Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

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Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby millsey_awm » Fri Nov 02, 2012 23:40 pm

Well i only went and did it. Bought rollers over a turbo.

Good decision, Erm maybe not!!

Took off clipless pedals, put normal ones back on. After 2 gruelling hours i could probably manage 5-7 seconds staying onbefore losing balance and reaching out.

Maybe balancing 18st 7 on rollers is not gonna be so easy after all.

Its like learning to ride a bike all over again. And as for trying in Cleats, no chance!

Hopefully tomorrow something might click (not my knee i hope) :P

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby MountainMonster » Fri Nov 02, 2012 23:51 pm

Are you joking? You looking for sympathy? I struggle to enjoy more than 15 minutes.

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby millsey_awm » Fri Nov 02, 2012 23:57 pm

MountainMonster wrote:Are you joking? You looking for sympathy? I struggle to enjoy more than 15 minutes.


No not joking and not looking for sympathy. Just reporting on my bad cycling/balance technique!

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby Psychotext » Sat Nov 03, 2012 02:42 am

Turbo time is movie time for me. I'll leave the balancing to the pros. :D

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby ILM Zero7 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 03:27 am

Psychotext wrote:Turbo time is movie time for me. I'll leave the balancing to the pros. :D

+1 - or a good Grand Prix for 90 minutes
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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby riggsy81 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 07:11 am

ahhh the dreaded rollers.....

last time I attempted to have a go on a set of rollers I slipped and dislocated my knee - and ouch it friggin hurt...

turbo all the way for me now :lol:

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Sat Nov 03, 2012 07:20 am

millsey_awm wrote:Well i only went and did it. Bought rollers over a turbo.

Good decision, Erm maybe not!!

Took off clipless pedals, put normal ones back on. After 2 gruelling hours i could probably manage 5-7 seconds staying onbefore losing balance and reaching out.

Maybe balancing 18st 7 on rollers is not gonna be so easy after all.

Its like learning to ride a bike all over again. And as for trying in Cleats, no chance!

Hopefully tomorrow something might click (not my knee i hope) :P


put clipless back on and give it another go.

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby andyrr » Sat Nov 03, 2012 08:35 am

I've only ued rollers a couple of times but having something - wall, door handle, to initially hold on to helps and then go steady.
Tried getting on to the tri-bars but that was a bit scary ! Just takes time to get used to it.

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby cougie » Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:26 pm

We used to have roller racing at our club. I won it once but it still took two sturdy blokes to hold me up !

Keep trying OP - you'll get the hang of it eventually.

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby Jim C » Sat Nov 03, 2012 16:09 pm

Worth the effort, so keep at it. Keep a kitchen unit or wall handy :-)

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby Sprool » Sat Nov 03, 2012 17:40 pm

set the rollers in between a door frame if you can so theres something to lean against on your left and right. Get your cleats back on - smooth pedalling is the key to maintaining good balance.
Dont stare down at your feet, try to relax and focus 10 feet in front of you.
Keep at it, try gently steering from one side to the other and back, just 6 inches to get the feel for correcting your balance.
It will come, took me a few sessions but I can do 45 mins now no problem. And about 2 mins 1-handed before starting to fishtail. Overcorrecting steering rather than pedalling through it causes most accidents. Once you get the hang of correcting steering with your hips you have it cracked.
Have a look at some of the youtube Starting Rollers Hints videos. They may help you.

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby saprkzz » Sun Nov 04, 2012 08:47 am

This made my decision about buying a turbo over rollers!

(His partner taking the mick is fantastic!) :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSaPajfc4Zc

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby big p » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:54 am

sprool is right on the money with his tips, i'll tack a few more on too.

if you use the rollers on a hard floor, put a rubber mat under them, it'll stop them from skidding out from under you.

when you first start, do it in a doorway, that way you have something on both sides of you to grab in an emergency.

stay loose and don't tense up, if you do, it will cause you to swerve wildly from side to side.

when i first started i put a step either side of me to get my feet on, just in case.

use a medium'ish gear, not too high, not too low. if it's too high, your high wheel speed will cause you to make big movements from only small corrections, if its too low you wont be able to correct quick enough.

try and find a static point to focus on, i put a water bottle about 5 feet and dead center from the front wheel.

if you panic, don't hit the brakes, just think about getting your feet out, if your wheels stop you have no control what so ever.

this is how i do it now, and an hour non stop is no problem.

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oh yeah, put some music on as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQfe_E_ImSs&feature=plcp

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby Sprool » Sun Nov 04, 2012 16:26 pm

big p wrote:oh yeah, put some music on as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQfe_E_ImSs&feature=plcp

...and a fan, it gets hot quick cycling hard indoors.

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby big p » Sun Nov 04, 2012 16:33 pm

sprool right on the money again.

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby buttons129 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 17:50 pm

Just a quick tip that I found really usefull when I started on the rollers... Make sure your tyres are well pumped up!
Much harder work when they are low on pressure. The added resistance makes it a struggle to get a smooth ride

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby boogi11 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 20:33 pm

big p wrote:sprool is right on the money with his tips, i'll tack a few more on too.

if you use the rollers on a hard floor, put a rubber mat under them, it'll stop them from skidding out from under you.

when you first start, do it in a doorway, that way you have something on both sides of you to grab in an emergency.

stay loose and don't tense up, if you do, it will cause you to swerve wildly from side to side.

when i first started i put a step either side of me to get my feet on, just in case.

use a medium'ish gear, not too high, not too low. if it's too high, your high wheel speed will cause you to make big movements from only small corrections, if its too low you wont be able to correct quick enough.

try and find a static point to focus on, i put a water bottle about 5 feet and dead center from the front wheel.

if you panic, don't hit the brakes, just think about getting your feet out, if your wheels stop you have no control what so ever.

this is how i do it now, and an hour non stop is no problem.

Image

oh yeah, put some music on as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQfe_E_ImSs&feature=plcp


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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby big p » Sun Nov 04, 2012 20:36 pm

snap on dealer.

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby millsey_awm » Mon Nov 05, 2012 00:17 am

Cheers for the pointers folks. Will give it another bash tomorrow.

Had been doing it in the garage but will.get inside and do the doorframes. Will also put the spd's back on.

Hope i can get the hang of it. Plan B is to get a KK rock and roll but might bankrupt me :mrgreen:

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Re: Nightmare evening on "the rollers"

Postby big p » Mon Nov 05, 2012 08:13 am

stick with the rollers, once you get up, you'll see how easy it is. do you not have someone that can hold your head tube steady until you get going ?


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