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Torque Wrench required for trainer cassette installation?

How important is torque wrench on this? It's not important at all. The cassette lockring just has to be tight enough to not come off as it's not doing anything other than keeping the cassette from ...
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Do you need brakes on a trainer / on rollers?

No. For fixed trainer, it should be obvious. For rollers, rolling resistance is higher on rollers than on flat surface. Wheels don't also have much momentum, so you can slow down by freewheeling for ...
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Tips for a novice cyclist wanting to get fit with a turbo trainer before summer

A very broad question, but i'll do my best to answer it. The way you approach it will very much depend on your general level of fitness (maybe crossing over from some other sport) and what your ...
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Tips for a novice cyclist wanting to get fit with a turbo trainer before summer

A lot of cyclists find they need motivation to train on a static trainer. It can be unrelentingly tedious to sit spinning on you bike staring at the same wall when you are used to nice scenery going ...
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Using turbo trainer with solid axles

Installing quick release axles requires completely replacing the axle. It's possible but does require a few extra tools and parts to disassemble the rear hub. If you install a QR, don't forget to ...
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Do you need brakes on a trainer / on rollers?

I find brakes help with stability on rollers. When mounting/dismounting hold the brakes so your bike does not roll off the front or back of the rollers. Additionally, if you lose focus while spinning ...
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Smart trainer & CX bike compatibility

I will try to answer as best i can without going into too much detail, 1 : With a 15c rim you can mount 23, 25, 28 and 32 tires Sheldon brown Tire Sizing 2 : Bike weight, Tacx don't specifically ...
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Heavier riders on bike trainers?

Trainers that clip onto your rear wheel aren’t a good option if you’re over their weight limits. They support much of your weight on your rear axle quick release and this can put a lot of stress on ...
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Torque Wrench required for trainer cassette installation?

Not mentioned so far - a torque wrench has two functions. One is to ensure enough torque is used to make the nut grip as required by the application. The second is to ensure you don't overtighten/...
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Able to shift to final gear on bike, but not on smart trainer

When it's a 10-speed bike involved in this situation, here is the calculus: If someone put a cassette spacer on the trainer wider than the proper 1.85mm 10 to 11 speed conversion spacer, it causes ...
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What adjustments do I need to make for changing rear cassette?

You should be fine to remove the bikes rear wheel and put the frame on your trainer with the new 8 speed cassette left there permanently. Both cassettes are 8 speed, so that's good. However, the ...
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What adjustments do I need to make for changing rear cassette?

You understand right that the different tooth counts should not require any adjustment. The b-tension will be a touch out further than it would be if it were set for the 32 rather than the 34, but ...
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Torque Wrench required for trainer cassette installation?

Having the exact torque generally isn’t very important. I recommend finding a way to torque it properly the first time you change a cassette so you get a feel for how roughly tight it should be. It’s ...
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Gears switch automatically on smart trainer

First, this is not a between-brands compatibility issue. Microshift products are generally compatible with Shimano. In fact, in 11 speed and below groupsets, Shimano, SRAM, Microshift and others all ...
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Bike attached to TACX flux smart trainer makes a clunking house and chain feels like skipping

I had the same thing. It's the screw on spacer on the axle (cassette side coming loose. Screw it back in again and solved. For me anyway. Use the spacer on the non-drive side to get the internal ...
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Using a 9 speed cassette with a 11 speed shifter

Nope. Above 6 (or 7, can't remember which) speeds the spacing of the sprockets gets narrower as the number of sprockets increases. So, you can't use a cassette with a mismatched number of sprockets - ...
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Tacx Flow Smart trainer calibration issues with 700x35c tyre

After listening to advice from @Carel, I warmed the tyres up for 20 minutes, a lot more than I would have envisaged, and I finally got consistent results being able to calibrate more than once. After ...
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What Turbo Tyre On CX Bike

Generally, you can use any 700c trainer tire like the Continental Hometrainer , Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Home Trainer, Kurt Kinetic's Trainer tire, etc. Most come in 700x23, but some come in larger sizes (...
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Which road bike to match turbo trainer?

I believe that this link at Halfords is the same model you have. As links to online retailers are often impermanent, I'm reproducing one of Halfords' pictures of the bike, focusing on the front fork. ...
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Do more expensive bib shorts make a difference when sat on a turbo trainer for hours on end?

The big difference between rollers and the outside is that your position is much more static inside. If you are good enough on rollers to stand every once in a while that might help. ( I'm not ). ...
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Bicycle trainer tyre - understanding the sizing

You're on the right track buying a trainer-specific tire- trainers generate a decent amount of heat and eat tires. Your current tire is a 700c x 37, so out of the list, I'd go for the 700 x 32. The ...
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Cyclocross vs road bike

Most trainers on the market today can do 26", 29" and 700c. Specialized's cyclocross bikes are 700c, your trainer will likely be able to handle it fine, but check the manual (*). A trainer won't help ...
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Using a 9 speed cassette with a 11 speed shifter

On a trainer, if you were to just set it in a gear and never shift, it would work. But the distance between cogs is different between 9-speed and 11-speed so shifting would not work well. At best, you ...
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Turbo trainer overestimating speed

I would expect that riding in a trainer would result in a different average measured 'virtual' speed than you would see riding on the road. The speed/resistance curve of the trainer will not match the ...
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Can I use a Triban RC120 with a TacX direct drive smart trainer?

It should work: the freebody is the almost the same as the R8: the trainer has the longer version of the Shimano Hyperglide free body (to allow 11 speeds road cassettes). You will need a spacer to ...
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Turbo trainer overestimating speed

Unfortunately this trainer has wide spread accuracy problems, and it is quite likely that you will not be able to get it to report accurate data. The problem comes because it doesn't measure power ...
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Turbo trainer overestimating speed

All that really matters is that the measurements are consistent. What is 250W, its just a number. What is 30km/h - just a number. Think of the numbers coming off the trainer as being that - just a ...
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Heavier riders on bike trainers?

How about rollers? If you already own a bike that is suitable for you, then this lets you use the same bike. Note that rollers to tend to wear tyres differently to the road, so you may want to fit a ...
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Turbo trainer rear wheel movement

If you mean that the wheel moves relative to the trainer roller when you are pedaling, that is expected. The trailer and bike frame will flex a little as you apply force to each pedal, which are of ...
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Which standalone head units would work with Tacx i.Flow T2270?

The Tacx i-Flow is only compatible with the T2202 head unit for standalone use. The T1982 Bushido head unit does not connect in my experience, although I have had Tacx support tell me it should work....
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