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Alternatives to Kreitler?

Old 09-30-11, 06:49 AM
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Alternatives to Kreitler?

I have a pair of cheap-ass rollers.

Given how much more I started using my trainer after upgrading from a Minoura RD80 to the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine, I'd like to get a really nice pair of rollers as well.

Are there any alternatives to Kreitler which are comparable in quality but perhaps not as pricey?

I'd like to be able to add resistance to the rollers as well.
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Old 09-30-11, 07:38 AM
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I recently bought several sets of rollers (used) to try. I got some cheap Minouras, a set of Travel Trac Techniques and a set of Kreitlers (3" on all 3) Other than the differences in construction materials I can not see any significant difference in how they work/feel when I'm on them.

I spent less than $300 for all sets, fyi.
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I have a $100 dollar set of rollers from Performance bike, which I've ridden for 2 winter seasons. They have held up very well. Resistance can be added by lowering tire pressure and/or rolling up a towel under one of the rear drums. I have found these methods to work pretty well while still having the benefit of riding on rollers.
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Originally Posted by msalki View Post
I have a $100 dollar set of rollers from Performance bike, which I've ridden for 2 winter seasons. They have held up very well. Resistance can be added by lowering tire pressure and/or rolling up a towel under one of the rear drums. I have found these methods to work pretty well while still having the benefit of riding on rollers.
I have these same rollers. They are fine.

Generally I just put it in the 53/12 if I want more resistance. Or drop the tire pressure down to 75.

Or both if I really want max resistance, but if you start working too hard your form will suffer and you will fall over!
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Nashbar aluminum rollers. <$100 when on sale/coupon. Then add resistance with permanent rare earth magnets. If you're up for the challenge, add free motion.
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Just curious, but why would you want or need rollers on a tropical island?
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@Surgeonstone: Cos it gets dark by 5:30pm here and some days, I only get back from diving by 2pm. By the time I eat and get some rest/let the food digest, it is too late to go outside. And I want to improve my no-handed riding (am a little wobbly and

@Ibis - thanks for that. I need to google the "Free motion" option as well. Is that anything like the e-motion concept?
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Here are some links(not mine...but explains the concept...there are a few threads on BF too)

http://girogeek.blogspot.com/2009/11...-unit-for.html
http://girogeek.blogspot.com/2009/11...gain-some.html

Also look up TruTrainer if you want to spend some big bucks.
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^^^ Cheers - off to do some reading!
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@Surgeonstone: Cos it gets dark by 5:30pm here and some days, I only get back from diving by 2pm. By the time I eat and get some rest/let the food digest, it is too late to go outside. And I want to improve my no-handed riding (am a little wobbly and

@Ibis - thanks for that. I need to google the "Free motion" option as well. Is that anything like the e-motion concept?
Have you tried riding at night. I used to ride trainers/ rollers all the time but the tedium just wore me down. Have opted to use a good lighting system and love night cycling. My routes are very quiet with little to no traffic so I do not feel at all threatened, in fact I feel safer. In a crowded area I might not be quite so enthusiastic about it.
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Have you tried riding at night. I used to ride trainers/ rollers all the time but the tedium just wore me down. Have opted to use a good lighting system and love night cycling. My routes are very quiet with little to no traffic so I do not feel at all threatened, in fact I feel safer. In a crowded area I might not be quite so enthusiastic about it.
I have thought about it - but the roads here are quite narrow and with an incoming vehicle, not only would I be completely blinded but also risk crashing into something on what passes for a shoulder. Everyone on the island knows me as the crazy guy "who rides with a painted coconut on his head" (take a bow, Giro), so I get ample space from cars in the daytime - wouldnt get that at night, when they dont see me.

Plus, given the road conditions here, the only way I can get a consistent power-based workout is indoors. I am quite ok with a mix of 2-3 indoor rides of 1-1.5 hrs and 3 outdoor rides of 2-4 hrs. I just want to work on rollers to maintain my spin, as I find myself riding at lower and lower cadence these days (from 95-100rpm last year, I seem to be self-selecting a cadence in the 80s these days).
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