The box was only sitting unopened for over a week now. Plus, I think the Mrs. wanted it "taken somewhere". Didn't bother ME that it was still sitting in the kitchen.
Anyway . . . it's been 10 years since I sold my italian cortina rollers and got a stationary bike. Previous to that, I had ridden rollers for about 20 years each winter. I wasn't sure if the skill to ride them would just come rushing back or not. It didn't.
Got set-up next to a wall in the attic, which I found I needed the whole time. Just couldn't bring myself to take my left hand off the wall and bring it over to the other on the handlebars. Rollers will tell you right away how smooth or choppy your spin is, and mine was on the choppy side. I had the toe clips as loose as I could get them, so I didn't have any pull on the upstroke -- but that's no excuse on its own for a choppy spin. I started out in 39x15 and had to drop to 39x17, even with the tire pressure slightly over max. I was huffing and puffing within minutes. Managed to track straight and stationary toward the end -- but still with one hand on the wall. My mind just could not bring that darn hand off the wall -- although I did manage to get it down to just a light "touch".
Overall the rollers are quality enough (Minoura -- can't remember the exact model). The drums are alloy and pleasantly true and smooth. The whole assembly seems rather lightweight -- I can't tell if the frame is plastic or not. You'd break your back lifting up the cortinas (solid steel frame). However it rode very well for being so light. I guess "light" is the word for everything nowadays.
At the height of my roller-riding days, I'd workout on the speed bag while riding. THAT took some time to learn. Since then, there's another guy out there that does this as well (and hits the speed bag rhythm in time to workout music, no less). It's an incredible workout for balance and coordination -- not to mention getting a little upper-body workout in as well. I don't know if I'll see those days again, and I've got more pressing issues to overcome first.
Right now, I've got to get my hand off the wall!
Patience and persistance.