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Will trainer place excessive wear/tear on bike?(9 posts)

Will trainer place excessive wear/tear on bike?Paddyrides
Jan 8, 2004 9:30 AM
I started riding semi-seriously last year. I purchased a C-dale R-2000 last April and logged approx. 2000 miles. I was riding 3-4 times a week for fun and entered a few charity rides (i.e., MS 170) and few other 60-80 mi. tours in the area. I entered my first crit since I was 22 yrs old (I will be 36 this year) and after getting smashed in the master's race, decided to race again and placed 2nd in the citizen's race. I enjoyed the competition and plan to race Cat 5 this year.

I got a Cyclops Fluid trainer for X-mas and purchased a Polar HRM to fine tune my training (I've also been scouring the discussion boards for training tips). I've been successful on hitting the road/trails(if it's too cold) for 1-2 hrs each week (I live in NJ and weather hasn't been that bad though they are calling for a high of 20 degrees on Sat), and have been on the trainer between 2-3 times a week (with CTS Time trial video) since I've had it.

The big question I have is whether riding on the trainer will place excessive wear/tear on the bike. Is it better to ride a beater on the trainer? I have a C-dale 3.0 that blew up – causing me to buy the R-2000 (the difference was astounding), but I could always try to re-build the 3.0 for training purposes. I love my R-2000, but would like for it to last a while.

Thanks for any advice/suggestions.

re: Will trainer place excessive wear/tear on bike?russw19
Jan 8, 2004 9:42 AM
Use an old quick release skewer for the trainer, and use old tires too. The trainer will tear both of those up pretty quick, but other than that, you should be fine. Also, instead of a wheel block, if you didn't get one with the trainer, place a phone book or a 2x4 under your front wheel. That way the wheel is at the right height, but can still move around while you are riding.

The old style trainers that you took off your front wheel and bolted it to the trainer were the bad ones. They locked your front wheel into place and held the bike up at the bottom bracket shell. The problem was they put a lot of strain on the front end of your bike by locking it into place.

The only other thing that will really harm your bike on the trainer is you. If you are a heavy sweater, either put a towel over your top tube and bars or get one of the trainer towel things that attach to your bike to catch the sweat dripping off you. Also, place a fan in front of you when you ride to move some of that sweat around you so it doesn't all drip off the tip of your nose onto your bike.

re: Will trainer place excessive wear/tear on bike?Paddyrides
Jan 8, 2004 9:57 AM
Russ -

Many thanks. A skewer came with the trainer, but I wasn't too sure what it was for. Now I know. I plan to purchase new tires this spring, so I don't mind keeping the current one on. I have placed a towel over the top tube as I do sweat some (even with the fan).

I appreciate the feedback. Thanks.

A friend of mine told me.pitt83
Jan 8, 2004 12:36 PM
He ovalized the head tube this way. Not sure if he was using the multi-pick up old style trainer or the modern rear wheel only. The front end was being torqued around with out the chance to relieve the stress as it would on the road.
I do think they place extra stress on the framemaurizio
Jan 8, 2004 9:49 AM
I've wondered about this myself. I wouldn't ride a carbon frame on a trainer as there is so much side to side stress on the rear seat stays (especially anywhere there's bonding), It HAS to place extra stress on that area.
I think you're a little safer on a welded metal bike, but...
I have an old steel MAX frame that I use on my trainer for this very reason....
re: Will trainer place excessive wear/tear on bike?shmoo
Jan 8, 2004 10:20 AM
I think as long as you're just sitting and spinning, the wear and tear is isolated to the skewer and tires as others have mentioned. However, if you like to put it in a high gear and stand up every once in a while, you can feel the resistance in the stationary frame because it can't rock like it does on the road. It's an awkward feeling. The frame sees that resistance you feel as stress. Whether or not it could be harmful over time, I don't know. I don't recall anybody on the forum discussing an actual failure due to this.
re: Will trainer place excessive wear/tear on bike?feathers mcgraw
Jan 8, 2004 10:57 AM
Seven's warranty for the Odonata will be voided if you use it on a trainer, which I guess says something.
How would they know...6was9
Jan 8, 2004 11:18 AM
if the damage is from being mounted on a trainer? Somekind of telltale sign? Can they positively prove the cause?
I ride the fixie, better workout, less maint., steel=reel NMgspot
Jan 9, 2004 3:37 PM