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Questions tagged [trainer]

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

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Can I use a 130mm OLD wheel on a 135 mm rear spacing frame to put on a home trainer?

I got a hand-me-down home trainer and I want to use it with my disc road bike (with a rear dropout spacing of 135mm). To keep the budget low, I want to use an old 130mm wheel. My dropouts are for ...
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Heavier riders on bike trainers?

I'm 300-350 pounds (136-158 kg). Is this too heavy for trainers such as a Tacx Neo or Wahoo Kickr? Their specifications say 250-275 pounds, so I'm interested in options for heavier riders.
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Tacx Thru Axle for Giant TCR

I ordered a Giant TCR Advanced 1 (2018) and it's on its way. I just remembered that I need to get a thru axle that fits my Smart Trainer (Tacx Flow Smart. Sadly I can not seem to find the measurements ...
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I have steel pieces after using my turbo trainer? How can I solve this problem? Is this is a problem?

I am using an Elite Directo 2019 turbo trainer. After every ride I have some pieces around my bike. How can I solve this problem? And where to search the issues? thank you for the answer. I am using a ...
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Different size cassette for the trainer?

Like I hoped, after a few months of hunting, I was finally able to find a really good deal on a road bike, in the winter. With the money saved, I was also able to buy a smart trainer to use with Zwift....
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Wahoo KICKR 2018 and Shimano Sora 11-32t 9-speed compatibilty

At present, I own Specialized Allez e5 Sport which has the default Shimano Sora cassette (11-32t) and rear derailleur. I'm planning to buy Wahoo KICKR (for long-term, given more bike(s) will come), ...
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How do I determine my bike's fork width?

I have a Breezer Liberty 2.3. I am trying to determine whether it would work with the CycleOps Hammer trainer. The trainer says it is "Quick-release compatible for bike frames with fork widths of ...
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Can't do outdoor training for 150km and only on trainer. Can anyone give tips and training plan?

I just found out that I cannot train outdoors for the next two months for the 150 km I was planning to attempt in the first week of September. Now I am planning to buy the In'ride 100 trainer from ...
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Adjustment necessary for stationary trainer

I am looking at purchasing a stationary trainer that will be shared with my wife and would prefer to do a wheel off trainer. Both of our bikes have a 11-28T cassette. So, theoretically, if the ...
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Using wrong speed/size cassette on trainer

I have a 10-speed bike and my wife an 11-speed. I have burnt enough old tyres on my indoor trainer so decided to try a trainer specific tyre on an old wheel. The old wheel currently has an 8-speed ...
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Does an adapter for my 12x142mm thru axle frame exist to use QR hubs?

I'm specifically looking to adapt the rear thru axle (12x142mm) to fit onto a standard QR hub/axle on my direct drive trainer. Unfortunately, my trainer is too old (original Elite Turbo Muin), so it ...
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Peloton Trainer - what style of cleats are used?

I was wondering what cleat standard is compatible with the Peloton Trainer ? What cleat standard is installed in the default configuration ?
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Is it better to have less flywheel weight on exercise bikes?

Is the workout quality better when using an exercise bike or trainer with less flywheel weight? With less flywheel weight such as a bicycle on a trainer as opposed to spin bikes, coasting is harder. ...
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How can I learn to sprint and ride out of the saddle?

I'm pretty new to road cycling, I've been road cycling since June 2017, because it's winter in Canada I recently got a indoor trainer and zwift. On a recent zwift session, I tried sprinting out of the ...
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7 speed cassette on a direct drive trainer from freewheel bike

In 2011, I bought a cheap bike from Walmart. It's done fine by me on the ride or two I take per year, but I'm looking to enhance my home gym a bit and was looking to grab a direct drive trainer. The ...
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Recommendation for trainer tire 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 3/8 [closed]

I started with a 700x32c Continental Hometrainer tire. It seemed to work out OK at first, but in the last few times I've had to switch between my commuter/road tire and the trainer tire, it seems to ...
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Do you need brakes on a trainer / on rollers?

I'm building a bike from scratch and old parts for home-trainer and roller use only. Do I need brakes or can I cheap out?
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Help with setting up Windsor Kensington bike on CycleOps Mag+ trainer

I love biking and know basically nothing about bikes. Could somebody walk me through what I need to do to set up this bike with this trainer? I have no idea how to attach the skewer to my wheel. Thank ...
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Is this a real Kinetic?

Someone on Craigslist is selling this Kinetic bike trainer for $100. I was interested when I saw the title, but I thought Kurt Kinetic trainers were green and this looks wrong. Is this a knockoff?
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CycleOps Thru Axle Kit Help

I just got the CycleOps thru axle kit and installed the thru axle on my Litespeed. The bolt action clamp that comes with the kit barely clamps around the axle cap on the thru axle though. Is this ...
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Trainer Roller : polyurethane or metal?

Some trainers come with a polyurethane roller not metal. I think that would be a lot better then the metal one. Has anyone used a polyurethane roller? And if so are they good or just the same as metal ...
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How to add resistance to my bike trainer?

I use a crossbike (http://www.konaworld.com/jake_the_snake.cfm) on a bike trainer (https://www.amazon.com/Kinetic-Road-Machine-Fluid-Trainer/dp/B01KHE5B4S) and have the chain on the largest front ring ...
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Using trainer as dynamo

I was wondering if it is possible to to use a magnetic trainer as a dynamo. While riding on trainers, at a gym, or at home, I always think to myself, "I wish I could capture all this energy and put ...
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Low power while maintaining high cadence

I just started using a Tacx Smart Flow in combination with TrainerRoad to try maintaining and getting up my fitness level over the winter. My problem now is that TrainerRoad tells me to keep a power ...
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Estimating trainer 'effort above the flat' by heart rate + cadence

A question popped into my head after yesterday's trainer ride. First, a long-winded preamble. As I pointed out in this question, I usually set the trainer up so that a 5l cask of wine just moves ...
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What are some recommendations for a trainer to get better at going uphill? [closed]

Right now, I have a Specialized Epic Expert '07 and a set of Bike Nashbar Rollers. It is pretty fun to roll and watch a movie, but it gets boring fast and never feels safe. I was looking into ...
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Can a bike computer be used on the rear wheel?

As the weather gets colder and colder, I find myself on a trainer more and more. The only way to gauge my workouts is by time, unless I set up the sensor for my bike computer on my rear wheel. Will ...
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Why do my knees hurt when I use a trainer?

Whenever I use my CycleOps magnetic trainer (like the one pictured below) my knees always end up hurting. I don't have this problem when riding out on the road. My cadence is the same for the most ...
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Lemond Revolution

I currently have a 9 speed cassette on my Lemond Revolution trainer. I just purchased new bike which is 11 speed and want to use it on my trainer. Is there a way I can do this? I have looked ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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What is this “recumbent” trainer?

In the photo below, what is the trainer that is attached to the bike? Are these custom fab?