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I ordered these rollers the other day and got them today. This is the first time I've ever tried riding on them and wow was it tough. Definitely harder than I imagined it would be. However, on my 3rd attempt I started getting the hang of it.

The rollers are very quiet. The noises in the background are my kids.

 
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Is the friction adjustable so that it can be easier or harder to turn the pedals?

(In my experience of cycling -- not on rollers -- I've found that riding into the wind or uphill makes my legs work, which is anaerobic exercise, but riding with a tailwind allows me to get aerobic exercise because my legs are freed up. Both are hard but in different ways. I'm biased towards aerobic exercise so I prefer the tailwind, but in the real world you don't always get a choice.)
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:Is the friction adjustable so that it can be easier or harder to turn the pedals?

(In my experience of cycling -- not on rollers -- I've found that riding into the wind or uphill makes my legs work, which is anaerobic exercise, but riding with a tailwind allows me to get aerobic exercise because my legs are freed up. Both are hard but in different ways. I'm biased towards aerobic exercise so I prefer the tailwind, but in the real world you don't always get a choice.)



Yes, it has a magnetic resistance that is adjustable. It is magnetic so as to keep the rollers as quiet and free as possible. Works great. This year has been incredibly windy here. Most days it is 20mph with up to 40mph gusts. Not very fun. And now that the wind has died down a bit, it's 102 degrees outside. I can't win! So this allows me to ride even when the weather won't. And it will be used daily once winter sets in.
 
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Did 7 miles on the rollers today. It was quite a workout. It just takes so much concentration.
 
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So, no watching TV while you're roller-riding? (Youtube is blocked here so I can't see your video...)
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:So, no watching TV while you're roller-riding? (Youtube is blocked here so I can't see your video...)



I wouldn't recommend it. I did have some music playing. But at one point I relaxed just a bit and nearly fell off. I'm sure over time it will become more "like riding a bike" so to speak.
 
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For a moment I thought "7 miles? Pfft, I ride 8 miles to work!" But when I ride to work I have corners and stop signs and all that, whereas you're going full gas for the 7 miles. So I quickly rescinded that thought.
 
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