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Join Date: May 2013
Location: Ottawa ON, CA
Bikes: '96 Wheeler 7980, 2013 SuperSix-4, 90's Gardin, 2013 Felt F75X
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I've had my rollers for just over a week now and have been on them 4-5 times for 45-60 min each time. I've come off once (on the second ride) when I realized that I wasn't confident enough to wipe sweat from my face yet. And when I did come off, I simply put my foot down, then got back up and continued riding. I don't know what's wrong with the guy in the first video, but that was just crazy. Sure it takes some getting used to, I started the first time in a door frame, and after that first ride moved to up against a half wall in my basement just to help get started. I find the fact that you need to concentrate while riding much more appealing than having a fixed front wheel and not needing to balance. Everything I read says pretty much to use both types as they allow you to do different things. Given that I got my rollers used for $60 (CDN) with a resistance unit, and I've seen several people trying to unload their standard trainer for cheap, I'll likely pick up the other as well.
Originally Posted by sstorkel
As for the E-Motion rollers, the same effect can easily be had for < $150. I used bianchi10
's video as a reference and spent about $50 on hardware and $60 on the rollers(I had some materials already that would make up for the other $40):
My design is a little different, but the same basic idea (I made some mods). They're also referenced here:
Yes they aren't right for everyone, but I find them more enjoyable to ride, and I feel that they're doing wonders for my balance, pedal stroke, and will help with being able to hold my line when in a pack when I start racing next season.