I was just poking around the web looking at rollers again. I was pretty dead set on the Kreitler 4.5 rollers. But now I see that the Black & Gold out of Pittsburgh is using the CycleOps rollers. See the photo from the Black & Gold site to the right. Those are the CycleOps rollers for sure.
That is now two clubs (Black & Gold and the KC Sprints group) that are using the CycleOps system. As I mentioned below the CycleOps uses the 3.5 inch drums and they are an inch smaller than the Kreitler system I was looking at.
I sent the fine people at Black & Goldan email asking how they like the CycleOps system. My local show shop carries the CycleOps so it would save me from ordering anything online and support my local shop. If Black & Gold comes back and says they are happy with their system I might have to take a second look at the CycleOps system.
Here is what uNkY jOIns said when I ask him on flickr about the CycleOps rollers
The rollers themselves work fine, but we had to build box platforms to mount them onto when we are at an event. This helped a lot with the wobbliness of the stage and drunkards getting on and off. The boxes were incorporated after seeing the Coldsprints crew in MPLS setting up in a similar fashion.
Here is a photo of the KC Sprints setup on the left. You can see the boxes they built for their rollers. Then on the right is the Black & Gold setup. Their boxes are a little different. I think they encased the frame of the rollers into the boxes but I can’t tell for sure. Maybe I can get someone from Black and Gold to swing by and comment.
So now I am on the fence on what rollers to buy. CycleOps or Kreitler?
UPDATE: Brad from Urban Velo and Black & Gold told me today that he can’t say anything bad about the CycleOps rollers. Check out what he said,
The CycleOps rollers are cheap and work just fine for me, I see no reason not to use them. So far so good, no problems at all.
I have since updated the setup and sandwiched the rollers between two pieces of OSB, keeping the setup enclosed and cleaner looking, along with providing a platform for people to stand on and swing their leg over the pretty tall contraption. Equipment wise things have been just fine.