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Old 01-25-2008, 10:52 AM   #7861
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Watch the videos. Might convince you not to go near the window...

I've never been on rollers, but just by watching the vids (and someone who's been on them can verify/refute this), I'd NOT hold your bars from the drops/hoods. I'd stay as far to the inside as you can. Leverage looks to be a bad thing...
I use all of the bar and change my hand positions very often, but I am in control of the bike at all times. There are people that ride with no hands on rollers and do the no-hands and work on one leg pedalling. That is not me. I have about 300 miles on the rollers in January and I still don't do anything no handed. I know I would be crashing if I did.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:40 PM   #7862
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I've been riding on rollers since 1992, every year when I first get back on the rollers for the first time is just like getting used to riding a motorcycle in the spring time. Riding rollers is all about being smooth, after you're smooth on the rollers then you could incoorperate strength training on rollers.

Relax your arms, hands and grips on the handlebar, no deathgrip, no locking of elbows.

I usually start out on the roller with 39/17 or 19 gearing, I work up a good spin at 80-90 rpm to help the balance, sustain for 2 minutes or so and increase the cadence to 110-120 rpm, but without changing gear ratio.

Have you rollers setup next to a wall or in the doorway are good ideas.

Riding rollers are all about being smooth, any changes of movement you make on the bike must be subtle.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:54 PM   #7863
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Riding rollers are all about being smooth, any changes of movement you make on the bike must be subtle.
I agree 100% and I have only been using them since December.
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Old 01-26-2008, 07:05 AM   #7864
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I agree 100% and I have only been using them since December.
I've been on and off em for about as long as Cat. The key is small movements.

You can stand, sprint, ride no hands with no problems as long as yer smooth.

Oh, and the faster yer wheels are turnin, the easier it is. Slow = hard.

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Old 01-26-2008, 07:45 AM   #7865
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I've been on and off em for about as long as Cat. The key is small movements.

You can stand, sprint, ride no hands with no problems as long as yer smooth.

Oh, and the faster yer wheels are turnin, the easier it is. Slow = hard.

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I can't stand, sprint or ride with no hands, because I am not smooth yet, or not smooth enough yet. That is my goal and that is why I am really liking the cheap $50.00 rollers that I bought. It has been well worth the money for me.

I am actually headed down to the basement to watch Live Free or Die Hard and be on the rollers for a while.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:37 PM   #7866
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Went for a bit of ride today.

Got a bit warm towards the end though





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Old 01-27-2008, 06:08 AM   #7867
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I saw all of those pictures on FQ. Looks like you had a great day.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:25 AM   #7868
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Well I finally plucked up the courage to try the rollers yesterday

Wow, it's a tad difficult at first. As everyone said, you have to be nice and smooth to stop the front wheel from wandering all over the place so nice and smooth with no sudden movements is the way to go.

I tried the chair on the left side and the window sill on the right and eventually I did away with the chair as it really didn't help me. I was hanging onto the window sill for dear life the first few times I slowly changed my death grip to a light touch and then eventually after about 20 mins to riding with my hands on the bars

I was able to do about 20 mins like that and then I had my first (and only so far) major off At that point, I figured that as I was sore from skiing on Sunday anyway it was time to call it a day. I still have some issues actual starting out (I have to figure out the best way for me) but once I am up to speed I can pretty much ride the bike as normal.

So, overall I enjoyed it (much better than my other crappy trainer) and I am sold on rollers
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:30 AM   #7869
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So, overall I enjoyed it (much better than my other crappy trainer) and I am sold on rollers
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:40 AM   #7870
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Used the trainer sunday and again today.

With a tv moved down there it is downright tolerable. up a few notches during the commercials, down a few the rest of the time. More effectve than I thought it would be, and fairly smooth. With any luck I'll be in decent enough shape to do some good rides this spring.
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:46 AM   #7871
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I only have 40 miles on the rollers so far this week. I need to spend more time on them, because the -30 wind chill is not making it worth going outside for anything. Time for me to push myself to a metric century again this week.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:09 PM   #7872
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I remember having a Superbowl party one year while riding on rollers, among 6 teammates of mine, everytime the ball snaps, shift into 53/15 and sprint on rollers starts, the rest of the game we stay seated spinning easy at 90-100 rpm in easy gear. I was able to eat while I ride on the rollers...
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:20 PM   #7873
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I am doing good to drink my water and watch the DVD's if I have them on. Usually if I am on the rollers, I am working on something, whether it be intervals, or smoothness, or keeping my heart rate in a certain zone. Eating, I could probably do something small, but I don't like to eat while I am working out.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:28 PM   #7874
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RAGBRAI 2008

Just throwing it out there......

WHO'S GOING??
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:16 PM   #7875
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RAGBRAI 2008

Just throwing it out there......

WHO'S GOING??
I might be trying to get my band into the AMES area to play one night of RAGBRAI, but until I have a full time job with known hours and benefits, RAGBRAI is out of the question.
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