Rollers don’t seem to be all that popular anymore. I don’t know why; I like riding mine much more than the stationary trainer. Rollers are not as hard on the bike and, in my opinion, are a lot more fun to ride (of course fun is a relative term when talking about indoor riding). Last night, I pulled my rollers out for a quick bit of spinning. Unfortunately, I found that the belt connecting the front drum to the rear was no longer there; my two year old apparently thought that the belt made a great toy on its own. I found the broken band and tried to melt it back together, but it just didn’t hold. Oh well, on to the magnetic resistance trainer.
Today, I searched the web for a replacement part. I found a place that sells the belts, but the product description actually said that I might need to splice and re-weld it with a propane torch. What? I already tried that. Today I started thinking, isn’t there a better way to connect the drums than using a flimsy rubber band? What if the front drum and the forward most rear drum had beveled gears? A rigid shaft could connect the two. With a sheet metal cover attached to the frame, the drive shaft would be completely out of the way. No more worries of snagged or broken belts. Maybe someone could even figure out a reliable way to add variable resistance using a system like this. Making them foldable might be a challenge, but I think it’s doable. Maybe I’ll even try to figure out a way to convert mine now that they are broken. OK, OK, not really, I’ll never find the time. I guess I’ll just keep using the good old mag trainer until I find a new belt that fits. It’s almost Spring anyhow.