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Old 02-13-09, 11:35 AM   #1
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mixing 8/10 speed cassettes on trainer?

We just picked up an indoor trainer cheaply for my wife and I to use. I was thinking about getting a cheapo rear wheel and an old tire to use on it, but my question is what cassette to use? Her bike is an 8-speed rear, while mine is a 10. Would it be OK to split the difference and put a 9-speed cassette on the trainer wheel? Or just get a 10spd and worry about replacing her tires when necessary (they were stock to her bike, and she rides outdoors only rarely.)

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Old 02-13-09, 12:18 PM   #2
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If you're getting a special trainer wheel to be used in multiple bikes, you might as well just swap the cassette when you're making the wheel swap. It doesn't take that long.
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I would just use the wheel and tyre that's on your wife's bike now, unless they are some really expensive tyres.
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You'll want to match the cassette to the setup on your bike. If your bike is set up for 10 speeds, use a 10 speed cassette, etc. You'll probably find you are using only the middle few cogs, say 13-19, so you can pretty much use any cassette range -- I use (relatively) inexpensive steel cassettes for my trainer wheels.
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Your answers were much as I had figured- thanks for the advice and clarification.
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