So I got some Elite Arion rollers. Not the cheapest option , and not the most expensive, these are just smooth plastic rollers in a plastic frame, no adjustments, no hook-up, no need to use fancy software.
I’m a complete amateur at this, obviously, but I’d read that using rollers as opposed to some kind of stand feels more like riding on a road. I’ve also read that it improves your bike handling and exercises muscles that don’t get much of a look-in normally, because of having to keep your balance.
Well, I’ve done a scary half hour so far and I concur. I don’t miss having some kind of setting adjustment: you can use your gears for that. Five minutes has you sweating, and because you keep going at a steady pace, you’re actually putting in more effort than on a road, where you vary your pace so much more.
High cadence pedalling for 30 minutes feels like proper exercise, and keeping the bike upright and pointing in the right direction does require extra effort and poise. It’s actually quite shocking how much you move the bike around simply by shifting on the saddle or moving your hands on the bars. That’s a real eye-opener.
I don’t like the noise they make, but I’m please so far, and now have an option for rainy, windy, or icy days.