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Should I be wary of putting my Klein in a trainer?(5 posts)

Should I be wary of putting my Klein in a trainer?bburgbiker
Nov 17, 2003 7:15 PM
So I finally pulled the trigger this year and purchased a Kurt Kinetic Road trainer so with the idea of staying in shape during the off-season. I've heard from some people that putting a bike in a trainer causes heavy stress on the frame. My dad has an OCLV and will only put his aluminum hybrid on his trainer because he says that the trainer could damage the Trek. I've got an all aluminum Klein and would like to use it in the trainer because I'm used to the geometry and such. What do you guys do? Should I be concerned about putting my Klein in my new Kurt? Any help is appreciated.
re: Should I be wary of putting my Klein in a trainer?russw19
Nov 17, 2003 7:54 PM
Old style trainers that you took off the front wheel and attached the bike to the trainer that way were the ones that were really bad. It clamped down the front end of the bike and when you would sway the bike back and forth while hammering on it and it causes stress to the front of the bike because the bars can't turn. If you use a modern trainer that just attaches the bike to the rear wheel and you can turn the front, you should be OK, but use an old style QR skewer because they will get marred.

Other than that, if you are that worried about it, get a set of rollers and ride those instead.

Russ
re: Should I be wary of putting my Klein in a trainer?Juanmoretime
Nov 18, 2003 2:55 AM
I had the same concern putting my Vortex in a trainer. There has to be some stress on the bike being locked in. I would imagine the frame should be able to take this kind of stress although I could not, thats why I ride rollers. Peace of mind.
re: Maybehudsonite
Nov 18, 2003 5:09 AM
I am not convinced that a trainer will not harm a road bike. There are going to be unnatural stresses on the frame using most trainers, except for rollers.

For this reason, we use an older mountain bike in the trainer. The mountain bike is stronger and I do not worry about damaging the frame of the road bike.

Klein's have a liftetime warranty on the frame for the original buyer. Now it is unclear if this covers damage related to using a trainer. Before using it, write to Klein and ask them if using a trainer is ok and whether it voids your warranty. Heed the response and if it is ok, keep the e-mail for future reference.
re: Should I be wary of putting my Klein in a trainer?aliensporebomb
Nov 18, 2003 10:50 AM
This is the first I've heard of this concern.....

What I kept hearing was you'd get accelerated wear on your
rear tire.

I rode my Giant TCR (Alu) in my trainer (Cycleops Magneto)
last winter season with no problems at all. I can see a
concern about really lightweight frames but it's hard to
say what the long term potential damage would be riding it
consistently.

The Cycleops came with a reinforced special QR skewer for
the bike and it works fine.

I suppose I could put my commuter in there but I'd have
to figure out a way of getting the speed reading off the
rear tire to get a faux speedometer reading.