Questions referring to the use of indoor bike trainers, also known as "turbos"

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Can using a trainer damage my bicycle?

I know that using my road bike with a fluid trainer will wear out the back tire more quickly than regular road riding, but does it have the potential to actually damage my bike (frame, gearing)? While ...
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What can be done to make a trainer work quieter?

I use a trainer at home. It works quiet. But living in an apartment I would like to make it work quieter. What can I do to minimize noise of a trainer?
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Is an exercise bike good enough for keeping fit in the winter, rather than a turbo trainer

I bought a turbo trainer for winter training last year, but the hassle of using it (lugging my bike up the steps and into my narrow apartment, changing the wheel to one with a trainer tyre, setting up ...
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Should I leave my bike on my trainer?

I have a cyclops fluid trainer, and for several months each year I only ride on the trainer. Every time I hook the bike up to the trainer, the trainer bends to accommodate the bike. Is it better for ...
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What should I look for in an indoor cycle trainer?

I'm considering getting an indoor cycle trainer . I had a look on ebay. There are a lot, and the price ranges from under 20 pounds to several hundred pounds. Quality and function range accordingly, ...
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Trainers & Mountain Bikes

Can I use a trainer with a mountain bike? I want to the same bike off road at weekends so I don't really want to change the setup of the bike.
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Should flywheels on stationary trainers be replaced periodically to avoid catastrophic failures caused by fatigue?

I have owned a Computrainer stationary trainer for 20 years and recently had the flywheel shatter, sending shrapnel through the walls and ceiling of my basement, as well as into my hamstring. Should ...
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Will cycling off-the-trainer with the trainer's steel skewer damage my bike?

I recently bought a cyclops trainer. It is annoying to switch the skewers. I know the steel skewer that came with the trainer is heavier and stronger, but I don't know if it will damage my bicycle off ...
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How to play video games while cycling on trainer?

I'm interested in playing video games while riding the bike trainer this winter. Using a controller with a regular setup would likely require me to sit up on the saddle, possibly setting myself up for ...
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Does tire pressure matter when the bicycle is in the trainer?

I keep my bicycle on a trainer in a 'cool' room during the winter months. The tires don't seem to maintain pressure after days of non use. Does this matter, and should I be checking/filling the ...
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What is this “recumbent” trainer?

In the photo below, what is the trainer that is attached to the bike? Are these custom fab?
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Should mileage on a trainer be considered mileage on the bike?

On my road bike, I have an old Cateye odometer and the sensor is in the front wheel. Therefore, when on my trainer, I can pedal away all day long and the odometer doesn't have any mileage added to it ...
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Rollers for long-wheelbase/mountain bikes

I was recently made aware of the idea of bike rollers. I do have an exercise bike, but this looks like it may be a much better bet because you get to practice your riding skills as well (and looks a ...
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What kind of tire should I purchase for use on a bike trainer?

I am in the process of acquiring a bike trainer (likely CycleOps Fluid 2) for winter conditioning. Most of the reviews and other information I have read suggestion that a regular road tire will be ...
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Magnetic trainer failure

I never thought I'd be on the receiving end of a catastrophic failure, but I am and I am left with some questions. While reading on Wikipedia I noticed it says a con of magnetic trainers is that they ...
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Should I use a road bike or track bike on my rollers or trainer?

I have a road bike with a triple, a track bike with a high gear ratio. Which should I use on my trainer for use with training videos? Should I use a geared bike, freewheel single speed or fixed gear?...
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Daily Adjusted Seatpost for Trainer Bike

I just got Nashbar's Ascent Fluid trainer and put an old big-box store bike on it that nobody was using, so now I've got kind of a permanent trainer bike which is nice. The problem: me and my partner ...
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1answer
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Is it safe to leave my carbon bike in my stationary trainer for extended periods of time?

This time of year, I leave my race (carbon) bike on the trainer and when nice enough, just ride my rain/wet/commuter/cx bike. I do replace the 'race' skewer with a steel skewer for trainer use. Will ...
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Using a bike with Trek ABP on a trainer

I was planning on doing my winter training this year on a mountain bike (for ergonomic reasons), but it occurred to me that the skewer for the Active Braking Pivot on my Top Fuel might not be work ...
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Vibration in fluid trainer - OK?

I'm trying to get back on my bike after some failed attempts at recovery from a herniated disk (PT's told me to stop riding but I just got worse anyway so now I'm trying to come back). I bought an ...
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Name for a part on stands/trainers

So I am building my own trainer/stand for my bike but I am hung up on one part. What is the official term for the part that attaches to the hex bolt on the rear wheel?
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Indoor trainer suitible for sprinting

Are there any types of indoor trainers that are suitable for training sprints insofar as they allow the rider to tilt the bike to get leverage as one would when sprinting on the road?
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Key points to ensure that a trainer is compatible with bicycle?

