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Rollers with fork stand?(6 posts)

Rollers with fork stand?lc21998
Dec 17, 2003 11:12 AM
I use rollers when I don't have time for a real ride. Lately, the boredom is killing me. I have a stand for the front fork though I don't use it. Lately I have thought about using it and getting one of those bookholder things that Performance sells and at least I'd be able to read while I ride.

Here's the question: Do you think using the stand on the front fork would be bad for the bike? Somehow it looks like something will get bent out of shape. Is it any different or worse than a trainer that grips the back axle? Is either setup bad for a bike?

Thanks in advance for all your wisdom and no I don't have a beater to use on the trainer.

Benjamin
re: Rollers with fork stand?gtx
Dec 17, 2003 12:14 PM
MB1 seems to think so

Chunky "Will the roller stand damage the fork?" 10/8/02 4:18pm

I was thinking about getting 'em for my rollers but figure I'll just get a cheap trainer instead.
re: Rollers with fork stand?Juanmoretime
Dec 17, 2003 12:23 PM
Choose your stress. From the way the fork mount works it would seem all the stress would go to the headset. How long it would take to really damage it, who knows? I sure that it would take a bunch of winters of riding it to kill it, although being a King user, it's expensive. While I know the rollers suck, I just load lots of fresh fast paced music in my mp3 player and make the most of it.
re: Rollers with fork stand?hycobob
Dec 17, 2003 2:13 PM
I din't use rollers but I do have 2 trainers. I have a regular Minoura trainer...and also a Cateye Cyclo-Simulator which has a fork mount. They are both good for vegitative training and I haven't had any fork problems in 6 years of winter "garage" riding. I don't care for trying to read books while spinning though. The pages get sweat on them and the librarian frowns alot at that. Books on tape/CD are a different thing altogether though. Or try race tapes/DVDs on that old TV hanging around. I also printed a bunch of spin sessions and had them laminated so they wouldn't get ruined from sweat. My co-workers wonder how I can ride 25 miles in an hour inside my garage...happy training.
Think out of the boxKerry Irons
Dec 17, 2003 5:08 PM
What you need to do is build a stand to hold the reading stand. We have a VERY crude thing that I built with 2x4s and a dowel that the reading stand (from a Schwinn exercise bike) is clamped on. We also perch a desk fan on this thing so that it will blow right on the face for extra cooling beyond that from the box fans hung from the ceiling and perched on a chair in front of the rollers. Loud musing and something to read makes the time go by.
re: Rollers with fork stand?lc21998
Dec 18, 2003 10:00 AM
Thanks folks for some good ideas.