Back in December, Susan gave me an early Christmas present. And by "Susan gave me an early Christmas present," I of course mean "I bought it for myself, and told Susan what she was giving me."
It was a bike-related present. A really nice bike-related present. In fact, it was the nicest, most expensive bike-related present I got this year. Which brings up the very important question: why haven’t I mentioned it on my blog yet?
The answer is simple: I’ve been embarrassed to.
Here’s what I got:
Yes, I got myself — I mean, Susan got me — Inside Ride’s E-Motion Rollers.
Why I Love These Rollers
There are all kinds of reasons to love these rollers, because they’re totally unlike any other rollers out there. Here’s why:
- Stand up and attack: The frame for these rollers floats on another base frame, and then there are guard rollers keeping your back wheel from hopping off the drums. Combined, this means you can stand up and make a massive sudden attack effort, just like on the road, and you don’t fly off the front of the rollers. It’s incredible.
- No Drift off the side: There are inline skate wheels pivoted horizontally on either side of the front drum. Any time you drift off the left or right, you hit those wheels and they act like bumpers, keeping you on the drums, instead of crashing off to the side.
- Resistance: You can set them up to have no resistance, like regular rollers, or you can choose any of three levels of resistance.
Riding these rollers, I can ride no-handed, I can stand up and make an all-out effort, I can do high cadence training, I can do climb-style training.
In other words, I get all the benefits of both rollers and trainers. These rollers make inside winter training so much nicer.
Why I’m Embarrassed
All that fawning praise aside, I’ve still avoided mentioning that I own these rollers. Why would that be?
Price. I’m embarrassed that I paid so much for a pair of rollers. I mean, that Susan paid so much for a pair of rollers.
Although I have to say, the more I use these rollers, the more it seems to me that they’re worth it. I mean, if I pay $100 for one set of rollers but hate using them and so don’t, are they a better deal than paying eight times that much for a set that I use — and enjoy — every day?
The above, by the way, is just one of many ways I rationalize the cost of these things to myself. I have many others, each of which I am happy to provide as the situation warrants.
I Think I Can Can Ride for 100 Miles on My Rollers
That was an incredibly long-winded introduction (what’s new?) to my main point: I think I could ride a century on these rollers.
Yes, that’s right. I think I could, in one session, ride 100 miles on these rollers.
And I’m going to try, this Saturday. It should take about six hours.
I Do Not Expect You To Believe Me
I am probably not the first person to attempt to ride rollers for 100 miles, but those of you who have ridden indoors and have nearly lost your mind after 45 minutes know that this is no minor thing I am going to try.
I would go so far, in fact, to expect that most of you will not believe that I can do it.
So Bet Me
So here’s what I’d like to do: I would like to bet anyone and everyone that I can ride 100 miles on my rollers this Saturday.
I don’t want the bet to be idle, however. You — and I — are going to need to put our money where our mouths are. And in doing so, we’re going to make some money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Here’s how it will work:
- Send me an email telling me the amount of money you are willing to bet that I will not be able to ride 100 miles on my rollers this Saturday.
- If I succeed: you must send the amount of money you promised to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
- If I fail: Then I will send that amount of money to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
So, if 100 of you each bet me $25.00 and I succeed, you’d each send in your $25.00. If I fail, I’d have to donate $2500 to the LAF.
Either way, a very good cause benefits.
You may also, if you like, bet for me — how much money you will donate if I succeed. That’s your call.
Caveats and Whatnot
I am going to do this century on rollers honestly. I’m not going to take any hour-long breaks, I’m not going to put the rollers in my car and drive around for 100 miles. I’m not going to tell my odometer that my wheel circumference is ten yards.
I’m going to ride 100 miles pretty much continuously, taking short breaks to eat, refill water bottles, and change DVDs (I plan to watch Deadwood, Season 1, which a number of people have told me is fantastic.
So bet me. If you’re not afraid.
Update: So far, I’ve got
$340 $480 $625 $880 $1020 in bets against me. Thanks! (And I really mean the "thanks" — I know you’re really doing the bets because it’s a good cause, not because the bet means anything.)