Training & Nutrition - How much do you tighten a trainer?
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I got my trainer finally. I was wondering how tight I should mount the trainer to the skewer? I'm afraid if I go too tight I'll damage the bike.
02-18-09, 09:34 AM
What kind of trainer? What kind of skewer?
If the trainer cups don't touch the frame, and you have a sturdy spare skewer, then tighten away
(assuming you don't go crazy and bend the skewer). If the trainer cups touch the frame, then you'll get a whole host of responses, from "don't do it to a good bike" to "it won't hurt anything".
The cups only touch the skewer and i'm using a spare skewer. (It is a fluid trainer). Thanks.
The cup with the handle should be touching the derailer hanger in the closed position and then it's the same as a quick release...tight but not too tight.....if you're using a steel skewer as cyclops recommends then you're not going to damage the bike. The issue usually is one where the skewer will bow slightly under pressure which can result in damage to the hub, this is more a problem with alum. skewers rather than steel.
To go back to the QR analogy, as you come in to close you should feel pressure, but you should be able to close it without having to kill yourself, if you can do it with one arm then it's probably secure.
Give your bike a little back and forth shake when its in the trainer, you'll be able to tell if it's secure or not
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