Making your own cycling rollers can be challenging unless you're already handy in the metal crafting department. Rollers are a great way to keep up your fitness level when the weather is too stormy for a bike ride. However, they can be fairly expensive to purchase. Building your own cycling rollers is more affordable and can yield a stable pair of rollers you can use in your workout space. But use caution when making your own rollers -- and have your final product reviewed by a professional if necessary.
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Things you need
- Alloy rollers (often used for table saws)
- Alloy pipe
- Metal conduit
- Large rubber belt
Remove the rollers from the table saw if necessary. Try to purchase rollers that are already detached, as this will save time and money. Table saw rollers will be too small alone, but this will be remedied with the alloy pipe later on and will not be an issue.
Slide the alloy pipe over three rollers, and then bolt the pipe in place at each end. Continue this process for each roller until the roller diameter is at least 2 inches wide.
When you are done joining the rollers with the pipe, construct a frame out of the metal conduit. This should be one and a half times longer than your bike. Lay one roller at the end of the frame and put your bike wheel on it, so it is approximately 3 inches behind the front axle. Place another roller 3 inches behind the rear axle.
Bolt it all in place with wing nuts or another removable fastening system. Do not use anything permanent -- you want the freedom to adjust the rollers as needed. Fasten the third roller on the conduit frame about 6 inches in front of the rear roller.
Place the rubber belt over the end of the front and rear rollers, and then place your bicycle on the rollers. Check to ensure you can stay upright at different speeds, with everything remaining secure.
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