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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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