Roller races on Lower East Side, Tuesday Dec. 12

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The name ""Spillage in the Village"" is a misnomer, because the event isn't taking place near the Village at all, but on the Lower East Side. It's across the street from the F train station on East Broadway.

Unlike last winter's events at the Brooklyn Brewery, admission is not free this time. There's a $20 charge at the door, ""for all the St. Pauli Girl you can drink."" Well, St. Pauli Girl really isn't my thing. But I hear that most of the money is going to a good cause.

You can read here about last year's event (there were actually two of them), and see some pictures:

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Hannah (not verified)
$10 if you race

Note that you pay half-price--and still get all the beer--if you plan to race.

who will be paying $20

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Morene (not verified) tough are they?

After reading the article, it sounds like a real hoot! However, the thought of tipping over is a real turnoff. I've never tried rollers (unless you count rollerblades...NOT!) Do a lot of cyclists use rollers instead of trainers when the weather drops below 20?

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google (not verified) tough are they?

"Rollers are really fun.... they take some concentration which I think is what makes them less of a death march than a ""trainer"". Balance and bike control seem to be enhanced on rollers. Some people say that their pedal stroke is smoothed out by rollers, but, I am not a believer in the holy grail of a ""smooth round pedal stroke"" so I am a bit dubious of this. It took me about 7 minutes to get comfortable on the rollers @ an endurnace pace.... the faster you go the less comfortable they become. You most definetley do not want to just hop on and race the first time you try them. That could get ugly really fast."

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John Miller (not verified)

The roller races are a lot of fun to watch -- more fun for the risk factor this time; racers will have to mind their technique and not just pound away.

Used in a space like a hallway -- where you can prop yourself up or nudge yourself straight if you're drifting -- rollers are actually pretty safe. This is my second winter with them, and I've gotten to the point where I use the wall only to start up and let myself off. Haven't tried to ride no-handed yet but I will try some one-legged stuff this winter.

The challenge of willing yourself upright and holding a straight line is something to look forward working out to, and made me choose it over a trainer. The resistance factor is a non-issue -- spinning a 53x11 at 110rpm on rollers is plenty tough for an indoor workout. The one thing you can't do is stand up, so a pause of a minute or two (at least with my saddle) is necessary for me approximately every 30 minutes.

More than smoothing out your pedal stroke, I think rollers actually train hip alignment. You quickly sense that the bike will drift in the direction of your hips -- and you'd be shocked how much your hips shift when you're, say, reaching into your pocket, changing your hand position, even looking to your left or right. Keep your hips straight and you can do all these things while pedaling straight in the sweet spot. Training yourself to stay unconsciously straight is invaluable for paceline or pack riding.

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Tom Laskey (not verified)

"""The one thing you can't do is stand up...""

Huh? Standing up takes a lot more effort on rollers than on the road but if I can do it, it can't be that hard."

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John Miller (not verified)

Really? I've had pretty wobbly results when I've tried. Another goal to reach for, I guess.

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google (not verified)

I've got all of 12-15 hours of experience on the rollers so far, and standing is not a problem at all. Watching TV has not been a problem either. Doorway was a great place to start but after the first 2 hour ride I moved to the middle of the room. You can do it.

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