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No hands on rollers?

Old 12-17-09, 09:15 PM
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No hands on rollers?

I saw someone do this today, and it was pretty freaking incredible. Is this a common skill? Should I practice?
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Old 12-17-09, 09:18 PM
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keep it up and let us know when you fall off of them....screwing around on my rollers dumped me on the floor once this year already....be careful.
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Old 12-17-09, 09:21 PM
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What if I wear a helmet?
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Old 12-17-09, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by scr660 View Post
What if I wear a helmet?
Then you will be completely impervious to injury.
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Old 12-17-09, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JacoKierkegaard View Post
Then you will be completely impervious to injury.

Injury is my middle name
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Old 12-17-09, 09:26 PM
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I'm sorry your parents hated you.
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Old 12-17-09, 09:32 PM
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it's not that hard. took me about 10 minutes the first time of trying to get it right. now I can do it whenever, sometimes for a couple minutes.
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Old 12-17-09, 09:48 PM
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haven't tried yet. I'm guessing the ease of this task is dependent upon where you have the front roller set up, kind of like how some twitchier bikes are harder to ride no handed. Depending on where you put the front roller, you change the location of the contact patch of the front tire
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It works. If you are nervous try it in a door frame and hold on to the door frame. Alternatively you could set up some trapeze bars. Hold on to those so if you fall off you don't fall over and go boom. My rollers are in the garage so I am between two vehicles so I put my hand/arms on those.
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Originally Posted by BlueJay66 View Post
It works. If you are nervous try it in a door frame and hold on to the door frame. Alternatively you could set up some trapeze bars. Hold on to those so if you fall off you don't fall over and go boom. My rollers are in the garage so I am between two vehicles so I put my hand/arms on those.
that's a good idea. I'm definitely excited about this.
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Old 12-17-09, 09:57 PM
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With enough practice you'll be able to eat dinner while watching a movie on those rollers.
Riding rollers with no hands isnt much more difficult than putting on or removing a wind vest while riding on the road.
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Old 12-17-09, 10:01 PM
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When I raced at Encino Velodrome, one of the volunteer junior instructors could ride the rollers with no hands... while juggling 3 tennis balls... and then in reverse.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
When I raced at Encino Velodrome, one of the volunteer junior instructors could ride the rollers with no hands... while juggling 3 tennis balls... and then in reverse.
That's some cirque-du-soleil ****. I have to take this a step at a time, though. I think I'll try it with eyes closed first and move up from there
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I can't even do it with hands on the bar and a post next to me, and one of the times I tried to zip up my vest while riding, I fell over and injured my elbow.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I can't even do it with hands on the bar and a post next to me, and one of the times I tried to zip up my vest while riding, I fell over and injured my elbow.
Yeah, I have no bike handling skills either, so I can relate.
It took me 2 weeks before I was confortable enough to even get out of the saddle while on the rollers.
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Old 12-17-09, 10:17 PM
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right. No hands on rollers. you could lose a finger that way.

Geez.
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Old 12-17-09, 10:19 PM
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Yeah, I have no bike handling skills either, so I can relate.
It took me 2 weeks before I was confortable enough to even get out of the saddle while on the rollers.
You have no idea. It took me 2 years before I gave up on ever riding those things longer than 10 seconds. I sold or gave them away and never looked back.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
You have no idea. It took me 2 years before I gave up on ever riding those things longer than 10 seconds. I sold or gave them away and never looked back.
2 words: E Motion
Or Inside Ride
Problem solved.
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Old 12-17-09, 10:25 PM
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nooooo ****ing way none of you pansie ass mother ****ers have seen this ****??

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nooooo ****ing way none of you pansie ass mother ****ers have seen this ****??

Not bad, but he needs a haircut.
And it looks like he could lose a couple of lbs too.
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oh and the spandex are just fine
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
oh and the spandex are just fine
It's getting late here on the east coast and I'm not sure I understand.
I enjoyed the vid though, the guy's got more skills than I'll ever have.....
edit: and better hair too
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30-some years ago, our then teenage son could ride the rollers and take off his jersey while riding.
Saw Dan Henry, decades ago ride the rollers, take of his jersey and then his tights . . . wow!
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Just as long as you recognize the awesomeness of He-Man on a bike. My point was that you point out the ridiculous hair and weight but neglect the tights!? cyclist don't have much room to talk in the style department. knaameean?
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I can't even do it with hands on the bar and a post next to me, and one of the times I tried to zip up my vest while riding, I fell over and injured my elbow.
Wow ! How can riding no-hands be so difficult ?
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