Question: I recently bought a set of rollers for indoor riding. Although I can balance while in a doorway so I can brace my arms, I wobble a lot. How can I get steadier? — John W.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Practice!
But it might take several weeks to feel comfortable. I know a couple of pros who can ride rollers using one leg and no hands while removing arm and leg warmers. Ability like that might take years to develop.
One trick is to keep your eyes forward instead of staring down at the stem or bottom bracket. Just like on the road, this gives your balance system a focal point, making it easier to be stable.
Upper-body relaxation is another key. If you’re fighting the front wheel, it won’t be able to self-correct. In this way, it’s a little like riding a mountain bike through sand or snow.
Finally, concentrate on a fluid, round pedal stroke. Rough, jerky pedaling causes the wobbling you describe. In fact, riding rollers is a great feedback mechanism that’ll make you a smoother rider indoors and on the road, too.