- Rollers: I need help!
I’ve just changed jobs and cycling to work isn’t always possible and with a little Damascus an evening ride isn’t always possible either.
I’ve got a turbo trainer but it bores me to death so I thought I’d try rollers. I bought a cheap set off here a few weeks ago.
I’ve watched a few videos and tried a few times but I’m all over the place and I can’t bring my self to let go of the work top when I’m clipped in.
So, what are your tips to get me rolling free?
ThanksPosted 2 months agoaidenbradleyMember
Maybe a bit counter intuitive, but hold the bars on the tops (I assume you’re on a drop bar bike), rather than the hoods. I found this to be easier to start with as there isnt so much steering leverage ( I’m sure there a more eloquent way of describing this) when your hands are near the stem. The bike tracks nice and straight and you have a more upright position to keep your eyes forward. Rather like real riding, your bike goes where your eyes are pointing.Posted 2 months ago
I had all sorts of issues until I adjusted the length of the rollers, initially I had the front roller too far away which made the bike want to fall into the middle, pushing the back wheel off the back. Also caused horrendous ‘bouncing’ under any effort at all.
Once I had positioned the front roller as close to directly underneath the front wheel as possible it made things much easier.Posted 2 months agomtbtomoMember
+1 for setting up in a door way. Allows you to pedal with both hands on the bars with your shoulder leant against the frame and you don’t have to take that leap of faith letting go of something with your hands.
I tried a chair first but like you couldn’t take my hand off it. Door frame and I had it sorted in minutes!Posted 2 months agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Set the rollers up with the centre of the front roller a tiny fraction in front of the centre of the front hub.
Put a small light on the bars and set the spot against the far wall then watch that (stops you looking down). It does not need to be a massive thousand lumen job, a tiny little key ring single LED works best.
Bigger gears help, gives you something to push against and reduces bobbing. If you try and spin too small a gear, the weight of your legs going means you start bouncing.Posted 2 months agoTiRedMember
AS above, you need to stop looking down, and a small light will help with that. My other tip is to ask a 10yo, they seem to be able to do it at whim! I like to ride fixed on mine, as you can’t coast, and a fairly big gear too.
Now try and get down on the TT extensions. It took a lot of practice to do that.Posted 2 months ago
Thanks for the tips.
1} front wheel was way too far forward, bring it back helped a lot.
2) looking out front made the difference. I watched random Tandem on my boys kindle
3) didn’t go between the door because the other side of my garage door is 3 inch lower and I couldn’t be bothered to bodge it and it’s cold the other side.
4) it’s hard in a big gear!
5) tri bars? Lol. Im struggling to even change gears!Posted 2 months ago
The British Cycling 20 minute warm up is ideal for rollers, lots of cadence changes to keep it interesting, and the full gas intervals are excellent practice for smooth pedalling! Important not to change gear, I found 5th or 6th sprocket down whilst in the big ring was perfect.
The 20 minutes passes really quickly, I’d normally do this then jump on turbo for a sweetspot or similar sort of workout. Alternatively I reckon if you dropped your tyre pressures or picked a bigger gear then just doing this workout twice would be all the session you needed.Posted 2 months ago
I’ve got one handed nailed although towelling off is still tricky.
Going two handed is like being a child again, I can briefly take both hands off before frantically grabbing the bars again.
Standing up is coming along nicely, super easy when I use the MTB with slicks, less easy on the road bike. It feels like a really good core strength challenge though so I’ll be trying to incorporate a bit more standing up practice in my sessions.Posted 2 months ago
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