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Old 12-05-21, 12:15 AM
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Who rides a rocker plate?

Who rides on some form of rocker plate? I built one with radiused rockers, using low pressure inflated 5 dodge balls for springs/bumpers. Works great. Im working on a full fore/aft slide with left/right rocker that will hopefully get assembled in early January. The enhanced motion of my current rocker has really made indoor riding much more comfortable.
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I built one with linear bearings and it's a lot more comfortable. The one area of disappointment is that I feel too unstable on it to do any really hard efforts. I probably will come up with some kind of lockout for the rocking. Other people report this not being a problem or even say their max power is more with a rocker plate, so ymmv
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I'm on a homebuilt that a friend recently helped me with. It looks nice but it's certainly nothing fancy as it uses hinges for the rocking motion and tennis balls for resistance. I am liking it, so far. As we all know, you're never going to get that real-life feel out of it but I do appreciate the movement that comes with it. Just having that extra freedom makes a big difference as opposed to being locked in rigidly.
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I made a rocker plate with linear bearings soon after purchasing an interactive trainer, replacing an old hydraulic unit. The lateral motion adds significantly more seat comfort for longer rides but I only notice fore/aft movement on standing efforts. I'm a little short of 150 lbs, heavier, more powerful riders may notice more fore/aft motion. All in all, the feeling is significantly closer to real bike feel, especially when standing.
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Rocker plate parts.

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I cut the rockers with a router using a jig I built for that purpose. I cut dados in the base to attach them to the bottom, glued & screwed. I mounted bar clamps to hold my Kickr, inflated 5” dodge balls to keep it centered and act as springs. Just add Watts.

The linear rod version will be full length to out the whole bike on it. Cutting it @ my brother’s machine shop on Jan 8th, 2022, when we both finally have the same day available to get together. Can’t wait!
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I made a full size one, using vibration mounts and playground balls, it's pretty nice... done some 5+ hour rides and didn't die so I got that going for me.
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