Kreitler Rollers

When we first considered Pacific Bound 1997, Trish and I realized we would have to be in pretty good shape to be able to successfully complete the trip in a reasonable amount of time. This, of course, meant training. Trish and I would tape shows on TV that we liked, and then play them back as we trained.

How did we train? We used the mighty Kreitler Dyno-Lyte Roller Trainer. Kreitler Rollers may be slightly more expensive than the imitations, but the quality is well worth it. Carefully turned aluminum drums, precision bearings, and a flexible yet responsive drive system place the Kreitler Dyno-Lyte Trainer at the top of the trainer pack.

The Kreitler system comes in two variants - the Dyno-Lyte for normal mortals, and the Dyno-Myte for ultra-serious cyclist. The Dyno-Myte has smaller drums, making the ride much more difficult. In addition to the different drum sizes, blowers are available, which drive a fan-like assembly from the front roller. The "Killer Headwind" blower allows for variable difficulty riding, as well as a simulated headwind!

For those of you who are not familiar with Roller Trainers, consult the picture below. In the picture, youíre looking down on the Dyno-Lyte; the system rests on the ground in this way. The rear wheel of the bicycle rides on the top two drums, which are close enough together that the rear wheel is cradled by the two drums. The front wheel rests on the bottom drum, with the front axle riding slightly behind the front drumís center of rotation. The white line between the second of the two drums on top and the drum on the bottom is really a plastic belt which causes the front drum to turn at the same rate as the rear drum. Without the rotating front drum, the front wheel would stay still, and the bike would fall over.

Obviously, the trainer as shown in the photo did not fit our bicycle. Al Kreitler, the president and founder of Kreitler Rollers, sent us some pieces to make a much longer front-end for the trainer, but we ran out of time. Instead, we attached the front forks of the bike to a block of wood. Of course, with this "nailed down" approach, we didnít get the stability or handling training the roller trainer was meant to provide. In its normal usage mode, the bike is unattached, and the cyclist must have excellent balance to avoid riding off the sides of the trainer. Hopefully, we can extend the rollers at the end of the trip, so we can experience the challenge of true roller training.

Kreitler Rollers are available at fine bicycle shops everywhere. Experience the Killer Road Load - get a Kreitler Roller Trainer today!

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