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Old 03-27-14, 09:37 AM
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trainer dedicated bike...worth?

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My main bike is a giant SCR, i know is not a very expensive bike, but is still my main bike (used for training on the road). recently I bought a turbo trainer (a cycleops wind trainer), and Im using my bike on it. Im concerned, because I have heard people saying that trainer can damage my bike. Now Im thinking if is better to go and buy a really cheap bike for be my "trainer dedicated bike", and take mi SCR just for the roads. What is the general opinion? is worth expending some money on the cheap bike?
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Never considered a bike but definitely considered a cheap wheel to put my trainer tire on so I can stop switching this time of year.
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The trainer won't damage your bike. That's a myth.

A 2nd bike can be more convenient, but it's not necessary.
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Worst case the trainer puts a few marks on the rear skewer. BFD.
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Yup. Get a cheap wheel, a trainer tire, and a trainer skewer and you're good.
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More of a convenience like others have said. I recently did N+1 and put my older bike on the trainer. It fits and is same size as new bike. It is always ready so there is no excuse for not riding trainer.
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Oh thanks...I think I better save the money... already using a trainer tire, and trainer skewer...may be just get the cheap wheel instead of the bike...
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Originally Posted by Sasquatch16
More of a convenience like others have said. I recently did N+1 and put my older bike on the trainer. It fits and is same size as new bike. It is always ready so there is no excuse for not riding trainer.
So N-1 reasons for not riding a trainer?

Where N is still infinity?
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I purchased an older steel Univega with the plan/idea of later buying a trainer and having something to ride when outside was too messy/cold. I paid $20 for the bike... and another $50-60 or so in tires, tubes, chain and updated used parts (from the local co-op). Then I bought bicycle repair tools and a nice vintage bike, repair manual. The Univega is now my back-up bike... looks great rides great!

Then I saw a nice early 90's Fuji mountain bike for almost nothing at a yard sale. On the spot... I convinced myself that a mountain bike would be a better winter trainer device. The Fuji also did require (and got) new tubes and tires (a new chain and brake pads wouldn't be a bad idea).

The other day... I just happened to walk into a Trek LBS... and noticed how the sora shifters have now been replaced with newer better technology. Of course replacing the soras on my entry level daily rider would be almost as much as a new entry level bicycle.... and the new bike has new tires, wheels, chain, cassette, bearings.... everything. I got to thinking.... even my wife could understand how buying a "new" bike.... could actually save me money. I haven't ran that past her yet. I am waiting for the right time.

But my advice. Sure buy that 2nd bike! Why not? what could it possibly lead to that isn't all good.

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Trainers clamp on to the skewer and don't touch your bike. You put way more stress on it by riding outside.

If you really want to keep your bike in perfect shape ride it only on the trainer.
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter
I purchased an older steel Univega with the plan/idea of later buying a trainer and having something to ride when outside was too messy/cold. I paid $20 for the bike... and another $50-60 or so in tires, tubes, chain and updated used parts (from the local co-op). Then I bought bicycle repair tools and a nice vintage bike, repair manual. The Univega is now my back-up bike... looks great rides great!

Then I saw a nice early 90's Fuji mountain bike for almost nothing at a yard sale. On the spot... I convinced myself that a mountain bike would be a better winter trainer device. The Fuji also did require (and got) new tubes and tires (a new chain and brake pads wouldn't be a bad idea).

The other day... I just happened to walk into a Trek LBS... and noticed how the sora shifters have now been replaced with newer better technology. Of course replacing the soras on my entry level daily rider would be almost as much as a new entry level bicycle.... and the new bike has new tires, wheels, chain, cassette, bearings.... everything. I got to thinking.... even my wife could understand how buying a "new" bike.... could actually save me money. I haven't ran that past her yet. I am waiting for the right time.

But my advice. Sure buy that 2nd bike! Why not? what could it possibly lead to that isn't all good.

$20 for the bike? well...in my country (Guatemala) you definetly cant find a bike at this price....I went to the store yesterday...the cheaper is a used schwinn $250.... I think with $250 I better save the money for in near future upgrade my main bike...
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Originally Posted by robertotrgt
$20 for the bike?
Yeah the chain was off the rear cassette and rust-welded solid. But... I learned I really enjoy wrenching on bikes. And I enjoy turning the trash back to... something near.... treasure.

