Just got rollers

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by Chesapeake Boy, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. drewski

    drewski New Member

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    what are your "traps"? trapezius muscles?

    smoothness is key on rollers. it could be that you have your seat up too high causing some hip-rocking while pedaling? which then leads to having to correct with your arms?
     


  2. Chesapeake Boy

    Chesapeake Boy New Member

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    yes Trapezius muscles..... I think I am just too tense while riding right now....
     
  3. Shabby

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    Rolling resistance of your tyres also makes a difference - my training bike is much slower than my racing bike on the rollers. (Before anyone bags me for training on rollers with a $4K bike, I had to change bike mid-session due to a puncture).

    The other pointless part about looking at speeds is that the heavier you are, the more resistance you're going to experience on a set of rollers.
     
  4. drewski

    drewski New Member

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    well, both of those effects will affect performance on the road too . . .
     
  5. Shabby

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    Yes, but on the road the main thing you're overcoming is aerodynamic drag, which is proportional to the square of the velocity.

    Saying you've done 93km/h on rollers doesn't actually mean anything. You have no momentum, and you havent overcome any of the major forces involved in cycling (drag and gravity).

    If you want to see a big speed, put your bike computer on the rear wheel and jump on a wind trainer without the resistance attached.

    If you're looking to set records on rollers, then try to hit a maximum cadence.
     
  6. rollers

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    Serious response: It's possible to simulate this with a wind attachment, no?

    Not-so-serious response: Well, what if I got a really big electric fan that could blow at 94kph.... :)
     
  7. 2LAP

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    Its great when you use disks and tyres at 150 psi, virtualy no aerodynamic drag and very little mechanical or rolling resistance!
     
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