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Postby zephy » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:29 am

what are other riders techniques or programs when roller riding?

do you just get on and ride? do intervals utilising varying cadence or differing gears? maybe use it as a warm down or warm up tool after or before riding.... maybe you just get on and ride like a madman until you can do no more?

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Re: roller riding

Postby moreegolfer » Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:49 pm

Look for the Sufferfest website. Their vids are relatively cheap and easy to perform on rollers. I have the Downward Spiral and have watched it several times while riding my rollers. I have to be careful to not gett carried away and jump out of my saddle :) .
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Re: roller riding

Postby MDL » Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:06 am

Are roller better for indoor training than wind trainers?

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Re: roller riding

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:07 am

You just up your gear to make you work harder on the rollers. :wink:

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Re: roller riding

Postby hosko » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:46 am

They don't feel hard but they do nail you.

One of the guys at the local shop rides who races says he uses them like this:

15 min warm up
15 min of 1 min burst interval HIGH cadence (on for a min, off for a min)
15 min warm down.

I can at the present only manage about 25mins for I die...

Also when you start doing high cadence make sure your balance is good on the rollers. Came flying off again the other day when trying that!
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Re: roller riding

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:06 am

Ah bugger how embarrassment Hosko. :lol:

The one thing with rollers is....they make you smooth out your style. :mrgreen:

Video yourself, so we can see you do it next time :lol: and it might give you some idea of what your style is. :wink:

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Re: roller riding

Postby MDL » Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:56 am

What's the wear on te tyers like? Anything to be worried about of your just using it once a week here and there.

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Re: roller riding

Postby hosko » Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:06 am

mate said with his ones which are the PVC rollers they get very hot

My ones are the alloy ones and they are very cool

No noticeable wear that I can see. It's not a like a turbo trainer!
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Re: roller riding

Postby skull » Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:57 pm

tyre wear is pretty minimal on rollers unlike a trainer.

Longest session I have had is 3hrs watching disk one of the 2011 TdF. I would swap between spinning at a high cadence, standing then in the drops and hitting a higher gear depending on what was going on in the dvd.

Only fell off the rollers twice and left skid marks on the carpet.
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Re: roller riding

Postby BarryTas » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:46 am

skull wrote:tyre wear is pretty minimal on rollers unlike a trainer.

Longest session I have had is 3hrs watching disk one of the 2011 TdF. I would swap between spinning at a high cadence, standing then in the drops and hitting a higher gear depending on what was going on in the dvd.

Only fell off the rollers twice and left skid marks on the carpet.



geez, i still cant do it with out holding onto the wall
when do we stop for coffee???

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Re: roller riding

Postby zephy » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:36 pm

I try and get on it daily even for as little as 10-15minutes... figure it all helps...

can finally reach down for the water bottle, drink and replace with coming off 8) :D on a good day at least :?

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Re: roller riding

Postby Schmenz » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:42 pm

do you guys do this in your house? ? ? dont you hit stuff!

for me it would definitely be an outdoor thing!
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Re: roller riding

Postby zephy » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:47 pm

outdoor for me under the verandah.... if you want a challenge try it on a really windy day.... adds another dimension :lol:
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Re: roller riding

Postby skull » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:57 pm

Indoor, wall on one side for support to start. If you come off the bike just stops you won't shoot off like a bullet, it does however leave skid marks on the carpet.
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Re: roller riding

Postby ezzy » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:12 pm

It's safer on the trainer if you do intervals.
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Re: roller riding

Postby moreegolfer » Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:37 pm

Schmenz wrote:do you guys do this in your house? ? ? dont you hit stuff!

for me it would definitely be an outdoor thing!

An undercover outdoor area is the ideal spot I think, trouble is our main bedroom is right next door and that would count any roller sessions while SWMBO is resting her pretty eyelids. I use our garage close to some shelving for assistance when I get a little flagged. I am trying to get into a regular habit of at least one session a week to smooth out the pedal stroke.
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Re: roller riding

Postby hosko » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:06 pm

I ride with a plastic mat (one you use for computer chairs) in the study in front of the computer.

Watch what I want and the front wheel lines up with the left hand side of the desk so I can keep myself straight that way without looking down.

Seems to work as no sweet goes on the carpet due to the plastic mat!

Also haven't had a couple of spills, no marks as yet. Best $25 bucks you can spend.
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Re: roller riding

Postby pauls51 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:01 am

Recently purchased a set of rollers from CRC and gave them a go last night..... Oh dear, if you lose concentration for a split second it's going to hurt :lol: !!.

I managed to be able to ride for 20 minutes without holding onto the walls but man that is hard work! But the pain I felt afterwards was soooooo good!
I can see myself putting my shoulder through the wall if I'm not careful though.
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Re: roller riding

Postby zephy » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:50 pm

pauls51 wrote:But the pain I felt afterwards was soooooo good!


:lol: thats what I like about it :D

reminds me of my favourite hill and the masochist I feel when at the top 8)

tis all about trying to HTFU really...... :twisted:

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Re: roller riding

Postby hosko » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:08 pm

pauls51 wrote:Recently purchased a set of rollers from CRC and gave them a go last night..... Oh dear, if you lose concentration for a split second it's going to hurt :lol: !!.

I managed to be able to ride for 20 minutes without holding onto the walls but man that is hard work! But the pain I felt afterwards was soooooo good!
I can see myself putting my shoulder through the wall if I'm not careful though.


Always remember to look ahead... and don't watch any shows that are funny if the TV is on... yes pi$$ing yourself laughing on rollers isn't a lot of fun after the laughing stops very suddenly!!! :P
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roller riding

Postby moreegolfer » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:07 pm

Sport is the best viewing IMHO when on the rollers.
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Re: roller riding

Postby hosko » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:20 am

Cracked out this years Vuelta Stage 15 last night. Recorded off SBS when it was on.

That is stunning to roll to especially the behind rider shots as they climb that very very nasty 22% incline.

No idea how Cobo did what he did that day. One of the best climbs I have seen yet.
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Re: roller riding

Postby zephy » Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:58 pm

hosko wrote:Cracked out this years Vuelta Stage 15 last night. Recorded off SBS when it was on.

That is stunning to roll to especially the behind rider shots as they climb that very very nasty 22% incline.

No idea how Cobo did what he did that day. One of the best climbs I have seen yet.



going to have to try some "TV" rolling..... not sure how I'd go concentration wise...

just finished work, raining, so.... roller time :D
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Re: roller riding

Postby scooter71 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:04 pm

I think rollers are good for getting comfortable in different positions, i used to get a sore neck whilst riding with my hands on the drops but since training on rollers the problem has gone, i warm up for 10 minutes in high to medium gear (small chain ring) shift into a lower gear (big chain ring) and go steady for about 30 min changing hand positions along the way sitting on about 90 to 100 rpm if you place a clock in front of you,and count the revolution of one leg for 30 seconds x 2 there is your rpm.(still can't take bottle out of holder though)
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Re: roller riding

Postby toolonglegs » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:50 pm

Post here as I don't want to start yet another thread...
Rollers?... I have a home trainer, gives me a great workout for sure but I don't find it comfortable for long periods ( over an hour... maximum I have done is 3 hours ), maybe a better model with larger flywheel would be better but it gives me knee trouble if I use it too much.
Thinking about getting rollers as well for winter.
Do I need the resistance ones or just a good quality normal pair will do? ( something like this ? http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=39524 ). Looking at them for doing threshold work through out winter... I will get outside as often as I can but sometimes the fog etc that is thick all day long can stop even the bravest of us!.
Anyone doing or have done lots of training on rollers?.
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