Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Beavercreek, OH
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Roller riding a tandem
We do trainer workouts down at our team shop on Saturday evenings. Most of the guys ride the roller setup and do some 1k races. My daughter/stoker would like to do the races also so I'm trying to figure out how to rig something up. It has to be safe. I currently don't ride rollers as I'm nursing a broken collar-bone.
My thought is to simply install the trainer on the front wheel to hold the bike and put the rear wheel on the rollers. This would get us hooked into the speedo for the rollers and allow us to race. Question is, would the trainer up front be stable enough to hold everything fairly steady?
Here's a pic of our roller setup. We have 4 rollers, each a different color. There are 4 colored needles on the 500m dial. He bought this setup used in 1971.
All kinds of team workouts can be done with this setup. A fun one is to pick a common speed, say 20 mph. Then sink the needles up. One rider then sprints ahead half a lap until his needle is opposite the rest, then he holds that leed by riding at the common speed. As soon as he gets a half a lap up, the next guy goes, and so forth. Then when all the needles are sinked up, start agian.
There are many others.