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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter
Yeah the chain was off the rear cassette and rust-welded solid. But... I learned I really enjoy wrenching on bikes. And I enjoy turning the trash back to... something near.... treasure.

Was that the condition you found the frame in? Wow.
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Dedicated is the only way to go

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Originally Posted by gadabout007
Dedicated is the only way to go


WOOOWW....I really want a room like this one... Looks amazing..
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The trainer will not damage the bike.

HOWEVER - your sweat is a real risk for bike corrosion/damage if left in joints and screwholes. It's not as big a factor if you get your bike off the trainer most of the time, but if you leave the bike on the trainer a lot, those salty drops of sweat can get into the headset, brakes,etc., and corrode them solid, even if you've been wiping down the bike after workouts.

Your best bet if you're a heavy sweater, even with a fan, is to get a bike cover/thong that will prevent sweat from even getting into those parts. I completely destroyed a front brake with sweat even with a bike thong a few years ago (the thong wasn't big enough and sweat dripped around/through it on my longer rides.)
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1
The trainer will not damage the bike.

HOWEVER - your sweat is a real risk for bike corrosion/damage if left in joints and screwholes. It's not as big a factor if you get your bike off the trainer most of the time, but if you leave the bike on the trainer a lot, those salty drops of sweat can get into the headset, brakes,etc., and corrode them solid, even if you've been wiping down the bike after workouts.

Your best bet if you're a heavy sweater, even with a fan, is to get a bike cover/thong that will prevent sweat from even getting into those parts. I completely destroyed a front brake with sweat even with a bike thong a few years ago (the thong wasn't big enough and sweat dripped around/through it on my longer rides.)

thanks for the advice...I will look on amazon for a bike thong...Thanks.
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Originally Posted by achoo
Was that the condition you found the frame in? Wow.
The picture represents what it looks like now. I've since replaced the saddle [with the style I like] and added a wireless computer, and water bottle holder. I check craigslist everyday... and on Thursdays when cycling in the warmer months I ride by yard sales and will stop to look at bikes. There are bargains out there.

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Originally Posted by gadabout007
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OMG!!!
You must post the specs on that set-up! I have the space... I could replicate that if I knew what the set-up is. I've NEVER seen anything like that before.
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1
The trainer will not damage the bike.

HOWEVER - your sweat is a real risk for bike corrosion/damage if left in joints and screwholes. It's not as big a factor if you get your bike off the trainer most of the time, but if you leave the bike on the trainer a lot, those salty drops of sweat can get into the headset, brakes,etc., and corrode them solid, even if you've been wiping down the bike after workouts.

Your best bet if you're a heavy sweater, even with a fan, is to get a bike cover/thong that will prevent sweat from even getting into those parts. I completely destroyed a front brake with sweat even with a bike thong a few years ago (the thong wasn't big enough and sweat dripped around/through it on my longer rides.)
I took my trainer bike to the shop for service. The tech told me the front skewer just disintegrated when he removed the front wheel. Scary because I actually thought about riding it outside before I took it in.
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It's a powerwatts 4 rider mini system.

bikes are adjustable 48cm - 60cm
4 computrainers
ultegra 6700 group, rotor std cranks

You can get them here. Products | powerwatts You can get from 1 - 8 rider systems. They don't list prices on their website. You'll have to contact them for a quote.

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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter

OMG!!!
You must post the specs on that set-up! I have the space... I could replicate that if I knew what the set-up is. I've NEVER seen anything like that before.
Meh. Ok, it's definitely a really nice setup, especially the multirider bit, but for a single rider, a big screen/small screen laptop is pretty typical for a computrainer/kickr/trainerroad user who can run a laptop to an external monitor.
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Ok, for the giant room....Where is the real fan/AC unit?
That little fan is not remotely going to cut with 4 riders going full steam.
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For that kind of money, get a refurbed spin bike and don't worry about sweat eating your bars and anything else aluminum.

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Originally Posted by gsa103
Ok, for the giant room....Where is the real fan/AC unit?
That little fan is not remotely going to cut with 4 riders going full steam.
it's climate controlled, there's a turbo fan in front of each bike which provides sufficient cooling.

@IthaDan those bars are nasty!
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