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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-21-11, 06:38 PM   #1
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Video: Mostly useless, but impressive looking skill!

I finally honed my balance and smoothed my spin enough that I can ride my rollers no hands.
Real World Applicability = None, since I already could ride a bike no hands while actually moving forward. OK, maybe I'll be less wobbly when I sit up to peel a banana or unwrap a Clif Bar.
Assumed Skill = I'm pretty sure people in my apartment gym think I'm in league with the devil to master such wizardry. (Even though on the "Awesome Roller Tricks" scale, I'm still pretty weaksauce.)

[video=vimeo;34054168]http://vimeo.com/34054168[/video]

Now I have to get good enough to bunnyhop the course barriers during a race...
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Old 12-21-11, 08:57 PM   #2
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Most impressive sir!
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Old 12-22-11, 08:24 AM   #3
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Oh come on! I can totally see the wires holding your bike up!!
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Old 12-22-11, 08:58 AM   #4
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You might be smooth on the rollers, but whoever is holding the camera is not!
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see if you can take off your shirt while doing that now. That takes skill.

on a serious note, might I suggest making a slightly slanted (toward the rollers) step with a non slip surface for mounting and dismounting? It's a small thing, but it makes roller riding more enjoyable.
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Old 12-22-11, 01:25 PM   #6
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Oh come on! I can totally see the wires holding your bike up!!
Dang! I'm gonna need to work on my editing skills.

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You might be smooth on the rollers, but whoever is holding the camera is not!
The front-on footage is actually filmed in the mirror with the camera mounted on my handlebar. Look at the sighting-laser dots at the very start of that section; you can see the laser dots on my shirt and in the reflection of the camera on the handlebars.


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see if you can take off your shirt while doing that now. That takes skill.

on a serious note, might I suggest making a slightly slanted (toward the rollers) step with a non slip surface for mounting and dismounting? It's a small thing, but it makes roller riding more enjoyable.
Hehehe. Changing shirts while on the rollers is well beyond my capability right now!

I drag my setup between my apartment and the gym downstairs, so one more thing to carry isn't going to happen. I already have a tough time lugging my bike, the rollers, my shoes, a towel, etc. all in one elevator trip.
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That's pretty impressive ... I can't do it.
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Old 12-22-11, 10:09 PM   #8
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Very impressive! I've never ridden rollers so I know I would fall on my ass if I tried that!
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Use the force wisely...
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I not only can't do that I didn't think it was possible! Most that have not ridden rollers have no idea how difficult it is to get the hang of it.
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I not only can't do that I didn't think it was possible! Most that have not ridden rollers have no idea how difficult it is to get the hang of it.
Surprisingly, just riding rollers isn't that tough to pick up. I set mine up in a doorway for about a week and a half when I first started out, so I could "pinball" and use my elbows as bumpers if I got a bit wobbly. These are the key things I've learned:

- Relax your hands and arms. The death grip is just that, and you'll oversteer.
- A little bit of weave is OK. As long as you're not doing a persistent serpentine from edge to edge, you're OK.
- Don't look down! Seriously. Don't look at your front wheel, or handlebars, or glance to your bottle cage or any of that. Look where you would aim the middle of your headlight spot.

When I was trying to figure out how anyone could possibly ride no hands on rollers, I found that my technique had gotten sloppy. I was confident and comfortable enough that I could balance well even when staring at the seconds ticking away on my computer, right on the bars. I could drop my head and hammer while staring at my wheel in a sprint. As long as I had at least one hand on the bars to stay mostly centered I was OK. Then I tried to take my hands off, and I found out how bad my form really was: Not looking forward was keeping my spin from really smoothing out because I hunched my shoulders and canted my hips weirdly, leading to some bounce. Not keeping my head up was throwing my balance a little bit. That forward lean was keeping me from properly controlling the nose of the saddle. The list went on. So I pickup my head up, moved the rollers back from the mirror a bit, and set my focus at the headplate on my stem. All of a sudden I was tracking straighter and not overcompensating for every minor twitch of my front wheel.
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Man that is quite the home gym you have for yourself there!
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It's actually not a useless skill. It makes it much easier to take off and put on jackets, stuffing them in pockets etc, as well as other menial tasks while riding on the road. While on the rollers, how else are you going to pick up the buttons to change the channel on the TV or a towel to wipe the sweat off your brow and clean your glasses. One can never be too smooth.
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Man that is quite the home gym you have for yourself there!
They did set things up rather nicely at my apartment building. 2x AMT 100i machines, 3x treadmills, 3x adjustable stride ellipticals, multifunction crossover tower, bench press, lat down, leg extension, and leg curl machines, 5 - 50 pound dumbbells and 2x incline/decline benches.
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It's actually not a useless skill. It makes it much easier to take off and put on jackets, stuffing them in pockets etc, as well as other menial tasks while riding on the road. While on the rollers, how else are you going to pick up the buttons to change the channel on the TV or a towel to wipe the sweat off your brow and clean your glasses. One can never be too smooth.
So here's the odd thing; I can ride no hands on the road just fine. I've found it to be a much trickier task on the rollers, and I'm not sure why. There's got to be something about the physics of it, I'm sure.
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...So here's the odd thing; I can ride no hands on the road just fine. I've found it to be a much trickier task on the rollers, and I'm not sure why. There's got to be something about the physics of it, I'm sure.
Maybe odd but definitely true. Maybe because there is so little friction between the tires and rollers and just a small sideways movement can put you on the edge of the rollers.
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