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How big of a difference is there between them? The difference is this big... http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobmarley753/249120602/ Seriously though, after some research and asking friends, many who have aluminum rollers prefer them over PVC rollers The unasked question: Which one would you buy? Neither! Some of my friends have rollers that ...


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What should you look for in a set of rollers? Price Resistance if you want it (Kreitler has a nice belt driven 'killer headwind') Noise level, especially if you live above someone (I am not sure that even Kreitler can solve this problem without some dampening). Size and weight - if you will be transporting them to races and have limited space. ...


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Rollers are awesome! At least I think so. I have used both a trainer and rollers and I much prefer using the rollers. Once you are used to using the rollers you will be more than capable of doing things like watching a movie. One of the best things about rollers is they magnify issues with your cycling form. Once you have trained enough on the rollers your ...


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Rollers. You have three drums, two at the back, one at the front and the front roller is powered by one of the back rollers. You can also get add ons to give you a breeze: Balance is what is needed to stay on the rollers, also a wall (as per featured video) comes in handy. Rollers are used for training purposes although they can also be used for ...


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Until you get the hang of it, set up in a hallway, where you can brace yourself on the walls around you until you get up to speed and while you learn your balance. Other than that, you just have to keep trying.


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I would argue that there are few advantages to the trainers other than ease of use. Chris B's answer that an advantage of a trainer is the resistance is not valid since it is possible to change the resistance on rollers either by using a similar attachment like a magnetic wheel, or by using rollers with a smaller diameter. Advantages to rollers: improve ...


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Turbo trainers allow you to alter the resistance, so they are good for interval style workouts. They don't require any skill to use as you're locked in place. But as most people will tell you, riding a turbo trainer gets very dull very quickly, and unless you really concentrate they don't do much for your "souplesse" (spinning smooth circles at a high ...


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Aluminum is more durable, but highly used PVC rollers have been seen to hit the decade mark so it's not really a big difference maker. The other difference would be that PVC rollers charge up static electricity and it can be annoying to get zapped every time you ride your rollers. Now it's up to you to see if that's worth an extra 90$. It's most likely ...


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I had the same problem as you when I bought my rollers, the best advice is to place the rollers in a door frame. Start by holding onto the doorframe and get used to spinning with one hand on the bike. You should always try to maintain a high cadence (and speed) when you first start, the momentum will help you balance. The plan is to pedal in a perfect ...


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Rollers (and trainers in general) chewing up tires isn't uncommon as indicated in this answer on a related question: http://bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/10748/4239 As indicated, just use cheap tires for your rollers. I ride them in the winter and I've never really noticed that the rollers chew up the tires much faster than the the snow, ice, salt, and ...


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Get the floating rollers and you will be steady in about a minute. Floating rollers look like this: The rollers are attached to the inner frame which allows for rotation of the wheels and the inner frame is attached to an outer frame which allows forwards and backwards motion by the bicycle as a whole. This should help cyclists accelerate quicker than on ...


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how do you learn how to ride on rollers? Believe you can do it. Do it! Do it in a doorway. Practice How long does it take you to get the hang of it? Took me about 30 min. on a set of plastic parabolic rollers before I felt comfortable enough to take the rollers out of the doorway and just be next to a wall. are almost guaranteed to fall off ...


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The Flow appears to be quite consistent though, depending on the mode in which it is used, it can be quite inaccurate. Below is a plot of reported power for speed on the Flow, with each line representing a different "scale factor." All of these data were collected at a coast down calibration of 0, with the same tire, at the same ambient room temperature; ...


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The Tacx Power measurement is accurate in terms of consistency, meaning 200w on Sunday is 200w on Monday, as long as your trainer is set up consistently. It is generally showing a higher number than most other Power meters. My Powertap and my Fortius, when run concurrently differ by about 10%. As for long term accuracy, I've had my Fortius three years. I do ...


