Switching to rollers - and why you should try too

Riding out of the saddle felt really weird on the rollers until I learned that I had to shift up 1-2 gears to compensate for the temporary drop in cadence and torque. Now, I can ride out of the saddle for minutes at a time, and really crank the bike around just like I do outside. It’s a great feeling on longer rides.

Im super confused here!

That is not a Jack Russell on your shoulders!!!

I sure hope your name is Jack Russell?

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In the past, I was owned by a Jack Russell terrier. The JRT used to ride in a wicker basket on the front of a city bike with me in switzerland. This Corgi however, has never made it outside of North Carolina! I could dig up the pictures, but they’re pretty embarrassing for both the terrier, and me.

I think we would love to see the photos of the Jack Russell!

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Here are three… The JR on my bike, the JR after a ski trip to Saas Fee, and the JR in some alpine meadow near Grindelwald (yes, Switzerland is literally the most stunning place on Earth.)

This bike probably weighed 30 pounds, plus the dog. I bet we rode 20 miles everyday on that rig back and forth to the office. He only jumped out once to chase some varmin near the town of Carouge. I remember it vividly. I was once so young. What happened?




This is exactly the type of wholesome content I need.


What great photos and memories you have!

It appears you have had quite the eventful lifestyle and a buddy to enjoy it with!

Do you still visit Switzerland, it absolutely appears stunning?

BTW I’m more of a UGR TT Lamborghini kind of guy LOL

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I’ve inflated to 80psi (max pressure for my enves 45AR), and the problem seems gone. Thanks!

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How do you prevent static electricity “shocks” when touching something outside the rollers?

I imagine some sort of wire connected to me or the bike, and my desk (which is what I use for support), but not exactly sure about the terminology how how to search for something fit for that purpose.

Glad to hear!

I don’t get any shocks touching anything outside the rollers, but then again I don’t really touch anything not connected to me or the bike while riding…

I have this very convenient aluminium profile bar on the back of my desk / side of trainer:

Just realised I might be able to connect a wire from the trainer to the desks aluminium’s structure. Something for tomorrows session.


That’s exactly what I started doing this year. It’s made a world of difference. Normally at this point in my inside season, I’d be at next to zero motivation to ride, but this year has been much more fun and engaging. I would like to try a proper rocker plate setup to see the difference, but this fit the pocketbook best.

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Static shocks issue completely eliminated by running a wire from the bike to the desk.

As a more permanent solution, I’ll just use one of those:

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Are there any tips to prevent sealant from leaking through previously plugged holes, other than more obvious ones such as the ones below?

  • replacing the tyres with new ones
  • using inner tubes or tubular

Other than the messy and extreme idea of legitimately patching the inner surface of the tubeless tire, I don’t see more than what you listed. Flexing a tire over the rollers is a more extreme deflection than they get on flat surfaces outside, so it makes sense to me that tubeless “fixes” would potentially leak or fail entirely when put into that more stressful use case.

Patching the inner surface of a tubeless tire is neither messy or extreme. Why waste a good tire?

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Yeah, possibly too strong a word… at least for some people. But I know plenty of people that don’t enjoy the effort of pulling and cleaning a tubeless tire and associated sealant.

The other two options require removing a tire that has sealant in it. The tire is coming off. You have to deal with sealant still in the tire. Patching the inside is not a big deal at that point.

Fair enough. That just makes my 3rd option on par then.