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What bike do you use on your indoor trainer?

Old 09-01-05, 04:37 AM
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I'm thinking about getting a CyclOps Fluid trainer for the winter months. I only have one bike, a Specialized Roubaix Elite, and wonder if I should use it or something else. Any big concerns using the primary bike?

What do you use?
- Your primary road bike?
- Your primary road bike w/ spare wheelset?
- A secondary, but still very good bike?
- A beater?

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Old 09-01-05, 05:05 AM
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A trainer won't damage your bike, so you shouldn't worry about it. However remember to use a cheap rear quick release lever and a cheap tire as a trainer tend to chew them up pretty quick.
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Old 09-01-05, 06:46 AM
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and make sure you wipe all the sweat off
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Old 09-01-05, 07:24 AM
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I second the motion of a cheap skewer. Mine has chiped the chrome off my rear skewer. Its going to be "trainer" one now, and Ill prolly get some new ones.

I drape a towel over my TT and bars to help keep sweat off, and wipe it down after the ride.
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Old 09-01-05, 07:29 AM
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My room mate has a small Giant OCR3 and here cheapie trainer seems to come in contact with the frame.
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Originally Posted by Shut up & ride
I'm thinking about getting a CyclOps Fluid trainer for the winter months. I only have one bike, a Specialized Roubaix Elite, and wonder if I should use it or something else. Any big concerns using the primary bike?
I have the CyclOps Fluid trainer -- excellent choice. I put a cheapo 25c rear tire on my Trek for the rainy season. Don't use expensive rear tires on your trainer, since they will wear much more quickly; other than that, the trainer is completely harmless to your bike.
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Old 09-01-05, 07:39 AM
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Depends I use either my race bike - a Colnago - or a training bike, both are set the same, so it makes no diffrence.
The thing to watch out for is your tyres, they wear out faster on a turbo trainer than on the road (a lot faster if you have everything tight). One of the tyre makers has just brought out a turbo trainer tyre, but I'm not sure who yet.
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I use my primary bike....my old steel roadie has a broken quill. I am about to rebuild it (or have it rebuilt) and if it turns out nice enough I will keep it. If not, I will donate it. If not for the quill I would use that as my trainer/rain bike.
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I only have one bike so its really not a hard decision. I just go watch tv because riding a trainer is cruel and unusual punishment.
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It's generally best to use an older bike with a trainer as the trainer tends to give the frame more flex than riding on a road. I don't think there is a problem with frame damage, but it's seems like a good idea.
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Originally Posted by Shut up & ride
I'm thinking about getting a CyclOps Fluid trainer for the winter months.
I just checked out Performance and they have it on sale for 25% off. If the 20% coupon and the shipping coupon are still valid, then that's a very good deal.
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Old 09-01-05, 09:00 AM
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I had a CycleOps magnet trainer that I grew to hate, not that it was a bad piece of equipment, it's just the mag doesn't provide close to enough resistance. I really like the quick release mount on the CycleOps.

Now I have a Kurt Kinetic fluid and I love it. Very heavy duty and stable, and finally a good amount of resistence.

I'll second what everyone else has been saying; my skewers and rear tires are getting thrashed.

Right now I use the only bike I have, a Trek 1200, but I'm building up a Kestrel Talon and I don't think I will ever be willing to subject it to the abuse of a trainer.
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my only road bike with an old rear wheel and almost dead cassette
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My 2nd best bike on the rollers.
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I converted my mountain bike - with slicks, bar ends, it has a hard tail, I put the seat way up and put on road pedals. I'm real pleased.

the only wierd thing is my chain rings my road bike are eliptical biopace. I can feel the difference when I change bikes.
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Old 09-01-05, 11:30 AM
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Something for the ole Schwinn to do so it doesn't feel neglected after all those years of hard work.
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Originally Posted by 80vette
Something for the ole Schwinn to do so it doesn't feel neglected after all those years of hard work.
Go for it. I have an old gaspipe Dunelt "Racer", circa 1965 on my trainer. As long as your riding position is comparable to what you ride out on the road, almost none of the factors that make for an excellent road bike don't even matter. The weight, frame material, shifters, brakes, tires - none of that matters a bit. If anything, training on a less than optimal bike might actually get you in better shape than using your "A" ride would.
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I use my regular road bike. I tried using my Axis [commuter], but the position wasn't good for more than 30 minutes of riding time.
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I have the Cycleops Fluid 2 trainer. I put my '99 Schwinn Le Tour (secondary bike) on it with a 21c Mondo slick on the back. Even with a fan and the sweatguard I still perspire all over my bike, but I don't sweat it.
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My 2000 steel Iron Horse. My "winter" bike I guess you could say. I have a 1 Up USA trainer. The Trek only sees the roads, in season.
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Originally Posted by SaddleBags
I just checked out Performance and they have it on sale for 25% off. If the 20% coupon and the shipping coupon are still valid, then that's a very good deal.
I found a 20% coupon... code 6001236.... but it didn't take. Do you know of a valid one out there?

How about free shipping?

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I use a beater (my old road bike). I don't worry too much about frame damage, and the rear tire is expendable, but I'd hate to sweat that much on my "good" bike.
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CompuTrainer Pro. No longer have a secondary bike, so I use my the same I use for the road.
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