Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Le Tigre loaned me his rollers, mes amis. This past Saturday Night, after about 10 minutes of trying to figure out how to do this crazy thing—I got it! It helped that I was in a hallway so I could catch myself if I slipped-up. Mainly the thing is getting over the fear you first have, as for one thing, my bike sits up so tall—I had to use a step-ladder to get up high enough. Rico had to steady the bike too. He thought I was crazy. But suddenly there I was and all the fear and apprehension were gone—Cool!

So I tried a few more times, and it seems to come naturally after a bit of practice, Gentle Readers of This Blog. I rode solid for three minutes on one attempt that first night, but what Le Tigre failed to tell me is that about minute two, you start to sweat! You really need a fan or something because it’s a workout for sure.

I’ll have these rollers for a week and then give them back to Ryan. It’s so nice out here in Tucson that I really don’t need a set of these—but it was fun to try, and so now I can say I have ridden rollers.

Cheers! Bruce


Red Bike said...

I'm so glad i'm not the only one who needs to use a step to get on their bike once it's on the rollers. I also feel the need to position myself in a doorway so that i've got something to hang onto.

Nobody ever seems to struggle like this on TV when you see them warming up/down after a race at the velodrome!

Bruce's Bike Blog said...

Hey Red--

Yeah when I first thought I'd give this a go, having to use a step and then throw myself over the saddle was a bit awkward. My son still has to hold the bike when I get on--and off, or else I might fall to the floor or bash into the wall. The easy part is riding!

Cheers! Bruce

Tony said...

Just got my first set of rollers last week. I can honestly say it is one of the most difficult things I have done on a bike. Quite appart from the gallons of sweat the sheer exhaustion from all the concentration is massive. It is definately a good workout and gives the thighs a real treat. Just when you think you are getting the hang of it concentration slips and you are shooting across the rollers.
Anyway enjoy, Tony

Bruce's Bike Blog said...

Hey Tony! Thanks for visiting my blog! Good luck with the rollers too! Cheers! Bruce