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Old 01-23-2008, 04:50 PM   #7831
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Wasn't this about the time that someone lost a stage due to the new levers. I can't remember all the details, but something like the rider couldn't remember what gear he was in during a sprint for the line, looked down to check, and SPLAT!

Back in my glory days () a lot of guys I rode with wouldn't make the switch using that event as their defense.
I don't remember that, but what I DO remember is switching em back out for bar-cons in the winter. Mistakenly thinking that they'd wear out or malfunction...

The nicest thing about NOT running DT shifters is that you don't hafta guess what gear yer gonna need for the field sprint. Useta be you'd pick what gear you thought guys were gonna top on in right before the last corner and you held that till the end. If you guessed low, you'd hafta either hit the shifter with a knee (unlikely) or sit back down and shift. Sitting back down means losing all that nice momentum you just gained. Guessing too high meant grinding out a huge gear till you got on top of it.

BTDT both ways

Not no mo! Brifters are WAY nifty things!

Oh, Flip, PM me for some workout ideas on them rollers. I've got some old ones I useta do that'll kick yer ass.

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Old 01-23-2008, 05:36 PM   #7832
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These posts on rollers is very timely.

As of tomorrow I will be the proud owner of a nice set of rollers (thanks Unga )

Cheers....

You coming up, Kevin? Stop in for a beer.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:01 AM   #7833
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You coming up, Kevin? Stop in for a beer.
Sadly no

I am picking the rollers up via a friend of Unga's much closer to home.

Be prepared for a "I had to go to the ER tonight...." thread coming to you in the not too distant future
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:06 AM   #7834
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Sadly no

I am picking the rollers up via a friend of Unga's much closer to home.

Be prepared for a "I had to go to the ER tonight...." thread coming to you in the not too distant future
Its easy. Just ride straight!

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Old 01-24-2008, 11:20 AM   #7835
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anyone know where I can get some new decals for a trek 970? its in need of a paint job. I love the bike and do not want to spend the dough for a new bike, so, its getting repainted.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:31 AM   #7836
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Its easy. Just ride straight!

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Old 01-24-2008, 12:56 PM   #7837
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as per your request Merc,

I'm by no means an expert roller rider, but here's my advice.

1. Set them up so you have a wall or a bed right next to you, either one. Just make sure you're covered on both sides in case of a fall, which you will do.
2. Don't use clip ons until you get used to them.
3. Start out in a high gear, so you can get your spin up. It's not so much the speed but that your spinning to get the rollers up to speed.
4. People told me not to look at the front wheel, I disagree, it kept me on the rollers better when I was learning. the only problem is every move you make with the bars is exaggerated, so try to become real subtle.
5. Don't get up in the saddle to pedal harder, you'll likely bounce off the rollers.
6. Set up a fan because you'll be sweating like a pig in 3 minutes.
7. Lower your usual seat height at first, it'll help with balance issues.
8. Wear a helmet... good luck!
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:04 PM   #7838
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as per your request Merc,

I'm by no means an expert roller rider, but here's my advice.

1. Set them up so you have a wall or a bed right next to you, either one. Just make sure you're covered on both sides in case of a fall, which you will do.
2. Don't use clip ons until you get used to them.
3. Start out in a high gear, so you can get your spin up. It's not so much the speed but that your spinning to get the rollers up to speed.
4. People told me not to look at the front wheel, I disagree, it kept me on the rollers better when I was learning. the only problem is every move you make with the bars is exaggerated, so try to become real subtle.
5. Don't get up in the saddle to pedal harder, you'll likely bounce off the rollers.
6. Set up a fan because you'll be sweating like a pig in 3 minutes.
7. Lower your usual seat height at first, it'll help with balance issues.
8. Wear a helmet... good luck!


The only thing I do differently s to use a chair backed up to one side of the rollers, instead of getting close to a wall. I balance myself using the back of the chair to get started.

After I've been on the rollers for a week or so, I can usually start up without any support.


