Tacx rollers....

Marcryan206
Marcryan206 Posts: 116
edited December 2012 in Road general
I have been spoilt today endless list of bike goodies!! She even bought me rollers! Iv never used them before and after some top tips? :?
Cheers guys hope you had good day!

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  • declan1
    declan1 Posts: 2,470
    Don't fall off :P

    Merry Christmas :D

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    I have no idea what's going on here.
  • bigpikle
    bigpikle Posts: 1,690
    dont drink and ride...
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  • tlw1
    tlw1 Posts: 21,858
    Start with them against a wall, do a few quick sessions to get your confidence up and then buy sufferfest videos
  • Get a step of some sort, paint tin, box whatever ...
  • RDB66
    RDB66 Posts: 492
    Start by using them between a Doorway...gives you something to hold on too, if needed !! And you will need it !!
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  • KonaMike
    KonaMike Posts: 805
    Good tips here,helped me get started.....not sure why its filmed in a Basement from a horror film though!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BherLU7UNTk
  • That's one scary basement!

    I use my rollers in my shed with a workbench on one side and a wooden rail made from a piece of 2 by 4 on the other. I normally just do a simple 1 hr session with a few sprints and some "hands free" periods. I think that they're much more fun than my turbo.
  • bigpikle
    bigpikle Posts: 1,690
    workbench parallel to the rollers is best - maybe a kitchen worktop to start with.

    4 keys:

    1. ALWAYS look up and ahead - find a point to focus on on the opposite wall

    2. hold the bars on the tops as close to the stem as possible in the centre (gives less turning effect on the front wheel as you start out)

    3. RELAX - relax the shoulders and grip lightly. You should practice by wiggling your fingers as you go, as that ensures you stay relaxed

    4. Pick an easy gear so you can spin 90-100 rpm. Stability comes from spinning wheels so keep pedaling pretty fast all the time.
    Your Past is Not Your Potential...
  • Thanks guys for the tips. I'm trying it tonight so should be fun!
  • Garryboy
    Garryboy Posts: 344
    Bigpikle wrote:
    workbench parallel to the rollers is best - maybe a kitchen worktop to start with.

    4 keys:

    1. ALWAYS look up and ahead - find a point to focus on on the opposite wall

    2. hold the bars on the tops as close to the stem as possible in the centre (gives less turning effect on the front wheel as you start out)

    3. RELAX - relax the shoulders and grip lightly. You should practice by wiggling your fingers as you go, as that ensures you stay relaxed

    4. Pick an easy gear so you can spin 90-100 rpm. Stability comes from spinning wheels so keep pedaling pretty fast all the time.


    Amen to all of these, got cyclops alu rollers from santa and had first go today - not easy.

    I dont have a suitable doorway in house / mrs wouldnt let me bring dirty bike in house. So had to do outside wedged between house and garage walls!

    Def helps to have something either side to lean on - sure after a while your confidence will grow meaning you need less of a safety net!
  • Update on first roller session!

    Failed big time! Was just getting used to it when psssssst! :evil: Back wheel flat! Get off to see a slight split in back wheel. Take back wheel off in front room "misses was not happy, but said you bought it for me haha!" As I take it off a peice of glass has gone straight through tyre and was waiting for that extra nudge to get tube. Two big holes and sliced tyre.

    Now I'm off to buy some new tyres tomorrow Continental GP4000s for me now I think!!

    There isn't any rules on a roller tyre is there?
  • Don't think it matters. I always swap the back tyre for the turbo, but never bother on rollers and I've never noticed any increased wear.
  • There's no rules on tyres, rollers won't do anything like the same damage as a turbo. With regard to tips, as mentioned earlier, have your cadence up and it helps with staying steady. I find that when going particularly easy there's a far greater tendency to wobble around.