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    Stationary Bike/trainer? I know what a stationary bike is,but ive heard something about “trainers” being cheaper than stationary bikes
    can anyone tell me what it is? is it good for working out..?

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      Here’s a tip… Don’t get into a rush to buy a new trainer. Start looking through craigslist & other local sites for a slightly used one. Many times, people will have it for 6 months to a year, use it little to none and then sell it for pennies on the dollar.

      I found mine on craigslist for a mere $65 including the CycleOps training block for under the front tire. Links below to what I own.

      More tips? As previously stated – a slick tread rear tire to keep it quiet. Have something to watch and/or listen to while on the trainer. It gets b-o-r-i-n-g after just a few minutes. During the commercials, either raise your cadence (rpm) or raise the resistance level to enhance your work-out. Riding a bicycle outdoors is a much better work-out & more fun. I only use mine in the winter & rainy days. But…it’s still worth having.

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    Indoor Bike Trainers? Can anyone tell me which would be the best Indoor bike trainer to buy.#1,The( tire driven) Rear tire contact the roller to get resistance. #2 The ( Rim driven ) Rear wheel rim contacts rubber roller to get resistance.# I here the tires ware out quickly. #2 I here there will be some slippage.Which one would you buy. 1/24/09 Any suggestions please.Thanks.#1 costs around $189. #2 costs around $230

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      I answered this one previously: And it does cost more to buy a new wheel than it does a tire. If you use a rim trainer then make sure you get a rear wheel that you don’t plan on using on your regular riding (on the street) as it will wear out your rim. The life of the fluid trainer is 5x as long as any other type on the market and I know this because I sell them and use them…You get what you pay for! I use a kevlar belted tire on my trainer and I purchased an inexpensive rear wheel so I don’t have to use my EA90 s’ on the trainer it is just smarter this way. Yes the tires do wear out but they will still go for several hundred miles before you need to rotate the back for the front. Do not let the tire wear scare you, as it IS MINIMAL but you still don’t want to use a well used rear tire on the street. Thumbs way up to the Cycle Ops trainer user as that is also the one I recommend hands down! Stay away from the rim type…they are junk unless that is what you like?

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    Can All Magnetic Bike Trainers Fit A Bolt On Wheel? I was wondering if the bike trainers fit a bolt on wheel because, the product doesn’t specify it and on all the example pictures all I see are quick releases

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      Bike trainers have a mechanism that simply screws down to tighten onto the rear hub. Yes, you can use a wheel fitted on your bike with nuts on a bike trainer. Makes no difference.

      Quick release skewers make it easier to swap out wheels – go from a wheel with a tire that has an aggressive tread design to one with a slick or smooth tread.

      You should do the same. Get a rear tire smooth as a baby’s butt. Otherwise that trainer will be noisy – like a tractor-trailer truck rumbling down the road.

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    • NJB
    • February 11, 2014
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    Rollers Or Stationary Bike Trainer? I have an old set of rollers I was thinking about getting out again for the winter. Then again I was considering buying a Cycleops stationary trainer for my bike.

    Would you recommend I buy the stationary or stick with the rollers and why? Pros / cons of each welcome from anyone who has used them both.

    I’ve used the rollers on and off over the years but have never gotten the hang of it completely to be totally confident I was not going to crash. Always been a little wobbly. The stationary kind will lock me in stability wise so I won’t go flying across the room but will it offer the same benefits or be boring after a while?
    How does variable resistance work with stationary if at all?

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      The stationary trainer is better for working out while watching TV or reading, it takes a lot more concentration to ride on rollers. The cyclops 2 is a very good trainer the faster you go the more resistance you get. I use a cheap magnetic trainer and I am at the point where I have to use the highest gear and spin at 90 rpm’s just to get close to my max heart rate. Some of the trainers have adjustable resistance levels but it still varies with your wheel speed.

