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Old 11-24-11, 10:03 PM   #1
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Which trainer for my fixie

My son wants a bike trainer to stay in shape. Problem is , he has my old Masi single speed. No quick release skewers, just the stock track nuts. Does anyboby know of a fluid trainer that would work for this bike?
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The Kurt Kinetic Road Pro is fluid and works with track nuts. I have one.

You may want to get him a larger freewheel for indoor use as normal street gearing might be too big for the trainer and he may tire easily.
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Or, you two can go old school and get him rollers
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rollers are a completely different animal from a stationary trainer. both serve their purpose but both are very different.

i had rollers and now i have a kurt kinetic road machine. i am much happier with the kurt kinetic stationary trainer. i like how i can just get on and ride whereas the roller trainer took a lot more "work" to ride. i didn't like it and quickly sold it.
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Thanks for the info. I had looked at the Kurt , but wasn't sure if it would work. I'll have to look atthat model again. Thanks, T.
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I use a Blackburn Fluid trainer - picked it up cheap at the LBS late last year, and I have done maybe three thousand miles on it to date. It's a bit twitchy (its resistance suddenly jumps up at about 6-7 minutes of riding as it warms up - no idea whether this is normal or not), but my outdoor average speed at the end of summer around my favorite 1 hour course, and my indoor average speed when I brought the bike inside this year were within 0.2 miles an hour of one-another - it definitely works well enough for me. Other than the resistance twitch, it has been flawless though, and I would definitely recommend trying one.

I'm also getting a computrainer delivered at some point next week (as much for my wife's triathlon training as for me though), so I may end up reporting on some higher end stationary trainer + fixie fun at some point soon, but that may well be outside of your price range and/or interest level.

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I have the kurt fluid and love it.
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I have the kurt fluid and love it.


Does it work ok with regular axle nuts,or just track nuts? Since i dont have the bike here I cant remember the actual design of the rear nuts. I said track nuts but now i'm not sure. I do know this. They are nuts and not quick release. Jeez that probably doesn't help much Eh" do all kurt fluidtrainers attach the same way? I think this will be the perfect gift if I dont have to return due to not fitting. Arhaaaaaaa.
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Holds onto my track nuts just fine, though my axels are a little too long for it to grip so I have to put on an extra set.
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Holds onto my track nuts just fine, though my axels are a little too long for it to grip so I have to put on an extra set.
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Also be aware the most track wheels have a different thread pitch for front (9x1") and rear (10x1"), so front and rear track nuts are not interchangeable.

Nutcase, when you go buy the trainer, maybe take the rear wheel (with nuts) into the store to verify.
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I use a Blackburn Fluid trainer - picked it up cheap at the LBS late last year, and I have done maybe three thousand miles on it to date. It's a bit twitchy (its resistance suddenly jumps up at about 6-7 minutes of riding as it warms up - no idea whether this is normal or not)
Dave, I also use the Blackburn Fluid as well (and to the OP, this one also works with bolt on wheels). Mine does the same thing. I believe, though am not certain, that all fluid trainers will do this to some extent. Its basically the fluid inside the trainer "warming up." Now, I know nothing about the construction or technologies of these things or why the fluid needs to "warm up," but I'm pretty sure that's what is going on. Ride it for ~10 minutes and, as you've noticed, it smooths out.
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rollers are a completely different animal from a stationary trainer. both serve their purpose but both are very different.

i had rollers and now i have a kurt kinetic road machine. i am much happier with the kurt kinetic stationary trainer. i like how i can just get on and ride whereas the roller trainer took a lot more "work" to ride. i didn't like it and quickly sold it.

Yes, but that work does wonders for your balance.
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