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Old 08-01-13, 11:08 AM   #1
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Using your Bike in a Trainer

I just picked up a Cycleops fluid trainer, it did NOT come with a training skewer.

Do I need to order one, or just use my bikes skewer? The cycle shop used it that way to fit me.

What do you riders do?
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Old 08-01-13, 11:18 AM   #2
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I always wondered why there's a skewer included .... thus, I never used it. I assume it's to keep my normal road skewer from getting mangled, clamping the trainer down onto the bike, but I never bothered.
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Old 08-01-13, 11:35 AM   #3
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Your skewer may or may not fit the cups on the trainer.
Also, if you have a high $ lightweight skewer you might not want to possibly damage it by clamping it in the trainer.
Steel skewers are cheap.
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Old 08-01-13, 01:17 PM   #4
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Your skewer may or may not fit the cups on the trainer.
Also, if you have a high $ lightweight skewer you might not want to possibly damage it by clamping it in the trainer.
Steel skewers are cheap.
This.
When I bought my CycleOps, I had to switch out my rear wheel skewer for the CycleOps included steel skewer. My rear wheel skewer was 'too fat' and so it did not seat correctly in the CycleOps mounting slots.
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Old 08-01-13, 01:25 PM   #5
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Thanks all, I have a Cannondale 2012 CAAD 8 105. I ordered the skewer, 8 bucks from Amazon.
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Old 08-01-13, 01:30 PM   #6
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it's been covered... scratching up your high zoot QR sucks... but I just used what was on my bike...

be prepared for bordom... but it's a great place to do intervals and learn to get your cadence up...

I had an older friend (late 60s) and in the winter he'd use it to warm up inside before a ride so he didn't hurt himself (mainly his knees) in the cool wather (talking 40s or 50s most of the time)...

they aren't fun... but they can be a great tool.
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I had much rather been on the road, but here in Charleston, S.C., it can rain for days on end.
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Old 08-01-13, 01:34 PM   #8
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Boredom yes ... but music helps, as do intervals as has been suggested.

I use mine mainly in the winter and early spring ... and at times I actually look forward to it.
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Congrats. Looks like you've already ordered a skewer, so, further comments on that are unneccessary. But, with regards to trainer usage: Mrs. Fred, a few of our friends and I really enjoy using the "Sufferfest" programs. Whether they'll work for you or not really depends on what interests and motivates you. But, we think they're a great way to get structured workouts while avoiding some of the boredom of trainer workouts.
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Enve and/or Zipp skewers don't fit in Cycleops trainers. Shimano skewers do.
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Enve and/or Zipp skewers don't fit in Cycleops trainers. Shimano skewers do.
Not sure that I would agree with the Shimano recommendation. The ones Mrs. Fred and I have are a "make do" at best compared to a classic, steel, internal cam QR. The plastic cap on the nut end is the primary issue. But, also the cam lever end doesn't fit into the axle support the same way. The classic steel is far more secure, which, for clydes is probably of some concern.
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I had much rather been on the road, but here in Charleston, S.C., it can rain for days on end.
That's why all my bikes have fenders!

But to return to the original question: I've had problems with QR skewers slipping out of the trainer if the shape wasn't right. I recommend an appropriate shape.
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