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    Advice on Skewers

    I recently purchased a Blackburn Mag Trainer. The rear wheel on my road bike is a Bontrager Race, with the “exposed” type QR cam. For some reason, I can’t seem to get the cam to fit well into the receiver socket on the trainer. I guess the folks at Blackburn anticipated this by supplying an enclosed type cam/skewer with the product.

    This however opens a whole new can of worms – at least for me it does. The skewer supplied with the trainer seems to be poorly made. Since a biker’s well being depends largely on the wheels staying on the bike – I now find myself pouring over all kinds of data and opinions.

    I think I will go to my LBS and purchase a new “good quality” skewer for the rear wheel. Any opinions or suggestions here as to what to look for and what I should expect to pay? The Sheldon Brown site leaves no doubt that they prefer the enclosed cams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bboseley
    I recently purchased a Blackburn Mag Trainer. The rear wheel on my road bike is a Bontrager Race, with the “exposed” type QR cam. For some reason, I can’t seem to get the cam to fit well into the receiver socket on the trainer. I guess the folks at Blackburn anticipated this by supplying an enclosed type cam/skewer with the product.

    This however opens a whole new can of worms – at least for me it does. The skewer supplied with the trainer seems to be poorly made. Since a biker’s well being depends largely on the wheels staying on the bike – I now find myself pouring over all kinds of data and opinions.

    I think I will go to my LBS and purchase a new “good quality” skewer for the rear wheel. Any opinions or suggestions here as to what to look for and what I should expect to pay? The Sheldon Brown site leaves no doubt that they prefer the enclosed cams.
    A LBS may have a whole box full of suitable old skewers for cheap or free. Otherwise a shimano ultegra or xt.

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    I will differ on the Shimano skewers. They use a plastic cover on the "nut" side and it will get crushed in the trainer mount.
    Do see if you an get a used oldschool, steel one from your LBS or get a new Quality skewer for $10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Chuck
    I will differ on the Shimano skewers. They use a plastic cover on the "nut" side and it will get crushed in the trainer mount.
    Good catch.

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    The one that comes with the trainer is fine. It's exactly what you want for the trainer too.

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