We used to have roller contests at our mountain bike parties to see who could stay on the rollers the longest after 4 or 5 hours of partying....
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:18 PM   #7839
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We used to have roller contests at our mountain bike parties to see who could stay on the rollers the longest after 4 or 5 hours of partying....
When I was at the LBS in the fall for some spare tubes after going through two in one short ride, and they were talking about doing that with a moped they had in the building, and then they did it with a recumbent. They said they were laughing forever with trying to pedal up the moped on rollers.

Then when I bought a couple of six packs at Christmas, I told them they didn't need to drink these before doing a roller contest. There is a bar about three stores down, so maybe they just walk to the bar and then back to the LBS to do the falling down. :grn
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:33 PM   #7840
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If anyone has a swing bike for sale, please PM me!
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Nearly killed myself on one of those at my cousin's house many years ago, they aren't very good for riding wheelies.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:21 PM   #7841
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The only thing I do differently is to use a chair backed up to one side of the rollers, instead of getting close to a wall. I balance myself using the back of the chair to get started.
If I remember correctly, this is what I did as well. And it didn't take long before I didn't need anything to get going. Remember to drop those shoulders and elbows and relax because as mentioned, tiny inputs will be amplified.

Remember to make sure the rollers are adjusted for your wheelbase. I'm thinking the front tire should be directly on top of front roller.

I encourage people to use rollers because it kinda forces you to use a really smooth pedal stroke. On a trainer you can peddle "squares" or really thrash about and your bike remains steady.

Good luck and have fun. Mark H.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:22 PM   #7842
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as per your request Merc,

I'm by no means an expert roller rider, but here's my advice.

1. Set them up so you have a wall or a bed right next to you, either one. Just make sure you're covered on both sides in case of a fall, which you will do.
2. Don't use clip ons until you get used to them.
3. Start out in a high gear, so you can get your spin up. It's not so much the speed but that your spinning to get the rollers up to speed.
4. People told me not to look at the front wheel, I disagree, it kept me on the rollers better when I was learning. the only problem is every move you make with the bars is exaggerated, so try to become real subtle.
5. Don't get up in the saddle to pedal harder, you'll likely bounce off the rollers.
6. Set up a fan because you'll be sweating like a pig in 3 minutes.
7. Lower your usual seat height at first, it'll help with balance issues.
8. Wear a helmet... good luck!
Thanks Perry. Much appreciated
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:26 PM   #7843
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Remember to make sure the rollers are adjusted for your wheelbase. I'm thinking the front tire should be directly on top of front roller.

I encourage people to use rollers because it kinda forces you to use a really smooth pedal stroke. On a trainer you can peddle "squares" or really thrash about and your bike remains steady.

Good luck and have fun. Mark H.
I forgot about setting it up for the bike. It does make a difference, and as everyone has said very little movement is needed. I went to rollers, as it was suggested that it would improve my riding skills, compared to a trainer. I have seen the difference in my riding on the rollers the more I do it. I doubt that I ever get to the no hands riding on the rollers, but you never know.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:30 PM   #7844
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The only thing I do differently s to use a chair backed up to one side of the rollers, instead of getting close to a wall. I balance myself using the back of the chair to get started.

After I've been on the rollers for a week or so, I can usually start up without any support.


We used to have roller contests at our mountain bike parties to see who could stay on the rollers the longest after 4 or 5 hours of partying....
Thanks

Love the chair idea.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:32 PM   #7845
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If I remember correctly, this is what I did as well. And it didn't take long before I didn't need anything to get going. Remember to drop those shoulders and elbows and relax because as mentioned, tiny inputs will be amplified.

Remember to make sure the rollers are adjusted for your wheelbase. I'm thinking the front tire should be directly on top of front roller.

I encourage people to use rollers because it kinda forces you to use a really smooth pedal stroke. On a trainer you can peddle "squares" or really thrash about and your bike remains steady.

Good luck and have fun. Mark H.
Thanks Mark.
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