Rollers or Turbo Trainer

by mikecassie   June 13, 2012  

Sorry if this has been raised multiple times before, but where I'm at has a dog slow internet connection and searching the forums is tedious.
I'm looking at buying a set of rollers or a Turbo Trainer for the forthcoming winter.
Which one is better for keeping my general fitness up, ready for Springtime?
Thanks in advance for any advice.

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I think this is probably quite subjective. I've used rollers but never felt that confident on them. (To be fair, I was only young, maybe I would feel different now).

See this for a humourous look at the downsides of a Turbo:

My lame attempts at humour when discussing a roller-crash:

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3233 posts]
13th June 2012 - 15:04


Rollers are good for warming up at an event, but a turbo is better for training over the winter. That's my take on the subject, anyway!

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posted by The Good Shepherd [54 posts]
13th June 2012 - 16:16


I agree with The Good Shephard. Turbo for sure. Turbo gives you more resistance, so is better for training. But if warming up is what you're after, then invest in some rollers.

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posted by samjackson54 [60 posts]
14th June 2012 - 15:12


rollers! more fun and invlolved but resistance is low. rollers will help your road skills.

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
14th June 2012 - 15:57


Rollers everytime just for the ease of use.
Bike off your rack stand etc place on rollers start riding no need to change wheels tyres. the more you use them the more cofident you become
both can be very boring try to mix up the type of ride you do on them from intervals to contaant effort to just watching a DVD and riding for an hour
great when the weather is really bad outside and very quick and easy to use.

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posted by road ronin [57 posts]
17th June 2012 - 4:44