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Old 10-07-07, 06:28 PM   #1
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Rollers ok for cross bikes?

Rather than buy a trainer for the winter, I'm looking at purchasing rollers. I'm concerned that the longer wheelbase on my Redline Conquest will be too long for the rollers. I've tried to find exactly what my wheelbase is, but I can't locate it.

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Old 10-07-07, 09:52 PM   #2
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I have Travel Trac rollers, and the wheelbase has several length adjustments. Works well for both my track and 'cross bikes.
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Rather than buy a trainer for the winter, I'm looking at purchasing rollers. I'm concerned that the longer wheelbase on my Redline Conquest will be too long for the rollers. I've tried to find exactly what my wheelbase is, but I can't locate it.

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Lean your bike against the wall and straighten up the handlebars so that the front wheel is exactly in line with the frame. Use a measuring tape to measure the distance between the front and rear axle (quick-release -> quick-release to within " is fine); that's the wheelbase. The rollers should be adjusted so that the distance between the front roller-axle, and the mid-point between the two rear rollers should be slightly more (~") than the wheelbase of the bike.

The better rollers have an adjustable frame so that they can accommodate various wheelbases.

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PS: You might consider fitting slicks to the bike to ensure a nice, smooth, quiet, comfortable ride when you're on your rollers.
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Old 10-07-07, 11:38 PM   #4
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deff. consider slicks, i put slicks on my mountain bike and tried a roller. it was fun, i want to get one some day. just pay attention, i came off one day in my basement, that hurt like hell when i hit the poll.
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burr burr burr burr... unless you don't mind the noise, buy some cheap-o road tires.

Rollers beat the tar out of "trainers". You have to pay attention to what you're doing-- it's way more active than a trainer.
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Old 10-10-07, 05:24 PM   #6
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thanks for the responses. I have been riding on slicks all summer, but i'm just about to change over to CX tires to hit the trails before the New England winter hits.
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