Rollers or Turbo?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by bobg, 13 Mar 2008.

  1. bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Crosby Merseyside
    Probably the wrong forum, but it gets the most watchers so ... Anybody here used both ? I was just reading a thread on CTC and it seems that rollers are a bit tricky ... I've never used either so I'd be interested to see what y'all think?
  2. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    Depends what you want them for?
    A turbo would be good to build power and strength, Rollers, although tricky make your pedeling efficency more, er, efficent.
  3. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    South Beds.
    I use the Tacx Sirius Gel trainer. £100....and it's really good.
    It's definately improved my fitness and cycling out on the roads!
  4. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Rollers is riding.

    Turbo is training.
  5. yenrod

    yenrod Guest


    Youll die of boredom on a turbo !
  6. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Whereas on rollers you will die of severe trauma!

    Horses for courses. see post 4
  7. Rollers. FACT!
  8. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Neither. just go out on your bike. never used rollers but bought a turbo and OMG IT WAS BORING!!!! 10 MINS SEEMED LIKE A LIFETIME!
  9. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member


    buy some rollers then.
  10. Mac66

    Mac66 Senior Member

    Why not both.

    Rollers for smoothing out your pedal action.

    Turbo for killer intervals
  11. OP

    bobg Über Member

    Crosby Merseyside
    Oh God ... the indecision! thanks all, My wife's off sick after an op for the next couple of months and I feel a bit bad leaving her to swan off on rides, so just to keep in shape ( such as it is) I think I'll go for a cheap trainer.

    Re the "just get yer bike out Buggi, I just opened the local paper and a bloke was attacked for his bike on the local bit of the Pennine trail - yob jumped out of the bushes and smacked him in the face with a lump of scaffold board or such like --- dead!! Trainers may be boring but they're not gonna kill you l:sad: Note to self - give bushes a wide berth. This sort of thing happens so much round here that I'm no longer shocked - thats very sad isnt it...
  12. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Hello BobG.

    I got a turbo last month (Cycle Ops Mag Lite or something incomprehensible like that) due to slowly mending broken leg. Yes it is the dullest thing ever and I dread each session but have to say, it's done wonders for keeping me fit and making me feel like I'm still cycling, so I'd recommend one. I would recommend mine!

    Don't fancy rollers...I might fall off!
  13. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    You'd get used to them quickly enough. My son rides them fine and he's 8, so I'm sue you could.
  14. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Oh no....been shown up by a sprog!! :idea:
  15. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    No, you just haven't tried yet. You'll do it easy if you try.
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