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Would trainer damage my beloved bike?(6 posts)

Would trainer damage my beloved bike?yatming
Jun 25, 2003 9:25 PM
I'm in the process of getting an indoor trainer. Just wondering if that's a good thing for my bike? Does it put too much stress on the frame?

I don't have a beat-up backup bike i could use...so just want to make sure before i make the purchase.

Any recommendation of indoor trainer is also welcome.

Thanks.
re: Would trainer damage my beloved bike?xxl
Jun 26, 2003 3:49 AM
I've heard that frame stress thing, but I don't buy it. The stress loads should be just about the same as on the road, unless you're spending a lot of training time blasting through out-of-the-saddle sprints, rocking the bike, leaning heavily on the bars, etc.; and who does that on a trainer?

What trainers will do is: (of course) eat rear tires, and flat them without puncturing (has to do with the expansion and contraction of the friction-warmed air in the tire); and allow your sweat to drip on your ride's sensitive alloy components (esp. the bars and BB area), and corrode the finish. If you sweat buckets on a trainer, and who doesn't, wipe it down well after your session.
re: Would trainer damage my beloved bike?joey2mak
Jun 26, 2003 6:16 AM
"... and flat them without puncturing (has to do with the expansion and contraction of the friction-warmed air in the tire..."

After doing an interval session on my trainer yesterday, I was surprised to see the tire 'flat' this morning. Now I know the reason why.

Thanks for this bit of info.
I prefer rollers to a indoor trainer.....spc15
Jun 26, 2003 6:34 AM
no stress on the frame, inmproves form & balance on a bike. Many of those I ride with have gotten rid of their indoor trainers and opted for rollers.

Roller take a while to get used to, but in the long run, a great investment, IMHO...

SPC
I agree!andy02
Jun 26, 2003 9:55 AM
I found I was in better shape this winter after using rollers instead of a trainer. Even with out the resistance. It really made me spin a lot faster aswell
Rollers are the best!Fender
Jun 26, 2003 8:36 AM
I bought a set of rollers a few months ago and I love them!!! Besides improving your handling skills you also get a great workout. After about half an hour I start feeling fatigue in certain leg muscles that I would never feel tired when normally riding.
Another advantage of rollers is that since I live in S.F. and there are no flat roads longer than 1/2 mile, I used them to train long intervals with the resistance unit on at 2. after 4 weeks of riding the rollers I did notice an improvement in my strength and power, especially when chasing breaks on rides and races.

definitely get the rollers instead of trainer!!! check out ebay for good deals. i got mine for $110 with shipping and insurance. not bad!