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The bike to use will depend on the reason for using the trainer. If your use of the trainer is for off season track training use the track bike, road racing use the triple,etc. If you just want some saddle time, the triple will simulate all of them to an extent, you can select the gearing of the track bike,the fixie or the single and leave it there.


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I'm a big fan of rollers, but for optimum training flexibility & outcomes you will be best off with a bike dedicated to the purpose, so that you can fit untreaded tyres and, to counter the lack of resistance and promote aerobic & muscular development, bigger gears. A second-hand road-bike of appropriate wheelbase will be cheap and ideal. Otherwise, ...


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I agree with Mike - the first time I come off the rollers and hit the road I can definitely fell the difference in my form, particularly with my cadence. They're great as an adjunct to regular season cycling, too, since they really force you to concentrate on a smooth pedal form (if you're "pushing" the pedals as opposed to turning them you'll surge back and ...


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I found the easiest way was to put the rollers in a door frame. Keep looking ahead and find a cadence where you only need slight pressure on the pedals. When you start too hard/easy will probably make you fall off. I found that I got the hang of rollers pretty quickly. One or two rides and they were easy and I didn't need the door frame to get going.


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Yes, rollers. They are excellent for improving form and efficiency. It takes a while to get used to them because as matthew indicated, you really need to actively balance yourself or else you'll tip over. In particular, rollers improve pedaling technique because they force you to be more even in the stroke. If your stroke is not smooth, you'll have a ...


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You're on the right track buying a trainer-specific tire- trainers generate a decent amount of heat and eat tires. Your current tire is a 700c x 37, so out of the list, I'd go for the 700 x 32. The 26 options won't fit on the rim.


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I've never ridden parabolic rollers myself but I do have a pair of cylindrical pvc rollers. It takes a bit of practice, but after a short amount of time I was able to watch tv quite easily from my cylindrical rollers. A bit after that, I was able to sit up, lean back down, take a drink, and ride with one hand or one foot while watching tv. Not all at the ...


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Originally I had a wind trainer which was very loud and the resistance felt weird. You could pedal really quickly and it would get really easier. I've had a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine for a couple of years and have road it about 40 times, putting about 1000km on it. It is quite, still looks brand new and doesn't get easier the longer I pedal which is a ...


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It depends. You've thrown out a few options. I'm a track cyclist, so I prefer the track bike on the rollers. However, that's mostly to work on form and comfort at high RPM's in my race position. That's the main benefit of rollers. For strength training and resistance, I used to use a mag or fluid trainer. I would do so with a road bike. The main benefit ...


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As some of the other comments have mentioned I got started by putting the rollers in a doorway and using that to get up on the rollers. Once I got the basic feel of it I moved the rollers to a spot where there was a full length mirror in front of me and put chairs on the side. The full length mirror was really helpful because I could look forward and see ...


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I like the Tacx Antares. The rollers are heavy duty, coated aluminum, and are tapered to help self center your bike on the rollers. They are quiet and durable. Edit: Apparently the current Antares doesn't use aluminum rollers any more. Mine does, but it's 3 years old. In addition, they collapse to a length of 80cm, and have a bag available separately for ...


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Focus your vision about 15-20 feet away. Don't look down at your front tire, or you will wobble more. One other step for beginners... do your first ride on the rollers with flat pedals and tennis shoes, rather than your clip-in pedals. Stop and hold onto the doorway when you get a drink of water. After you move out of the doorway, make sure there are ...


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Getting used to rollers is similar in difficulty to driving a manual transmission car. The first day will be really tricky (especially the first hilarious 20 minutes). Soon, you get familiar with it enough that you can use the rollers without needing to occasionally grab something for stabilization as long as you have total concentration. Over time you ...


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A major consideration would be the weight of the rollers themselves. Heavier rollers are easier to ride because they have more inertia and are therefore less sensitive to the small changes in wheel speed related that occur over the course of a pedal stroke.


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In addition to what has already been said, aluminum rollers tend to be smoother, easier rolling, and quieter. In a nutshell, they're far more pleasant to ride on. Try both, and you'll notice the difference right away.



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