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    Foam Rollers

    No, not to ride on. The kind you use for massage/myofascial stretching. Has been part of my post ride routine for a while now. Im amazed at how much this has helped not just my recovery but comfort on the bike as well.

    This old dog has learned a new trick! Anyone else using these?

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    Every night. It works especially good on my hip flexors, this is an area that I have a chronic problem and the foam rollers really help. They are great on the back as well.

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    I love mine. As soon as I get back from a ride I stretch and use the roller. It's great for quads, IT bands, and hips. I just got The Stick, so hopefully that will help with some of the areas the roller can't do as well (calves, shoulder blades, etc.).

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    I'll have to check out the stick, if it works half as good as the roller....

    What surprises me is how much more comfortable I'm in the drops, and I really havn't been using it for long. Don't run across something with this much immediate benifit very often.

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    Foam Rollers. My sister used to curl her hair with them back in the day.

    Just kidding. I've tried it. It's absurdly simple and effective.

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    I use the foam roller - amazing what a simple concept can do. Amazing.
    Weight weenies keep it light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
    Foam Rollers. My sister used to curl her hair with them back in the day.

    Just kidding. I've tried it. It's absurdly simple and effective.

    I thought her hair was always straight, you know those hippie chicks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voodoo76 View Post
    No, not to ride on. The kind you use for massage/myofascial stretching. Has been part of my post ride routine for a while now. Im amazed at how much this has helped not just my recovery but comfort on the bike as well.

    This old dog has learned a new trick! Anyone else using these?
    Wheres the best place to buy them? Would sports authority have them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinotex View Post
    Wheres the best place to buy them? Would sports authority have them?
    I bought mine at a massage store. I had to brave a lot of hippies and incense, though.
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    I use a basketball. It's pretty evil, but it'll get you loose. It's just not fun.

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    yah, I use the roller for my IT band, Hip flexors and lats (rivals the ITB for most painful spot to roll). I prefer the Stick for quads, calves, trapezius and hammies. I occasionally use a lacrosse ball for some of the deep tissue around the hip joint (under the gluteus) and for my upper back muscles and pectorals.

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    more info on what you do and how they work?

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    I've started doing this as well as a result of some patella problems. Its totally loosening me up.

    How long do you guys roll for?
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    I use em, I also use "the stick". Not as often as I should. I tend to wait until Im really hurting before using them. Im a bit on the slow side I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGDub View Post
    I've started doing this as well as a result of some patella problems. Its totally loosening me up.

    How long do you guys roll for?
    Im spending 10 to 15 min post ride. Noticing much greater benifits than I ever got from stretching. Among the things I've found interesting is the difference in sensitivity from Right to Left, particularly in the IT. Although that does seem to be working itself out a little. Really impressive results for me, feel 10 years looser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus View Post
    I use a basketball. It's pretty evil, but it'll get you loose. It's just not fun.
    I hear Real Men use a baseball...


    Anyway, re: foam rollers, yes, cheap, easy, etc. I hit mine for at least 10-15 minutes per day whether I've ridden or not. Amazing something so simple can be so effective.
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    Which "stick" do you guys use? There is a ton of them. Original stick or green stick? I used the "stick selector" and it recommended the green stick. At 40 bucks a pop I wouldn't mind hearing some recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jynx View Post
    more info on what you do and how they work?
    http://www.performbetter.com/catalog...FoamRoller.pdf

    go to http://www.performbetter.com and search on "foam".

    Seems worth a try.
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    I just started using a foam roller at my gym (Equinox). I read that a lot of coaches recommend it. It was EXTREMELY painful on the IT bands the first few times (a sure sign that I really needed this). Too soon to say how this will affect my cycling, but I am getting addicted.
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    I bought a big one, cut it in half so I have one to take on race weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velodiva View Post
    I just started using a foam roller at my gym (Equinox). I read that a lot of coaches recommend it. It was EXTREMELY painful on the IT bands the first few times (a sure sign that I really needed this). Too soon to say how this will affect my cycling, but I am getting addicted.
    IT seems to be an area that does some extreme adapting in cyclists. I've heard this from numerous massage therapists, and my old cycling coach who is a Rolfer (another interesting experience).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'nother View Post
    I hear Real Men use a baseball...
    Incorrect.. Real men use bowling ball, baseball is for wussy

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
    Incorrect.. Real men use bowling ball, baseball is for wussy
    tip: smaller circumference = higher point pressure
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    Quote Originally Posted by kukusz View Post
    Which "stick" do you guys use? There is a ton of them. Original stick or green stick? I used the "stick selector" and it recommended the green stick. At 40 bucks a pop I wouldn't mind hearing some recommendations.
    +1 on the Stick recommendation......they offer so many different ones now....
    What are the pros & cons of the different models ??

    I would think the flex one would be best because you could contour it a little to whatever body part you're working on ?????

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    another foam roller user here and I have the stick as well. When I was training for marathons my IT Band would always act up and the foam roller did wonders for it. I still use it but not as much as I should.

    I found a large pool noodle type thing at a toy store a few years ago, it's much wider but not nearly as long as the regular noodle and much more sturdy, I use this as well and it only cost me $2.50.

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