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    • CommentAuthorthejit
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
     
    whats your poison?
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    Trainer. The less attention I have to pay to staying upright, the more I can give to watching something/pretending I'm outside/thinking about anything other than being on a trainer.

    eta: Although in part for that reason, I feel like I'd get a better workout on rollers.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
     
    we have both and it depends what your intentions are

    rollers are for parties

    trainers are for actually riding your bikeMust be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthorxbobeahenx
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
     
    I love my rollers. Keeps me honest while riding. It's easier to spin like an oaf on a trainer. Takes a bit more to keep it upright. Trainers have their merits too.Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
     
    You can also get a stand for your fork on the rollers so you don't have to balance. Haven't used one, but it sounds more versatile and trainers bore the shit out of me. Also, I should probably dig my rollers out of the basement :c"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    Rollers.

    Specifically, Buffalo Chicken Rollers from 7-11. Mmm mmm, meat in tube form.
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    i would also like to know legit pros and cons to trainers versus rollers - atrophy is teh suck.
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    Real answer (from what I've read about cycling fitness, as if I'm ever going to follow through): Rollers, since they offer no resistance, are good for spinning (cardio work) and form (because you have to ride straight and keep a somewhat steady cadence to keep from falling over). Trainers are for building muscle through resistance, and also simulating climbs and other boring roadie shit. They're totally different workouts.
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    Also googling "rollers vs trainers" will probably have more legit info than anyone on here could come up with.
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    Of course with a trainer you can either lower resistance if it's variable or downshift if you're on a shifty to do more spinning/cardio. Not so much cadence and form though.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthormrotown
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2013
     
    The real answer is to go with whichever one you are more likely to use.

    I've done a fair bit of both:

    rollers:
    +most fold up so they store easily and setup is as easy as unfolding it and getting on the bike
    +develop good form (the guys I know who ride the straightest lines and can do shit like undress in a paceline are guys who spend their indoor time on rollers
    -The amount of focus required to keep balance makes it hard to forget you're riding your bike inside and an hour can just drag by
    -You really need to pay attention to what you're doing so things like intervals can be really tough

    trainer:
    -set up is a little more involved because you're locking the bike in and then making sure the tension is correct on the resistance unit (not a huge obstacle, but when you already aren't looking forward to riding inside any excuse can keep you off the bike)
    +you don't have to focus as much on what you're doing so you can watch some movies and grind out an hour pretty easy
    -because you don't have to focus you can end up just spinning at low resistance and wasting your time
    +Because the bike is fixed in position you can really get out of the saddle and hit those target heart rate/power zones in a way you can't on the road. There's no easier way to do intervals than on a trainer. And those no better way to get stronger than intervals


    I can't stand riding inside no matter what the device and I don't even really bother with it. In March I'll probably set up the trainer and start putting time in, but for me riding a bike is about enjoyment. Riding inside makes me hate my bike.e-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly