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Tacx T1000 Antares Rollers

I'm planning on getting some rollers from halfords

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/turbo-t ... es-rollers

just wondered can I just put my bike on them and ride? or do you need a special roller tire?

also are they a good investment, I realise they may be tricky to use at first.

Good price plus you can use your 10% BC discount :)
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,225
    Got these myself, just set the distance between the rollers to suit your bike. Takes 5 minutes to assemble and set up first time round then 5 seconds after that to set up. I've never bothered with different tyres myself, just made sure their clean before using them on the roller. They are hard at first, use next to a wall or something that you can balance off. They will build up your core strength and also balance, expect at least one off and ensure nothing around you that might hurt if you land on it. Use your gears to alter resistance, word to the wise use an easy gear to start with and don't try anything fancy. Good luck.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • redjeepǃredjeepǃ Posts: 520
    I have a set of those and I love them. They're much more engaging to use than a turbo as you need to concentrate more, rather than just turning your brain off and pedaling like on the turbo (I have 2 of those as well). You can also practice things to improve your balance like going handsfree and juggling (okay maybe not for a while). Apparently the pros set them up in a circle in a group session and throw a medicine ball between themselves.

    I never bother changing tyres, but make sure that they're relatively clean.

    As oxoman said, make sure you have some support next to you. I still set them up next to a long workbench and have support on the other side as well. Just in case, like. Not because I'm scared of course....

    Funnily enough I can always get my heart rate much higher on the rollers than the turbo.
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 927
    I recently got a set of these too.

    Didn't take me long to get the hang of them, set them up next to my stairs (could lean against the handrail part) in my hallway. I didn't relax and my hands were killing afterwards.

    My advice is relax and focus on a point away from you (2m or so)

    I bought mine 2nd hand off eBay for £80, so you're never going to lose much if you decide they aren't for you.
  • 47p247p2 Posts: 329
    I've a set for sale if you're interested. They have had the censored bearings upgraded to SKF bearings so will last forever
  • dannbodgedannbodge Posts: 927
    47p2 wrote:
    I've a set for sale if you're interested. They have had the censored bearings upgraded to SKF bearings so will last forever

    Have you got any details on the bearing specs?
  • 47p247p2 Posts: 329
    dannbodge wrote:
    Have you got any details on the bearing specs?


    Sorry no, just gave the old bearings to my local engineering shop and they ordered the replacements for me
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