Bicycle rollers are one type of bicycle training device which can help you to ride a bicycle indoors without moving forward. But is has some difference from other types of bicycle trainers in that the rollers are not connected to the bicycle frame. Besides, riders should balance themselves on the rollers while training. However, unlike other types of bicycle trainers, rollers do not attach to the bicycle frame, and the rider must balance him or herself on the rollers while training.
Generally, the bicycle rollers are composed of three cylinders, drums, or “rollers”. Rollers can be made of different materials such as the wood, aluminum alloy, or plastic. Among them, those made of the aluminum alloy are relatively better. As a main part, the frame also plays a rather important role as to the whole machine. The frame may fold in the middle for storage or transport. And it may be made from welded steel or extruded aluminum. A belt connects one of the rear rollers to the front roller, causing the front wheel of the bicycle to spin when the bicycle is pedaled. The spacing of bicycle rollers can usually be adjusted to match the bicycle’s wheelbase. Generally, the front roller is adjusted to be slightly ahead of the hub of the front wheel.
Different types of bicycle rollers have specific features. You should choose them according to your own requirements. There are various different features such as magnetic resistance, fork stands, headwind fans, flywheel belt guards, and folding packages, etc. Moreover, they also have many other advantages. For example, they are undoubtedly ideal options for training indoors. They are excellent for improving your form, balance and spin. Therefore, your bicycle handling skills can also be improved.
Of course, they also have many disadvantages. It is very difficult for riders to mount the stationary bike because the combined height of the roller system and bicycle is rather high, which may lead to the falling and harming of riders. In addition, it is rather hard to keep the rider and the bicycle both situated within the extremely slender width of the roller drums without tipping over or simply falling off the edges.
Although they may cause some safety problems, you can avoid those problems by riding them as carefully as you can. Thus, bicycle rollers are still an ideal bicycle training device for you to choose. Here is another point you should pay attention to. Prices of bicycle rollers are various, so you must shop carefully to find satisfactory products of your own.