I picked up a used set of rollers last week because I can't ride in the dark after I get out of work and I swore I would never ride my stationary trainer again. I hate the damn things. My normal winter training is commuting ten miles to work almost evry day and racing cyclocross or mountainbiking on the weekends. After I lost a lot of training due to injury this year I needed to get in some time after work and riding in the cold dark sucks. I tried the trainer and just couldn't do it. Waterboarding would probably be less painful. So people tell me rollers are different and here are my observations.
1)They are an order of magnitude better than trainers
2)They are actually fun
3)Falling off them doesn't result in disaster
4)They are a bit too loud
5)By far less boredom then a trainer
6)Very quick learning curve
7)Can't quite stand and sprint yet – or if ever?
I'd like to be able to stand and sprint if anything just to stand and stretch and give the butt a break. Can any of you actually sprint on your rollers? I can do no hands for about three seconds but am sure I will be able to master that in no time