Ten Easy Steps to Learn how to Ride Rollers

Learning how to ride rollers should be a fairly easy thing to do and should not take more than a few minutes. Riding rollers is not really any different than being able to ride on a strip of pavement ~16" wide for an indefinite amount of time. It is my feeling that if someone is more or less able to ride on the white line on the side of the road for about 1/2 mile without too much problem then they can ride rollers.

To learn how to ride rollers follow these 10 easy steps:

  1. If there is a loading device on the rollers (such as a fan) disconnect it if possible.
  2. Place the rollers next to a wall but allow enough room so that the bike won't hit it while on the rollers.. The wall will be used more or less as a security blanket.
  3. Place your bike on the rollers and lean it against the wall. It is a good idea to have the bike in a moderately easy gear. Something like a 42x16 or so.
  4. Place a chair next to the rollers on the opposite side as the wall being sure to leave enough room so that the bike won't hit it. The chair should be facing forward (the same direction as the bike). The chair will be used to aid in mounting your bike and to hold onto when starting and stopping.
  5. Mount your bike and get your feet clipped in. At this point you should have one hand on the handlebars (the top is the best place, not the hood nor the drop) and the other on the chair back. The bike should be straight up and the front wheel should also be straight.
  6. Without letting go of the chair, start pedaling at about 40 RPMs. This is just to let you get a feel of how the bike reacts to the motion of the rollers which is really the same as on the road except your not moving forward.
  7. Keeping your hand on the chair increase your cadence to at least 80 RPMs. At this point just hold on to the chair but do not have any weight on it. You should be using the chair just as a balancing aid not as a support.
  8. When comfortable, remove your hand from the chair. At first you might want to lift it just slightly away from the chair until your more comfortable without it.
  9. As your comfort level increases, try different things on the rollers such as shifting gears, pedaling faster and slower, coasting, riding back and forth across the rollers, standing up (do very slow at first) and sitting back down, riding with no hands, and whatever else you can think of.
  10. To stop, take hold of the chair back then stop pedaling. When the wheels stop turning, unclip your feet and dismount.

That's it, that's all there is to it. It shouldn't take you more than about half an hour to learn how but probably only about ten minutes.

Happy Cycling!

Copyright 1997 Russell L. Corfman. All rights reserved.