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Rollers or a turbo?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by walker, 2 Nov 2007.

  1. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    I've got a turbo indoors but looking to get a more fluid less noisy one, but what is better between a roller or a turbo?
     
  2. OP
    OP
    walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    no one?
     
  3. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
  4. Ceedee

    Ceedee Senior Member

    Location:
    Dewsbury
    I like my rollers, once you get the confidence to let go and relax they are great. I must admit they are quite noisy at high speed but I do use the on a tiled floor.
     
  5. CarnageAX

    CarnageAX New Member

    Location:
    Lancashire, UK
    I have found my wheels wearing out when using a turbo trainer. After my work out there is a small pile of rubber dust below my wheel and there is a flat on my wheel surface.

    Personally I would buy a roller system as they are much more smooth (lower wear rate) and mimic the road sensation closely.
     
  6. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Interesting, because i heard you could make a flat on you tyres....
    Didnt happen on mine though.....running on normal tyres (Conti Gatorskins)
    Perhaps it particular to certain tyres or turbo combinations
     
  7. Rollers every time.

    If you apply the rear brake while riding a turbo/ mag/ fluid trainer the roller keeps spinning and will burn your tyre.
     
  8. Sounds like youve got slippage, increase the roller pressure (or reduce the resistance) and make sure your tyres are up to pressure and that the tyre is centered on the roller.
     
  9. CarnageAX

    CarnageAX New Member

    Location:
    Lancashire, UK
    Cheers for the advice, better get set up before it turns cold though.
     
  10. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    I have a pretty cheap Minoura Mag500 from wiggle - I find it excellent to train on, but it was outrageously noisy... until I bought a turbo specific tyre. I bought a Tacx one, expensive but brill.
     
  11. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Why would you brake while on a turbo trainer?
     
  12. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Not having had rollers, its difficult (nay impossible) to compare...

    What are the advantages of rollers ? they mimic the road better...i bow to Mickles knowledge. I dont doubt there are other advantages..

    The advantage of a turbo...you dont have to get off to rest, and it certainly mimics my style of riding, where you may freewheel for a while (to take a rest, have a drink, re-arrange my cothing, wipe the sweat from my brow :biggrin:)...without having to dismount.
    I assume you cant do any of these easily while on rollers.

    I can only assume if the turbo is causing wear, its because its set up incorrectly...i've honestly never had a problem in that respect. Dont even use specific turbo tyres.

    I'm not anti rollers BTW....perhaps one day...but i found a turbo brilliant.
     
  13. A turbo specific tyre?? Wow, I just learned something (quite an acheivement for a know all).
     
  14. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    I have a set of TACX sporttrack folding rollers, great fun once you master the art, turbo trainers IMO are excellent for resistance training, but boring to ride, whereas rollers require total concentration (otherwise you fall off:blush:) Rollers will improve your balance and pedal action.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent

    I think he is talking about that bright blue Continental tyre specific for turbo's