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Nov 19, 2003 6:29 PM
So a teammate gave me his minoura rollers, with a mag unit... Tried them out tonight, expecting death. It was alot easier than I had expected. I did "fall off" once but a foot on the ground stopped any thing bad from happening. I don't really see why people consider them hard to ride... It took about 5 minutes to figure it out, 10 to get comfortable enough to watch Flanders 2001 while I was training. I can retrieve my bottle from it's holder while riding them... One handed would be pretty awesome to learn. (that being said, a member of my club died two years ago when he fell off of his rollers and hit his head on glass...)

I'm looking forward to training with em this winter... Warming up with them before races should be awesome, with the intimidation factor working for me...
roller musings....shawndoggy
Nov 20, 2003 8:05 AM
Had a similar thought last night whilst I was atop my rollers. I've gotten a lot more stable in a group with the rollers, esp. once you figure out how to ride them no-handed. I pretty much do my whole cool down (10-15 minutes) with my hands off of the bars. Noticed that being able to do so makes it much easier for me to do "stupid roadie tricks" like taking on and off a jacket while riding, etc.

Plus the possibility of hurting myself keeps it a little more fun (as does commuting, high speed descents, and racing shoulder to shoulder at 30 mph).

Good on ya.
That's really sad.hrv
Nov 21, 2003 9:28 AM
Going to move the coffee table with glass top far away from the rollers next time. Unbelievable.

or wear your helmet? nmDougSloan
Nov 21, 2003 9:51 AM
keep your old mattresses around?No_sprint
Nov 21, 2003 10:33 AM
one could try a suspension harness from the ceiling too.
Nov 21, 2003 10:43 AM
I've often thought about making a platform what would envelope the rollers and slope away at the edges. You could, in theory, ride right onto and off the rollers.

platform?? I saw a junior at one of the races...TFerguson
Nov 21, 2003 12:05 PM
stop on the rollers, hop the front wheel off, hop the back wheel off and ride away. (I didn't see him get on.)

platform?? I saw a junior at one of the races...Ironbutt
Nov 22, 2003 11:53 AM
A couple of years ago, I was helping a friend before a race at the velodrome. we set up his rollers on a level place in the infield, he got on the bike and tightened the two toe straps on one pedal, then rode around the infield with the other foot's straps loose. He did a trackstand with one hand on the bars and tightened up the straps on the other pedal. He then then rode to his rollers, hopped the front wheel on, then the rear and warmed up. When his race was called, he did a trackstand on the rollers, and then jumped both wheels off of the rollers and rode to the start line. The intimidation factor had to be incredible!
hope I never spend enough time on rollers to learn that nmDougSloan
Nov 24, 2003 7:50 AM
Nah, moving the table will be fine.hrv
Nov 21, 2003 11:19 AM
Just a little wary now since hearing that story, but mostly riding with a recently separated shoulder (windsurfing) is making me a little more cautious.

Stupid roller tricksxcmntgeek
Nov 29, 2003 8:54 AM
Try bolting the rollers to the bed of a pickup truck and driving around while riding on them, best if done in conjunction with a keg.

Or, I spent all winter trying to ride wheelie on my rollers. I never did pull it off...