedals. A doorway is a good place to start riding. I ride next to a stud wall with a short hand-bar between two studs.
Dec 17, 2003 6:55 AM
What could go wrong?

Actually I tend to ride the rollers in the garage, where I always have the ability to reach out and grab the wife's mini van, but I honestly haven't had a problem with desperation saves--it was dicey a couple of times in the doorway when I first started, and then again when I first got back into it after years off, but other than that there haven't been any problems. I use clipless pedals because that's what I use--I don't have a dedicated rollers bike and I'm not swapping pedals just to ride rollers. Also--what the heck do they want you to do, lock your feet in with toe clips? How the heck is that any good for an emergency stop (and, on the other hand, you certainly wouldn't want to ride without anything to pull on--just a naked pedal kind of makes me wonder what the point would be).
Dec 17, 2003 7:05 AM
If you have any time in clipless pedals at all, ride the rollers the same way. The entire point of rollers is to improve your spin and circular pedal stroke. How are you going to do that if you aren't clipped in?

And what's the worst thing that can happen when things go wrong? Some embarassment. The fall is very short, and assuming you don't bonk your head on a coffee table, you'll be fine. Just make sure you have clearance on the sides or have something to grab onto, as everyone has suggested, and you'll be fine.
Yeah and.............Mike Tea
Dec 17, 2003 8:44 AM
.....the biggest myth surrounding rollers is that if you do come off them you exit through the side of the house. The LBS mechanic came out with that one last month.

As anyone with 1/2 a brain will realize, the only things with any momentum and stored energy are the rims and tires. The 100-200lb rider has zero - unlike on the road.
probably a lawyer wrote that nmDougSloan
Dec 17, 2003 7:27 AM