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Old 11-01-05, 06:30 AM
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Roller Trainer Recommendation

I'm planning on picking up a roller or trainer soon and want to know which one to go with. I want something that is portable so I can use it to warm up before races but also something with computer connectivity. I plan to use it for XC MTB training especially for intervals and base/build miles.
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if the item you want is going to be used for a MTB I would have to suggest just the trainer. Not rollers. I am a big fan of Cyclops stuff, hard to go wrong on any of their products in my mind. I've also used an old blackburn mag trainer. a little noisy but not too bad. Fluid is supposed to be best and I'm sure others will chime in on that fact as well. But again, I'd go with the trainer not rollers.
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with mtb tires, trainers or rollers will suck equally. I highly reccomend getting a set of slick tires. if you choose a trainer, rear tire only is fine. with rollers, you'll need both.

i decided on rollers instead of a trainer and i'm really glad i did. it gives you the same great workout but improves your form and spin at the same time. you can't stand and climb, though, so either get resistance or use your higher gear ranges to do seated spinny hill climbs.

i got the cycleops aluminum rollers with resistance. i love 'em. kreitlers are the be all and end all of rollers, but will end up costing much more.
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Probably better off with a rear wheel trainer instead of rollers.
The trainer will be easier to cart around and use at races.
Rollers are nice but they require more setup IMO.
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Originally Posted by chimblysweep
i decided on rollers instead of a trainer and i'm really glad i did. it gives you the same great workout but improves your form and spin at the same time. you can't stand and climb, though, so either get resistance or use your higher gear ranges to do seated spinny hill climbs.
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With time, you should be able to get out of the saddle and stand. This is a very good exercise to develop good sprinting balance. Also, it breaks the monotony of riding the rollers. But, be careful, if you sway the bike like on the road, you can flick your front wheel off the rollers.
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I can avoid swaying the bike, that's no problem. But it's much harder for me to maintain a constant pedal force. I find that when I pedal hard on the downstroke I compress the front tire and then as I come across the bottom of the stroke the bicycle rebounds off the pressure and rises and rides right over the front roller. I'm thinking that maybe the front roller is too far in front of the axle, but it's the closest I can get it without drilling new holes.
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Originally Posted by lws
I can avoid swaying the bike, that's no problem. But it's much harder for me to maintain a constant pedal force. I find that when I pedal hard on the downstroke I compress the front tire and then as I come across the bottom of the stroke the bicycle rebounds off the pressure and rises and rides right over the front roller. I'm thinking that maybe the front roller is too far in front of the axle, but it's the closest I can get it without drilling new holes.
this is exactly what the rollers are meant to help you correct. the aim is to have smooth, constant pedal stroke rather than a push-push-push.
are you using toe clips or clipless pedals?
make it your goal to try to smooth that out. it may help to be in a lower gear or use less resistance to work on your pedal stroke, and add resistance as you can.

ps - two weeks on the rollers and i've gone from 49x18 to 49x14 and when i spin out on downhills i don't get all bouncy. i can now stay on 'em while grabbing my water bottle or reaching for the remote. these things work.
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Picked up a set of used Minoura rollers from another guy in our MTB club, he hadn't used them in years. Set them up in front of the computer last night so I could watch a movie. Used a chair next to me to steady myself for the first few minutes, then did an hour ride without getting off and not needing to hold myself on anything, varying between 17-20mph. It can be picked up pretty quick, though I think most people report that they need more practice than just a few minutes.
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For something completely different in roller riding check these out:
E*Motion from www.insideride.com
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Got my rollers this weekend, but have yet to put in a real workout on them, as I have to change out my tires for some slicks. I can not wait!!!
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They have portable travel rollers. You could totally get those.

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Originally Posted by chimblysweep
with mtb tires, trainers or rollers will suck equally...
I saw a funny set of rollers at a show once. It was set up for MTB with longer wheelbase and large-diameter drums. Rather than being smooth, it looks like they glued chunks of rubber and carpet to the drums to simulate riding on rough terrain... I'm sure that was quite a workout to ride...
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My first time with the rollers last night. Still no slicks on the bike yet (hopefully soon). Anyway, 15 minutes into it and I was just dripping sweat. The bouncing rear wheel and uneven pedaling made me decide to put on my bike shoes and lock into the pedals. That worked , but still had some bouncing. Time will improve this, as will the addition of slicks. All was fine until I lost concentration/balance and fell over. First ever fall with feet clipped in. Left foot popped off pedal, right did not. No real damage other than nasty rug rash on left forearm and my pride.

Still, looking forward to a ride tonight.

FYI, timing was perfect to get the rollers, as the freezing rain/sleet/snow has started here in Northern NY.
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