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Trainer question, how much can they take?(11 posts)

Trainer question, how much can they take?mtbiac
Sep 24, 2002 3:36 PM
I'm considering getting a trainer. I recently tore my ACL/meniscus and had reconstruction surgery. Doc says I cant ride outdoors on the road yet because I cant get off the bike easily and wont be able to avoid certain things, even if i ride slowly...SO, I need to get a trainer. Problem is, I weigh around 225lbs. Can a trainer handle this much? I wont be doing any sprinting or even going THAT fast. I will probably pick a cheap one up used because once i can ride on the road i wont need it.

BTW- its for a Raleigh R600. 7005 Aluminum frame, if that makes any difference? (pic attached)

Any suggestions, comments, tips, etc?

Thanks alot,
Mike-
no problemlaffeaux
Sep 24, 2002 4:24 PM
You'll be fine on a trainer. With your bad nknee, avoid getting rollers and stick to a rear wheel mounted stationary trainer.
right....mtbiac
Sep 24, 2002 5:22 PM
yeah definitly no rollers. Would anyone have any recommendations on a decent CHEAP trainer? just something I can use for a few months without falling apart until I can ride on the road again. We can ride all year in FL so i probably will never use it again...

thanks,
mike-
right....LC
Sep 24, 2002 6:20 PM
The Performance models really good for the price.
re: Trainer question, how much can they take?SIZE16
Sep 24, 2002 6:15 PM
I weigh about 255 and have a blackburn mag trainer i have used for 2 years and have had no problems with hard sprints or long duration, although i would suggest at your weight you get a strong sturdy model with a wide base ... this will help you avoid tipping over if you choose to sprint hard when youre feeling up to it ... good luck on your recovery
Minura Mag-trainerhusker
Sep 25, 2002 1:52 AM
I probably spelled it wrong, but it is inexpensive and holds up well. Get a Blackburn net cover to protect the frame from your sweat.
Best advice:scottfree
Sep 25, 2002 4:38 AM
Don't use your good bike on the trainer. Between sweat/corrosion and the artificial stresses put on the stays by being locked in place, there's potential for damage. And it's simply not necessary -- all a trainer bike has to do is sort of fit. Pop for 20 bucks and buy a beater bike at a pawn shop or yard sale, put familiar pedals and saddle on it and you're good to go.

The trainer itself should tolerate anything. Buy the cheapo Performance model, if you can stand dealing with Performance.
Wait a minute...PsyDoc
Sep 25, 2002 6:44 AM
...do you have data showing that rear-wheel stationary trainers cause damage by fatiguing the stays to the point of failure? If so, then shouldn't we see more bikes failing at the stays that are "regularly" used on stationary trainers?
Good point! (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 25, 2002 7:28 AM
Well, I have the word of someone whoscottfree
Sep 25, 2002 8:47 AM
knows more about bike frames than you and me put together:

http://www.waterfordbikes.com/indexnet.htm

Whether true or not, there's certainly potential (the word I used) and it's simply not necessary to take the risk. WHat in the world does a trainer bike have to be, anyway? Weight doesn't matter, components don't matter, wheelsets don't matter, nothing matters but sufficient leg extension, comfortable reach and familiar pedals and saddle. A ten dollar bike can take care of you there, and IF there's damage, you're not out anything. Seems nutty to me to risk a $2000 bike on a trainer.
Sorry, you'll need to click on "Tech Q&A." It will take youscottfree
Sep 25, 2002 9:41 AM
to a discussion of bikes on trainers.