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Will rollers damage an aluminum road bike?

Old 05-23-04, 07:42 PM
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Will rollers damage an aluminum road bike?

Does anybody know if using rollers can damage an aluminum road bike? Rollers seem like they would be a lot less stressful to your bike than an A frame type trainer because nothing is clamping down the frame.
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as long as you are riding the bike on the rollers, no it will not hurt it.

If you were to drop or throw the rollers on the bike, then maybe yes.
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It shouldn't, as rollers simulate riding on flat ground.
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The only problem (apart from balance) some people have with rollers is about sweat dropping on the bike, frame... Use in a cool place or with a fan...
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The problem with rollers is that the finish comes out messy and uneven. Try using an airless spray system.

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Off topic a bit I know but, I'm in the market for a trainer for my bike and was looking at rollers, are they any good?
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Originally Posted by astonv0l
Off topic a bit I know but, I'm in the market for a trainer for my bike and was looking at rollers, are they any good?
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they are hard to use.... since you would still need to balance your bike while riding stationary...
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but ins't that a good thing? ya no, like riding on the road?
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Off topic reply:
I have a Tacx roller and I'm satisfied with it. The balancing of your bike while riding keeps your mind busy so you won't get bored. You can keep riding for 45 minutes without getting bored, espaccially if you put some music on.
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Originally Posted by astonv0l
but ins't that a good thing? ya no, like riding on the road?
well, i just keep imagining that.... what if, one of the roller bearing suddenly stops because of... and your bike just springs out so fast that, yourself and your bike, slam into your TV. ....

Ouch!!!!

Oh, BTW, you don't wear a helmet when in a stationary bike... right??
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Originally Posted by dexmax
well, i just keep imagining that.... what if, one of the roller bearing suddenly stops because of... and your bike just springs out so fast that, yourself and your bike, slam into your TV. ....

Ouch!!!!

Oh, BTW, you don't wear a helmet when in a stationary bike... right??
that is a myth, I have a a "Taxc Roller", I have been using it for a over 5 months now, the only place your going to fall on a roller is on your side. here is a very simply way of showing why your not going to shoot forward, lift your front handle bar spin your front wheel, then place it on the ground as soon as the spining front wheel touch the ground it will stop so when your on the roller and your wheels touches any part that is not part of the rolling mechanism, the wheels will stop and you fall on your side. As far as I know, the roller is the next best thing to substitute actual road riding, you can switch your gearing your cogs or your cranks, your road bike handling is also practice, if your living in the northern Hemispere, buying a roller is very good idea
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Originally Posted by on2wheels
Does anybody know if using rollers can damage an aluminum road bike? Rollers seem like they would be a lot less stressful to your bike than an A frame type trainer because nothing is clamping down the frame.
no it will not damage the frame, you have answer your question already, when you said "nothing is clamping down the frame" when your on a roller
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Thanks, any recomendations on rollers (sorry to use your post on2wheels)
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a Taxc roller the drums diameter is 3 inches, a Krietler roller I believe the drums are five inches in diameter, some cyclist say the bigger diameter drums the better, I don't agree with that notion,, coz, i am using the Taxc roller and its giving me the result i wanted, and its cheaper, and actually is your choice
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I don't think that the size of the rollers affects the bike at all.
I do know that smaller rollers (Like the Tacx or Kreitler dynolites) give a more
difficult workout than larger diameter drums.

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Surely a static trainer is more likely to damage your frame, because the dropouts are being held completely still but the rest of the frame can move around (particularly during harder efforts). The only way rollers are going to damage a frame is exactly the same way as on the road: if you fall over.

PS How easy is it to ride rollers on your own (with no-one to hold you up when you get going), short of leaning on a wall (and falling into it knowing my luck)? Or are you low enough to the floor to just put your foot down and start off like normal?
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Originally Posted by Jonny B
Surely a static trainer is more likely to damage your frame, because the dropouts are being held completely still but the rest of the frame can move around (particularly during harder efforts). The only way rollers are going to damage a frame is exactly the same way as on the road: if you fall over.

PS How easy is it to ride rollers on your own (with no-one to hold you up when you get going), short of leaning on a wall (and falling into it knowing my luck)? Or are you low enough to the floor to just put your foot down and start off like normal?
The first time i used a roller, I have place it beside a wall about a foot away from the wall, then I mount myself on the bike and start pedalling, like you would do on a street you balance yourself, my expirience on this one is you really have to concentrate on your biking, like focusing yoursel on something infront of you and I mean really concentrate on your biking, after several minutes of falling and mounting, I was able to ride the rollers like those profesional cyclist you see.
and until now, after 5 months, i position the roller beside a wall, and until now if I lose focus, I still fall down
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Since the OT stuff seems all the rage:

One of the greatest benefits of rollers is improving your form. For reasons already mentioned and some that come about as a direct result, you end up smoothing out your pedalstroke quite a bit. Either that or you're never able to balance on them.
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