stationary bicycle trainers

Cutme <e.i.crichton@ncl.ac.uk> wrote in article
<3247F4C8.54C7@ncl.ac.uk>…
> > Has anyone tried riding a uni on one of those roller systems that will turn
> > a regular bicycle into a stationary trainer? It sounds like a great way to
> > practice or possibly a great way to break one’s neck.
>
> Don’t try this. If the wheel is only rotating but not moving then how can you
> balance with out holding on to a frame of some kind… Try rocking and you’ll
> soon see what i mean…
>

Actually, I knew someone in college who kept in shape during winter with one of
those drum rollers. He put his bike on it and pedalled, just as if he were on
the road. He used to put a book holder on the handlebars and study while
cycling. Of course, you have to pay some attention, at least subliminally, or
you can ride off the rollers and crash…so you have to steer straight. As I
recall, they are pricier than the standard exercise adapters, but he felt it was
more realistic… ~Leander overfall@ixl.net

Re: stationary bicycle trainers

> Has anyone tried riding a uni on one of those roller systems that will turn a
> regular bicycle into a stationary trainer? It sounds like a great way to
> practice or possibly a great way to break one’s neck.

Don’t try this. If the wheel is only rotating but not moving then how can you
balance with out holding on to a frame of some kind…

Try rocking and you’ll soon see what i mean…

Re: stationary bicycle trainers

Cutme <e.i.crichton@ncl.ac.uk> wrote:

>> Has anyone tried riding a uni on one of those roller systems that will turn a
>> regular bicycle into a stationary trainer? It sounds like a great way to
>> practice or possibly a great way to break one’s neck.
>
>Don’t try this. If the wheel is only rotating but not moving then how can you
>balance with out holding on to a frame of some kind…
>
>Try rocking and you’ll soon see what i mean…

Of course rocking is impossible . . . . :slight_smile:

Of course a bicycle can balance with the wheel rotating but not moving, and
that’s because the bike can still move side to side to maintain balance. The
problem for the unicyclist will be that the wheel needs to go at least a little
bit forward and back for the rider to be able to maintain a balance above it.

I don’t think unicycling on rollers is completely impossible, but it would be
very difficult to do, and probably impossible to do in combination with trying
to get a workout of any kind.

Stay on Top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone unifoss@calweb.com
http://www.calweb.com/~unifoss/index.htm President, International Unicycling
Federation Chairman, IUF Skill Levels and Rules Committee pretty good rider, too

Re: stationary bicycle trainers

dmc <conant@aud.alcatel.com> writes:

i>Has anyone tried riding a uni on one of those roller systems that will turn a[/i]
i>regular bicycle into a stationary trainer? It sounds like a great way to[/i]
i>practice or possibly a great way to break one’s neck.[/i]

I have seen a photo of someone riding a unicycle on a treadmill. It shouldn’t be
too hard, as long as you can keep up a consistent pace (at the same speed as the
treadmill).