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Trainer or Roller?(7 posts)

Trainer or Roller?andycogbill
Oct 8, 2001 12:34 PM
Hi! I am a Cat 3 racer and am looking for a way to train effectively over the winter. I am going to buy a bike trainer and am asking for suggestions on brand and whether I should get a trainer or rollers? The races I do are pretty hilly, and I realize trainers/rollers won't help me with that, but I do hope to get an aerobic base so in the spring I can do hill intervals. Thank you all for your help!

Andy Cogbill
La Crosse, WI
hmmm....nestorl
Oct 9, 2001 4:15 PM
Hmm, no cat 3 would be asking such question. But let's not go there... regardles, here is my opinion on the info you want.

Rollers: will make you ride with the style, grace, and handling skills of a CAT 3. Your spin will improve, balance will be 1000 times better, and your climbing will benefit from the controlled round spin. Cons... you can't stand and sprint and it is hard to het your hr to high zones

Trainers: You can do intervals and sprints without a problem. Your spin will not improve unless you do isolated leg training. You style and balance WILL NOT improve and if anything they may get worse by allowing you to move your balance without consequences and immediate feed back....

Good luck.
re: Trainer or Roller?stayalive1984
Oct 10, 2001 6:05 AM
I'VE USED BOTH AND ROLLERS ARE THE LEAST BORING OF THE 2.
I DON'T WANT TO BAD MOUTH ANY SPECIFIC BRAND BUT I'VE HAD 2 CYCLE-OPS FLUID TRAINERS LEAK THE SILICONE FLUID FROM THE RESISTANCE CHAMBER.LUCKILY, I HAD A BIG RUBBER MAT UNDER EVERYTHING AND MY WOOD FLOOR WASN'T RUINED.THE COMPANY HAS BEEN GOOD ABOUT REPLACING THEM THOUGH.
IT HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE THAT IF YOU PUT THE TIME ON EITHER ONE A GOOD BASE LEVEL OF FITNESS CAN BE MAINTAINED.AND IF YOU PUT
IT IN THE SAME ROOM AS A WOOD BURNING STOVE,AS I DO, YOU CAN SHED QUITE A FEW POUNDS.
ONE LAST DRAW BACK CONCERNING ROLLERS AND MAYBE IT WAS ALL IN MY HEAD,BUT I WAS NERVOUS ON THE ROLLERS WHEN MY 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WAS NEAR.
re: Trainer or Roller?Frank
Oct 12, 2001 5:06 PM
As part of my winter training a recently start using a Ergotrainer. Look at http://www.tacx.nl/ to see what stuff they have. I use the 'Grand Excel', if you have any questions let me know.
Go with rollersBeetle
Oct 14, 2001 6:38 AM
I recently bought a set of rollers from Minoura. The set I bought have a resistance belt which is a must. I can make the workout as hard as I like. As a runner, however, I usually go without the belt and spin at a very high cadence which helps my leg turnover. I prefer rollers over trainers because it simulates riding more. Just make sure you place the rollers between a wall and a couch or something so if you get off balance you won't go down.
re: Trainer or Roller?Obiwan
Oct 23, 2001 7:33 AM
Both have their place in training, but if I had to choose just one I'd go with either the Kreitler dyno-mytes with small roller drums for high resistance, or regular rollers with a fan attachment. Since they force you to spin smooth circles I feel rollers, especially with resistance, are the way to go.
Interesting.nigel
Nov 13, 2001 5:36 PM
I raced years ago and know that it takes lots and lots of training--and wins--to become a Cat 3 racer (I never even came close, by the way). How is it that you haven't had this problem 'til now? Just curious.

My take is this: Though I had rollers back in the day, and enjoyed them, I actually find that I get a far superior STRENGTH workout from a trainer (I use the CycleOps fluid). It allows me to stand easily to simulate sprints and standing climbs, and I can watch any t.v. program or video I want without worrying about crashing.

Are rollers better for perfecting one's spin? Absolutely. Do they simulate riding on a flat road better? Encourage balance and smoothness on the bike? Yes and yes. Some folks can even allegedly watch t.v. while on them, but I can't see how this is truly possible without drifting over too far and falling off.

I'm using and enjoying a trainer now, and I feel that I have better strength workouts and can use any source of "distraction" I have available to make the time more pleasurable.

Nige