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Kreitler owners help: How "quiet" can roller get?(5 posts)

Kreitler owners help: How "quiet" can roller get?Qubeley
Dec 22, 2003 5:22 PM
I just tried out my friend's roller, and it producing such a noise humming, seemingly from the vibration, it's almost impossible for me to use it without disturbing the forks downstairs.
I am curious about the Dyno/Poly-Lite, how quiet are can the best roller get? How bad is the vibration?
Season is less than three months away, and I am really far behind inm training. Weather, time..
Well, it's not silent by any means, but they are quite a bitdjg
Dec 22, 2003 5:43 PM
quieter than some of the trainers and rollers I've tried. I ride in the garage, so I cannot speak for the downstairs neighbors I don't have, but my poly-lytes don't bother folks in the house when I use them. The frame is such that there's not much vibration--it sits pretty solidly on the floor or ground. When I ride indoors people report a hum, but say that's it's not loud or bothersome. You can also quiet them a bit with a matt. I picked up a carpeted matt thing at costco for 10 bucks that seems great--sort of flat industrial type carpeting on one side and rubberized coating on the other--just the right size too.
re: Kreitler owners help: How "quiet" can roller get?purplepaul
Dec 22, 2003 7:37 PM
I've got the Dyno-Myte and, though I put them on a Persian rug with a pad underneath, my downstairs neighbor can hear when I use them. It kind of surprised me because it didn't seem like they were that loud. But I think the low frequency vibration travels through the floor very efficiently.

So, I asked my neighbor when would be a good time for me to use them so that I wouldn't disturb him so much. He appreciated my considering him and just told me to use them whenever I want.
better than someDougSloan
Dec 23, 2003 7:28 AM
My Poly-Lytes are pretty quiet, at least more so than the Tacx rollers I had and much more so than some plastic ones I had 20 years ago in college. However, I'm using them in the garage, concrete floor, with a thin rug under them. That's about as good as it gets, I imagine.

They do get some vibration up around 35 mph, when it seems the rubber band starts to do some weird vibrations. That (well, I) doesn't last long, though.

System designKerry Irons
Dec 23, 2003 4:41 PM
If you put the rollers on a sheet of plywood and put the plywood on a stack of rugs or a sheet of Styrofoam, you'd do an excellent job of isolating the rollers from the floor and thereby minimize noise transmission to the building (and your downstairs neighbors).