My question is in regard to putting my beach cruiser on a bike trainer. I refuse to take no for an answer ;). 1st question: can I put a through axle in my coaster hub. If not, here is the 2nd question: I have 26 X 2.125 tires on my bike can I just change the back wheel to a road wheel with a through axle if I'm not concerned about the brakes?

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    There are three main types of axles - Quick Release/QR and Through Axles and Axle Nuts Are we all using the same names ? Its unlikely but not impossible that a beach cruiser could be using a through axle.
    – Criggie
    Sep 23, 2016 at 7:55
  • Sounds like it would be easier to get a used bike to put on the trainer. But if you're determined to put your beach cruiser on the trainer and you manage to pull it off, please edit your question to include a picture or a link to a video showing how you did it! Good luck!
    – rclocher3
    Sep 23, 2016 at 16:32

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I'm sure you can find exceptions, but most or at least many trainers can be made to work with nutted axles. The answers to your questions: 1. I think you mean quick release skewer and not through axle, and not practically because it would involve transplanting in a hollow axle, and hollow axles with the thread size for coaster brake hubs don't really exist. 2. Yes you could do this, but it's not very straightforward, because it would need to be spaced right for the frame, and it would need to be a singlespeed wheel to play nice with the chain that the bike probably already has, and singlespeed QR wheels are a rare breed. So you're talking about buying a standard-axle singlespeed road wheel, freewheel, tube, rim strip, tire, quick release, hollow axle, and some hub spacers, then chopping the axle down to fit a 110mmm spaced frame and installing it in there and getting the spacing right. That all is possible but probably not the simplest path.

Here's a video that shows installation of a nutted axle on a Cycleops.

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