Riding rollers isn’t new by any means. It’s been a training tool and used for competition and amusement (roller racing) for many years. The wooden drums of old have been put by the wayside, making room for steel, then the alloy and poly drums of today.
I have never had the opportunity to ride old wooden rollers. I’m sure I wouldn’t be eager to get rid of my Kreitler 4.5 Alloy rollers if I did- but I appreciate history and would enjoy the experience. I found a few little snippets of rollers of old- a photo of some women in a 4 person roller race (though it looks like it may have been a photo opp or movie still)- and a tutorial on how to ride rollers for your first time.