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Old 02-28-08, 09:59 AM
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ok so i can spin out my massive 50-12 gear on my rollers...lol...my mom has a set of ankle weights she wears when she walks...do you think i'd be a terrible idea to strap them bad boys on and go for a spin?
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it wouldn't make you any stronger. the weight on one leg pushing down on the pedal would effectively cancel out the weight strapped to the other ankle.
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try putting a towel under one of the rollers or something to add a bit of friction/resistance.
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ive got a trainer for resistance...i just have a lot of time to think bout stupid stuff like this on the both of them...lol
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Originally Posted by Phantoj
try putting a towel under one of the rollers or something to add a bit of friction/resistance.
I've done this. Makes it interesting and much, much, much more resistance. Place the towel under the rearmost roller and off to the side so the hot part of the roller (resistance = heat) isn't under the tire.

BTW, putting the towel under the rearmost roller will make your bike more stable on the rollers as well when you go to stand up. Usually, the problem with standing is that the bike bounces around and can even go off the back (I did this once, cost me a chainring when I fell). Putting resistance on the rearmost roller will force the bike into the forward roller contacting the rear wheel. Hence, no bouncing.
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If you are using Kreitlers', get the killer head wind unit. It will get you working.
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+1 on the towel. This was mentioned in a earlier thread. I tried it for the first time this last monday and it does work. It took me a little while to get used to the idea - I kept thinking the towel was going to catch on fire at any moment from the friction.

I also run a compact crank and was spinning it out.
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I was thinking about my rollers the other night. I read in a article about green celebs that Ed Begley Jr. rides his bike to power his toaster. I was thinking it would be cool to rig a DC generator to power my laptop (75-100 watts) while im riding the roller and use the grove in the back rollers to rig a belt drive system and be able to dial up the resistance. On the otherhand will the Killer Head Wind work on any set of rollers or just Kretilers?
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