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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-06-07, 04:33 PM   #1
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Kreitler Rollers... (fixed)

I got my hands on a set of rollers and decided to give it a try. (full rollers...front and back wheel)
I tried it with my road bike and had some trouble...last time I tried rollers was approx 15 years ago and it was easy because i had the kind where you remove the front wheel and attach your fork to a fixed quickrelease.
Anyway...I decided to try it on my FG - I was able to get going fairly quickly...after about 13 minutes on the thing, I am huffing and puffing and dripping in sweat! (not because of my age!)
GREAT WORKOUT!!!

Does anyone else train using rollers? I prefer outdoors, however when it's either too cold or snowing...I have found a decent alternative!
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Old 08-06-07, 04:44 PM   #2
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I bought a set of (full) rollers for use with my road bike, because now that I'm divorced and have to do all the stuff my wife used to do I don't have time to ride as much. I rode rollers to train when I raced BMX back in the day, so getting used to them really wasn't a problem.

But I've been thinking about tossing my fixie on them, just to see what it'd be like.
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Old 08-06-07, 04:46 PM   #3
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I find it far easier to ride a fixed-gear on rollers than a road bike. A fixed-gear bike will carry you through the dead spots in your pedal rotation so it's easier to stay balanced.
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Old 08-06-07, 04:53 PM   #4
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Unless you've got the really expensive rollers that let you coast, riding them on a fixed gear is exactly 0 different from a road bike.

If your drivetrain carries you through your dead spot, your chain is too tight.
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I want some but im afraid theyll make too much noise and my downstairs neighbor will whine.
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Here's what I got:

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I want some but im afraid theyll make to much noise and my downstairs neighbor will whine.
I hear this can be a real problem, sadly.
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Unless you've got the really expensive rollers that let you coast, riding them on a fixed gear is exactly 0 different from a road bike.

If your drivetrain carries you through your dead spot, your chain is too tight.
What are you talking about dude?

I have $100 Tacx eco-track rollers (not great/not ****ty) I can coast on them for a second.. but thats just because I can balance on them pretty well. Fixed gear is much easier than road bike on every set of rollers I've ever been on. I dont know if its due to the geometry of the bikes I have, but I'm 99% its due to the drivetrain. Nobody can pedal a freewheel bike as efficient as a fixed will be because of the momentum helping you through the dead spots. Chain tension would have to be amazingly loose to lose that.
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I want some but im afraid theyll make too much noise and my downstairs neighbor will whine.
If the rollers are set up correctly, are clean and have no rough spots, and you put well-inflated slicks on the bike, riding rollers can be very quiet.

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Why would you ride rollers in the summer? Get out and sweat in the real world!
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If the rollers are set up correctly, are clean and have no rough spots, and you put well-inflated slicks on the bike, riding rollers can be very quiet.

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Well the building i live in is at least 100 years old. Its hardwood floors that already have some creak to them when walking around. Im just thinking theyll make all sorts of odd noises and droning if im hauling ass on some rollers.
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Well the building i live in is at least 100 years old. Its hardwood floors that already have some creak to them when walking around. Im just thinking theyll make all sorts of odd noises and droning if im hauling ass on some rollers.
IMO, youtube video of you riding rollings on a futon or something, hahaha
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nyc knows rollers
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