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Fang66

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I made my own "free motion" rollers today. They are basically bike rollers that mimic real world movements on a bike. Normal stationary bike rollers are easy enough to learn (you use balance, steering corrections ,and gyroscopic effect to keep you up), but free motion rollers are a lot more natural and forgiving.
I was planning on just spending money and buying the real versions, but was weary of spending like $800 (or a little less if I bought them used) when there were so many DIY instructions on the internet that would essentially cost less than $50 for the materials. Plus its fun making your own stuff.

the best part was finding wheels for the project. you ideally use skateboard or rollerblade wheels. I didn't realize that craiglist has has so many cheap assed listings for people selling their rollerblades. I bought them off a dude for $20. They guy I bought them from was pretty manly (maybe a hockey player) which goes against the stereotype of the typical male NYC rollerblade user I had in mind.
The irony i guess is that I was in a hurry to finish the bike roller project (which is basically a bike treadmill to avoid training in bad weather) so I could actually get in a real ride outside today. It was fucking beautiful outside today.

Awesome :slayer:
 

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I bought them off a dude for $20. They guy I bought them from was pretty manly (maybe a hockey player) which goes against the stereotype of the typical male NYC rollerblade user I had in mind.

as a former competitive ice hockey player, I can attest to the fact that playing roller hockey at a handful of the park rinks in NYC is far easier than commuting way out of the way at 11PM to play on ice.
 

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I made my own "free motion" rollers today.
They are basically bike rollers that mimic real world movements on a bike. Normal stationary bike rollers are easy enough to learn (you use balance, steering corrections ,and gyroscopic effect to keep you up), but free motion rollers are a lot more natural and forgiving.
I was planning on just spending money and buying the real versions, but was weary of spending like $800 (or a little less if I bought them used) when there were so many DIY instructions on the internet that would essentially cost less than $50 for the materials. Plus its fun making your own stuff.

the best part was finding wheels for the project. you ideally use skateboard or rollerblade wheels. I didn't realize that craiglist has has so many cheap assed listings for people selling their rollerblades. I bought them off a dude for $20. They guy I bought them from was pretty manly (maybe a hockey player) which goes against the stereotype of the typical male NYC rollerblade user I had in mind.
The irony i guess is that I was in a hurry to finish the bike roller project (which is basically a bike treadmill to avoid training in bad weather) so I could actually get in a real ride outside today. It was fucking beautiful outside today.

And here I was...about to post how I was happy just for the fact that I replaced the bearings in my rollers and will be able to resume finishing season 2 of the wire tonight (I had made myself a deal that I was only going to watch the wire while riding rollers...but then my bearings wen't bad and I couldn't hear the wire).

Tacx galaxia rollers cost less than $350 though and offer some forward-backward motion in addition to being super nice rollers. If I didn't already have a set of rollers, I would probably just buy these.
 

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And here I was...about to post how I was happy just for the fact that I replaced the bearings in my rollers and will be able to resume finishing season 2 of the wire tonight (I had made myself a deal that I was only going to watch the wire while riding rollers...but then my bearings wen't bad and I couldn't hear the wire).
Tacx galaxia rollers cost less than $350 though and offer some forward-backward motion in addition to being super nice rollers. If I didn't already have a set of rollers, I would probably just buy these.

mine are the barebones nashbar small diameter aluminum rollers. they are surprisingly quiet and were dirt cheap during the black friday online sales back in 2010. I was trying out the e-motion free rollers at the LBC and realized how much better the experience its compared to regular rollers. Regular rollers have that "riding on ice" feel no matter how good you are at them. Any rollers with free movement actually do feel like your on the road. I was about to shell out the money for the e-motions but then remembered all the DIY options that are so similar.

I watch NBA games while I'm on the rollers. Baseball is great too.. anything that you can watch passively.... for me the wire would be too good of TV to watch on the rollers... too much shit to keep up with and concentrate on. :laugh:
 
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We will see how it goes.

I only watched an episode or two (and watched season 1 from a couch) but it was ok. I have watched plenty of regular shows though, as well as things like the daily show without issue.
 

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although honestly I wouldn't mind having a kurt kinetic road machine for the purpose of grinding out some exercise miles while watching episodic, continued, things like the wire (the idea is that limiting myself to watching while riding will mean that if I want to watch, I have to ride...breaking bad is probably next).

Rollers are so much better for training skills and becoming a better, stronger cyclist...but a resistance trainer would take some of the focus out of the mix and works great if you just need to bang out some miles (and the road machine or rock and roll are super awesome trainers)
 

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With only minimal tears and tantrums the Canuker family Christmas tree is lit and dressed with Freyja watching from atop
 

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Bodybuilding.com sent me an extra $130 dollars worth of supplements by mistake, when I called up to inform them, they told me to keep it.

CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY THIS YEAR
 

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The idiotic part of my family, has decided to drop their holiday to Sri Lanka (don't know why any would go to start with), due to their carrier has dropped the direct flight and they now have a 4 hour layover in Dubai and that is way too much and if they don't get an upgrade to 1st class they want their money back. :rotflmao:


My cousin who is 31 is still in school and he has had a real job (I don't count being a postal worker 1 day a month as one), has decided that he wants to be a someone who closes international business deals or self employed, but he doesn't know doing what. :rotflmao:
 

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Larry, cool contraption there.

Do you guys watching TV on rollers not have balance/course correction issues? Since putting the flat screen in front of my treadmill I notice it's easy to get off center line and have to pay attention to that. I would imagine that could be rather more catastrophic while up on rollers.
 

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Larry, cool contraption there.
Do you guys watching TV on rollers not have balance/course correction issues? Since putting the flat screen in front of my treadmill I notice it's easy to get off center line and have to pay attention to that. I would imagine that could be rather more catastrophic while up on rollers.

as long as you put the screen directly in front of you, it is fine. Probably helps if the screen is not too large so you aren't looking to the side.

Falling off the rollers is not really catastrophic (unless you have like...a glass coffee table next to the rollers) and you don't really need to stay on the center line--your tire is less than an inch thick so there's a lot of room. Also, they make some rollers that have a tiny bit of shape to the drum so it centers you automatically.
 

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Larry, cool contraption there.
Do you guys watching TV on rollers not have balance/course correction issues? Since putting the flat screen in front of my treadmill I notice it's easy to get off center line and have to pay attention to that. I would imagine that could be rather more catastrophic while up on rollers.

if the TV is right in front of you its actually helpful. rollers are a lot easier to use when you're just riding and facing forward and letting your form take over. thats the good thing about rollers they teach you how to use good form (pedaling/posture) to fight the instincts to look down.

I've fallen hard on my rollers because of stupid things like the front end drifting off the roller or having my step stool too close and the crank hitting it. For me its always because I wasn't paying attention then drifted too far away. Thats why I always watch something passively like a nba game. Even things like podcasts that are too funny/interesting are a danger because it'll be too engrossing for me and a distraction causing a fall.

The original rollers are totally barebones:



part of the workout was the concentration you needed to keep on the drums. if not then you fall down hard. sometimes you get into a zone and don't have to think about it. sometimes keeping straight is exhausting in itself. I've gotten pretty good at the normal barebones rollers I can ride no handed and out of saddle but it takes a lot of concentration.

the new modifications (front bumpers and free motion) should help out a lot. Front bumpers keep you on the drum, and free fore/aft movement do as well. Things like riding out of saddle, changing hand positions, no handed, getting a bottle from the cages, adjustments in position are easier now.
 
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In my late 20s and early 30s I used to cycle a crap ton, like 250-300 miles a week in season, but never tried rollers. They always just sort of looked like trouble to me.
 

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