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Racing bike on trainer - do you change your components?

Old 01-01-13, 12:21 PM
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Racing bike on trainer - do you change your components?

Do any of you change to lower end components in the winter months when you are solely on the trainer indoors? Seems like extra wear and tear if you are running SRAM Red or Dura Ace cranks, pedals, chains, and cassettes if you don't need to... or do you not worry about it?
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Old 01-01-13, 12:31 PM
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About the only thing that's worth thinking about is your rear tire, if the bikes's going to be locked into the trainer for a few months.
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Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
About the only thing that's worth thinking about is your rear tire, if the bikes's going to be locked into the trainer for a few months.
Agreed. And even then, you can just keep last season's tire on, wear it out, and put a new tire on once your outdoor season starts.
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Old 01-01-13, 01:45 PM
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I change nothing. The important things: clean your drivetrain; never use your brakes; keep your rear tire inflated to a good pressure (80-100 psi for me); make sure the roller doesn't slip; understand that you cannot do high effort intervals (800+ watt jumps, which is a very low wattage jump - most riders can do 1000-1200w jumps and strong ones will do 1600-2400w peak efforts).

In fact I use the trainer during the summer too and I'll take the bike off of it and go directly to a (training) race without switching anything.

I do about 1/3 of my annual hours on the trainer. I train more during the winter than during the summer, and virtually all my winter training is on the trainer. In the last 4 days I've done 5+ hours on the trainer, two weeks ago (I was sick between) I did 7+ hours in 4 days. In the summer I race twice (1 hour each, approx) most weeks and do 0-1 hours training, so 2-3 hours a week. Often the 1 hour training is on the trainer.

I use the same tires, cassette, chain, wheel, etc on the trainer as I do when I train in the summer. The only thing I don't do is use the tubulars on the trainer. If I want to check adjustment and such with my race wheels I'll use rollers.

Here's one key - clean your bike thoroughly before you put it on the trainer. There is virtually no wear on the components if the drivetrain is clean. I've used up an XT chain (Ultegra level) in a week (and in reality about 4 rides) riding in muddy conditions. I've worn out (mtb) brake pads in 2 hours in mud. But I've gotten about 4000 miles out of my current chain, two full seasons of racing/training (for me).

So when you bring your bike in for trainer work make sure the drivetrain is grit free. It takes about 30 minutes for all but the most dirty drivetrains, 5 minutes if you clean your drivetrain frequently. Then make sure you keep the drivetrain lubed and you'll be good for the winter.

Cleaning drivetrain:
http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...ike-quick.html

What I consider a "dirty" drivetrain, from my post above:


A clean drivetrain, taken 11 minutes after the picture above (it took longer than normal because I had to dry my hands to take pictures):


No running water - I used 6 waterbottles worth of water, Simple Green, and a Finishline Grunge brush.

If you want to clean the rest of the bike quickly use an automotive detailing spray. I have both Mothers and Meguirs - I could get the Mothers in bulk so I bought 10 or 15 bottles of it. Just don't get it on the brake tracks - when in doubt spray on rag first, then wipe.
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Old 01-01-13, 02:00 PM
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I sometimes have to change my rear skewer if for some reason I have one on the bike that won't work in the trainer.
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Old 01-01-13, 02:45 PM
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I change my rear tire and the skewer to one that fits the trainer better. Everything else stays the same.
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I change my skewer, rear tire, and swap the garmin out for a simple speed/cadence head unit.
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I use my trainer bike.
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Trainer bike is all 105, clean, no worries.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
I use my trainer bike.
+1 That's what I do , just throw a different bike on the trainer.
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I have just purchased a trainer so I'm no expert in any stretch of the imagination, but I want to use the trainer to tweak the fit of my road bike.
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For me, trainer rides are usually weeknights since I can ride outside on the weekends during the winter. I have an old cheap wheel and cassette mounted with a hard tire that I pop on for trainer rides. My regular GP4000s tires seem to wear quickly on the trainer, although it's possible that I cause that by putting too much or too little pressure on the roller. I also change the skewer to one of the big steel ones because (1) it fits better and (2) so my pretty outdoor one doesn't get scratched.
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Old 01-02-13, 06:04 PM
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Like many other people, I swap out everything. Don't forget the bottom bracket, headset, and cables -- classic newbie mistake
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Besides what's been mentioned, if you're using any cassette with titanium cogs (Dura-Ace, Record, Super Record) I wouldn't use that on a trainer.
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