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Old 11-24-11, 01:30 PM   #1
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Nashbar rollers?

I'm thinking about getting some of the Nashbar reduced radius rollers to stay in shape over the long (3 month+) snowy/slushy season here. For 119.00 they seem pretty affordable. Have any of you used or own these? How do you like them with your fixed gear? Are they very noisy? Does it suck to not have a resistance unit?

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If you want to stay in shape, get a trainer not rollers. Rollers are good to work on your pedalling technique and spin, which is what I use mine for. I have some really nice, smooth and quiet Kreitlers with 4.5" drums, but they cost 3X what the Nashbar ones cost. Having said that, the Nashbar ones look like a good deal, provided the shipping isn't too high.
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If you want to stay in shape, get a trainer not rollers. Rollers are good to work on your pedalling technique and spin, which is what I use mine for. I have some really nice, smooth and quiet Kreitlers with 4.5" drums, but they cost 3X what the Nashbar ones cost. Having said that, the Nashbar ones look like a good deal, provided the shipping isn't too high.
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Also depend on your storage options. Rollers would easily fit under a bed or in a closet, but a trainer might take up a little more room.
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Storage space isn't an issue for me. Hmmmm.... Now I'm not sure whether I'd be better off with rollers or a trainer. I've never done any indoor training before.
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Those pics had me picturing you riding the bike, watching tv, and doing military presses at the same time.

So if I want to build up endurance and strength it's probably best to do a trainer? I figure I could also work on pedal stroke and spin on one as well if I do low resistance.

I might go ask carleton on this one.
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Those pics had me picturing you riding the bike, watching tv, and doing military presses at the same time.

So if I want to build up endurance and strength it's probably best to do a trainer? I figure I could also work on pedal stroke and spin on one as well if I do low resistance.

I might go ask carleton on this one.
Trainers and Rollers do different things in a similar fashion.

Variable gears help extend the trainer's range of resistance quite a bit.

I ride rollers with my track bike and I ride the fluid trainer with my road bike. Rollers to work on technique and trainer to work on fitness.
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