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I got the new Parabolic rollers...(6 posts)

I got the new Parabolic rollers...biknben
Jan 6, 2004 8:01 PM
I tried riding rollers once about 5 years ago and it was a horrific experience. I recently noticed that Elite was advertising some new "parabolic" rollers in one of the mags. I had never seen them before and was intrigued.

I had some x-mas money to spend and found the same type of rollers at Performance. They arrived today. All I can say is wow. It was a completely different experience.

I set the rollers up next to my work bench. I held onto the bench for a couple minutes until I got used to the motions. Of course the first time I let go I went stright for the edge and had to stop. After that, I had a pretty trouble free 30 minutes. The bell shaped ends keep you from riding off. They actually worked. If nothing else they give you a little piece of mind and confidence.

The rollers are a Performance brand that were on sale for $133. They aren't overly noisy, rode smooth, and offer moderate resistance. I was pretty stoked when I got off so I figured I'd share.

Okay, call me stupid...Spiderman
Jan 6, 2004 9:09 PM
But what are parabolic rollers? I donna get it.

Also, Biknben. I am originally from Lawrenceville/Princeton and ride around there frequently, next time I'm in town maybe we should go riding.
They have a very slight dip in the middlespookyload
Jan 6, 2004 10:23 PM
It is there to keep you in the groove a little better. Instead of cylindrical shaped, it is more hour glass shaped, though not that drastic.
Jan 7, 2004 6:25 AM
The ends of the drums are flared (bell-shaped) rather than flat. You can see it in the last picture. The tires kinda bounce off of it. I guess you could compare it to riding in a rut. It's not foolproof. If you were to really loose you balance, these won't save you. OTOH, if you have a momentary lapse and drift over to the edge, you'll be fine. I hit the sides a few times. Once, I was able to ride it out. The other times I put my hand on the bench, stopped, and restarted.

Unlike what Spooky said, the diameter of the roller is constant (or flat) throughout the center area. Only the outer most part is flared.

Let me know when you're in the area. I'm in Robbinsville, work in Pennington, and ride all over.
re: I got the new Parabolic rollers...RD Warrior
Jan 7, 2004 6:17 AM
The rollers look cool,but I really like the bike.Is it the R300
What year is it?
The bike...biknben
Jan 7, 2004 6:29 AM
It's last year's R3000.

-CAAD7 frame, full carbon fork.
-Components are Dura Ace 9spd.