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Bike w/ shocks on trainer

Old 12-03-06, 07:40 AM
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Bike w/ shocks on trainer

(I posted this in the training area, but haven't received a response, so I Felt I'd broaded my audience )

With winter here, I find myself having to look at riding the indoor trainer for a workout once in a while. However, the bike I used to use on my trainer was turned into my full time commutter and at the moment, it has the studded tires, lights, etc...completly decked out. It was an old sucker, but fullly rigid steel frame.

I do have my mountain bike which I don't use in the winter months (obvious reasons). So I considered putting this on the trainer, but I have a few questions.

1) The bike has a front shock on it....will this be an issue on the trainer (as in excessive wear on the schock)?

2) I still want to use the bike when the weather gets nice, for outdoor trail riding, etc. Is there anything I need to be concerned about when it comes to taking the bike off the trainer? I don't want to damage my bike or, as #1 indicated, give it excessive wear and tear.

Suggestions?

Thanks muchly
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Old 12-03-06, 10:24 AM
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I am not a physicist or a frame builder, but some guesses and a little personal experience...

If the shock isn't bothered by riding on the road or trail, I don't see how it would be under additional strain from being used on a trainer. If anything, I would envision a trainer being more stressful to a frame from the rocking motion while the rear wheel is held firmly, and that probably isn't impacted much by fork style.

I haven't used my trainer much, but what time I did use it last year was on a bike with a suspension fork, and I had no issues. This was a Sedona DX comfort bike. I still have the bike, but have moved to a rigid fork.

My personal taste, if you have the means to adjust it, is to go with the stiffest possible setting. All my fork had was a preload adjustment, but it was always adjusted as stiff as possible, whether on the trainer or on the road.
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Old 12-03-06, 01:58 PM
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One suggestion: buy a cheap wheel set and slick or semi-slick tire. The noise of a knobby tire will be pretty bad and it'll square off the tire, too. I went to the bike shop and asked if they had a used rim hanging around. Bought if for $30 with a tire in reasonable shape and basic truing, put a new cassette on it and used that all winter. I'll take the tire off my "good" rim this winter and use that for the trainer and put a new one on the "good" rim for real rides.
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Old 12-03-06, 03:02 PM
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For using the trainer buying a cheap set of slick tires will make it much more pleasant, and it's not hard to change out the knobby tires for slicks.

I have used my trainer like crazy the past two winters (Cycleops fluid2), though this winter I'm going to do more outdoor riding. It has front shocks (dialed to stiffest resistance), but I've wondered about wear and tear to the trainer, since it is basically flexing constantly along with the bounce of my bike. Hasn't seemed to hurt anything, and supposedly I've got a "life-time warranty!!!"

But the noise from using knobbed tires on a trainer would drive me crazy.
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Old 12-03-06, 03:53 PM
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Yup, know all about those tires I had another bike on there with knobbies once, drove me nuts. I now have a set of slicks and I put one of those on. I can now hear myself think.
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