Questions tagged [trainer]

The use of any kind of indoor/stationary bike trainers. This is a superset of [tag:turbos] and [tag:rollers]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trainer damaging rear tyre

I've being using a trainer for a couple of weeks, and apparently it's damaging my tyre: As you can see the tyre is "polished", and on top of that I'm seeing small rubber pieces on the floor....
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Can I use a rim brake rear wheel in a disc brake bike, for indoor training?

I have a disc road bike (QR); I use it also with an indoor trainer with a specific training tire. I would like to buy a wheel to be used only on the trainer (with the specific tire). Since I don't ...
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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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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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Why would I choose a bike trainer over a stationary bike?

I was planning to buy a stationary bike to use it at home during the pandemic, but I thought it might be better to buy a bike with a trainer at home. Do you think it is a good idea? I don't know about ...
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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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Shredded bits of material under my trainer

I'm starting to get a pile of what looks like tire rubber under my trainer. Could it be something else like dry chain lube coming off? Is this normal? Have I set up my trainer incorrectly? Do I just ...
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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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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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Could one predict from power data whether a cyclist is standing or sitting?

I was wondering about this machine learning problem: Take a large sample of data from rides that includes whether a cyclist was standing, what the cadence, power, (or perhaps even torque?) and ...
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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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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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Lemond Revolution - Upgrading 9s Cassette to 11 Speed

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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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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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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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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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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Can a Pinion bike work with an indoor direct drive trainer?

I have a Priority 600 bike with a pinion c.12 gearbox and a Gates belt drive, and I'm currently contemplating winter training plans. Will this work with a Tacx NEO 2T trainer, provided that I buy a ...
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Can the trainer damage my bike's skewer?

I bought a trainer at the very cheap end of the spectrum. As we get what we paid for, I opened the box and it came with no skewer... My bike has skewers with plastic ends (how hard is that plastic is ...
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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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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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When is it time to replace my trainer tire

My trainer tire has cracks running along the length of the tire. They cracks seem to go in pretty deep, but don't go all the way around the tire. However it still has quite a bit of rubber on it and ...
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Can I put a 8 speed bike on a Elite Suito 11 speed direct drive turbo trainer

I have recently ordered an Elite Suito Direct Drive FE-C turbo trainer. The main use is for indoor, winter cross-training for my young son who's a keen athlete (we don't want to send him out in the ...
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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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How to set up a Kickr Core to work with my Garmin, dynamically change "elevations" (resistance), etc

I recently got a Wahoo Kickr Core indoor direct drive trainer. I already have a Garmin Fenix 5X and a Garmin 820. (I use Training Peaks for my workout information.) I have no idea what to do now. I ...
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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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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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Trainer tire selection (hybrid bike)

I've been lurking for a couple months, but this is my first post and I still have a lot to learn. Background I inherited an old hybrid bike (Raleigh Dash EX) and an old stationary trainer, and I would ...
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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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How to get a 7-speed bike with a freewheel on a direct drive trainer

My wife has a 2017 Specialized Alibi Step Through. Specs can be found here: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/alibi-step-through/p/154232?color=&searchText=B6617-7402 I have recently ordered a ...
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Bike trainer 11 speed cassette compatibility with Ultegra 6500 9 speed groupset

Disclaimer. I don’t know much about bike mechanics. I had to do a lot of reading just to be able to name things right and to be able to write this post :) I bought Elite Suito bike trainer a few days ...
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Why does my chain make grinding noise and vibration when I put my bike on my Wahoo Kickr?

I ride a Cannondale Topstone outside during the warmer months and then on a Wahoo Kickr when it gets cold. When I put the bike on the trainer I get a grinding noise and vibration when in some gears. ...
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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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Is an Indoor Trainer Tyre Required with a Magnetic Powered Trainer

If I buy Elite Novo Force, is an indoor trainer tyre like Coperton a must to protect the longetivity of the rear tyre? Is that product more towards MTBs to reduce the sound element while pedalling but ...
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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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Reducing noise on a bike trainer [duplicate]

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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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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Canyon ULT and Wahoo Kickr

Bought a wahoo Kickr in November and noticed a small chip to my canyon ultimate carbon frame. In January, Canyon announced the Ultimate was not compatible with Kickr. I'm dealing with Canyon and Wahoo,...