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Old 08-01-09, 09:24 AM   #1
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Rollers in a dorm room!?

Can it be done? I am looking for rollers for this coming winter and I have to live on campus again. Normally, I use a UP1 trainer but I have a conundrum:
I ditched my steel road bike and recently purchased a nice, shiny, Giant TCR. The crux lies in the fact of unnatural frame flex and doing harder threshold work. Rollers it seems, would be a better option with a "fork stand" add-on to reduce all the horrible looking backend flex.
I have never been around a set of rollers in use. People have told me as long as you ride slicks and higher pressures on a "noise canceling" mat that it will greatly cut down on the din of the rollers.

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Old 08-01-09, 09:27 AM   #2
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I remember people making a number of complaints when I used to ride my rollers at Iowa State. That being said, they were older rollers and were on a hard floor so it's quite possible the people below me were being vibrated to death

New smooth rollers on the right surface might be ok.

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Old 08-01-09, 09:33 AM   #3
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these are amazingly quiet.

http://www.glorycycles.com/miacro.html

Minoura Action Rollers minrolact
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If I only rolled on my back wheel and used the fork bracket how much noise would that cut down?

Spence, the dorm is your typical hard concrete with a minimal amount of carpeting on the floor. No tile floors.
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Sure - I used to ride my rollers in my dorm while my roommate went to the gym. Neighbors never complained, but I also didn't have anyone living on the floor under me. A couple times my roommate would walk in with a few friends and they'd be wondering what the hell I was up to, but mostly people were pretty amazed that you don't fall off them with nothing to really support you besides your wheels in motion.

I have the cheapo Performance ones by the way.

And don't put that damn fork mount on! Ride rollers with both wheels spinning and learn to improve your pedal stroke.
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rollers are pretty noisy. i have that minuara up there. really depends on the type of floor and YOUR TIRES!
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+1 on what type of floor your on. I have the Minoura brand and in the basement which is cement they are dead quiet. On the first floor wood, whole different story.
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this is about as sound proof as you can go
deadening mat is tough foam, you can go with bartenders mat
that they stand on. it is thicker

anyhow
a) layer one, a big beach towel
then
b) 3/4 plywood big enough to set rollers on

c) 4 corners of deadening mat

d) plywood big enough to set rollers on

e) 4 edges of deadening mat

f) plywood big enough to set rollers on

g) rollers

a big club sandwich of plywood/mat chunk/plywood/mat chunks/plywood


your setup will be way up in the air but harmonics will be reduced a huge amount
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Sakonnetclip, when were you at Iowa State? I was in the towers for 3 years 89-92.

I was introduced to (and amazed by) rollers when I was in the dorms. 2 guys on my floor used them. They simply took them to the den, setup a fan and some tunes and spun.

I saw a heavy mat (for something else) that could go under rollers. Why don't you just try either the rollers or your trainer and see if anyone says anything. If so, then dampen the noise.
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