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Old 06-14-05, 01:33 AM   #1
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Rollers

I've also posted this question in the training forum, but I'm not sure how many of you guys will look in there on a regular basis. A roadie colleague has given me on long term loan a set of rollers for me to train on as I was looking to improve my cadence rate and overall endurence, however I've heard tales that rollers will strip the tread from an off road tyre.

Does anyone know if this is true, as I don't want to have to find out the expensive way? Should I go out and buy some slicks, and if so, would I be able to use semi-slicks? Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
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I've also posted this question in the training forum, but I'm not sure how many of you guys will look in there on a regular basis. A roadie colleague has given me on long term loan a set of rollers for me to train on as I was looking to improve my cadence rate and overall endurence, however I've heard tales that rollers will strip the tread from an off road tyre.
I picked up a trainer a while back (rear wheel mount only) to use during the winter (yay for birthday money!). Without slicks it's bumpy, rough session. And yes, you'll wear down the tread faster than if you were just riding on the road.

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Yes, the two rear rollers will ruin your rear tire ...get slicks. The good news is that it won't ruin the front tire. So that's half the money and half the time for you.

A better suggestion is to get a dedicated rear wheel for the rollers or trainer. But that's mo' money than just getting by with tire changes.

Good score on the rollers! Are they aluminum rollers or PVC. If they're PVC, then don't put them near a windown with strong light. PVC will degrade with too much exposure to UV. Eventually they'll warp. If you have the aluminum rollers, then you got styled. If they're Krietler rollers then bonus points.

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Agreed. A cheap set of slicks will do wonders for you
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They're PVC rollers but they'll be kept in the shed out of the light. All I have to do now is try to score some cheap slicks.
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That is indeed cheap, but I'm looking for really cheap (ie free) so I'm going to try tapping up my local bike shop first. They've given me all sorts of things in the past.
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That is indeed cheap, but I'm looking for really cheap (ie free) so I'm going to try tapping up my local bike shop first. They've given me all sorts of things in the past.
Save the freebie for something more critical - lest they see you as a mooch
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They see more than their fair share of cash from me so that shouldn't be a problem.
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