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Product Review: OverDrive Pro rollers by Sportcrafters
 
By Imelda March
Date: 1/9/2014
Product Review: OverDrive Pro rollers by Sportcrafters
 
Cold, ice and shortened daylight hours limit training options. Despite the outside weather, with the onset of a New Year athletes begin plotting how to gain fitness levels and, riders are left with taking their training indoors. In general, in order to train indoors on a bicycle a rider will use a trainer or rollers.

Bicycle rollers have been credited with skill-sharpening factors by mimicking cycling on the roads, allowing riders to train their muscles to fire in the same manner as they would while outside. However, be aware that riding rollers require more skill than just attaching a rear well to equipment, as in using a trainer.

I recently had the opportunity to test the OverDrive Pro rollers by Sportcrafters, and below is my assessment.

Pros:
The bicycle rollers can be used for both indoor and outdoor training. Additional uses include warm-ups/cool downs from racing/training. They are foldable and easy to transport.

Cons: None.
Caution: To use the product, riders should have a sense of balance. I consider the rollers tools for an advance rider.

Overall Impression:
The OverDrive Pro rollers by Sportcrafters combine the benefits of rollers training with the powerful resistance of a fluid trainer.

I really enjoyed using the bicycle rollers because they provided the sense that I was climbing a hill, although I was completely on a flat surface. They way it works is that as a rider switches to a higher gear the more resistance she/he feels. In other words, as a rider changes to a higher gear the harder the sense of climbing.

Once I got outside I really experienced the benefits of the OverDrive Pro bicycle rollers because I felt that my cadence became much more fluid. I really felt that I could spin at a higher cadence for a longer time. I essentially felt as if I have had been doing leg weight lifts due to the resistance the rollers provided.

To reduce the resistance, a rider must flip the drum with the red mark and ensure that the mark is positioned to the left side while using the bicycle rollers equipment.

Locate and Purchase Product: A list of retailers can be found at Sporstcrafters Inc – Find a retailer. Also, make direct purchases can be made by visiting their website.

Product Information/Specs/Website

  • Price: $399 (U.S.)
  • Weight: 22 pounds/10 kilograms
  • Aluminum drums: 3.25" (82.5mm) diameter, 1/8" (3mm) wall thickness, 15.5" (394mm) wide
  • Accommodates wheel sizes 600c to 700c/ 26" to 29"
  • Accommodates wheelbases 37.5" to 44" (95-112mm) as drilled. Custom drilling upon request.
  • Folded dimensions: 31.5" x 20" x 5.25" (80.0cm x 50.8cm x 13.3cm)
  • Unfolded dimensions: 60" x 20" x 4.25" (152.4cm x 50.8cm x 10.8cm)
  • Shipped dimensions: 32" x 21" x 7" (81.3cm x 53.3cm x 17.8cm), weight 21 lbs (9.5 kg)

Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes, courtesy of Sportcrafters Inc., and all opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way nor am I a Sportcrafters Inc. employee, or a distributor or retailer of their products, who might be obligated to provide positive reviews. Some information in this review was taken from the company website. Please also note that Sportcrafters Inc. is a sponsor to Cloud Racing.


About the author: An experienced racer, Imelda March lives in Chicago and is a member of Cloud Racing. She is a frequent contributor to The Daily Peloton Cycling News team, reporting on women’s cycling news and cycling industry news. She also holds an MBA, is a marketing strategy expert and is a blogger for the Chicago chapter of the American Marketing Association. You can follow her @hcram1.

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