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Old 04-30-19, 12:20 PM
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swapping spare wheel for bike trainer and cassette wear

Have a kinetic fluid trainer. Right now in the winter time I swap over to a trainer tire and swap to my road tires in the summer. I like that the trainer tire lasts forever and is super quiet. Downside is that it a bit of a hassle to swap tires.

If I got a spare wheel and cassette and swapped the spare wheel to ride the trainer would it noticeably affect the wear or my cassette and chain since each of the them would wear slightly differently?

Right now I can get roughly 4000 miles per chain before the wear requires a new one and haven't had to replace my cassette yet after a few chains.
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Originally Posted by mnsam View Post

If I got a spare wheel and cassette and swapped the spare wheel to ride the trainer would it noticeably affect the wear or my cassette and chain since each of the them would wear slightly differently?
This is what I do and it doesn't cause me any trouble, but I don't use the trainer too much each season. Maybe a total of 30-40 hours/year.
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Originally Posted by mnsam View Post
Have a kinetic fluid trainer. Right now in the winter time I swap over to a trainer tire and swap to my road tires in the summer. I like that the trainer tire lasts forever and is super quiet. Downside is that it a bit of a hassle to swap tires.

If I got a spare wheel and cassette and swapped the spare wheel to ride the trainer would it noticeably affect the wear or my cassette and chain since each of the them would wear slightly differently?

Right now I can get roughly 4000 miles per chain before the wear requires a new one and haven't had to replace my cassette yet after a few chains.
I do that. In fact, I switch between 3 wheels: trainer wheel, everyday commuting/training wheel, race wheel. In theory the different rates of wear could be a problem but in practice it hasn't.
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Or you could have an excuse to buy another bike that is dedicated for the trainer. I am only a winter rider on the trainer but I got a bike to leave on the trainer.

Glad I did....but still a cost so not feasible for all
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Old 05-05-19, 06:32 PM
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Would rather not have a dedicated trainer bike at this point.
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Why not just swap the cassette between wheels.
All you need is a chain whip, lock ring tool and a wrench to turn it.

Normal strategy for increased component life is to alternate 2 cassettes between 1 chain.
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Old 05-14-19, 07:21 PM
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Could be wrong but that seems like about the same amount of work as putting the trainer tire on and off.
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Don't overthink this. I rode my trainer all winter, a wheel off trainer with a Shimano cassette changed to Campy spacing, and my regular Campy 10 wheel when I rode outside. Even the kluge cassette worked well. Nothing bad will happen. If you are replacing chains at 4000 miles anyway they'll always be in better shape than the average rider's.
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Originally Posted by mnsam View Post
Could be wrong but that seems like about the same amount of work as putting the trainer tire on and off.
I can change a cassette much faster than the average "skinny" 622 tire.
I've done it mid ride because I decided I wanted slightly different gearing that day. Probably wind conditions of lack thereof.
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You can swap a wheel in literally 30 seconds.
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Have a second dedicated wheel, cassette and chain. Use the "trainer wheel" with a dedicated cassette and chain on the trainer and your road wheel with its cassette and chain on the road. You can change the wheels in seconds and a chain with a quick link in only a few more. That also allows you to have different gearing for each use if you wish.
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