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    • James
    • February 13, 2014
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    Mountain Bike Trainer? Hey
    i am looking for a very quiet and relatively cheap bike trainer for my mountain bike, for when its really bad weather like e.g. snow ?
    So does any one know any quiet bike trainer that are quite cheap? Also the main question is about the mountain bike rear wheel when its pressing on the trainer, with the treads on the mountain bike not sure about the noise that the mountain bike wheel will make?
    If anyone can help that would be great, thanks

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      When you ride on a trainer, you have to change to a smooth tread tire unless you like a lot of noise and rapid tire wear. The best option if you only use the tire on a trainer is to buy a proper trainer tire. Trainer tires make the least noise and last the longest when you use them on a trainer. The least expensive trainers that make less noise are magnetic resistance trainers. Fluid trainers are more expensive, but provide more progressive resistance for a more realistic riding experience. Look around to see if you can find one second hand, I found one for only $25 at my cycling club’s annual flea market

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    Question About Bike Trainers? After reading a little about bike trainers i found out that it isn’t too good for the back tire so i was wondering if they made a certain type of tire just for riding on bike trainers. Thanks for the help.

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      Special trainer tires are available, but I don’t buy them. I also have an older bike that is now permanently assigned to trainer duty. I replace the tires on my road bikes at the very first sign of tire cord becoming visible. Those tires will last quite a while longer on the trainer, where a tire failure will not dump you off the bike at high speed. Also, from time to time tires will go on a really big sale, like a bike shop’s “tent sale.” You can usually get tires that you wouldn’t care to ride on the road but are good enough for the trainer, often for under $10. A brand new slick tire will last a long time on the trainer.

      HTH

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    How Great Are Benefits Of A Bike Trainer? I don’t consider myself a professional rider but I do 200-300+ miles of biking a week.
    School is starting in a week, and I have a job with 20+ hours weekly, which means I will barely get any time to do that much biking. My school also offers a LOT of homework. If I bought a bike trainer, and did my homework while using it(I wouldn’t be biking as hard as I normally would) but how much training would it give me compared to regularly biking?

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      Using a trainer is similar to actual road ridding in many aspects except for one: You arent moving. Keeping cadence and heart rate up will not be a problem and you can shift gears to change the degree of difficulty as if you were still on the road anyway. The tension you put on the back wheel will even accent that higest gear on your bike and make it that much harder if you like. Make sure you get a fluid trainer too with a block for the front tire/wheel to keep the proper elevation and balance. See here for some relatively inexpensive and good options for trainers: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/SubCategory_10052_10551_400133_-1_400006_400037 and here is a decent block: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1028769_-1_400037_400006_400135 and here is a book caddy for your homework: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1028751_-1_400037_400006_400135 so you can get the best out of your homework while you ride too.

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    Help With Using Indoor Bike Trainer !!? I have a BIKEXTRAS brand indoor trainer, but as I got it used I do not how to put it on. I have try ed. I also can not find a web site for this brand to ask for help as to use. Photos of one on bikes would help allot. Thank you.

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      If it like this one it’s easy to set up.
      http://cgi.ebay.com/Indoor-Bike-Trainer—-BikeXtras-Indoor-Trainer_W0QQitemZ130279479238QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20090105?IMSfp=TL090105122002r12602

      1. Turn the knobs on each side to move them out so that you can get the rear axle in between them.
      2. Put the rear axle between the threaded parts and turn the knobs in to hold it there. Make sure the rear tire is centered above the resistance wheel. You may have to turn the knob on the resistance wheel to allow for enough clearance to get the wheel in the trainer.
      3. Once you have the wheel centered in the trainer and the knobs tight turn the inside knobs up against the trainer to lock them there.
      4. Once you have the bike in the trainer and fastened securely you can turn the knob on the resistance wheel so that it makes contact with the tire. When it contacts the tire give it two more turns. You want just enough contact so the tire doesn’t slip.

      That’s about it, you want to find some thing to put under the front wheel to make the bike level. I also placed a small step stool beside to bike to make it easier to go on and off.

      Check to make sure the bike is securely fastened before every ride.

      Good luck

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