Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
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Once you can stay upright without the use of a doorframe or other balance holds, they're pretty easy. I use mine in front of the TV with just a step-stool for a foot brace to get started. I get spinning with one foot, then take the other off the bench and clip in.
I'm still getting the hang of water bottles, though. On the rollers, the slightest twitch can send you off the end of the drums. Reaching down for a water bottle is difficult: One hand on the bars, leaning forward, trying to keep the bars straight while supporting your weight during the reach. You never notice how much the trail of the forks benefits you out on the road until you hit the rollers and try something; and realize that w/o the forward motion, trail means squat for keeping the fork aligned and it's all up to you!
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.