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Training Q -> Rollers(13 posts)

Training Q -> RollersDrD
Sep 16, 2001 4:50 PM
Ok, so I picked up a set of rollers with the hopes that this will help improve/smooth out my spin and just in general improve bike handling (holding a line) - also, they will let me continue riding, even when circumstances dictate that I must keep close to home (little one on the way very soon...) - so does anyone have any tips?

I have heard the standard "set them up in a doorway" thing - which may or may not be possible for me - I was thinking maybe on a board in the lawn (if I can get it flat) or something like that to start... how hard is this going to be?

Thanks for any help (any advice on training sort of things/intervals, etc. recommended for roller use would be interesting to hear as well)
re: Training Q -> Rollersnestorl
Sep 16, 2001 6:05 PM
INTERVALS!!!???? that's would be a good way to start :-). Try it before you are good at it and you'll see what I mean ;-). When I first got mine, I put them parellel to the back of a couch and had a wall on the other side.

It is like learining to ski...frustrating but so rewarding once you "get it". Have funn and move lamps and any crystals away from the bike!!
Rollering outside is nice, especially because of the sweat fac-bill
Sep 17, 2001 6:25 AM
tor (sweat rolls off of you; it's really amazing), but you need something to lean against to get started even if you're decent at it. I don't know ANYONE that can hop on without bracing against something to get going, and ffor a novice, support is essential. You seem to be planning a space that would be okay to fall down in, but if you have the right support (such as a doorway), you can prop yourself up as you start to lose it a little and avoid falling. I can't imagine what you'd be using on the lawn.
I'm a huge fan of rollers and what rollers can do for your technique. I didn't even know that there was technique until I started to use rollers. Keep at it.
can you stand on rollersishmael
Sep 17, 2001 7:54 AM
i read somewhere that you cant...
Yes you canPaulCL
Sep 17, 2001 10:12 AM
..but very carefully. Once mistep and down you go...
Yes you canjacques
Sep 18, 2001 2:14 AM
I learned how to stand on rollers by stopping to pedal, then starting up again. At first, I just let my wheels slow down a bit before pedaling again. Soon I was able to let the wheels come to a momentary stop before cranking them back up. All this is while sitting down - have not tried a track stand on rollers and never will.
Yes you canjacques
Sep 18, 2001 2:25 AM
I misunderstood the question. I find standing while pedaling very difficult. I can do it for a few seconds, that's all.. It helps to NOT shift your weight forward when you lift your butt - i.e. keep as much weight OFF the front wheel as you can, just as in "no-hands" roller riding.
Yes you canishmael
Sep 18, 2001 3:30 AM
can you practice sprints or anything else worthwhile or is it too balancey
Sprints you can do. A bit of a challenge to change tempo underbill
Sep 18, 2001 7:29 AM
any circumstances, but that's what they're for.
I can sort of stand -- more like lift my butt off the saddle forbill
Sep 17, 2001 1:50 PM
a moment. A much easier stupid cyclist trick is to ride with no hands, which more involves trusting the bike than using the strength and balance that I find necessary to lift my butt up for those brief moments.
Yes! but try it only if you have dental insurance! nmnestorl
Sep 17, 2001 4:55 PM
nm
Clipped in?DrD
Sep 18, 2001 3:27 AM
So another quick question - I assume it's safest to get started unclipped (use regular sneakers), but once you get the hang of it, do you guys ride clipped in? I haven't ridden a bike unclipped for a long time - it's going to feel weird (I don't imagine unclipped on Speedplay's is going to be very comfortable, either...)
Yeah, I clip in. Kreitler says not to, but I always have.bill
Sep 18, 2001 7:35 AM
Didn't see the point in ever doing it unclipped. Best to be well used to emergency unclipping, because you will. (See, doorway advice.)