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Anyone use their only bike as their trainer bike?

Old 07-21-15, 02:42 PM
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Anyone use their only bike as their trainer bike?

So...I got the ok from the bank (the wife) to complete my man cave in the basement. I want to have it ready to go by the start of Football season. That's be early September. Got a 60 inch flatscreen, futon, recliner, laptop and now I need to get my trainer setup together. I've been pouring over trainer reviews and I have a decent idea of what direction I wanna go with that. As far as a bike to use...is there any benefit to having a dedicated trainer bike? Like...a crappy sub-$200 Walmart road bike?

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The primary benefit of grabbing a Walmart bike is all the fellow Cowboy fans you'll run into while buying it.

I think a spare wheel/cassette/trainer tire step-up makes sense. Full bike seems less important.
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Originally Posted by stlcowboyfan View Post
So...I got the bank (the wife) to complete my man cave in the basement. I want to have it ready to go by the start of Football season. That's be early September. Got a 60 inch flatscreen, futon, recliner, laptop and now I need to get my trainer setup together. I've been pouring over trainer reviews and I have a decent idea of what direction I wanna go with that. As far as a bike to use...is there any benefit to having a dedicated trainer bike? Like...a crappy sub-$200 Walmart road bike?
I would say no. There may be a benefit to having a dedicated training wheel, so you can easily switch between being able to ride the bike and having it set up for the trainer. That would be money better spent IMHO than on some crappy GMC Denali.
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The primary benefit of grabbing a Walmart bike is all the fellow Cowboy fans you'll run into while buying it.
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You'd probably be better off buying a used bike off craigslist for this purpose.
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Takes me less than a minute to hook up my bicycle to the trainer, I am not sure what is the need of having a separate bicycle for this purpose.
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Old 07-21-15, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
The primary benefit of grabbing a Walmart bike is all the fellow Cowboy fans you'll run into while buying it.
VERY well played, lol. Awesome.
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Originally Posted by Cyclosaurus View Post
You'd probably be better off buying a used bike off craigslist for this purpose.
definitely a consideration
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Old 07-21-15, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
The primary benefit of grabbing a Walmart bike is all the fellow Cowboy fans you'll run into while buying it.

I think a spare wheel/cassette/trainer tire step-up makes sense. Full bike seems less important.
you win!
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Old 07-23-15, 10:29 PM
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Yeah, I use the same bike on the trainer that I use to ride. Over rail road tracks, gravel, rumble strips, cement spills (those freak me out), the occasional squirrel, black ice, and prep tar for asphalt (sticks to my legs for weeks). I feel very lucky that I haven't ridden over any dogs yet, because I saw that happen once. So yeah just throw it on the trainer. If it breaks then it's not worthy of the lifestyle.
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Old 07-23-15, 11:26 PM
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When I used to ride a trainer it was in the winter so I'd leave my summer bike on it. Saved me from having to keep the winter bike clean since it always gets mucky riding on wet roads.
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Old 07-24-15, 07:58 AM
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I use my road bike to ride rollers. No dedicated roller bike.
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Old 07-24-15, 11:44 AM
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Wait, you can train indoors?!

I always just took my downhill or bmx bike out and cruised around locally or hit the local XC trails.
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Old 07-24-15, 11:49 AM
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Yes.

Originally Posted by stlcowboyfan View Post
So...I got the ok from the bank (the wife) to complete my man cave in the basement. I want to have it ready to go by the start of Football season. That's be early September. Got a 60 inch flatscreen, futon, recliner, laptop and now I need to get my trainer setup together. I've been pouring over trainer reviews and I have a decent idea of what direction I wanna go with that. As far as a bike to use...is there any benefit to having a dedicated trainer bike?
You won't have to swap your pretty every day rear skewer (I'm partial to 1997-2006 Campagnolo Record) for an ugly alternative.

The better solution there is a trainer with a cassette interface like a KICKR.

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Old 07-24-15, 11:52 AM
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I have my trainer in the garage and it doubles to hold my bike up when I am riding. I have not switched wheels or tires either but this is my first and only bike and only recently purchased an extra set of wheels. Since they are different, the derailleur needed adjusting so for me, it will not be that easy to swap between the stock and new wheels. For me, I got some improvement in my cheap bike with the new lighter wheels and tires and will continue using the stock wheels and tires in the winter when the roads are worse or I am on the trainer. To me, I would only swap them twice a year - before and after winter. Any other time I figure I will be riding outdoors.
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Old 07-24-15, 11:54 AM
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I do my "training" outside. Rain clothes, lights, and a rust-resistant bike is helpful in the winter.

The advantages of training on your good bike is that it is comfortable and fit to you.

I have read horror stories of people falling over on the trainer, or not having the wheel mounted correctly and destroying their very expensive road bikes. So, that might be an advantage of using a dedicated cheap bike. Also, not having to lug your bike up and down the stairs?
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The trainer will shred a tire much faster than regular riding. So a trainer "rated" tire (I've seen yellow ones) is advisable. That would be the reason to look at a dedicated tire/wheel/cassette combo so you don't have to keep switching out the tire. Plus, if you think of the trainer as a display stand for your bike, you can place it in a prominent place in the man cave to impress your buddies - which a Walmart Denali/Schwinn wouldn't do.
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Originally Posted by Alasdair View Post
The trainer will shred a tire much faster than regular riding. So a trainer "rated" tire (I've seen yellow ones) is advisable. That would be the reason to look at a dedicated tire/wheel/cassette combo so you don't have to keep switching out the tire. Plus, if you think of the trainer as a display stand for your bike, you can place it in a prominent place in the man cave to impress your buddies - which a Walmart Denali/Schwinn wouldn't do.
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The primary benefit of grabbing a Walmart bike is all the fellow Cowboy fans you'll run into while buying it.
If I walked into a man cave and saw a Walmart bike on a trainer (a trainer that costs more than the bike) I'd look at the guy and say "Cowboy fan?"
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Ever visit a relative's house and hop on the exercise bike? At least I did that a few times as a kid.

Anyway, there may be advantages of not having all your drunk beer buddies hopping on your $10,000 road bike and taking it for a spin.
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good stuff, guys...thanks
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I use a crappy Walmart bike, that was my first road bike but now only goes on the rollers. I have thought about getting rid of it since switching to rollers which seem less abusive on a bike, but due to an injury it is getting a lot of use.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Ever visit a relative's house and hop on the exercise bike? At least I did that a few times as a kid.

Anyway, there may be advantages of not having all your drunk beer buddies hopping on your $10,000 road bike and taking it for a spin.

A good reason to get rollers instead of a trainer. Let them hop on. Just get video of it.
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
I use my road bike to ride rollers. No dedicated roller bike.
+1. This is the best solution. Just plop your usual ride on the rollers and off you go. Perfect fit, perfect drivetrain, perfect hoods, perfect bars . . . and zero setup time. Also, essentially no wear.
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