Rollers are fine for any kind of training except out of the saddle sprints. Rollers will help you smooth out your pedaling style and teach you to ride in a very steady straight line. Rollers build both fitness and skills.RyanM said:Looking for something for indoors when its raining or cold out. Want to be able to work on getting miles in and work on my cardio base. Would it be better to get rollers or a trainer?
Depends on the quality of the trainer and your level of motivation. But it sure won't be strength (no riding will build strength).RyanM said:What is the main point for trainers then? To build strength and speed?
Other than familiarity, is there an athletic advantage to training in the rain? Do you gain a few watts by having to clean your bike again?Sonomasnap said:You asked about training. If you can't train in rain and cold you are not taking your training seriously enough imho.
I don't race FOR money, but racing is enough of a money pit as is. My crash last year cost me some nice shorts and a couple replacement parts for my bike.Sonomasnap said:I understand avoiding certain races to a degree. As far as prize money goes, lol, please. You don't race for the money unless you are pro. As far as training in the cold, rain, you avoid the mind numbing boredom of sitting in your basement for 2 hours, sweating like a pig and generally hating the thought of your next "ride". The reason they make different layers of clothing, booties, gloves etc... is so you can weather the cold/storm as it were. You will also get better handling skills if you ride in the rain. Then if there is a wet race you won't be freaked out.
I have a computrainer but probably use it less than 15 times a year. The only thing that keeps me inside is snow and ice.