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    Member Velo_Seth's Avatar
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    Rollers vs. Trainers (& movies)

    I've just moved to Massachusetts and I hear that it's pretty snowy here in the winter. There are some people who do it, but I'm not comfortable commuting in the snow, so I've decided to get a trainer of some sort to keep up my excercise through the winter. My primary goal with my training is to lose weight and maintain excercise through the winter. Now the only way that I'll be disciplined enough to use the trainer through the winter is if I set it up facing my computer screen so that I can watch movies while I spin. My first thought was, "I can't use a roller if I'm going to be paying some attention to the screen." But I have the opportunity to buy a roller for a very good price. So, not having used a roller before, my question is - will I be able to learn the "roller and movie watching" skill or will I end up on my basement floor all the time (I don't have a problem putting the time in if it's a learnable skill). Or should I stick to the rear wheel stand style?

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    Rollars are great for doing zone 2/3 riding. Better for the upper body because you have to balance the bike. For a Zone 4, high resistance ride, you will find hard to achieve. But that is what the trainer is for.

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    P.S. Ride in a doorway to catch yourself because you will go off at the beginning. If you relax there is no reason you can't watch movies. That was how I watched the Tour de France.

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