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Perfect for keeping fit during winter
on 20 November 2013
This is a great gadget for keeping you fit during winter if, like me, you're not keen on cycling outside when it's dark, cold and wet. Before I give some tips on riding the on rollers, let me say why I think it's a 5 Star product. Firstly, it seems well made and likely to last for years; it's got a mini step-up platform to make mounting/ dismounting easier; it's foldable for convenient storage; and, it has slightly raised edges on the drums to make it harder for the bike to veer off. I thought about deducting a mark because it's reasonably noisy, but then, afaik, they're all noisy to some extant, so docking a mark on that issue would be unfair because there doesn't seem to be a quiet set of rollers out there. Okay, now for some tips.
1) If you're new to rollers, set up between a door frame so that if you begin to veer off (you invariably will), you can use your shoulders or elbows to stay on.
2) You'll need a fan to keep cool because without moving air, you'll get very hot and sweaty in no time.
3) If you're worried about the noise, put a rug on your floor, then some MDF on top of that for added noise insulation. The rug will absorb some of the noise. This might be essential of you live in a new build.
4) Inflate tyres to max recommended pressure. This should make it easier to cycle smoother and faster; essential for staying on the rollers.
5) Don't look down! Gaze ahead as if you were on the road.
6) Place hands close together on the handle bar. This should reduce the likelihood of veering off through jerky steering. If your hands are far apart, slight movements will result in big steering movements, so keep them together.
7) start off aiming to cycle for 30 seconds or so and slowly build up from there.
8) Use the rollers regularly! Using them often will increase your confidence and ability to stay on and ride for longer and, as a side effect, will almost certainly improve your overall technique because pedalling smoothly (cadence) will make it easier to stay on.
I'm 40 years old and am at beginner/ intermediate level i.e. I can cycle for 10-20 miles at a steady pace but am a long, long way from 'competing' standard. Indeed, I've got a small one-pack (aka beer belly) and don't really expect to swap it for the classic six-pack anytime soon! When I first got the rollers a couple of months ago, I could only manage a handful of bursts between 30-60 seconds, but can now manage on average 30 minutes per session (10 minutes plus another 20 after a rehydration pause).
If you want to buy rollers to keep your body in shape over winter, I heartily recommend these ones, but if you're a sportive/ competitive cyclist, you may need rollers with adjustable resistance. For me however, they're perfect!
UPDATE (September 2014): After being back on the roads for the last 6 months or so, I thought I'd return to the rollers to start getting used to them again for the coming months and I'm delighted to say they're still effective as ever at making me sweat plenty and having used them last winter, it took seconds to get a feel for it, unlike when I first got them. It was so easy second time around in fact, I'd say it's like riding a bike; once you know how to do it, you never forget - oh wait, I am riding a bike! :)