Rollers or Turbo?! Beginner advice

by Chameleon78   October 24, 2010  

As a relative newcomer to road riding I have signed up for my first Sportive next April. 60miles.
I have been mountain biking for years but have not done much in the way of cycling for the last few years so am currently trying to maintain a weekly ride to build up my fitness - it almost feels like starting from scratch.

My dilemma is this though, I have Mon , Tues and Weds evenings available to train along with occasional Saturdays and Sundays (Wife works every other Sat morning)We have an 8 month old daughter so I'm trying to fit in riding which doesnt take up to much of my weekend with my daughter.

I have worked out that i could potentially fit in 30-60 mins of riding on either a turbo or rollers most evenings in the week with a long ride at the weekend.

With this in mind what would suit me best? rollers or Turbo?
I am not sure about the vasrious training methods for a turbo, but I want to acheive overall fitness, endurance and if possible power - my mate is already quite established in his fitness so i'd like to get somewhere close to beating him!!!

Any advice???

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you could do a lot worse than heading over to and checking out some of the sessions on there...

rollers vs turbo - i'd go for turbo every time. rollers are an acquired taste, never managed to acquire it personally Plain Face

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7861 posts]
24th October 2010 - 21:56


Fitness - Turbo
Technique for racing - rollers but will be fine for training.

Safest? ~Turbo IMHO.

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [380 posts]
25th October 2010 - 14:32


I agree with both what FishnChips and Dave said - rollers can be great but if you are starting out at indoor training and havent the space/will/guts to really go for it then they can be pretty scary (overbalanced and went through a desk while at uni - looked like a tool)

Turbo trainer every time for me, some are really good bits of kit.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
25th October 2010 - 15:04


Still struggling to really get to grips with my rollers after... ooh... far too long to mention. Wish I'd bought a turbo!

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
25th October 2010 - 15:40


It's raining, you drag the turbo trainer out and give it some.

You're exhausted from heavy interval training, head on the bars, brain blank and heavy breathing you can't pedal any more...

Behold you're still safe and not keeling over as you would on a roller!

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [380 posts]
29th October 2010 - 14:02


Rollers are way more fun but you can't really give it some with out the risk of falling off. A turbo is safe & easy to set up,but feels a bit odd as the bike is fixed underneath you.

Found this website last year, it got me throught the winter, lots of different plans to work out, assuming you can set your turbo up in front of your computer.

Carpe Diem ab absentis: seize the day off

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posted by Coodsta [110 posts]
8th November 2010 - 16:02