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Old 07-18-17, 06:29 PM
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Magnetic trainer???

Hello I have a 26 inch ladies cruiser that I like very much. I also have two brand new knees! I want a magnetic trainer to use with my bike which does not have quick release wheels as far as I can tell. Is there a trainer that will work for this purpose. I do not want to ride away from home until I am sure I can get back! Thanks in advance! Kathleen
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Old 07-18-17, 06:51 PM
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Almost any trainer will work with your bike. Go to a bike shop and see how the rear wheel fastens to the the trainer.
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Old 07-18-17, 06:59 PM
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I would were it that simple...nearest bike shop would be 85 miles away in a big city , Thanks for the info, I will buy one and see if I can figure it out.
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I'm not sure it will work. The rear clamp on a trainer squeezes in on the ends of the quick release. Hopefully it will do the same on the ends of the bolts on your rear wheel. On the other hand, if the nuts holding on the wheel are flush with the ends of the bolts, the clamp on the trainer might not be large enough for it and therefore won't work.

I hope that makes sense.

I might make a suggestion rather than ordering one online: check out your local craigslist. There are often (usually?!) trainers on sale because people buy them and don't use them. You can take your bike to the seller and make sure it works.

If that doesn't work, but a "wanted" listing on the local craigslist or on a bulletin board at a local college or sports shop, and do the same pre-fitting if you can.

Good luck with the trainer and the knees!
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Old 07-18-17, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by sisterpine View Post
Hello I have a 26 inch ladies cruiser that I like very much. I also have two brand new knees! I want a magnetic trainer to use with my bike which does not have quick release wheels as far as I can tell. Is there a trainer that will work for this purpose. I do not want to ride away from home until I am sure I can get back! Thanks in advance! Kathleen
Do you have a photo of the bike, especially of the rear wheel which you could post or link to?

Or can you tell us the brand and model?

That would help us determine if the bike will fit a standard trainer, or what trainer might work.


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Contact the trainer manufacturer and see if they offer something that will work with a nutted solid axle rear wheel.
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Old 07-18-17, 09:40 PM
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Old 07-18-17, 10:12 PM
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It is a Schwinn Fairhavenbike rear.jpg26 inch
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Old 07-19-17, 03:34 AM
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I have a Blackburn Design magnetic that's currently holding a solid axle, ancient 10 speed. The Blackburn design will hold either type of rear axle.

FWIW, they have a lifetime warrantee.....when my last one started to make too much noise, a quick phone call had a replacement on the way that day! Nice company & the trainer works well.
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Old 07-19-17, 09:27 AM
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If you have a Walmart nearby, you can buy one of their $60 trainers and try it out and return it if you can't make it work.

The above information makes it sound like one can make it work with solid axles. I don't know if the LBS or other expensive trainers really are worth the upcharge over a Walmart trainer. I assume your solid axle bike also was a cheap department store bike, which is all you need for a trainer. No need to pay more money for less weight, better aero, and lower friction drivetrain if what you want is working out

I have an older QR bike I consider making my in-home trainer bike and I wouldn't use my good bike for that. I just briefly researched and also only looked at cheap models, but they all seem to be officially for QR, which doesn't' mean one can't use them for solid axles.

Alternatively you also could buy a cheap QR bike from CL if that enables you to use a cheap trainer.
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Old 07-19-17, 02:35 PM
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Thanks, I have ordered one from Amazon and will return if not workable. I like the heavy old fashioned bike as I am an older gal and in no hurry to go fast or climb mountains! I just enjoy riding through the desert (yup no flat type tires are heavier too) and through the farms around my farm.
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Old 07-20-17, 05:12 PM
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Thanks, I have ordered one from Amazon and will return if not workable. I like the heavy old fashioned bike as I am an older gal and in no hurry to go fast or climb mountains! I just enjoy riding through the desert (yup no flat type tires are heavier too) and through the farms around my farm.
Sounds nice! Good luck with the trainer and the rehab.
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Old 07-20-17, 06:48 PM
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You go, girl.

Good luck with those knees. My physical therapist wife would approve of your actively seeking out good exercise. Get that range of motion back! Zone 8A is pretty hot. No wonder you want to be inside.
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Old 07-23-17, 06:51 PM
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Got one, works great, I love it!
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Got one, works great, I love it!
Which one did you get? I'm looking for one too and am binge-reading the reviews. it says many are noisy, but I'm not sure if people just use knobby tires.
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I got this one and it is not noisy with my cruiser tires. I love it! On amazon, think it was 79.00

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