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2/8/10 8:09 P

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It also helps to go faster. The faster the wheels turn the better the gyroscopic effect i.e. more stable. Of course the problem there, it is much more work to turn them faster than slower. keep at it it gets easier.

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2/6/10 11:06 P

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Wongerchi has the best tip here - RELAX! It's totally an up-stairs game.

I always try to tell people to get into that Star Wars moment where you're just "using the force." But just like Luke had to practice, so do we all! But seriously, you'll eventually become comfortable enough that you won't think about it at all.

Good luck and be patient with yourself.

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12/30/09 4:10 P

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ANNDMORG:
Forgot another tip - RELAX!

I know it's hard to do but it really does help. If you're in the doorway you should also get rid of hubby - the doorway should catch you if you're going off to the sides. If you've setup your rollers properly it's VERY hard to ride off the front of them.

Oh, and if you have clipless pedals and shoes then not clipping in may help you. I clipped in straightaway but that's just me.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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12/30/09 11:16 A

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I will. I Tried again yesterday in doorway and had better luck. I also reinforced the fact that I need to work desperately of my core. My lower back hurt after less than 10 minutes while holding on to the door frame.

My husband still thinks i am nuts for wanting to do this but he also will spot me to help keep my off the ground. My goal is to get him to ride with me.

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12/29/09 2:58 P

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WONGERCHI always gives great advice! Keep us updated on how you are doing with the rollers, and good luck!

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12/29/09 2:43 P

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Thank you for the advice. I don't think that I had the front roller in the right place. I was also looking at my front wheel.

First I am going to have a just accept falling a part of it as I did when I added clips. It is still a long way down and I have wood floors. I will try the door way and see how it goes.

Thank you again



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12/29/09 11:28 A

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If you use rollers, you will end up on the ground. That said, I've been riding rollers for the past couple of years and am a MUCH better bike handler for it. I've gotten to the point where an hour on rollers is no problem - I do one roller session a week (my "long" ride) and a couple of trainer sessions for my intervals. I can stand, towel off, watch TV and take a drink without thinking about it. That said, I do fall off at least once every year, normally at the beginning of the season. Here are my tips for roller beginners:

Setup:
The front drum should be level with the front hub or 1-2cm (MAX) in front. I have mine setup about 1cm in front of my front hub. The front drum should NEVER be behind the front hub.

Placement:
Initially, in a doorway. Place the rollers so that you are centered in the doorway, and you can touch the doorway with your elbows. Use the doorframe liberally at first. You'll find that riding with 1 hand on the handlebars and 1 on the doorframe is pretty straightforward. Once you feel comfy with that, then get both hands on the bars. Once the doorway is comfortable, then get away from it ASAP. I have my rollers set up in the centre of the room, next to my TM which I use just to get started.

Sighting:
Do NOT look at your front wheel! Focus on a point ~6 feet directly in front of you, either on the ground or on the wall. Concentrate on that.

Technique:
Steering on rollers is pretty sensitive. Not looking at your front wheel helps a lot. You do not use the handlebars to steer, it's all core and bodyweight shifting. If you're drifting off to one side, correct with your hips, not with the handlebars! Also get your wheels spinning fast - there's less resistance on rollers (assuming standard 3.5" drums) than on the road so you can go "faster". But more importantly, a faster spinning wheel = more stable.

Top tip:
Stick with it. There will be some sessions where you just don't get it. That's fine, I had one on Sunday and I'm a pretty experienced roller rider. Start off short and build up from there. Rollers are definitely worth it.

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
- Frank Kotsonis


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12/29/09 10:36 A

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After I failed at using my roller trainer that was given to me last night I decided to see if their was a cycling group. I decided to start cycling again 2 years ago, asked and received Trek hybrid for mothers day, and love it. My big goal at the moment is to ride in the hilly hundred in Indiana. The problem for me is riding up hills. While I am much better than the year before I am still not good enough to attempt the hilly yet.

My husband's advice with the roller was to leave it alone and use my stationary trainer. I am determined to use it because I have it. Can anyone give advice on how to use a roller trainer without landing on the ground. It is a long way down when you are on the rollers.

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