What should I be looking at to ensure that my bicycle and my trainer are compatible? The current question is: I currently have a Surly Disc Trucker with 26 inch geometry, would that be compatible ...
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Reducing noise on a bike trainer

I have a JetBlack M1 Pro Mag Trainer. I use my road bike on it, with slick tires. However it is still pretty noisy. What are the ways to reduce noise from a magnetic trainer?
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Using older mountain bike in a Trainer

I have an older mountain bike. I need to change the rear skewer so I can use an indoor trainer, but I don't think there is one. What do I do? I have a CycleOps Mag trainer and they included a ...
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Bicycle trainer tyre - understanding the sizing

The weather where I live is very bad sometimes. I was thinking of buying either a magnetic or fluid trainer or rollers. I read that the tyres wear out quickly on those and one should use specific ...
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Old bike compatibility with direct train bike trainer?

I'd like to get a direct train bike trainer (wahoo kickr) to exercise on. My current road bike is a Schwinn le Tour circa 1980, and does not have the 10 or 11 speed required to run on most direct ...
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Spare wheel for indoor trainer use

Just discovered this very useful site, now for my 1st question. I have a nice carbon bike with ultegra 6800 11 speed (11-32 cassette) I wish to use this bike on an indoor trainer (on Zwift) but wish ...
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Is the Nashbar Fluid Trainer loud?

I am trying to find out how loud the Nashbar Fluid Trainer is, as I don't know anyone who owns one. How loud is it, compared to other, similar trainers?
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Are heavily worn rims safe to use on trainer?

I've got a wheelset with heavily worn rims. This was a cross wheelset used for riding in pretty sloppy conditions all the time. This was a rim brake based wheelset and used with cantilever brakes. ...
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Cyclocross vs road bike

I am thinking about getting a new bike. I have a MTB but I am sort of petrified of road riding (cars pass way too close). I have found a nice Specialized Cyclocross bike. I wanted to have a bit ...
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Kurt Kinetic Trainer hard to release, should I grease?

I have a kurt Kinetic trainer. I find that it's sometimes hard to remove the bike from the trainer, as the knobs are really hard to turn. I thought about putting grease on the threads which clamp on ...
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Do I need to use the QR Skewer that came with my trainer? What sort of lubricant do I need to use?

For christmas, my wife picked me up an Elite Qubo Fluid trainer. It comes with a quick release skewer and nuts. However, my bike currently has a QR. On a whim, I checked and the stock QR bolt from my ...
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Is the Power Pilot the only speedometer / computer that will work on a LeMond Revolution Trainer?

After just purchasing a Lemond Revolution trainer, I noticed and realized as soon as I set it up that I would be loosing my rear wheel and its spoke attached speedometer magnet. Are there any ...
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Speed to power calc on a 'basic' magnetic trainer

I'm a dedicated non-MAMIL, and I enjoy riding indoors on a cheap-and-cheerful 14-speed (max tooth ratio 48->14) attached to a $70 basic trainer while watching the footy or listening to music. No wind, ...
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Can I cut down a quick release skewer?

I recently purchased a Conquer brand trainer - I have learned a lot after buying this thing - but I didn't know what quick release skewers were before I purchased the trainer. I've got a skewer that ...
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Can Tacx Flow head unit work with old (2002) Basic frame/brake?

I want to replace a lost head unit/computer on my old Tacx Basic from 2002, does anybody know if modern Flow head unit will work with this old frame/load generator? I think such was an upgrade path, ...
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can't remove bike from ascent trainer

I've used the Ascent fluid trainer for a few years now. My bike is stuck on the trainer. I've applied WD-40. When I turn the adjustment knob, the rear wheel isn't being released. Any ideas? Please ...
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Tyre size and Turbo Trainers

Are there any advantages in having a 700x25 tyre over a 700x23 when using a cycle trainer? If you are "training", resistance is surely not a huge deal breaker. I assume cycle trainer tyres last a ...
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Trainers: Fluid or Mag

I'm looking at getting a trainer because I have next to no time to get on the road and want to start up with Carmichael's Time Crunched Training Program. Part of the program is to ride do high ...
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Is it possible to put a 700c wheel on to an old Raliegh road bike?

I've been using a trainer during the winter months and went out on my bike the other day and half way round I got a flat!!! I spoke to the bloke in a shop who said that using the bike on the trainer ...
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Winter is here, what type of trainer should I get?

Well, it started raining today and I'm not much of a road cycling in the rain type of guy. Given that this weather will last for a few months, I was wondering what type of trainer should I get. I ...
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CycleOps Mag Trainer skewer doesn't fit

Can I use my CycleOps Mag Trainer without the skewer? The skewer that came with my trainer does not fit properly. Does anyone know if I can use it with a Shimano Nexus 3/8" cap nut?