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rollers or trainer?(3 posts)

rollers or trainer?donalson
Mar 25, 2001 6:19 PM
donalson Mar-25-01, 05:31 PM
"Rollers or Traniers?"
hello,
plan on getting one or the other this fall/winter (christmas prez), what are the benifits of each and prices of good ones?...

the rollers looks so kewl...and compact but then agin i could have the CompuTrainer's down payment and pay the rest myself :)...

whats your take on these things? i could get rollers or a triner, and extra toys for my bike or even a CompuTrainer

thanks
mark

PS i live in northern FL so i plan on riding most of the winter, but on the super cold days i'd preffer to be indside :)
Rollin' rollin' rollin'Mass Biker
Mar 27, 2001 10:54 AM
Northern FL huh? Well, I'll trade you a New England "spring" day for one your "super cold days" anytime. But getting back to the question - I'd say go with the rollers. They are a lot more fun, help improve your leg speed/pedal stroke, and if done right (i.e. do intervals, speedwork etc.) make for a great workout. I supplement my work on the rollers with time in the weight room (to build strength) - I find the two are quite complementary. That said, putting your head down and grunting away is harder to do on rollers vs. a trainer. Similarly, zoning out and watching old TdF videos is also a challenge on rollers. But it is the challenge part that is most interesting, and makes those indoor sessions go by quickly. Of course, if one had unlimited cash, one could buy both a trainer AND a set of rollers. Alternatively, with similar resources, one could contemplate a winter place in northern FL. In lieu of that, I'd vote for the rollers. MB
re: rollers or trainer?campyguy
Mar 28, 2001 7:52 AM
I have both, and find the rollers to be my preference the majority of the time. I have the Kreitler Dymo-Mites, and they are very resistive. Whoever tells you that rollers cannot provide the resistance workout a trainer can hasn't tried these rollers. For a good all-around set, I'd give the Kreitler Dyno-Lytes a try. They are pricey, but built to last.

Hope this helps-
Tom