Rocker plates improve your core! You can ride for longer! Your carbon bike will be protected! It’s more like real life riding! You will ache less! These are some of the claims made about rocker plates.
As torrid turbo training was something people suffered for 45 minutes in a cold bare-walled garage and only ever in the worst of winter months, with the advent of Zwift and apps like it, virtual indoor cycling arrived and 2 hours become a regular thing and then 200 km indoor rides are now a norm for many. All or most carry out in indoor air conditioned beautiful ‘paincaves’ as demonstrated on the ‘look at me’ ‘set-up Saturdays’ as seen on the anti-social media.
For many this has been made possible by rocker plates. When we ride outside, we employ balance and we arguably work a great number of muscles when when sitting static on a bike indoors. The rocker plate creates some instability (remember when we used only rollers?) and therefore forces the virtual cyclist to use their body more and therefore be able to ride more comfortably for longer.
Brexit and a global pandemic has disrupted that supply of bike parts and we are therefore altering UK based cyclists to two UK companies who make rocker plates for smart trainers and smart bikes – including our recently review Wattbike Atom NG.
Turbo Rocks https://turborocks.co and Bespoke Rocker Plate https://bespokerockerplate.co.uk both offer similar products that both have a strong fan-base. Turbo Rocks are sold 1,000 rocker plates alone and as more of the ‘I only ride outdoors’ hardened cyclists catch the indoor bug, we can see rocker plates becoming even more popular.
Soon, we will be running our own tests of rollers vs rocker plate vs smart trainer and core exercises. There is more to come on this thread.